Ahithophel''s Wisdom - 2 Samuel 17

2 Samuel 17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me  now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and  pursue after David this night: 

2 Samuel 17:2 And I will come upon  him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make  him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee;  and I will smite the king only: 

2 Samuel 17:3 And I will bring back  all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as  if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace. 

2 Samuel 17:4  And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of  Israel. 

2 Samuel 17:5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the  Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith. 

2 Samuel 17:6  And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake  unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner:  shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou. 

2 Samuel 17:7  And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that  Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time. 

2 Samuel 17:8 For,  said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they  be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a  bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a  man of war, and will not lodge with the people. 


2 Samuel 17:9  Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place:  and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown  at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a  slaughter among the people that follow Absalom. 

2 Samuel 17:10  And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of  a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy  father is a mighty man, and they which be with him  are valiant men. 

2 Samuel 17:11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel  be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba,  as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that  thou go to battle in thine own person. 

2 Samuel 17:12 So shall we   come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and  we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and  of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not  be left so much as one. 

2 Samuel 17:13 Moreover, if he be gotten  into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and  we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small  stone found there. 

2 Samuel 17:14 And Absalom and all the men of  Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better  than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had  appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the  intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.   

2 Samuel 17:15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the  priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and  the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.  

2 Samuel 17:16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying,  Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but  speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all  the people that are with him. 

2 Samuel 17:17 Now Jonathan and  Ahimaaz stayed by En-rogel; for they might not be seen to  come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and  they went and told king David. 

2 Samuel 17:18 Nevertheless a lad  saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them  away quickly, and came to a man’s house in Bahurim,  which had a well in his court; whither they went down.  

2 Samuel 17:19 And the woman took and spread a covering over  the well’s mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the  thing was not known. 

2 Samuel 17:20 And when Absalom’s  servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where  is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them,  They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had  sought and could not find them, they returned to  Jerusalem. 

2 Samuel 17:21 And it came to pass, after they were  departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and  told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass  quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled  against you. 

2 Samuel 17:22 Then David arose, and all the people  that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the  morning light there lacked not one of them that was not  gone over Jordan.  

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was  not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him  home to his house, to his city, and put his household in  order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the  sepulchre of his father. 

2 Samuel 17:24 Then David came to  Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the  men of Israel with him.  

2 Samuel 17:25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host  instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man’s son, whose  name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the  daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab’s mother.  

2 Samuel 17:26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of  Gilead.  

2 Samuel 17:27 And it came to pass, when David was come to  Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the  children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lo- debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, 

2 Samuel 17:28  Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat,  and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and  lentils, and parched pulse, 

2 Samuel 17:29 And honey, and  butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the  people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The  people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.  KJV