Ancient true Stories – 2 Samuel 16

2 Samuel 16:1 And when David was a little past the top of the  hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him,  with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred  loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an  hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. 

2 Samuel 16:2 And  the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And  Ziba said, The asses be for the king’s household to ride  on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to  eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness  may drink. 

2 Samuel 16:3 And the king said, And where is thy  master’s son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he  abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, Today shall the house of  Israel restore me the kingdom of my father. 

2 Samuel 16:4 Then  said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained  unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee  that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.  

2 Samuel 16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold,  thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul,  whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth,  and cursed still as he came. 

2 Samuel 16:6 And he cast stones at  David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the  people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and  on his left. 

2 Samuel 16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed,  Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of  Belial: 

2 Samuel 16:8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the  blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast  reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the  hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in  thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.  

2 Samuel 16:9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the  king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let  me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head. 

2 Samuel 16:10 And  the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of  Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto  him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou  done so? 

2 Samuel 16:11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his  servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels,  seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite  do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath  bidden him. 

2 Samuel 16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on  mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for  his cursing this day. 

2 Samuel 16:13 And as David and his men  went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side over  against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him,  and cast dust. 

2 Samuel 16:14 And the king, and all the people that  were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves  there.   

2 Samuel 16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of  Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.  

2 Samuel 16:16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite,  David’s friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said  unto Absalom, God save the king, God save the king.  

2 Samuel 16:17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness  to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?  

2 Samuel 16:18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom  the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel,  choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide. 

2 Samuel 16:19  And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in  the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father’s  presence, so will I be in thy presence.  

2 Samuel 16:20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel  among you what we shall do. 

2 Samuel 16:21 And Ahithophel said  unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he  hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou  art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that  are with thee be strong. 

2 Samuel 16:22 So they spread Absalom a  tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto  his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. 

2 Samuel 16:23  And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in  those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of  God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David  and with Absalom.  KJV

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