|2nd Samuel 13|
King James Bible
And Joab sent4 to Tekoah, and fetched4 thence a wise woman, and said4 unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner,100 and put on3 now mourning apparel, and anoint4 not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned102 for the dead:5
And, behold, the whole family is risen1 against thine handmaid, and they said,4 Deliver3 him that smote56 his brother, that we may kill55 him, for the life of his brother whom he slew;1 and we will destroy55 the heir6 also: and so they shall quench14 my coal which is left,8 and shall not leave2 to my husband [neither] name nor remainder upon the earth.
Then said4 she, I pray thee, let the king remember4 the LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers6 of blood to destroy15 any more,53 lest they destroy55 my son. And he said,4 [As] the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall4 to the earth.
And the woman said,4 Wherefore then hast thou thought1 such a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak102 this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again53 his banished.12
For we must needs2 die,4 and [are] as water spilt12 on the ground, which cannot be gathered11 up again; neither doth God respect4 [any] person: yet doth he devise1 means, that his banished12 be not expelled4 from him.
Now therefore that I am come1 to speak15 of this thing unto my lord the king, [it is] because the people have made me afraid:14 and thy handmaid said,4 I will now speak17 unto the king; it may be that the king will perform4 the request of his handmaid.
Then thine handmaid said,4 The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so [is] my lord the king to discern2 good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.
And the king said,4 [Is not] the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered4 and said,4 [As] thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand53 or to the left53 from ought that my lord the king hath spoken:14 for thy servant Joab, he bade14 me, and he put1 all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
And Joab fell4 to the ground on his face, and bowed101 himself, and thanked17 the king: and Joab said,4 To day thy servant knoweth1 that I have found1 grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled1 the request of his servant.
And when he polled15 his head, (for it was at every year's 3117 end that he polled17 [it]: because [the hair] was heavy1 on him, therefore he polled14 it:) he weighed1 the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.
And Absalom answered4 Joab, Behold, I sent1 unto thee, saying,2 Come3 hither, that I may send4 thee to the king, to say,2 Wherefore am I come1 from Geshur? [it had been] good for me [to have been] there still: now therefore let me see4 the king's face; and if there be [any] iniquity in me, let him kill52 me.