|2nd Samuel 18|
King James Bible
And Joab came4 into the house to the king, and said,4 Thou hast shamed52 this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved18 thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;
In that thou lovest2 thine enemies,6 and hatest2 thy friends.6 For thou hast declared52 this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive,1 that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died5 this day, then it had pleased 5869 thee well.
Now therefore arise,3 go forth,3 and speak16 comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear8 by the LORD, if thou go not forth,6 there will not tarry4 one with thee this night: and that will be worse1 unto thee than all the evil that befell1 thee from thy youth until now.
Then the king arose,4 and sat4 in the gate. And they told52 unto all the people, saying,2 Behold, the king doth sit6 in the gate. And all the people came4 before the king: for Israel had fled1 every man to his tent.
And all the people were at strife12 throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,2 The king saved52 us out of the hand of our enemies,6 and he delivered14 us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled1 out of the land for Absalom.
And king David sent1 to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying,2 Speak16 unto the elders of Judah, saying,2 Why are ye the last to bring the king back53 to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come1 to the king, [even] to his house.
And [there were] a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen 6240 sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over1 Jordan before the king.
And said4 unto the king, Let not my lord impute4 iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember4 that which thy servant did perversely52 the day that my lord the king went out1 of Jerusalem, that the king should take2 it to his heart.
And David said,4 What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death93 this day in Israel? for do not I know1 that I [am] this day king over Israel?
And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down1 to meet2 the king, and had neither dressed1 his feet, nor trimmed1 his beard, nor washed14 his clothes, from the day the king departed2 until the day he came1 [again] in peace.
For all [of] my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set4 thy servant among them that did eat6 at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry2 any more unto the king?
I [am] this day fourscore years old: [and] can I discern4 between good and evil? can thy servant taste4 what I eat4 or what I drink?4 can I hear4 any more the voice of singing6 men and singing6 women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again,4 that I may die4 in mine own city, [and be buried] by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over4 with my lord the king; and do3 to him what shall seem good 5869 unto thee.
And, behold, all the men of Israel came6 to the king, and said4 unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away,1 and have brought55 the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordan?
And all the men of Judah answered4 the men of Israel, Because the king [is] near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry1 for this matter? have we eaten1 at all2 of the king's [cost]? or hath he given14 us any gift?
And the men of Israel answered4 the men of Judah, and said,4 We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more [right] in David than ye: why then did ye despise52 us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back53 our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer4 than the words of the men of Israel.