Neviim Rishonim (Early Neviim)

Shemuel Bet / שמואל

2nd Samuel Chapter 14


(The Second book of the Kings)

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Yo'av Scheme for Avishalom's Return

Avshalom's Return to Yerushalayim

14:1 Now Yo'av Ben Zeruyah perceived that the king's heart [was] toward Avishalom (אבישׁלום).

14:2 And Yo'av sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her:

I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:

14:3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Yo'av put the words in her mouth.

14:4 And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said,

Help, O king.

14:5 And the king said unto her:

What aileth thee?

And she answered:

I [am] indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.

14:6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and [there was] none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew him.

14:7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and they said:

Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband [neither] name nor remainder upon the earth.

14:8 And the king said unto the woman:

Go to thine house, and I will give charge concerning thee.

14:9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king:

My adon (אדן  ), O king, the iniquity [be] on me, and on my father's house: and the king and his throne [be] guiltless.

14:10 And the king said,

Whosoever saith [ought] unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.

14:11 Then said she,

I pray thee, let the king remember YHWH (יהוה) Eloheicha, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son.

And he said:

[As] YHWH (יהוה) liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.

14:12 Then the woman said:

Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak [one] word unto my adon (אדן  ) the king.

And he said: Say on.

14:13 And the woman said:

Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the people of Elohim (אלהים)? for the king doth speak this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.

14:14 For we must needs die, and [are] as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth Elohim (אלהים) respect [any] person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

14:15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my adon (אדן  ) the king, [it is] because the people have made me afraid: and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.

14:16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man [that would] destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of Elohim (אלהים).

14:17 Then thine handmaid said:

The word of my adon (אדן  ) the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of Elohim (אלהים), so [is] my adon (אדן  ) the king to discern good and bad: therefore YHWH (יהוה) Eloheicha will be with thee.

14:18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman:

Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my adon (אדן  ) the king now speak.

14:19 And the king said,

[Is not] the hand of Yo'av with thee in all this?

And the woman answered and said:

[As] thy soul liveth, my adon (אדן  ) the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my adon (אדן  ) the king hath spoken: for thy servant Yo'av, he bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:

14:20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Yo'av done this thing: and my adon (אדן  ) [is] wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of Elohim (אלהים), to know all [things] that [are] in the earth.

14:21 And the king said unto Yo'av:

Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Avishalom (אבישׁלום) again.

14:22 And Yo'av fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Yo'av said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my adon (אדן  ), O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.

14:23 So Yo'av arose and went to Geshur, and brought Avishalom (אבישׁלום) to Yerushalayim.

14:24 And the king said,

Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face. So Avishalom (אבישׁלום) returned to his own house, and saw not the king's face.

14:25 But in all Yisra'el there was none to be so much praised as Avishalom (אבישׁלום) for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.

14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled [it]: because [the hair] was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.

14:27 And unto Avishalom (אבישׁלום) there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name [was] Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.

14:28 So Avishalom (אבישׁלום) dwelt two full years in Yerushalayim, and saw not the king's face.

14:29 Therefore Avishalom (אבישׁלום) sent for Yo'av, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.

14:30 Therefore he said unto his servants:

See, Yo'av's field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Avishalom (אבישׁלום)'s servants set the field on fire.

14:31 Then Yo'av arose, and came to Avishalom (אבישׁלום) unto [his] house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

14:32 And Avishalom answered Yo'av:

Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? [it had been] good for me [to have been] there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there be [any] iniquity in me, let him kill me.

14:33 So Yo'av came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for Avishalom (אבישׁלום), he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Avishalom (אבישׁלום).

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