16:1 And when David was a little past the top [of the hill], behold, Tziva the servant of Mefivoshet 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.
And the king said unto Tziva:
What meanest thou by these?
And Tziva 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.
And the king said:
And where [is] thy master's son?
And Tziva said unto the king:
Behold, he abideth at Yerushalayim: for he said, To day shall the house of Yisra'el restore me the kingdom of my father.
Then said the king to Tziva:
Behold, thine [are] all that [pertained] unto Mefivoshet.
And Tziva said:
I humbly beseech thee [that] I may find grace in thy sight, my adon (אדן ), O king.
16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Sha'ul, whose name [was] Shimei, Ben Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
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.
16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:
16:8 The YHWH (יהוה) hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Sha'ul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and YHWH (יהוה) hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Avishalom (אבישׁלום) thy son: and, behold, thou [art taken] in thy mischief, because thou [art] a bloody man.
16:9 Then said Avishai Ben Zeruyah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my adon (אדן ) the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
16:10 And the king said:
What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruyah? so let him curse, because YHWH (יהוה) hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
16:11 And David said to Avishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now [may this] Benyamite [do it]? let him alone, and let him curse; for YHWH (יהוה) hath bidden him.
16:12 It may be that YHWH (יהוה) will look on mine affliction, and that YHWH (יהוה) will requite me good for his cursing this day.
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.
16:14 And the king, and all the people that [were] with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.
16:15 And Avishalom (אבישׁלום), and all the people the men of Yisra'el, came to Yerushalayim, and Achitophel (אחיתפל) with him.
16:16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was come unto Avishalom (אבישׁלום), that Hushai said unto Avishalom (אבישׁלום), Elohim (אלהים) save the king, Elohim (אלהים) save the king.
16:17 And Avishalom (אבישׁלום) said to Hushai, [Is] this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?
16:18 And Hushai said unto Avishalom (אבישׁלום), Nay; but whom YHWH (יהוה), and this people, and all the men of Yisra'el, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.
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.
16:20 Then said Avishalom (אבישׁלום) to Achitophel (אחיתפל), Give counsel among you what we shall do.
16:21 And Achitophel (אחיתפל) said unto Avishalom (אבישׁלום), Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Yisra'el shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that [are] with thee be strong.
16:22 So they spread Avishalom (אבישׁלום) a tent upon the top of the house; and Avishalom (אבישׁלום) went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Yisra'el.
16:23 And the counsel of Achitophel (אחיתפל), which he counselled in those days, [was] as if a man had enquired at the oracle of Elohim (אלהים): so [was] all the counsel of Achitophel (אחיתפל) both with David and with Avishalom (אבישׁלום).