17:1 Moreover Achitophel (אחיתפל) said unto Avishalom (אבישׁלום), Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:
17:2 And I will come upon him while he [is] weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that [are] with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:
17:3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest [is] as if all returned: [so] all the people shall be in peace.
17:4 And the saying pleased Avishalom (אבישׁלום) well, and all the Ziknei of Yisra'el.
17:5 Then said Avishalom (אבישׁלום), Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith.
17:6 And when Hushai was come to Avishalom (אבישׁלום), Avishalom (אבישׁלום) spake unto him, saying, Achitophel (אחיתפל) hath spoken after this manner: shall we do [after] his saying? if not; speak thou.
17:7 And Hushai said unto Avishalom (אבישׁלום), The counsel that Achitophel (אחיתפל) hath given [is] not good at this time.
17:8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they [be] mighty men, and they [be] chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father [is] a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.
17:9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some [other] place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Avishalom (אבישׁלום).
17:10 And he also [that is] valiant, whose heart [is] as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Yisra'el knoweth that thy father [is] a mighty man, and [they] which [be] with him [are] valiant men.
17:11 Therefore I counsel that all Yisra'el be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beer-Sheva, as the sand that [is] by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.
17:12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that [are] with him there shall not be left so much as one.
17:13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Yisra'el bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there.
17:14 And Avishalom (אבישׁלום) and all the men of Yisra'el said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite [is] better than the counsel of Achitophel (אחיתפל). For YHWH (יהוה) had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Achitophel (אחיתפל), to the intent that YHWH (יהוה) might bring evil upon Avishalom (אבישׁלום).
17:15 Then said Hushai unto Tzadok and to Evyatar the Kohenim, Thus and thus did Achitophel (אחיתפל) counsel Avishalom (אבישׁלום) and the Ziknei of Yisra'el; and thus and thus have I counselled.
17:16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that [are] with him.
17:17 Now Yonatan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.
17:18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Avishalom (אבישׁלום): but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.
17:19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
17:20 And when Avishalom (אבישׁלום)'s servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where [is] Ahimaaz and Yonatan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find [them], they returned to Yerushalayim.
17:21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Achitophel (אחיתפל) counselled against you.
17:22 Then David arose, and all the people that [were] with him, and they passed over Yarden: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Yarden.
17:23 And when Achitophel (אחיתפל) saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled [his] ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the Kever of his father.
17:24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Avishalom (אבישׁלום) passed over Yarden, he and all the men of Yisra'el with him.
17:25 And Avishalom (אבישׁלום) made Amasa captain of the host instead of Yo'av: which Amasa [was] a man's son, whose name [was] Ithra an Yisra'elite, that went in to Avigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruyah Yo'av's mother.
17:26 So Yisra'el and Avishalom (אבישׁלום) pitched in the land of Gilead.
17:27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi Ben Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir Ben Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
17:28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched [corn], and beans, and lentiles, and parched [pulse],
17:29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that [were] with him, to eat: for they said, The people [is] hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.