World English Bible
2 Samuel 15 (WEBP)
 After this, Absalom prepared a chariot and horses for himself, and fifty men to run before him.
 Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate. When any man had a suit which should come to the king for judgment, then Absalom called to him, and said, “What city are you from?” He said, “Your servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.”
 Absalom said to him, “Behold, your matters are good and right; but there is no man deputized by the king to hear you.”
 Absalom said moreover, “Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man who has any suit or cause might come to me, and I would do him justice!”
 It was so, that when any man came near to bow down to him, he stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and kissed him.
 Absalom did this sort of thing to all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
 At the end of forty years, Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to Yahweh, in Hebron.
 For your servant vowed a vow while I stayed at Geshur in Syria, saying, ‘If Yahweh shall indeed bring me again to Jerusalem, then I will serve Yahweh.’ ”
 The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron.
 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron!’ ”
 Two hundred men went with Absalom out of Jerusalem, who were invited, and went in their simplicity; and they didn’t know anything.
 Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. The conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Absalom.
 A messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.”
 David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise! Let’s flee, or else none of us will escape from Absalom. Hurry to depart, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down evil on us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”
 The king’s servants said to the king, “Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses.”
 The king went out, and all his household after him. The king left ten women, who were concubines, to keep the house.
 The king went out, and all the people after him; and they stayed in Beth Merhak.
 All his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men who came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
 Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why do you also go with us? Return, and stay with the king; for you are a foreigner and also an exile. Return to your own place.
 Whereas you came but yesterday, should I today make you go up and down with us, since I go where I may? Return, and take back your brothers. Mercy and truth be with you.”
 Ittai answered the king and said, “As Yahweh lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in what place my lord the king is, whether for death or for life, your servant will be there also.”
 David said to Ittai, “Go and pass over.” Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones who were with him.
 All the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over. The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness.
 Behold, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God; and they set down God’s ark; and Abiathar went up until all the people finished passing out of the city.
 The king said to Zadok, “Carry God’s ark back into the city. If I find favor in Yahweh’s eyes, he will bring me again, and show me both it and his habitation;
 but if he says, ‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am. Let him do to me as seems good to him.”
 The king said also to Zadok the priest, “Aren’t you a seer? Return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz your son and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
 Behold, I will stay at the fords of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.”
 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried God’s ark to Jerusalem again; and they stayed there.
 David went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered and went barefoot. All the people who were with him each covered his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
 Someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” David said, “Yahweh, please turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.”
 When David had come to the top, where God was worshiped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his tunic torn and earth on his head.
 David said to him, “If you pass on with me, then you will be a burden to me;
 but if you return to the city, and tell Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king. As I have been your father’s servant in time past, so I will now be your servant; then will you defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel.’
 Don’t you have Zadok and Abiathar the priests there with you? Therefore whatever you hear out of the king’s house, tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son, and Jonathan, Abiathar’s son. Send to me everything that you shall hear by them.”
 So Hushai, David’s friend, came into the city; and Absalom came into Jerusalem.
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King James w/Strong’s #s
2 Samuel 15 (KJVS)
 And it came to pass after this H310, that Absalom H53 prepared H6213 (8799) him chariots H4818 and horses H5483, and fifty H2572 men H376 to run H7323 (8801) before H6440 him.
 And Absalom H53 rose up early H7925 (8689), and stood H5975 (8804) beside H3027 the way H1870 of the gate H8179: and it was [so], that when any man H376 that had a controversy H7379 came H935 (8800) to the king H4428 for judgment H4941, then Absalom H53 called H7121 (8799) unto him, and said H559 (8799), Of what H335 city H5892 [art] thou? And he said H559 (8799), Thy servant H5650 [is] of one H259 of the tribes H7626 of Israel H3478.
 And Absalom H53 said H559 (8799) unto him, See H7200 (8798), thy matters H1697 [are] good H2896 and right H5228; but [there is] no man [deputed] of the king H4428 to hear H8085 (8802) thee.
 Absalom H53 said H559 (8799) moreover, Oh that I were made H7760 (8799) judge H8199 (8802) in the land H776, that every man H376 which hath any suit H7379 or cause H4941 might come H935 (8799) unto me, and I would do him justice H6663 (8689)!
 And it was [so], that when any man H376 came nigh H7126 (8800) [to him] to do him obeisance H7812 (8692), he put forth H7971 (8804) his hand H3027, and took H2388 (8689) him, and kissed H5401 (8804) him.
 And on this manner H1697 did H6213 (8799) Absalom H53 to all Israel H3478 that came H935 (8799) to the king H4428 for judgment H4941: so Absalom H53 stole H1589 (8762) the hearts H3820 of the men H582 of Israel H3478.
 And it came to pass after H7093 forty H705 years H8141, that Absalom H53 said H559 (8799) unto the king H4428, I pray thee, let me go H3212 (8799) and pay H7999 (8762) my vow H5088, which I have vowed H5087 (8804) unto the LORD H3068, in Hebron H2275.
 For thy servant H5650 vowed H5087 (8804) a vow H5088 while I abode H3427 (8800) at Geshur H1650 in Syria H758, saying H559 (8800), If the LORD H3068 shall bring me again H7725 (8799) (8676) H7725 (8686) indeed to Jerusalem H3389, then I will serve H5647 (8804) the LORD H3068.
 And the king H4428 said H559 (8799) unto him, Go H3212 (8798) in peace H7965. So he arose H6965 (8799), and went H3212 (8799) to Hebron H2275.
 But Absalom H53 sent H7971 (8799) spies H7270 (8764) throughout all the tribes H7626 of Israel H3478, saying H559 (8800), As soon as ye hear H8085 (8800) the sound H6963 of the trumpet H7782, then ye shall say H559 (8804), Absalom H53 reigneth H4427 (8804) in Hebron H2275.
 And with Absalom H53 went H1980 (8804) two hundred H3967 men H376 out of Jerusalem H3389, [that were] called H7121 (8803); and they went H1980 (8802) in their simplicity H8537, and they knew H3045 (8804) not any thing H1697.
 And Absalom H53 sent H7971 (8799) for Ahithophel H302 the Gilonite H1526, David’s H1732 counsellor H3289 (8802), from his city H5892, [even] from Giloh H1542, while he offered H2076 (8800) sacrifices H2077. And the conspiracy H7195 was strong H533; for the people H5971 increased H7227 continually H1980 (8802) with Absalom H53.
 And there came H935 (8799) a messenger H5046 (8688) to David H1732, saying H559 (8800), The hearts H3820 of the men H376 of Israel H3478 are after H310 Absalom H53.
 And David H1732 said H559 (8799) unto all his servants H5650 that [were] with him at Jerusalem H3389, Arise H6965 (8798), and let us flee H1272 (8799); for we shall not [else] escape H6413 from H6440 Absalom H53: make speed H4116 (8761) to depart H3212 (8800), lest he overtake H5381 (8689) us suddenly H4116 (8762), and bring H5080 (8689) evil H7451 upon us, and smite H5221 (8689) the city H5892 with the edge H6310 of the sword H2719.
 And the king’s H4428 servants H5650 said H559 (8799) unto the king H4428, Behold, thy servants H5650 [are ready to do] whatsoever my lord H113 the king H4428 shall appoint H977 (8799).
 And the king H4428 went forth H3318 (8799), and all his household H1004 after H7272 him. And the king H4428 left H5800 (8799) ten H6235 women H802, [which were] concubines H6370, to keep H8104 (8800) the house H1004.
 And the king H4428 went forth H3318 (8799), and all the people H5971 after H7272 him, and tarried H5975 (8799) in a place H1004 that was far off H4801 (8677) H1023.
 And all his servants H5650 passed on H5674 (8802) beside H3027 him; and all the Cherethites H3774, and all the Pelethites H6432, and all the Gittites H1663, six H8337 hundred H3967 men H376 which came H935 (8804) after H7272 him from Gath H1661, passed on H5674 (8802) before H6440 the king H4428.
 Then said H559 (8799) the king H4428 to Ittai H863 the Gittite H1663, Wherefore goest H3212 (8799) thou also with us? return H7725 (8798) to thy place H4725, and abide H3427 (8798) with the king H4428: for thou [art] a stranger H5237, and also an exile H1540 (8802).
 Whereas thou camest H935 (8800) [but] yesterday H8543, should I this day H3117 make thee go H3212 (8800) up and down H5128 (8686) (8675) H5128 (8799) with us? seeing I go H1980 (8802) whither I may, return H7725 (8798) thou, and take back H7725 (8685) thy brethren H251: mercy H2617 and truth H571 [be] with thee.
 And Ittai H863 answered H6030 (8799) the king H4428, and said H559 (8799), [As] the LORD H3068 liveth H2416, and [as] my lord H113 the king H4428 liveth H2416, surely in what place H4725 my lord H113 the king H4428 shall be, whether in death H4194 or life H2416, even there also will thy servant H5650 be.
 And David H1732 said H559 (8799) to Ittai H863, Go H3212 (8798) and pass over H5674 (8798). And Ittai H863 the Gittite H1663 passed over H5674 (8799), and all his men H582, and all the little ones H2945 that [were] with him.
 And all the country H776 wept H1058 (8802) with a loud H1419 voice H6963, and all the people H5971 passed over H5674 (8802): the king H4428 also himself passed over H5674 (8802) the brook H5158 Kidron H6939, and all the people H5971 passed over H5674 (8802), toward H6440 the way H1870 of the wilderness H4057.
 And lo Zadok H6659 also, and all the Levites H3881 [were] with him, bearing H5375 (8802) the ark H727 of the covenant H1285 of God H430: and they set down H3332 (8686) the ark H727 of God H430; and Abiathar H54 went up H5927 (8799), until all the people H5971 had done H8552 (8800) passing H5674 (8800) out of the city H5892.
 And the king H4428 said H559 (8799) unto Zadok H6659, Carry back H7725 (8685) the ark H727 of God H430 into the city H5892: if I shall find H4672 (8799) favour H2580 in the eyes H5869 of the LORD H3068, he will bring me again H7725 (8689), and shew H7200 (8689) me [both] it, and his habitation H5116:
 But if he thus say H559 (8799), I have no delight H2654 (8804) in thee; behold, [here am] I, let him do H6213 (8799) to me as seemeth H5869 good H2896 unto him.
 The king H4428 said H559 (8799) also unto Zadok H6659 the priest H3548, [Art not] thou a seer H7200 (8802)? return H7725 (8798) into the city H5892 in peace H7965, and your two H8147 sons H1121 with you, Ahimaaz H290 thy son H1121, and Jonathan H3083 the son H1121 of Abiathar H54.
 See H7200 (8798), I will tarry H4102 (8700) in the plain H6160 (8675) H5679 of the wilderness H4057, until there come H935 (8800) word H1697 from you to certify H5046 (8687) me.
 Zadok H6659 therefore and Abiathar H54 carried H7725 the ark H727 of God H430 again H7725 (8686) to Jerusalem H3389: and they tarried H3427 (8799) there.
 And David H1732 went up H5927 (8802) by the ascent H4608 of [mount] Olivet H2132, and wept H1058 (8802) as he went up H5927 (8802), and had his head H7218 covered H2645 (8802), and he went H1980 (8802) barefoot H3182: and all the people H5971 that [was] with him covered H2645 (8804) every man H376 his head H7218, and they went up H5927 (8804), weeping H1058 (8800) as they went up H5927 (8800).
 And [one] told H5046 (8689) David H1732, saying H559 (8800), Ahithophel H302 [is] among the conspirators H7194 (8802) with Absalom H53. And David H1732 said H559 (8799), O LORD H3068, I pray thee, turn the counsel H6098 of Ahithophel H302 into foolishness H5528 (8761).
 And it came to pass, that [when] David H1732 was come H935 (8804) to the top H7218 [of the mount], where he worshipped H7812 (8691) God H430, behold, Hushai H2365 the Archite H757 came to meet H7125 (8800) him with his coat H3801 rent H7167 (8803), and earth H127 upon his head H7218:
 Unto whom David H1732 said H559 (8799), If thou passest on H5674 (8804) with me, then thou shalt be a burden H4853 unto me:
 But if thou return H7725 (8799) to the city H5892, and say H559 (8804) unto Absalom H53, I will be thy servant H5650, O king H4428; [as] I [have been] thy father’s H1 servant H5650 hitherto H227, so [will] I now also [be] thy servant H5650: then mayest thou for me defeat H6565 (8689) the counsel H6098 of Ahithophel H302.
 And [hast thou] not there with thee Zadok H6659 and Abiathar H54 the priests H3548? therefore it shall be, [that] what thing H1697 soever thou shalt hear H8085 (8799) out of the king’s H4428 house H1004, thou shalt tell H5046 (8686) [it] to Zadok H6659 and Abiathar H54 the priests H3548.
 Behold, [they have] there with them their two H8147 sons H1121, Ahimaaz H290 Zadok’s H6659 [son], and Jonathan H3083 Abiathar’s H54 [son]; and by them H3027 ye shall send H7971 (8804) unto me every thing H1697 that ye can hear H8085 (8799).
 So Hushai H2365 David’s H1732 friend H7463 came H935 (8799) into the city H5892, and Absalom H53 came H935 (8799) into Jerusalem H3389.
Young’s Literal Translation
2 Samuel 15 (YLT)
 And it cometh to pass afterwards, that Absalom prepareth for himself a chariot, and horses, and fifty men are running before him;
 and Absalom hath risen early, and stood by the side of the way of the gate, and it cometh to pass, every man who hath a pleading to come unto the king for judgment, that Absalom calleth unto him, and saith, ‘Of what city art thou?’ and he saith, ‘Of one of the tribes of Israel is thy servant.’
 And Absalom saith unto him, ‘See, thy matters are good and straightforward-and there is none hearkening to thee from the king.’
 And Absalom saith, ‘Who doth make me a judge in the land, that unto me doth come every man who hath a plea and judgment?-then I have declared him righteous.’
 And it hath come to pass, in the drawing nearing of any one to bow himself to him, that he hath put forth his hand, and laid hold on him, and given a kiss to him;
 and Absalom doth according to this thing to all Israel who come in for judgment unto the king, and Absalom stealeth the heart of the men of Israel.
 And it cometh to pass, at the end of forty years, that Absalom saith unto the king, ‘Let me go, I pray thee, and I complete my vow, that I vowed to Jehovah in Hebron,
 for a vow hath thy servant vowed in my dwelling in Geshur, in Aram, saying, If Jehovah doth certainly bring me back to Jerusalem, then I have served Jehovah.’
 And the king saith to him, ‘Go in peace;’ and he riseth and goeth to Hebron,
 and Absalom sendeth spies through all the tribes of Israel, saying, ‘At your hearing the voice of the trumpet, then ye have said, Absalom hath reigned in Hebron.’
 And with Absalom have gone two hundred men, out of Jerusalem, invited ones, and they are going in their simplicity, and have not known anything;
 and Absalom sendeth Ahithophel the Gilonite, a counsellor of David, out of his city, out of Gilo, in his sacrificing sacrifices; and the conspiracy is strong, and the people are going and increasing with Absalom.
 And he who is declaring tidings cometh in unto David, saying, ‘The heart of the men of Israel hath been after Absalom.’
 And David saith to all his servants who are with him in Jerusalem, ‘Rise, and we flee, for we have no escape from the face of Absalom; haste to go, lest he hasten, and have overtaken us, and forced on us evil, and smitten the city by the mouth of the sword.’
 And the servants of the king say unto the king, ‘According to all that my lord the king chooseth-lo, thy servants do.’
 And the king goeth out, and all his household at his feet, and the king leaveth ten women-concubines-to keep the house.
 And the king goeth out, and all the people at his feet, and they stand still at the farthest off house.
 And all his servants are passing on at his side, and all the Cherethite, and all the Pelethite, and all the Gittites, six hundred men who came at his feet from Gath, are passing on at the front of the king.
 And the king saith unto Ittai the Gittite, ‘Why dost thou go-thou also-with us? turn back-and abide with the king, for thou art a stranger, and also an exile thou-to thy place.
 Yesterday is thy coming in, and to-day I move thee to go with us, and I am going on that which I am going!-turn back, and take back thy brethren with thee,-kindness and truth.’
 And Ittai answereth the king and saith, ‘Jehovah liveth, and my lord the king liveth, surely in the place where my lord the king is-if for death, if for life, surely there is thy servant.’
 And David saith unto Ittai, ‘Go and pass over;’ and Ittai the Gittite passeth over, and all his men, and all the infants who are with him.
 And all the land are weeping-a great voice, and all the people are passing over; and the king is passing over through the brook Kidron, and all the people are passing over on the front of the way of the wilderness;
 and lo, also Zadok, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God, and they make the ark of God firm, and Abiathar goeth up, till the completion of all the people to pass over out of the city.
 And the king saith to Zadok, ‘Take back the ark of God to the city; if I find grace in the eyes of Jehovah, then He hath brought me back, and shewn me it and His habitation;
 and if thus He say, I have not delighted in thee; here am I, He doth to me as is good in His eyes.’
 And the king saith unto Zadok the priest, ‘Art thou a seer? turn back to the city in peace, and Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan son of Abiathar, your two sons with you;
 see ye, I am tarrying in the plains of the wilderness till the coming in of a word from you to declare to me.’
 And Zadok taketh back-and Abiathar-the ark of God to Jerusalem, and they abide there.
 And David is going up in the ascent of the olives, going up and weeping, and he hath the head covered, and he is going barefooted, and all the people who are with him have covered each his head, and have gone up, going up and weeping;
 and David declared, saying, ‘Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom;’ and David saith, ‘Make foolish, I pray Thee, the counsel of Ahithophel, O Jehovah.’
 And it cometh to pass, David hath come unto the top, where he boweth himself to God, and lo, to meet him is Hushai the Archite, his coat rent, and earth on his head;
 and David saith to him, ‘If thou hast passed on with me then thou hast been on me for a burden,
 and if to the city thou dost turn back, and hast said to Absalom, Thy servant I am, O king; servant of thy father I am also hitherto, and now, I am also thy servant; then thou hast made void for me the counsel of Ahithophel;
 and are there not with thee there Zadok and Abiathar the priests? and it hath been, the whole of the matter that thou hearest from the house of the king thou dost declare to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests.
 Lo, there with them are their two sons, Ahimaaz to Zadok, and Jonathan to Abiathar, and ye have sent by their hand unto me anything that ye hear.’
 And Hushai, David’s friend, cometh in to the city, and Absalom cometh in to Jerusalem.