Bible, King James Version
 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and
mourneth for Absalom.
 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto
all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king
was grieved for his son.
 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the
city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in
 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with
a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!
 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said,
Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which
this day have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of
thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy
 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy
friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest
neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if
Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it had
pleased thee well.
 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably
unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth,
there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be
worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth
 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they
told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in
the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had
fled every man to his tent.
 And all the people were at strife throughout all the
tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of
our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the
Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.
 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in
battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the
 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the
priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are
ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the
speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house.
 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh:
wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?
 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of
my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain
of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.
 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even
as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the
king, Return thou, and all thy servants.
 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah
came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over
 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of
Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king
 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him,
and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons
and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan
before the king.
 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the
king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the
son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over
 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute
iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant
did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of
Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.
 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned:
therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house
of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.
 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said,
Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the
 And David said, 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 death this day in Israel? for do not I
know that I am this day king over Israel?
 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not
die. And the king sware unto him.
 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet
the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his
beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed
until the day he came again in peace.
 And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to
meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not
thou with me, Mephibosheth?
 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived
me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may
ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is
 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the
king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore
what is good in thine eyes.
 For all of my father's house were but dead men before
my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that
did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to
cry any more unto the king?
 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any
more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the
 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him
take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace
unto his own house.
 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim,
and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over
 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore
years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he
lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.
 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with
me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.
 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to
live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern
between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I
drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing
women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my
lord the king?
 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the
king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a
 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I
may die 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 over
with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto
 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me,
and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and
whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.
 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the
king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him;
and he returned unto his own place.
 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on
with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and
also half the people of Israel.
 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king,
and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah
stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household,
and all David's men with him, over Jordan?
 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel,
Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry
for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath
he given us any gift?
 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and
said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right
in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice
should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words
of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of