And Achitophel said to Abessalom, Let me now choose out for myself twelve thousand men, and I will arise and follow after David, this night: 2and I will come upon him when he is weary and weak-handed, and I will strike him with terror; and all the people with him shall flee, and I will smite the king only of all. 3And I will bring back all the people to thee, as a bride returns to her husband: only thou seekest the life of one man, and all the people shall have peace. 4And the saying was right in the eyes of Abessalom, and in the eyes of all the elders of Israel.
5And Abessalom said, Call now also Chusi the Arachite, and let us hear what is in his mouth, even in his also. 6And Chusi went in to Abessalom, and Abessalom spoke to him, saying, After this manner spoke~ke Achitophel : shall we do according to his word but if not. do thou speak.
7And Chusi said to Abessalom, This counsel which Achitophel has counselled this one time is not good. 8 And Chusi said, Thou knowest thy father and his men, that they are very mighty, and bitter in their spirit, as a bereaved bear in the field, [1 and as a wild boar in the plain]: and thy father is a man of war, and will not give the people rest. 9For, behold, he is now hidden in one of the hills or in some other place: and it shall come-to pass when he falls upon them at the beginning, that some one will certainly hear, and say,. There has been a slaughter among the people that follow after Abessalom. 10Then even he that is 2 strong, whose heart is as the heart of a lion,—it shall utterly melt: for all Israel knows that thy father is mighty, and they that are with him are mighty men. 11For thus I have surely given counsel that all Israel be generally gathered to thee from Dan even to Bersabee, as the sand that is upon the sea-shore for multitude: and that thy presence 3 go in the midst of them. 12 And we will come upon him in one of the places where we shall find him and we will encamp against him, as the dew falls upon the earth; and we will not leave of him and of his men so miuch as one. 13And if he shall have taken refuge with his army in a city
15And Chusi the Arachite said to Sadoc and Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus Achitophel counselled Abessalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled. 16And now send quickly and report to David, saying, Lodge not this night in Araboth of the wilderness: even go and make haste, lest one swallow up the king, and all the people with him.
17And Jonathan and Achimaas stood by the well of Rogel and a maid-servant went and reported to them, and they go and tell king David; for they might not be seen to enter into the city. 18But a young man saw them and told Abessalom : and the two went quickly, and entered into the house of a man in Baurim ; and he had a well in his court, and they went down into it. 19And a woman took a covering, and spread it over the mouth of the well, and spread out ground corn upon it to dry, and the thing was not known. 20And the servants of Abessalom came to the woman into the house and said, Where are Achimaas and Jonathan? and the woman said to them, They are gone a little way beyond the water. And they sought and found them not, and returned' to Jerusalem. 21And it came to pass after they were gone, that they came up out of the pit, and went an their way ; and reported to king David, and said to David, Arise ye and go quickly over the water, for thus has Achitophel counselled concerning you.
22And David rose up and all the people with him, and they passed over Jordan till the morning light; there was not one missing who did not pass over Jordan.
23And Achitophel saw that his counsel was not followed, and he saddled his ass, and rose and departed to his.house into his city; and he gave orders to his household, and hanged himself, and died and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
24And David passed. over to Manaim : and Abessalom crossed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. 25And Abessalom appointed Amessai in the room of Joab over the host. And Amessai was the son of a man whose name was Jether of Jezrael : he went in to Abigaia the daughter of Naas, the sister of Saruia the mother of Joab. 26 And all Israel and Abessalom encamped in the land of Galaad.
27And it came to pass when David came to Manaim that Uesbi the son of Naas of Rabbath of the sons of Ammon, and Machir son of Amiel of Lodabar, and LBerzelli the Galaadite of Rogellim, brought ten .
1 Heb. and Alex. omit the words in brackets.
2 Gr. a son of strength.
3 Gr. going
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