Chapter 20

And there was a transgressor so called there, and his name was Sabee, a Benjamite, the son of Bochori : and he blew the trumpet, and said, We have no portion in David, neither have we any inheritance in the son of Jessae: to thy tents, O Israel, every one.

Gr. speakest thou thy words any longer. Gr. a son of eighty years. Gr. as it were a little. Gr. every man Gr. and Heb.. hands.


2And all the men of Israel went up from following David after Sabee the son of Bochori: but the men of Juda adhered to their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.

3And David went into his house at Jerusalem: and the king took the ten women his concubines whom he had left to keep the house, and he put them in a place of custody, and maintained them, and went not in to them; and they were kept living as widows, till the day of their death.

4And the king said to Amessai, Call to me the men of Juda for three days, and do thou be present here. 5And Amessai went to call Juda and delayed beyond the time which David appointed him. 6And David said to Amessai, Now shall Sabee the son of Bochori do us more harm than Abessalom: now then take thou with thee the servants of thy lord, and follow after him, lest he find for himself strong cities, so will he 1 blind our eyes. 7And there went out after him Amessai and the men of Joab, and the Cherethites, and the Phelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out from Jerusalem to pursue after Sabee the son of Bochori.

8And they were by the great stone that is in Gabaon: and Amessai went in before them: and Joab 2 had upon him a military cloak over his apparel, and over it he was girded with a dagger fastened upon his loins in its scabbard: and the dagger came out, it even came out and fell.

9And Joab said to Amessai, Art thou in health, my brother? and the right hand of Joab took hold of the beard of Amessai to kiss him. 10And Amessai observed not the dagger that was in the hand of Joab: and Joab smote him with it on the loins, and his 3 bowels were shed out upon the ground, and he did not repeat the blow, and he died: and Joab and Abessai his brother pursued after Sabee the son of Bochori. 11And there stood over him one of the servants of Joab, and said, Who is he that is for Joab and who is on he side of David following Joab? 12And Amessai was weltering in blood in the midst of the way. And a man saw that all the people stood still and he removed Amessai out of the path into a field, and he cast a garment upon him, because he saw every one that came to him standing still. 13And when he was quickly removed from the road, every man of Israel passed after Joab to pursue after Sabee the son of Bochori.

14And he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, and to Bethmacha; and all in Charri too were assembled, and followed after him. 15And they came and besieged him in Abel and Phermacha: and they raised a mound against the city and it stood close to the wall; and all the people with Joab proposed to throw down the wall. 16And a wise woman cried from the wall, and said, Hear, hear; say, I pray ye, to Joab, Draw near hiter, and I will speak to him.

17 And he drew nigh to her, and the woman said to him, Art thou Joab? and he


II. KINGS XX. 18 - XXI. 7.

said I am. And she said to him, Hear the words of thy handmaid; and Joab said, I do hear. 18 And she spoke, saying, β Of old time they said thus, Surely one was asked in Abel, and Dan, whether the faithful in Israel failed in what they purposed; they will surely ask in Abel even in like manner, whether they have failed. 19 I am a peaceable one of the strong ones in Israel; but thou seekest to destroy a city and a mothercity in Israel: why dost thou seek to ruin the inheritance of the Lord? 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should ruin or destroy. 21 Is not the case thus, that a man of mount Ephraim, Sabee son of Bochori by name, has even lifted up his hand against king David? Give him only to me, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said to Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.

22 And the woman went in to all the people, and she spoke to all the city in her wisdom ; and 4they took off' the head of Sabee the son of Bochori ; and took it away and threw it to Joab: and he blew the, trumpet, and the people separated from the city away from him, every man to his tent: and Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.

23 And Joab was δover all the forces of Israel: and Banaias the son of Jodae was over the Cherethites and over the Phelethites. 24 And Adoniram was over the tribute: and Josaphath the son of Achiluth was recorder. 25 And Susa was scribe: and Sadoc and Abiathar were priests. 26 Moreover Iras the son of Iarin was priest to David.

1 i.e., escape us.

2 Gr. was girded about with.

3 Gr. belly.

4 γ


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