14 So Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was concerned aabout Absalom. 2 And Joab sent to bTekoa and brought from there a wise woman, and said to her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, cand put on mourning apparel; do not anoint yourself with oil, but act like a woman who has been mourning a long time for the dead. 3 Go to the king and speak to him in this manner.” So Joab dput the words in her mouth.
And she answered, g“Indeed I am a widow, my husband is dead. 6 Now your maidservant had two sons; and the two fought with each other in the field, and there was no one to part them, but the one struck the other and killed him. 7 And now the whole family has risen up against your maidservant, and they said, ‘Deliver him who struck his brother, that we may execute him hfor the life of his brother whom he killed; and we will destroy the heir also.’ So they would extinguish my ember that is left, and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant on the earth.”
11 Then she said, “Please let the king remember the Lord your God, and do not permit kthe avenger of blood to destroy anymore, lest they destroy my son.”
And he said, l“As the Lord lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”
Many Heb. mss., LXX, Syr., Vg. came
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