Shimei Curses David and His Men
16:5 Then King David reached8 Bahurim. There a man from Saul’s extended family named Shimei son of Gera came out, yelling curses as he approached.9 16:6 He threw stones at David and all of King David’s servants, as well as all the people and the soldiers who were on his right and on his left. 16:7 As he yelled curses, Shimei said, “Leave! Leave! You man of bloodshed, you wicked man!10 16:8 The Lord has punished you for11 all the spilled blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you rule. Now the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. Disaster has overtaken you, for you are a man of bloodshed!”
16:9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head!” 16:10 But the king said, “What do we have in common,12 you sons of Zeruiah? If he curses because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David!’, who can say to him, ‘Why have you done this?’ ” 16:11 Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “My own son, my very own flesh and blood,13 is trying to take my life. So also now this Benjaminite! Leave him alone so that he can curse, for the Lord has spoken to him. 16:12 Perhaps the Lord will notice my affliction14 and this day grant me good in place of his curse.”15
16:13 So David and his men went on their way. But Shimei kept going along the side of the hill opposite him, yelling curses as he threw stones and dirt at them.16 16:14 The king and all the people who were with him arrived exhausted at their destination, where David17 refreshed himself.
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