2 David sent the people out, aone third under the 1command of Joab, one third under the 1command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and one third under the 1command of bIttai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, “I myself will surely go out with you also.”
3 But the people said, “aYou should not go out; for if we indeed flee, they will not care about us; even if half of us die, they will not care about us. But 1you are worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that you be ready to help us from the city.”
4 Then the king said to them, “Whatever seems best to you I will do.” So athe king stood beside the gate, and all the people went out by hundreds and thousands.
5 The king charged Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And aall the people heard when the king charged all the commanders concerning Absalom.
6 Then the people went out into the field against Israel, and the battle took place in athe forest of Ephraim.
7 The people of Israel were 1defeated there before the servants of David, and the slaughter there that day was great, 20,000 men.
9 Now Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. For Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. And ahis head caught fast in the oak, so he was 1left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him kept going.
12 The man said to Joab, “Even if I should receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not put out my hand against the king’s son; for ain our hearing the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, ‘1Protect for me the young man Absalom!’
13 “Otherwise, if I had dealt treacherously against his life (and athere is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof.”
16 Then aJoab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing Israel, for Joab restrained the people.
18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and aset up for himself a pillar which is in bthe King’s Valley, for he said, “cI have no son 1to preserve my name.” So he named the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.
22 Now Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said once more to Joab, “But whatever happens, please let me also run after the Cushite.” And Joab said, “Why would you run, my son, since ayou will have no reward for going?”
28 Ahimaaz called and said to the king, “1All is well.” And ahe prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. And he said, “bBlessed is the Lord your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted their hands against my lord the king.”
32 Then the king said to the Cushite, “aIs it well with the young man Absalom?” And the Cushite answered, “bLet the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be as that young man!”
33 1The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “aO my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! bWould I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
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