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Ahithophel and Hushai give conflicting advice
Ahithophel advised Absalom to send an army against David right away. Hushai advised to wait and gather a larger army. Absalom followed Hushai’s advice.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Advice; Advise; Advisement
Advice; Advise; Advisement Aside from their regular meaning these words are peculiarly employed in the AV as follows: “Advice” in 2 S. 19:43 means “request.” In 1 S. 25:33, “advice” is equal to “sagacity” (RSV “discretion”). In 2 Ch. 25:17 the meaning seems to be “consult with oneself”; cf. also Jgs.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ADVICE; ADVISE; ADVISEMENT
ADVICE; ADVISE; ADVISEMENT<ad-vis’>, <ad-viz’>, <ad-viz’-ment>: Aside from their regular meaning these words are peculiarly employed as follows:1. Advice’ In 2 Samuel 19:43 (from, דָּבָר‎ [dabhar], “word”) the meaning is equal to “request” (the Revised Version, margin “were we not the first
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
Advice
AdviceHebrew expression: ʿetsahPronunciation: ´ay TSAWHStrong’s Number: 6098Key Verses2 Samuel 15:31, 34; 16:23; 17:7, 14, 23; 20:22; Job 12:13; Isaiah 11:2; 19:11In addition to the prophet, priest, elder, and king as leaders in ancient Israel, God recognized the place of wise men and women as
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Advice, Advise, Advisement
ADVICE, ADVISE, ADVISEMENT, ad-vīsʹ, ad-vīzʹ, ad-vīzʹment: Aside from their regular meaning these words are peculiarly employed as follows: (1) Advice: In 2 S 19:43 (from דָּכָר‎, dābhār, “word”) the meaning is equal to “request” (RVm “were we not the first to speak of bringing back”). In 1 S 25:33
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2 Sa 17:1–14

Then Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Please let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will set out and pursue after David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and weak. I will startle him, and all of the people who are with him will flee. …

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