David and Absalom prepare to fight
David and Absalom prepared to fight. David did not go out with his army, and told his commanders to be gentle with Absalom.
Key passages
2 Sa 18:1–5

Then David mustered the people who were with him, and he appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. David sent forth a third of the troops under the command of Joab, and a third under the command of Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son …

See also
2 Sa 18:12;