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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.”
And he said, “Say on.”
13 So the woman said: “Why then have you schemed such a thing against mthe people of God? For the king speaks this thing as one who is guilty, in that the king does not bring nhis banished one home again. 14 For we owill surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not ptake away a life; but He qdevises means, so that His banished ones are not 3expelled from Him. 15 Now therefore, I have come to speak of this thing to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. And your maidservant said, ‘I will now speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his maidservant. 16 For the king will hear and deliver his maidservant from the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together from the rinheritance of God.’ 17 Your maidservant said, ‘The word of my lord the king will now be comforting; for sas the angel of God, so is my lord the king in tdiscerning good and evil. And may the Lord your God be with you.’ ”
And the woman said, “Please, let my lord the king speak.”
19 So the king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” And the woman answered and said, “As you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken. For your servant Joab commanded me, and uhe put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant. 20 To bring about this change of affairs your servant Joab has done this thing; but my lord is wise, vaccording to the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth.”
22 Then Joab fell to the ground on his face and bowed himself, and 4thanked the king. And Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord, O king, in that the king has fulfilled the request of his servant.” 23 So Joab arose wand went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 And the king said, “Let him return to his own house, but xdo not let him see my face.” So Absalom returned to his own house, but did not see the king’s face.
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