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20 And there happened to be there aa man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, bWe have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: cevery man to his tents, O Israel. 2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem. 3 And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his dconcubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in †ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were †shut up unto the day of their death, †living in widowhood. 4 Then said the king to eAmasa, †Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present. 5 So Amasa went to †assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him. 6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou fthy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and †escape us. 7 And there went out after him Joab’s men, and the gCherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri. 8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab’s garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out. 9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to hkiss him. 10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab’s hand: so ihe smote him therewith kin the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and †struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri. 11 And one of Joab’s men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab. 12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of lthe highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still. 13 When he was removed out of lthe highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
14 And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto mAbel, and to nBeth-maachah, and all othe Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him. 15 And they came and besieged him in mAbel of Beth-maachah, and they pcast up a bank against the city, and ||it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab †battered the wall, to throw it down. 16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee. 17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear. 18 Then she spake, saying, ||They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at mAbel: and so they ended the matter. 19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou qswallow up rthe inheritance of the Lord? 20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should qswallow up or destroy. 21 The matter is not so: but a man sof mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri †by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall. 22 Then the woman went unto all the people tin her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they †retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.
23 Now uJoab was over all the host of Israel: and xBenaiah the son of Jehoiada was over ythe Cherethites and over the Pelethites: 24 And zAdoram was over the tribute: and aJehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was ||recorder: 25 And Sheva was scribe: and bZadok and Abiathar were the priests: 26 And cIra also dthe Jairite was ||a chief ruler about David.
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