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Supplant Father, The
Roles conspiracy A messenger came and told David, "Everyone in Israel is on Absaloms side!"Davids officials were in Jerusalem with him, and he told them, "Lets get out of here! Well have to leave soon, or none of us will escape from Absalom.
Hurry! If he moves fast, he could catch us while were still here. Then he will kill us and everyone else in the city."The officials said, "Your Majesty, well do whatever you say." David left behind ten of his wives to take care of the palace, but the rest of his family and his officials and soldiers went with him. Roles
They stopped at the last house at the edge of the city. Then David stood there and watched while his regular troops and his bodyguards marched past. The last group was the six hundred soldiers who had followed him from Gath. Their commander was Ittai.
David spoke to Ittai and said, "Youre a foreigner from the town of Gath. You dont have to leave with us. Go back and join the new king! You havent been with me very long, so why should you have to follow me, when I dont even know where Im going? Take your soldiers and go back. I pray that the Lord will be kind and faithful to you."Ittai
answered, "Your Majesty, just as surely as you and the Lord live,
I will go where you go, no matter if it costs me my life."
"Then come on!" David said. So Ittai and all his men and their families walked on past David. The people of Jerusalem were crying and moaning as David and everyone with him passed by. He led them across Kidron Valley and along the road toward the desert. Roles conspiracy.
Zadok and Abiathar the priests were there along with several men from the tribe of Levi who were carrying the sacred chest. They set the chest down, and left it there until David and his followers had gone out of the city. Roles conspiracy.
Then David said:Zadok, take the sacred chest back to Jerusalem. If the Lord is pleased with me, he will bring me back and let me see it and his tent again. But if he says he isnt pleased with me, then let him do what he knows is best.
Zadok, you are a good judge of things, so return to the city and dont cause any trouble. Take your son Ahimaaz with you. Abiathar and his son Jonathan will also go back. Ill wait at the river crossing in the desert until I hear from you. Roles conspiracy.
Zadok and Abiathar took the sacred chest back into Jerusalem and stayed there. David went on up the slope of the Mount of Olives. He was barefoot and crying, and he covered his head to show his sorrow. Everyone with him was crying, and they covered their heads too. Someone told David, "Ahithophel is helping Absalom plot
against you!"David said, "Please, Lord, keep Ahithophels plans from working!" Roles conspiracy.
When David reached the top of the Mount of Olives,
he met Hushai the Archite at a place of worship. Hushais robe was torn, and dust was on his head. David told him:If you come with me, you might slow us down. Go back into the city and tell Absalom, "Your Majesty, I am your servant. Son conpiracy.
I will serve you now, just as I served your father in the past."Hushai, if you do that, you can help me ruin Ahithophels plans. 35 Zadok and Abiathar the priests will be there with you, and you can tell them everything you hear in the palace. 36 Then have them send their sons Ahimaaz and Jonathan to tell me what youve heard37 Davids
advisor Hushai slipped back into Jerusalem, just about the same time that Absalom was coming in.2 Samuel 15:13-37
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