2 Samuel 18:1-18

1 And David numbered the people that [were] with him, and set

captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. 2 And

David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of

Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of

Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai

the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go

forth with you myself also. 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt

not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us;

neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now [thou

art] worth ten thousand of us: therefore now [it is] better that

thou succour us out of the city. 4 And the king said unto them,

What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate

side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands. 5

And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, [Deal]

gently for my sake with the young man, [even] with Absalom. And

all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge

concerning Absalom. 6 So the people went out into the field

against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim; 7

Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of

David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty

thousand [men]. 8 For the battle was there scattered over the

face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that

day than the sword devoured. 9 And Absalom met the servants of

David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the

thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak,

and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule

that [was] under him went away. 10 And a certain man saw [it],

and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.

11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou

sawest [him], and why didst thou not smite him there to the

ground? and I would have given thee ten [shekels] of silver, and a

girdle. 12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a

thousand [shekels] of silver in mine hand, [yet] would I not put

forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the

king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none

[touch] the young man Absalom. 13 Otherwise I should have wrought

falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from

the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against [me].

14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took

three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of

Absalom, while he [was] yet alive in the midst of the oak. 15 And

ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote

Absalom, and slew him. 16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the

people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the

people. 17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit

in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and

all Israel fled every one to his tent. 18 Now Absalom in his

lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which [is]

in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in

remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it

is called unto this day, Absalom's place._

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