2Sham 1:1 And it came to be after the death of Sha’ul, when Dud had returned from smiting the Aumalaqiy, that Dud remained two days in Tsaqlag.
2Sham 1:2 And it came to be on the third day, that see, a man came out of the camp from Sha’ul with his garments torn and dust on his head. And it came to be, when he came to Dud, that he fell to the ground and did obeisance.
2Sham 1:3 And Dud said to him, “From where do you come?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Yashara'Al.”
2Sham 1:4 And Dud said to him, “What was the matter? Please inform me.” And he said, “The people have fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Sha’ul and YahuNathan his son are dead too.”
2Sham 1:5 And Dud said to the young man who informed him, “How do you know that Sha’ul and YahuNathan his son are dead?”
2Sham 1:6 And the young man who informed him said, “By chance I was on Mount Galbau and saw Sha’ul leaning on his spear. And see, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.
2Sham 1:7 “And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me, and I answered, ‘Here I am.’
2Sham 1:8 “And he said to me, ‘Who are you?’ So I answered him, ‘I am an Aumalaqiy.’
2Sham 1:9 “And he said to me, ‘Please stand over me and put me to death, for agony has seized me, but my life is still in me.’
2Sham 1:10 “So I stood beside him and put him to death, for I knew he would not live after he had fallen. And I took the diadem that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my master.”
2Sham 1:11 And Dud took hold of his own garments and tore them, and also all the men who were with him.
2Sham 1:12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Sha’ul and for YahuNathan his son, and for the people of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and for the house of Yashara'Al, because they had fallen by the sword.
2Sham 1:13 Then Dud asked the young man who informed him, “Where are you from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Aumalaqiy.”
2Sham 1:14 And Dud said to him, “How was it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the anointed of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 ?”
2Sham 1:15 And Dud called one of the young men and said, “Draw near and fall on him!” And he smote him so that he died.
2Sham 1:16 And Dud said to him, “Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has witnessed against you, saying, ‘I myself have put to death the anointed of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.’ ”
2Sham 1:17 Then Dud lamented with this lamentation over Sha’ul and over YahuNathan his son,
2Sham 1:18 and he ordered “The Bow” to be taught to the children of Yahudah. See, it is written in the Book of Yashar:
2Sham 1:19 “The splendor of Yashara'Al Is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!
2Sham 1:20 “Declare it not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashqalun, Lest the daughters of the Phalashthiym rejoice, Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.
2Sham 1:21 “Mountains of Galbau! No dew or rain be upon you, Nor fields of offerings. For there the shield of the mighty lay rejected, The shield of Sha’ul, not anointed with oil.
2Sham 1:22 “From the blood of the slain, From the fat of the mighty, The bow of YahuNathan did not turn back, And the sword of Sha’ul did not return empty.
2Sham 1:23 “Sha’ul and YahuNathan were beloved And pleasant in their lives, And in their death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions.
2Sham 1:24 “Daughters of Yashara'Al – weep over Sha’ul, Who wrapped you in scarlet, with finery; Who decked your robes with ornaments of gold.
2Sham 1:25 “How the mighty have fallen In the midst of the battle! YahuNathan was slain in your high places.
2Sham 1:26 “I am distressed for you, my brother YahuNathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wondrous, Surpassing the love of women.
2Sham 1:27 “How the mighty have fallen, And the weapons of battle perish!”
2Sham 2:1 And it came to be afterwards that Dud inquired of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, saying, “Do I go up to any of the cities of Yahudah?” And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said to him, “Go up.” And Dud said, “Where should I go up?” And He said, “To Chabrun.”
2Sham 2:2 And Dud went up there, as well as his two wives, Achiy'na'aum the Yazrau'Aliyth, and Abiygail the widow of Nabal the Karmaliy.
2Sham 2:3 And Dud brought up the men who were with him, each man with his household, and they dwelt in the cities of Chabrun.
2Sham 2:4 And the men of Yahudah came, and anointed Dud sovereign over the house of Yahudah there. They also reported to Dud, saying, “The men of Yabiysh Gal'aud are they who buried Sha’ul.”
2Sham 2:5 Dud then sent messengers to the men of Yabiysh Gal'aud, and said to them, “You are blessed of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, for you have shown this kindness to your master, to Sha’ul, that you buried him.
2Sham 2:6 “And now, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 show kindness and truth to you, and I am also going to do you good, because you have done this deed.
2Sham 2:7 “And now, let your hands be strengthened and be brave, for your master Sha’ul is dead, and also the house of Yahudah has anointed me sovereign over them.”
2Sham 2:8 But Abnar son of Nar, commander of the army of Sha’ul, took Aish-Bashath the son of Sha’ul, and brought him over to Machaniym,
2Sham 2:9 and set him up to reign over Gal'aud, and over the Ashuriy, and over Yazarau'Al, and over Aphariym, and over Banyaman, and over all Yashara'Al.
2Sham 2:10 Aish-Bashath, son of Sha’ul, was forty years old when he began to reign over Yashara'Al, and he reigned two years. Only the house of Yahudah followed Dud.
2Sham 2:11 And the time that Dud was sovereign in Chabrun over the house of Yahudah was seven years and six months.
2Sham 2:12 And Abnar son of Nar, and the servants of Aish-Bashath son of Sha’ul, went out from Machaniym to Gabau'unah.
2Sham 2:13 And YahuAb son of TsaruYah, and the servants of Dud, went out and met them by the pool of Gabau'un. And they sat down, one on one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool.
2Sham 2:14 And Abnar said to YahuAb, “Let the young men now rise and compete before us.” And YahuAb said, “Let them rise.”
2Sham 2:15 And they rose and went over by number, twelve from Banyaman, followers of Aish-Bashath son of Sha’ul, and twelve from the servants of Dud.
2Sham 2:16 And each one grasped his opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his opponent’s side, and they fell down together. So that place was called the Field of Sharp Swords, which is in Gabau'un.
2Sham 2:17 And the battle was fierce that day, and Abnar and the men of Yashara'Al were smitten before the servants of Dud.
2Sham 2:18 And there were three sons of TsaruYah there, YahuAb and Abiyshiy and Aushah'Al. And Aushah'Al was light on his feet, as one of the gazelles in the field.
2Sham 2:19 And Aushah'Al pursued Abnar, and in going he did not turn aside to the right or to the left from following Abnar.
2Sham 2:20 And Abnar looked behind him and said, “Are you Aushah'Al?” And he answered, “I am.”
2Sham 2:21 And Abnar said to him, “Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and lay hold on one of the young men and take his armor for yourself.” But Aushah'Al would not turn aside from following him.
2Sham 2:22 And Abnar again said to Aushah'Al, “Turn aside from following me. Why should I smite you to the ground? How then could I face your brother YahuAb?”
2Sham 2:23 But he refused to turn aside, and Abnar smote him with the blunt end of the spear in the stomach, so that the spear came out of his back. And he fell down there and died on the spot. And it came to be that as many as came to the place where Aushah'Al fell down and died, stood still.
2Sham 2:24 And YahuAb and Abiyshiy pursued Abnar. And the sun was going down and they came to the hill of Amah, which overlooks Giych by the way to the Wilderness of Gabau'un.
2Sham 2:25 And the children of Banyaman gathered together behind Abnar and became a single company, and took their stand on top of a hill.
2Sham 2:26 And Abnar called to YahuAb and said, “Should the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it is bitter in the latter end? And when are you going to say to the people to turn back from pursuing their brothers?”
2Sham 2:27 And YahuAb said, “As Alahiym lives, if you had not spoken, then all the people would have given up pursuing their brothers only the next morning.”
2Sham 2:28 YahuAb then blew a ram’s horn, and all the people halted and pursued Yashara'Al no further, nor did they fight any more.
2Sham 2:29 And Abnar and his men went on all that night through the desert plain, and passed over the Yardan, and went through all Bathrun. And they came to Machaniym.
2Sham 2:30 And YahuAb turned back from pursuing Abnar. And when he had gathered all the people together, there were missing of Dud’s servants nineteen men and Aushah'Al.
2Sham 2:31 But the servants of Dud had smitten, of Banyaman and Abnar’s men, three hundred and sixty men who died.
2Sham 2:32 And they brought Aushah'Al and buried him in his father’s tomb, which was in Biyth Lacham. And YahuAb and his men went all night, and they came to Chabrun at daybreak.
2Sham 3:1 And the fighting between the house of Sha’ul and the house of Dud was long drawn out. But Dud grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Sha’ul grew weaker and weaker.
2Sham 3:2 And sons were born to Dud in Chabrun. And his first-born was Amnun by Achiy'na'aum the Yazrau'Alath;
2Sham 3:3 and his second, Kal'ab, by Abiygail the widow of Nabal the Karmaliy; and the third, Abshalum son of Mau'kah, the daughter of Thalmiy, sovereign of Gashur;
2Sham 3:4 and the fourth, AdanYahu son of Chagiyth; and the fifth, ShaphatYahu son of Abiytal;
2Sham 3:5 and the sixth, Yatha'raum, by Dud’s wife Auglah. These were born to Dud in Chabrun.
2Sham 3:6 And it came to be, while there was fighting between the house of Sha’ul and the house of Dud, that Abnar was strengthening himself in the house of Sha’ul.
2Sham 3:7 And Sha’ul had a concubine, whose name was Ratsphah, daughter of Ayah. And Aish-Bashath said to Abnar, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?”
2Sham 3:8 And Abnar was very displeased at the words of Aish-Bashath, and said, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Yahudah, that I show kindness to the house of Sha’ul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends today, and have not let you fall into the hand of Dud, that you charge me today with a sin concerning this woman?
2Sham 3:9 “Alahiym does so to Abnar, and more also, if I do not do for Dud as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has sworn to him:
2Sham 3:10 to cause the reign to pass over from the house of Sha’ul, and to raise up the throne of Dud over Yashara'Al and over Yahudah, from Dan to Bar Shabau.”
2Sham 3:11 And he was unable to answer Abnar another word, because he feared him.
2Sham 3:12 And Abnar sent messengers on his behalf to Dud, saying, “Whose is the land?” saying also, “Make your covenant with me, and see, my hand is with you to bring all Yashara'Al to you.”
2Sham 3:13 And Dud said, “Good, I make a covenant with you. Only one matter I am asking of you: you do not see my face unless you first bring Miykal, daughter of Sha’ul, when you come to see my face.”
2Sham 3:14 Dud then sent messengers to Aish-Bashath son of Sha’ul, saying, “Give me my wife Miykal, to whom I became engaged for a hundred foreskins of the Phalashthiym.”
2Sham 3:15 And Aish-Bashath sent and took her from her husband, from Phaltiy’Al son of Lush.
2Sham 3:16 But her husband went with her to Bachariym, going on and weeping behind her. And Abnar said to him, “Go, turn back!” And he turned back.
2Sham 3:17 And Abnar had a word with the elders of Yashara'Al, saying, “In time past you were seeking for Dud to be sovereign over you.
2Sham 3:18 “And now, do it! For 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has spoken of Dud, saying, ‘By the hand of My servant Dud, I save My people Yashara'Al from the hand of the Phalashthiym and the hand of all their enemies.’ ”
2Sham 3:19 And Abnar also spoke in the hearing of Banyamin. And Abnar also went to speak in the hearing of Dud in Chabrun all that seemed good to Yashara'Al and all the house of Banyaman.
2Sham 3:20 And Abnar and twenty men with him came to Dud at Chabrun. And Dud made a feast for Abnar and the men who were with him.
2Sham 3:21 And Abnar said to Dud, “Let me arise and go, and gather all Yashara'Al to my master the sovereign, and let them make a covenant with you, and you shall reign over all that your being desires.” And Dud sent Abnar away, and he went in peace.
2Sham 3:22 And see, the servants of Dud and YahuAb came from a raid and brought much spoil with them. But Abnar was not with Dud in Chabrun, for he had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.
2Sham 3:23 And YahuAb and all the army that was with him came, and they reported to YahuAb, saying, “Abnar son of Nar came to the sovereign, and he sent him away, and he has gone in peace.”
2Sham 3:24 And YahuAb went to the sovereign and said, “What have you done? See, Abnar has come to you! Why is it that you sent him away, and he has already gone?
2Sham 3:25 “You know that Abnar son of Nar came to deceive you, to know your going out and your coming in, and to know all that you are doing.”
2Sham 3:26 YahuAb then left Dud, and he sent messengers after Abnar, who brought him back from the well of Sarah. But Dud did not know it.
2Sham 3:27 Thus Abnar returned to Chabrun, and YahuAb took him aside in the gate to speak with him privately, and there struck him in the stomach, so that he died for the blood of Aushah'Al his brother.
2Sham 3:28 And when Dud heard it afterwards, he said, “My reign and I are guiltless before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 forever of the blood of Abnar son of Nar.
2Sham 3:29 “Let it rest on the head of YahuAb and on all his father’s house. And let there never fail to be in the house of YahuAb one who has a discharge or is a leper, who leans on a staff or falls by the sword, or who lacks bread.”
2Sham 3:30 So YahuAb and Abiyshiy his brother slew Abnar, because he had killed their brother Aushah'Al at Gabau'un in the battle.
2Sham 3:31 And Dud said to YahuAb and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your garments, gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn for Abnar.” And Sovereign Dud followed the coffin.
2Sham 3:32 And they buried Abnar in Chabrun. And the sovereign lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abnar, and all the people wept.
2Sham 3:33 And the sovereign sang a lament over Abnar and said, “Should Abnar die as a fool dies?
2Sham 3:34 “Your hands were not bound nor your feet put into shackles. As one falls before sons of evil, so you fell.” And all the people wept over him again.
2Sham 3:35 And all the people came to cause Dud to eat food while it was still day, but Dud swore, saying, “Alahiym do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread or whatever else till the sun goes down!”
2Sham 3:36 And all the people took note of it, and it was good in their eyes, since whatever the sovereign did was good in the eyes of all the people.
2Sham 3:37 And all the people and all Yashara'Al knew that day that it had not been the sovereign’s intent to kill Abnar son of Nar.
2Sham 3:38 The sovereign also said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great one has fallen in Yashara'Al today?
2Sham 3:39 “And I am weak today, though anointed sovereign. And these men, the sons of TsaruYah, are too harsh for me. Let 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 repay the evil-doer according to his evil.”
2Sham 4:1 And the son of Sha’ul heard that Abnar had died in Chabrun, and he lost heart, and all Yashara'Al was troubled.
2Sham 4:2 And the son of Sha’ul had two men, commanders of bands, and the name of one was Bau'nah and the name of the other Rakab, sons of Ramun the Barathiy, of the children of Banyaman. For Baruth was also reckoned to Banyaman,
2Sham 4:3 because the Barathiym fled to Gathiymah and have been sojourners there until this day.
2Sham 4:4 Now YahuNathan, son of Sha’ul, had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Sha’ul and YahuNathan came from Yazarau'Al, and his nurse took him up and fled. And it came to be, as she hurried to flee, that he fell and became lame. And his name was Maphibashath.
2Sham 4:5 So the sons of Ramun the Barathiy, Rakab and Bau'nah, went and came at about the heat of the day to the house of Aish-Bashath, who was lying on his bed at noon.
2Sham 4:6 And they came into the midst of the house, to fetch wheat, and they struck him in the stomach, and Rakab and Bau'nah his brother escaped.
2Sham 4:7 Thus they came into the house when he was lying on his bed in his bedroom, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him. And they took his head, and went the way of the desert plain all night,
2Sham 4:8 and brought the head of Aish-Bashath to Dud at Chabrun, and said to the sovereign, “See, the head of Aish-Bashath, the son of Sha’ul your enemy, who sought your life. So 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has given my master the sovereign vengeance on Sha’ul and his seed this day.”
2Sham 4:9 And Dud answered Rakab and Bau'nah his brother, sons of Ramun the Barathiy, and said to them, “As 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 lives, who has redeemed my life out of all distress,
2Sham 4:10 when someone reported to me, saying, ‘See, Sha’ul is dead,’ and he was a bearer of good news in his own eyes, I then took hold of him and slew him in Tsaqlag, which was the reward I gave him for his news.
2Sham 4:11 “How much more, when wrong men have slain a righteous man in his own house on his bed, should I not now require his blood at your hand and remove you from the earth?”
2Sham 4:12 And Dud commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and feet, and hanged them by the pool in Chabrun. And they took the head of Aish-Bashath and buried it in the tomb of Abnar in Chabrun.
2Sham 5:1 And all the tribes of Yashara'Al came to Dud at Chabrunah and spoke, saying, “Look, we are your bone and your flesh.
2Sham 5:2 “Formerly, when Sha’ul was sovereign over us, you were the one who led Yashara'Al out and brought them in. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said to you, ‘Shepherd My people Yashara'Al, and be ruler over Yashara'Al.’ ”
2Sham 5:3 And all the elders of Yashara'Al came to the sovereign at Chabrunah, and Sovereign Dud made a covenant with them at Chabrun before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. And they anointed Dud sovereign over Yashara'Al.
2Sham 5:4 Dud was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
2Sham 5:5 In Chabrun he reigned over Yahudah seven years and six months, and in Yarushalam he reigned thirty-three years over all Yashara'Al and Yahudah.
2Sham 5:6 And the sovereign and his men went to Yarushalam against the Yabasiy, the inhabitants of the land. And they spoke to Dud, saying, “Except you take away the blind and the lame, you are not going to come in here,” thinking, “Dud is not going to come in here.”
2Sham 5:7 But Dud captured the stronghold of Tsiyun, the City of Dud.
2Sham 5:8 And Dud said on that day, “Anyone who smites the Yabasiy, let him go by the water-shaft and take the lame and the blind, who are hated by Dud’s being.” That is why they say, “The blind and the lame do not come into the house.”
2Sham 5:9 And Dud dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of Dud. And Dud built all around from the Malua and inward.
2Sham 5:10 And Dud went on and became great, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Alahiym of hosts was with him.
2Sham 5:11 Now Chiyram sovereign of Tsar sent messengers to Dud, and cedar trees, and carpenters and masons. And they built a house for Dud.
2Sham 5:12 And Dud knew that 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had established him as sovereign over Yashara'Al, and that He had exalted His reign, because of His people Yashara'Al.
2Sham 5:13 And Dud took more concubines and wives from Yarushalam, after he had come from Chabrun, and more sons and daughters were born to Dud.
2Sham 5:14 And these were the names of those born to him in Yarushalam: Shamu'au, and Shubab, and Nathan, and Shalamah,
2Sham 5:15 and Yabchar, and Aliyshuau, and Naphag, and Yaphiau,
2Sham 5:16 and Aliyshamau, and Alyadau, and Aliyphalat.
2Sham 5:17 And the Phalashthiym heard that they had anointed Dud sovereign over Yashara'Al, and all the Phalashthiym went up to search for Dud, but Dud heard and went down to the stronghold.
2Sham 5:18 And the Phalashthiym came and spread themselves out in the Valley of Raphaiym.
2Sham 5:19 And Dud inquired of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, saying, “Do I go up against the Phalashthiym? Do You give them into my hand?” And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said to Dud, “Go up, for I shall certainly give the Phalashthiym into your hand.”
2Sham 5:20 And Dud came to Ba'aul Pharatsiym, and Dud smote them there. And he said, “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” So he called the name of that place Ba'aul Pharatsiym.
2Sham 5:21 And they left their images there, and Dud and his men took them away.
2Sham 5:22 And the Phalashthiym again came up and were spread out in the Valley of Raphaiym.
2Sham 5:23 And when Dud inquired of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, He said, “Do not go up, turn around behind them, and you shall come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.
2Sham 5:24 “And it shall be, when you hear the sound of stepping in the tops of the mulberry trees, then act promptly, for then 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall go out before you to smite the camp of the Phalashthiym.”
2Sham 5:25 And Dud did so, as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 commanded him, and smote the Phalashthiym from Gab'au as far as Gazar.
2Sham 6:1 Now Dud again gathered all the chosen men of Yashara'Al, thirty thousand.
2Sham 6:2 And Dud rose up and went with all the people who were with him from Ba'auliy Yahudah, to bring up from there the ark of Alahiym, that is called by the Name, the Name 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 of Hosts, who dwells between the karabiym.
2Sham 6:3 And they placed the ark of Alahiym on a new wagon, and brought it from the house of Abiynadab, which was in Gab'auh. And Auza and Achiyu, sons of Abiynadab, were leading the new wagon.
2Sham 6:4 And they brought it from the house of Abiynadab, which was at Gab'auh, with the ark of Alahiym. And Achiyu was walking before the ark.
2Sham 6:5 And Dud and all the house of Yashara'Al were dancing before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, with all instruments of fir wood, and with lyres, and with harps, and with tambourines, and with sistrums, and with cymbals.
2Sham 6:6 And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nakun, Auzah reached out toward the ark of Alahiym and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.
2Sham 6:7 And the wrath of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 burned against Auzah, and Alahiym smote him there for the fault. And he died there by the ark of Alahiym.
2Sham 6:8 And Dud was displeased because 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had broken out against Auzah. And he called the name of the place Pharats Auzah, until this day.
2Sham 6:9 And Dud was afraid of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 on that day, and said, “How shall the ark of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 come to me?”
2Sham 6:10 And Dud would not move the ark of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 with him into the City of Dud, but Dud turned it aside to the house of Aubad-Adum the Gathiy.
2Sham 6:11 And the ark of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 remained in the house of Aubad-Adam the Gathiy three months, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 blessed Aubad-Adam and all his house.
2Sham 6:12 And it was reported to Sovereign Dud, saying, “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has blessed the house of Aubad-Adam and all that he has, because of the ark of Alahiym.” Dud then went and brought up the ark of Alahiym from the house of Aubad-Adam to the City of Dud with rejoicing.
2Sham 6:13 And it came to be, when those bearing the ark of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had gone six steps, that he slaughtered bulls and fatted sheep.
2Sham 6:14 And Dud danced before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 with all his might. And Dud was wearing a linen shoulder garment.
2Sham 6:15 Thus Dud and all the house of Yashara'Al brought up the ark of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 with shouting and with the sound of the ram’s horn.
2Sham 6:16 And it came to be, when the ark of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 came into the City of Dud, that Miykal, daughter of Sha’ul, looked through a window and saw Sovereign Dud leaping and dancing before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and she despised him in her heart.
2Sham 6:17 So they brought the ark of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 in, and set it in its place in the midst of the Tent that Dud had pitched for it. And Dud brought burnt offerings before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and peace offerings.
2Sham 6:18 And when Dud had finished bringing burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 of hosts.
2Sham 6:19 And he apportioned to all the people, to all the crowd of Yashara'Al, from man even to women, to each one a loaf of bread, and a measure, and a cake of raisins. And all the people left, each one to his house.
2Sham 6:20 And Dud returned to bless his household, and Miykal the daughter of Sha’ul came out to meet Dud, and said, “How esteemed was the sovereign of Yashara'Al today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the female servants of his servants, as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!”
2Sham 6:21 So Dud said to Miykal, “Before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, over Yashara'Al, so I danced before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.
2Sham 6:22 “And I shall be even more slight than this, and shall be humble in my own eyes. But as for the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I am esteemed.”
2Sham 6:23 And Miykal the daughter of Sha’ul had no children to the day of her death.
2Sham 7:1 And it came to be when the sovereign was dwelling in his house, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had given him rest from all his enemies all around,
2Sham 7:2 that the sovereign said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but the ark of Alahiym dwells within curtains.”
2Sham 7:3 And Nathan said to the sovereign, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 is with you.”
2Sham 7:4 And it came to be that night that the word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 came to Nathan, saying,
2Sham 7:5 “Go and say to My servant Dud, ‘Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?
2Sham 7:6 “For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Yashara'Al up from Matsriym, even to this day, but have moved about in a Tent and in a Dwelling Place.
2Sham 7:7 “Wherever I have walked with all the children of Yashara'Al, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Yashara'Al, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Yashara'Al, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ” ’
2Sham 7:8 “And now, say to My servant Dud, ‘Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the flock, to be ruler over My people, over Yashara'Al.
2Sham 7:9 “And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great ones who are on the earth.
2Sham 7:10 “And I shall appoint a place for My people Yashara'Al, and shall plant them, and they shall dwell in a place of their own and no longer be afraid, neither shall the children of wickedness oppress them again, as at the first,
2Sham 7:11 even from the day I appointed rulers over My people Yashara'Al, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has declared to you that He would make you a house.
2Sham 7:12 “When your days are filled and you rest with your fathers, I shall raise up your seed after you, who comes from your inward parts, and shall establish his reign.
2Sham 7:13 “He does build a house for My Name, and I shall establish the throne of his reign forever.
2Sham 7:14 “I am to be his Father, and he is My son. If he does perversely, I shall reprove him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
2Sham 7:15 “But My kindness does not turn aside from him, as I turned it aside from Sha’ul, whom I removed from before you.
2Sham 7:16 “And your house and your reign are to be steadfast forever before you – your throne is established forever.” ’ ”
2Sham 7:17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to Dud.
2Sham 7:18 And Sovereign Dud went in and sat before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and he said, “Who am I, O Master 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 ? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?
2Sham 7:19 “And yet this was a small matter in Your eyes, O Master 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. And You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the teaching of man, O Master 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 ?
2Sham 7:20 “And what more does Dud say to You? For You, Master 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, know Your servant.
2Sham 7:21 “Because of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness, to make it known to Your servant.
2Sham 7:22 “You are great indeed, O Master 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. For there is none like You, and there is no Alahiym but You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
2Sham 7:23 “And who is like Your people, like Yashara'Al, the one nation on the earth whom Alahiym went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a Name, and to do for You greatness, and awesome deeds for Your land before Your people, whom You redeemed for Yourself from Matsriym, from the nations and their mighty ones?
2Sham 7:24 “And You have established for Yourself Your people Yashara'Al as Your own people forever, and You, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, have become their Alahiym.
2Sham 7:25 “And now, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Alahiym, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said.
2Sham 7:26 “And let Your Name be made great forever, saying, ‘ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 of hosts is the Alahiym over Yashara'Al.’ And let the house of Your servant Dud be established before You.
2Sham 7:27 “For You, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 of hosts, the Alahiym of Yashara'Al, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has taken heart to pray this prayer to You.
2Sham 7:28 “And now, O Master 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, You are Alahiym, and Your words are true, and You have spoken this goodness to Your servant.
2Sham 7:29 “And now, be pleased to bless the house of Your servant, to be before You, forever. For You, O Master 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
2Sham 8:1 And after this it came to be that Dud smote the Phalashthiym and humbled them. And Dud took MaThag-Amah from out of the hand of the Phalashthiym.
2Sham 8:2 He also smote Mu'ab, and measured them off with a line, causing them to lie down on the earth. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one complete line those to be kept alive. And the Mu'ab became Dud’s servants, and brought presents.
2Sham 8:3 Dud also smote Hadadauzar son of Rachab, sovereign of Tsubah, as he went to restore his rule at the River Pharath.
2Sham 8:4 And Dud captured from him one thousand and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. And Dud destroyed all the chariots, but he left of them a hundred chariots.
2Sham 8:5 And the Aram of Damashaq came to help Hadadauzar sovereign of Tsubah, and Dud smote twenty-two thousand of the Aram.
2Sham 8:6 Then Dud put watch-posts in Aram of Damashaq. And the Aram became Dud’s servants, and brought presents. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 saved Dud wherever he went.
2Sham 8:7 And Dud took the shields of gold which were on the servants of Hadadauzar, and brought them to Yarushalam.
2Sham 8:8 And from Batach and from Barathiy, cities of Hadadauzar, Sovereign Dud took very much bronze.
2Sham 8:9 And Thauiy sovereign of Chamath heard that Dud had smitten all the army of Hadadauzar,
2Sham 8:10 so Thauiy sent YahuRam his son to Sovereign Dud, to ask peace of him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadauzar and smote him, for Hadadauzar had battles with Thauiy. And YahuRam brought with him objects of silver, and objects of gold, and objects of bronze.
2Sham 8:11 Sovereign Dud also set these apart to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, along with the silver and gold that he had set apart from all the nations which he had humbled:
2Sham 8:12 from Aram, and from Mu'ab, and from the children of Aumun, and from the Phalashthiym, and from Aumalaq, and from the spoil of Hadadauzar son of Rachab, sovereign of Tsubah.
2Sham 8:13 And Dud made a name for himself when he returned from smiting eighteen thousand Aram in the Valley of Salt.
2Sham 8:14 And he put watch-posts in Adum. Throughout all Adum he put watch-posts, and all the Adum became Dud’s servants. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 saved Dud wherever he went.
2Sham 8:15 And Dud reigned over all Yashara'Al, and Dud was doing right-ruling and righteousness to all his people.
2Sham 8:16 And YahuAb son of TsaruYah was over the army, and Yahushaphat son of Achiylud was recorder,
2Sham 8:17 and Tsaduq son of Achiytub and AchiyMalak son of Abiythar were the priests, and SharYahu was the scribe,
2Sham 8:18 and BanYahu son of YahuYadau was over both the Karathiy and the Phalathiy, and Dud’s sons were priests.
2Sham 9:1 And Dud said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Sha’ul, that I might show him kindness, because of YahuNathan?”
2Sham 9:2 And the house of Sha’ul had a servant whose name was Tsiba. And they had called him to Dud, and the sovereign said to him, “Are you Tsiba?” And he said, “Your servant!”
2Sham 9:3 And the sovereign said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Sha’ul, so that I show him the kindness of Alahiym?” And Tsiba said to the sovereign, “There is still a son of YahuNathan, lame in his feet.”
2Sham 9:4 So the sovereign said to him, “Where is he?” And Tsiba said to the sovereign, “See, he is in the house of Makir son of Aumiy'Al, in Lu Dabar.”
2Sham 9:5 And Sovereign Dud sent and brought him out of the house of Makir son of Aumiy'Al, from Lu Dabar.
2Sham 9:6 And Maphibashath son of YahuNathan, son of Sha’ul, came to Dud, and fell on his face and did obeisance. And Dud said, “Maphibashath!” And he answered, “Here is your servant!”
2Sham 9:7 Dud then said to him, “Do not fear, for I shall certainly show you kindness because of YahuNathan your father, and shall return to you all the land of Sha’ul your grandfather, and let you eat bread at my table continually.”
2Sham 9:8 And he bowed himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should turn to such a dead dog as I?”
2Sham 9:9 And the sovereign called Tsiba servant of Sha’ul, and said to him, “I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Sha’ul and to all his house.
2Sham 9:10 “And you and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in its yield, and your master’s son shall have food to eat. But let Maphibashath your master’s son eat bread at my table always.” And Tsiba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
2Sham 9:11 And Tsiba said to the sovereign, “According to all that my master the sovereign has commanded his servant, so your servant does.” “As for Maphibashath,” said the sovereign, “he shall eat at my table as one of the sons of the sovereign.”
2Sham 9:12 And Maphibashath had a young son whose name was MiykaYahu. And all who dwelt in the house of Tsiba were servants of Maphibashath.
2Sham 9:13 And Maphibashath was dwelling in Yarushalam, for he ate continually at the sovereign’s table. And he was lame in both his feet.
2Sham 10:1 And after this it came to be that the sovereign of the children of Aumun died, and Chanun his son reigned in his place.
2Sham 10:2 And Dud said, “Let me show kindness to Chanun son of Nachash, as his father showed kindness to me.” So Dud sent by the hand of his servants to comfort him concerning his father. And when Dud’s servants came into the land of the children of Aumun,
2Sham 10:3 the chiefs of the children of Aumun said to Chanun their master, “Is Dud esteeming your father in your eyes in that he has sent comforters to you? Has Dud not rather sent his servants to you to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?”
2Sham 10:4 So Chanun took Dud’s servants and shaved off half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, as far as their buttocks, and sent them away.
2Sham 10:5 And they informed Dud, and he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the sovereign said, “Wait at Yarachu until your beards have grown, and then return.”
2Sham 10:6 And when the children of Aumun saw that they had become a stench to Dud, the children of Aumun sent and hired Aram of Biyth Rachab and Aram of Tsuba, twenty thousand foot soldiers, and the sovereign of Mau'kah, one thousand men, and men of Tub, twelve thousand men.
2Sham 10:7 And Dud heard, and sent YahuAb and the entire army, the mighty men.
2Sham 10:8 And the children of Aumun came out and put themselves in battle array at the entrance of the gate. And the Aram of Tsuba, and Rachab, and men of Tub, and Mau'kah were by themselves in the field.
2Sham 10:9 And YahuAb saw that the battle line was against him before and behind, and he chose out of all the chosen men of Yashara'Al and put them in battle array against the Aram.
2Sham 10:10 And the rest of the people he gave under the hand of Abiyshiy his brother, and he put them in battle array against the children of Aumun.
2Sham 10:11 And he said, “If the Aram are too strong for me, then you shall help me. But if the children of Aumun are too strong for you, then I shall come and help you.
2Sham 10:12 “Be strong, and let us show strength for our people and for the cities of our Alahiym, and let 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 do what is good in His eyes.”
2Sham 10:13 And YahuAb drew near, and the people with him, to battle against Aram, and they fled before him.
2Sham 10:14 And when the children of Aumun saw that the Aram were fleeing, they also fled before Abiyshiy, and went into the city. And YahuAb returned from the children of Aumun and came to Yarushalam.
2Sham 10:15 And Aram saw that they were smitten before Yashara'Al, and they gathered together,
2Sham 10:16 and Hadadauzar sent and brought out the Aram who were beyond the River, and they came to Chilam. And Shubak the commander of the army of Hadadauzar went before them.
2Sham 10:17 And it was reported to Dud, and he gathered all Yashara'Al, and passed over the Yardan, and came to Chalamah. And Aram set themselves in battle array against Dud and they fought with him.
2Sham 10:18 And Aram fled before Yashara'Al, and Dud slew seven hundred charioteers and forty thousand horsemen of Aram, and he smote Shubak, commander of their army, who died there.
2Sham 10:19 And all the sovereigns, the servants of Hadadauzar, saw that they were smitten by Yashara'Al, and made peace with Yashara'Al, and served them. And the Aram were afraid to help the children of Aumun any more.
2Sham 11:1 And it came to be at the turn of the year, at the time sovereigns go out to battle, that Dud sent YahuAb and his servants with him, and all Yashara'Al, and they destroyed the children of Aumun and besieged Rabah. But Dud remained at Yarushalam.
2Sham 11:2 And it came to be, at evening time, that Dud rose up from his bed and walked about on the roof of the sovereign’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very good to look at.
2Sham 11:3 And Dud sent and asked about the woman, and one said, “Is this not Bathshabau, the daughter of Aliyaum, the wife of A'urYahu the Chathiy?”
2Sham 11:4 And Dud sent messengers, to fetch her. And she came to him, and he lay with her – for she was cleansing herself from her uncleanness – and she returned to her house.
2Sham 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and informed Dud, and said, “I am pregnant.”
2Sham 11:6 Then Dud sent to YahuAb, “Send A'urYahu the Chathiy to me.” And YahuAb sent A'urYahu to Dud.
2Sham 11:7 And A'urYahu came to him, and Dud asked how YahuAb was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the fighting was going.
2Sham 11:8 And Dud said to A'urYahu, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” And A'urYahu went out from the sovereign’s house, and a gift from the sovereign followed him.
2Sham 11:9 But A'urYahu lay down at the door of the sovereign’s house with all the servants of his master, and did not go down to his house.
2Sham 11:10 And they informed Dud, saying, “A'urYahu did not go down to his house,” So Dud said to A'urYahu, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”
2Sham 11:11 And A'urYahu said to Dud, “The ark and Yashara'Al and Yahudah are dwelling in booths, and my master YahuAb and the servants of my master are encamped in the open fields. And I, should I go to my house to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your being lives, let me not do this.”
2Sham 11:12 And Dud said to A'urYahu, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I let you go.” So A'urYahu remained in Yarushalam, that day and the next.
2Sham 11:13 And Dud called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his master, but he did not go down to his house.
2Sham 11:14 And it came to be in the morning that Dud wrote a letter to YahuAb and sent it by the hand of A'urYahu.
2Sham 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set A'urYahu in the front of the heaviest battle, and you shall turn away from him, and he shall be smitten and shall die.”
2Sham 11:16 And it came to be, as YahuAb watched the city, that he appointed A'urYahu to the place where he knew there were brave men.
2Sham 11:17 And the men of the city came out and fought with YahuAb. And some of the people of the servants of Dud fell. And A'urYahu the Chathiy also died.
2Sham 11:18 And YahuAb sent and reported to Dud all the events of the battle,
2Sham 11:19 and commanded the messenger, saying, “When you have finished reporting all the events of the battle to the sovereign,
2Sham 11:20 then it shall be, if the sovereign’s wrath rises and he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near to the city when you fought? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?
2Sham 11:21 ‘Who smote Abiymalak the son of Yarabashath? Was it not a woman who threw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thabats? Why did you go near the wall?’ Then you shall say, ‘Your servant A'urYahu the Chathiy is also dead.’ ”
2Sham 11:22 And the messenger went, and came and reported to Dud all with which YahuAb had sent him.
2Sham 11:23 And the messenger said to Dud, “The men have been mighty against us and came out to us in the field, but we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate.
2Sham 11:24 “And the archers shot from the wall at your servants. And some of the sovereign’s servants are dead, and your servant A'urYahu the Chathiy is also dead.”
2Sham 11:25 And Dud said to the messenger, “Say to YahuAb, ‘Do not let this matter be evil in your eyes, for the sword devours one as well as another. Strengthen your attack against the city, and overthrow it.’ And encourage him.”
2Sham 11:26 And the wife of A'urYahu heard that A'urYahu her husband was dead, and she lamented for her husband.
2Sham 11:27 And when her mourning was over, Dud sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the deed that Dud had done was evil in the eyes of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.
2Sham 12:1 Then 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 sent Nathan to Dud. And he came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.
2Sham 12:2 “The rich one had flocks and herds, very many.
2Sham 12:3 “But the poor one had only one little ewe lamb which he had bought and kept alive. And it grew up with him and with his children together. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom. And it was like a daughter to him.
2Sham 12:4 “And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
2Sham 12:5 And the wrath of Dud burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 lives, the man who has done this is a son of death!
2Sham 12:6 “Also, he has to repay fourfold for the lamb, because he did this deed and because he had no compassion.”
2Sham 12:7 Then Nathan said to Dud, “You are the man! Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 Alahiym of Yashara'Al, ‘I anointed you sovereign over Yashara'Al, and I delivered you from the hand of Sha’ul.
2Sham 12:8 ‘And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Yashara'Al and Yahudah. And if that were not enough, I also would have given you much more!
2Sham 12:9 ‘Why have you despised the Word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 to do evil in His eyes? You have killed A'urYahu the Chathiy with the sword, and his wife you took to be your wife, and you have killed him with the sword of the children of Aumun.
2Sham 12:10 ‘And now, the sword does not turn aside from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of A'urYahu the Chathiy to be your wife.’
2Sham 12:11 “Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, ‘See, I am raising up evil against you, from your own house, and shall take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.
2Sham 12:12 ‘For you did it in secret, but I shall do this deed before all Yashara'Al, and before the sun.’ ”
2Sham 12:13 And Dud said to Nathan, “I have sinned against 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.” And Nathan said to Dud, “Also, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has put away your sin, you shall not die.
2Sham 12:14 “However, because by this deed you have greatly scorned 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, the child also who is born to you shall certainly die.”
2Sham 12:15 And Nathan went to his house, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 smote the child that A'urYahu’s wife had born to Dud, and he was sick.
2Sham 12:16 And Dud sought Alahiym for the child, and Dud fasted and went in and spent all night lying on the ground.
2Sham 12:17 So the elders of his house stood up over him, to raise him up from the earth. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
2Sham 12:18 And on the seventh day it came to be that the child died. And the servants of Dud were afraid to inform him that the child was dead, for they said, “Look, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him, and he would not listen to our voice. And how do we say to him that the child is dead? Then he shall do evil!”
2Sham 12:19 And Dud saw that his servants were whispering, and Dud perceived that the child was dead. Then Dud said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”
2Sham 12:20 Dud then rose up from the ground, and washed and anointed himself, and changed his garments. And he went into the House of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and bowed himself, then came to his own house, and asked, and they set food before him, so he ate.
2Sham 12:21 And his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept because of the living child, but when the child died, you rose up and ate food.”
2Sham 12:22 And he said, “While the child was alive I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shows favor unto me, and the child shall live?’
2Sham 12:23 “But now he is dead, why should I fast? Am I able to bring him back again? I am going to him, but he does not return to me.”
2Sham 12:24 And Dud comforted Bathshabau his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Shalamah. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 loved him,
2Sham 12:25 and sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet, and called his name YadidYahu, because of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.
2Sham 12:26 And YahuAb fought against Rabath of the children of Aumun, and captured the royal city.
2Sham 12:27 And YahuAb sent messengers to Dud, and said, “I have fought against Rabah, and I have captured the city’s water supply.
2Sham 12:28 “And now, gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and capture it, lest I capture the city and it be called after my name.”
2Sham 12:29 And Dud gathered all the people and went to Rabathah, and fought against it, and captured it.
2Sham 12:30 And he took their sovereign’s crown from his head. And its weight was a talent of gold, with precious stones, and it was on Dud’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount.
2Sham 12:31 And he brought out the people who were in it, and set them to the saw and to sharp instruments of iron and to axes of iron, and made them pass over to the brick works. And so he did with all the cities of the children of Aumun. And Dud and all the people returned to Yarushalam.
2Sham 13:1 And after this it came to be that Abshalum son of Dud had a lovely sister, whose name was Thamar, and Amnun son of Dud loved her.
2Sham 13:2 And Amnun was distressed, even to become sick, because of his sister Thamar – for she was a maiden – and it was hard in the eyes of Amnun to do whatever to her.
2Sham 13:3 And Amnun had a friend whose name was YahuNadab son of Sham'auh, Dud’s brother. Now YahuNadab was a very wise man.
2Sham 13:4 And he said to him, “Why are you, the sovereign’s son, becoming thinner day after day? Explain it to me.” And Amnun said to him, “I love Thamar, my brother Abshalum’s sister.”
2Sham 13:5 And YahuNadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be sick. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Thamar come and give me food, and make the food before my eyes so that I see it, and eat it from her hand.’ ”
2Sham 13:6 So Amnun lay down and pretended to be sick. And when the sovereign came to see him, Amnun said to the sovereign, “Please let Thamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for me before my eyes, so that I eat from her hand.”
2Sham 13:7 And Dud sent to Thamar, to the house, saying, “Please go to the house of your brother Amnun, and make food for him.”
2Sham 13:8 So Thamar went to her brother Amnun’s house, while he was lying down. And she took dough and kneaded it, and made cakes before his eyes, and baked the cakes.
2Sham 13:9 And she took the pan and turned them out before him, but he refused to eat. And Amnun said, “Make everyone go away from me.” And they all went out from him.
2Sham 13:10 And Amnun said to Thamar, “Bring the food into the bedroom, that I eat from your hand.” And Thamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them to Amnun her brother in the bedroom.
2Sham 13:11 And she brought them to him to eat, and he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.”
2Sham 13:12 And she answered him, “No, my brother, do not humble me, for it is not done so in Yashara'Al. Do not do this wickedness!
2Sham 13:13 “And I, where could I take my shame? And you – you would be like one of the fools in Yashara'Al. And now, please speak to the sovereign, for he would not withhold me from you.”
2Sham 13:14 But he would not listen to her voice, and being stronger than she, he humbled her and lay with her.
2Sham 13:15 Amnun then hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnun said to her, “Arise, go!”
2Sham 13:16 And she said to him, “No, for this evil of sending me away is worse than the other you have done to me.” But he would not listen to her.
2Sham 13:17 And he called his young man serving him, and said, “Now put this one out, away from me, and bolt the door behind her.”
2Sham 13:18 And she had on a long coat, for the sovereign’s maiden daughters wore such garments. And his servant put her out and bolted the door behind her.
2Sham 13:19 And Thamar put ashes on her head, and tore her long coat that was on her, and put her hand on her head and went away crying bitterly.
2Sham 13:20 And Abshalum her brother said to her, “Has Amnun your brother been with you? But now, keep silent, my sister. He is your brother, do not take this matter to heart.” So Thamar remained in the house of her brother Abshalum, but was ruined.
2Sham 13:21 And Sovereign Dud heard all these reports, and he was very wroth.
2Sham 13:22 And Abshalum spoke to his brother Amnun neither good nor evil. For Abshalum hated Amnun, because he had humbled his sister Thamar.
2Sham 13:23 And it came to be, after two years, that Abshalum had sheep-shearers in Ba'aul HaTsur, which is beside Aphariym, and Abshalum invited all the sons of the sovereign.
2Sham 13:24 And Abshalum came to the sovereign and said, “See, your servant has sheep-shearers. Please, let the sovereign and his servants go with your servant.”
2Sham 13:25 But the sovereign said to Abshalum, “No, my son, let us not all go now, lest we be too heavy on you.” And he urged him, but he would not go. And he blessed him.
2Sham 13:26 And Abshalum said, “If not, please let my brother Amnun go with us.” And the sovereign said to him, “Why should he go with you?”
2Sham 13:27 And Abshalum urged him, so he let Amnun and all the sons of the sovereign go with him.
2Sham 13:28 And Abshalum had commanded his servants, saying, “Watch, and when the heart of Amnun is glad with wine, and I shall say to you, ‘Smite Amnun!’ then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and brave.”
2Sham 13:29 Then the servants of Abshalum did to Amnun as Abshalum had commanded. Then all the sons of the sovereign rose up, and each one mounted his mule and fled.
2Sham 13:30 And it came to be, while they were on the way, that news came to Dud, saying, “Abshalum has smitten all the sons of the sovereign, and not one of them is left!”
2Sham 13:31 And the sovereign rose up and tore his garments and lay on the ground, and all his servants stood by with their garments torn.
2Sham 13:32 And YahuNadab son of Sham'auh, Dud’s brother, answered and said, “Do not let my master say they have killed all the young men, the sons of the sovereign, for only Amnun is dead. For by the command of Abshalum this has been appointed from the day that he humbled his sister Thamar.
2Sham 13:33 “And now, let not my master the sovereign take the matter to his heart, to think that all the sons of the sovereign are dead. For only Amnun is dead.”
2Sham 13:34 And Abshalum fled, and the young man who was watching lifted up his eyes and looked and saw many people were coming from the way behind him, on the side of the hill.
2Sham 13:35 Then YahuNadab said to the sovereign, “Look, the sons of the sovereign are coming; as your servant said, so it is.”
2Sham 13:36 And it came to be, as soon as he had finished speaking, that look, the sons of the sovereign came, and they lifted up their voice and wept. And the sovereign too, and all his servants wept very bitterly.
2Sham 13:37 But Abshalum fled and went to Thalmiy son of Aumihud, sovereign of Gashur. And Dud mourned for his son all the days.
2Sham 13:38 So Abshalum fled and went to Gashur, and was there three years.
2Sham 13:39 Sovereign Dud then longed to go to Abshalum, for he had been comforted concerning Amnun, because he was dead.
2Sham 14:1 And YahuAb son of TsaruYah knew that the heart of the sovereign was towards Abshalum.
2Sham 14:2 And YahuAb sent to Thaqu'auh and brought from there a wise woman, and said to her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but act like a woman who has been mourning a long time for the dead.
2Sham 14:3 “Then you shall go to the sovereign and speak to him according to this word.” And YahuAb put the words in her mouth.
2Sham 14:4 And when the woman of Thaqauiyth spoke to the sovereign, she fell on her face to the ground and did obeisance, and said, “Save, O sovereign!”
2Sham 14:5 And the sovereign said to her, “What is your trouble?” And she answered, “Truly I am a widow, my husband is dead.
2Sham 14:6 “And your female servant had two sons. And the two fought with each other in the field, and there was no one to part them, but the one smote the other and killed him.
2Sham 14:7 “And see, the entire clan has risen up against your female servant and said, ‘Give him who smote his brother, so that we put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed, and destroy the heir also.’ Thus they would extinguish my burning coal that is left, and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant on the earth.”
2Sham 14:8 And the sovereign said to the woman, “Go to your house, and let me give orders concerning you.”
2Sham 14:9 And the woman of Thaqu'auiyth said to the sovereign, “My master, O sovereign, let the crookedness be on me and on my father’s house, and the sovereign and his throne be guiltless.”
2Sham 14:10 And the sovereign said, “Whoever speaks to you, bring him to me, and let him no longer touch you.”
2Sham 14:11 And she said, “Please let the sovereign remember 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Alahiym, and the redeemer of blood not destroy any more, lest they destroy my son.” And he said, “As 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”
2Sham 14:12 And the woman said, “Please, let your female servant speak a word to my master the sovereign.” And he said, “Speak.”
2Sham 14:13 And the woman said, “And why have you reasoned like this against the people of Alahiym? For in speaking this word the sovereign is as one who is guilty, in that the sovereign does not bring his outcast one home again.
2Sham 14:14 “For we shall certainly die and become like water spilled on the ground, which is not gathered up again. Yet Alahiym does not take away a life, but shall devise ways, so that His outcast ones are not cast out from Him.
2Sham 14:15 “And now I have come to speak this word to my master the sovereign because the people have made me afraid. And your female servant said, ‘Please let me speak to the sovereign, it could be that the sovereign does what his female servant asks,
2Sham 14:16 for the sovereign has listened to deliver his female servant from the hand of the man seeking to destroy me and my son together from the inheritance of Alahiym.’
2Sham 14:17 “Then your female servant said, ‘Please let the word of my master the sovereign be comforting, for my master the sovereign is as the messenger of Alahiym, in discerning the good and the evil. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Alahiym is with you.’ ”
2Sham 14:18 And the sovereign answered and said to the woman, “Please do not hide from me the matter that I am asking you.” And the woman said, “Please, let my master the sovereign speak.”
2Sham 14:19 And the sovereign said, “Is the hand of YahuAb with you in all this?” And the woman answered and said, “As your being lives, my master the sovereign, no one turns to the right or to the left from all that my master the sovereign has spoken. For your servant YahuAb commanded me, and he put all these words in the mouth of your female servant.
2Sham 14:20 “Your servant YahuAb has done this to change the appearance of the matter. But my master is wise, according to the wisdom of a messenger of Alahiym, to know all that is in the earth.”
2Sham 14:21 And the sovereign said to YahuAb, “See now, you shall do this matter. And go, bring back the young man Abshalum.”
2Sham 14:22 And YahuAb fell to the ground on his face and did obeisance, and blessed the sovereign. And YahuAb said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your eyes, my master, O sovereign, in that the sovereign has done the word of his servant.”
2Sham 14:23 And YahuAb rose up and went to Gashurah, and brought Abshalum to Yarushalam.
2Sham 14:24 And the sovereign said, “Let him return to his own house, but do not let him see my face.” And Abshalum went to his own house, and did not see the sovereign’s face.
2Sham 14:25 And in all Yashara'Al there was no one who was praised as much as Abshalum for his good looks. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
2Sham 14:26 And when he cut the hair of his head – for it was at every year’s end that he cut it because it was heavy on him – when he cut it, he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shaqals by the sovereign’s weight.
2Sham 14:27 And to Abshalum were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Thamar. She was a woman of beautiful appearance.
2Sham 14:28 And Abshalum dwelt in Yarushalam, two years, and he had not seen the sovereign’s face.
2Sham 14:29 Then Abshalum sent for YahuAb, to send him to the sovereign, but he would not come to him. And he sent again the second time, but he would not come.
2Sham 14:30 And he said to his servants, “See, YahuAb’s field is near mine, and he has barley there. Go and set it on fire.” And Abshalum’s servants set the field on fire.
2Sham 14:31 Then YahuAb rose up and came to the house of Abshalum, and said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?”
2Sham 14:32 And Abshalum said to YahuAb, “Look, I sent to you, saying, ‘Come here, so that I send you to the sovereign, to say, “Why have I come from Gashur? It was good for me while I was there.” ’ And now, let me see the sovereign’s face. And if there is any crookedness in me, then you shall put me to death.”
2Sham 14:33 YahuAb then went to the sovereign and informed him. And he called for Abshalum, and he came to the sovereign and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the sovereign. Then the sovereign kissed Abshalum.
2Sham 15:1 And it came to be after this that Abshalum prepared a chariot and horses for himself, and fifty men to run before him.
2Sham 15:2 And Abshalum used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. And it came to be, whenever anyone who had a complaint came to the sovereign for a right-ruling, that Abshalum would call to him and say, “What city are you from?” And when he said, “Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Yashara'Al,”
2Sham 15:3 Abshalum would say to him, “Look, your matters are good and right, but you have nobody from the sovereign to hear you.”
2Sham 15:4 And Abshalum would say, “Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any complaint or case would come to me, and I shall let right be done to him.”
2Sham 15:5 And it came to be, whenever anyone came near him to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him.
2Sham 15:6 And Abshalum did this to all Yashara'Al who came to the sovereign for right-ruling. And Abshalum stole the hearts of the men of Yashara'Al.
2Sham 15:7 And it came to be at the end of four years that Abshalum said to the sovereign, “Please, let me go to Chabrun and pay the vow which I vowed to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.
2Sham 15:8 “For your servant vowed a vow while I dwelt at Gashur in Aram, saying, ‘If 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 indeed brings me back to Yarushalam, then I shall serve 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.’ ”
2Sham 15:9 And the sovereign said to him, “Go in peace.” And he rose up and went to Chabrunah.
2Sham 15:10 But Abshalum sent spies throughout all the tribes of Yashara'Al, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the ram’s horn, then you shall say, ‘Abshalum is sovereign in Chabrun!’ ”
2Sham 15:11 And with Abshalum went two hundred men from Yarushalam who were invited, and they went along unsuspectingly, and did not know the matter at all.
2Sham 15:12 Abshalum also sent for Achiythaphal the Gilaniy, counselor of Dud, from his city, from Galah, while he was bringing offerings. And it came to be that the conspiracy became potent, for the people with Abshalum kept increasing.
2Sham 15:13 Then a messenger came to Dud, saying, “The hearts of the men of Yashara'Al are with Abshalum.”
2Sham 15:14 And Dud said to all his servants who were with him at Yarushalam, “Rise up, and let us flee, for none of us shall escape from Abshalum. Go in haste, lest he overtake us quickly and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.”
2Sham 15:15 And the sovereign’s servants said to the sovereign, “Look, your servants shall do according to all my master the sovereign chooses.”
2Sham 15:16 And the sovereign went out, and all his household at his feet. But the sovereign left ten women, concubines, to look after the house.
2Sham 15:17 So the sovereign went out, and all the people at his feet, and they stood still at the last house.
2Sham 15:18 And all his servants were passing on at his side. And all the Karathiy, and all the Phalathiy, and all the Gathiy, six hundred men who had followed him from Gath, were passing on before the sovereign.
2Sham 15:19 And the sovereign said to Athiy the Gathiy, “Why do you go, you also, with us? Turn back and remain with the sovereign, for you are a foreigner, and also an exile from your own place.
2Sham 15:20 “You came yesterday, and should I today make you wander up and down with us, when I am going wherever I am going? Return, and take your brothers back. Kindness and truth be with you.”
2Sham 15:21 And Athiy answered the sovereign and said, “As 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 lives, and as my master the sovereign lives, in whatever place my master the sovereign is, whether in death or life, let your servant also be there.”
2Sham 15:22 Therefore Dud said to Athiy, “Go, and pass over.” And Athiy the Gathiy and all his men and all the little ones who were with him passed over.
2Sham 15:23 And all the land was weeping with a loud voice, and all the people were passing over. And the sovereign himself was passing over the valley Qadrun, and all the people were passing over toward the way of the wilderness.
2Sham 15:24 And see, Tsaduq also came, and all the Luiym with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of Alahiym. And they set down the ark of Alahiym, and Abiythar went up until all the people completed passing over from the city.
2Sham 15:25 And the sovereign said to Tsaduq, “Take the ark of Alahiym back to the city. If I find favor in the eyes of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, then He shall bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling.
2Sham 15:26 “But if He says thus, ‘I have not delighted in you,’ here I am, let Him do to me as seems good in His eyes.”
2Sham 15:27 And the sovereign said to Tsaduq the priest, “Are you not a seer? Return to the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Achiy'mauts your son, and YahuNathan son of Abiythar.
2Sham 15:28 “See, I am waiting in the desert plains of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.”
2Sham 15:29 And Tsaduq and Abiythar took the ark of Alahiym back to Yarushalam, and they remained there.
2Sham 15:30 And Dud went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up. And he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up.
2Sham 15:31 And Dud was informed, saying, “Achiythaphal is among the conspirators with Abshalum.” And Dud said, “O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, I pray You, make the counsel of Achiythaphal foolish!”
2Sham 15:32 And it came to be that Dud came to the summit, where he bowed himself before Alahiym, and saw Chushiy the Arkiy, coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head.
2Sham 15:33 And Dud said to him, “If you pass on with me, then you shall become a burden to me,
2Sham 15:34 but if you return to the city, and say to Abshalum, ‘I am your servant, O sovereign – once servant of your father, but now I am your servant,’ then you shall nullify the counsel of Achiythaphal for me.
2Sham 15:35 “And are not Tsaduq and Abiythar the priests with you there? And it shall be that every matter you hear from the sovereign’s house, you should report to Tsaduq and Abiythar the priests.
2Sham 15:36 “See, there with them are their two sons, Achiy'mauts, Tsaduq’s son, and YahuNathan, Abiythar’s son. And by them you shall send me every matter you hear.”
2Sham 15:37 And Chushiy, Dud’s friend, went into the city. And Abshalum came into Yarushalam.
2Sham 16:1 And Dud had passed on a little from the summit, and saw Tsiba the servant of Maphibashath, who met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them two hundred loaves, and one hundred cakes of raisins, and one hundred summer fruit, and a skin of wine.
2Sham 16:2 And the sovereign said to Tsiba, “Why do you have these?” And Tsiba said, “The donkeys are for the sovereign’s household to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for the wearied to drink in the wilderness.”
2Sham 16:3 And the sovereign said, “And where is the son of your master?” And Tsiba said to the sovereign, “See, he remains in Yarushalam, for he said, ‘Today the house of Yashara'Al is going to return the reign of my father to me.’ ”
2Sham 16:4 And the sovereign said to Tsiba, “See, all that belongs to Maphibashath is yours.” And Tsiba said, “I have bowed myself, let me find favor in your eyes, my master, O sovereign!”
2Sham 16:5 And when Sovereign Dud came to Bachuriym he saw a man from the clan of the house of Sha’ul, whose name was Shamauiy son of Gara, coming from there. He came out, cursing as he came.
2Sham 16:6 And he threw Dud with stones, and all the servants of Sovereign Dud. And all the people and all the mighty men were on his right and on his left.
2Sham 16:7 And this is what Shamauiy said as he cursed, “Get out! Get out! O man of blood, and man of Baliy'aul!
2Sham 16:8 “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has brought upon you all the blood of the house of Sha’ul, in whose place you have reigned. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has given the reign into the hand of Abshalum your son. And see, you are in your own evil, for you are a man of blood!”
2Sham 16:9 And Abiyshiy son of TsaruYah said to the sovereign, “Why should this dead dog curse my master the sovereign? Please, let me pass over and take off his head!”
2Sham 16:10 And the sovereign said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of TsaruYah? For let him curse, even because 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has said to him, ‘Curse Dud.’ And who should say, ‘Why did you do that?’ ”
2Sham 16:11 And Dud said to Abiyshiy and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life, and how much more now this Ban-Ha'Yaminiy? Leave him alone, and let him curse, for 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has spoken to him.
2Sham 16:12 “If so be, 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 does look on my affliction, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall return good to me for his cursing today.”
2Sham 16:13 And as Dud and his men went in the way, Shamauiy walked alongside him on the hillside, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him and kicked up dust.
2Sham 16:14 And the sovereign and all the people who were with him became weary, and they refreshed themselves there.
2Sham 16:15 And Abshalum and all the people, the men of Yashara'Al, came to Yarushalam, and Achiythaphal was with him.
2Sham 16:16 And it came to be, when Chushiy the Arkiy, the friend of Dud, had come to Abshalum, that Chushiy said to Abshalum, “Let the sovereign live! Let the sovereign live!”
2Sham 16:17 And Abshalum said to Chushiy, “Is this your kindness to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?”
2Sham 16:18 And Chushiy said to Abshalum, “No, I am for the one whom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and this people and all the men of Yashara'Al have chosen, and with him I remain.
2Sham 16:19 “And besides, whom should I serve? Should it not be before his son? As I have served before your father, so I am before you.”
2Sham 16:20 And Abshalum said to Achiythaphal, “Give your advice. What should we do?”
2Sham 16:21 And Achiythaphal said to Abshalum, “Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to look after the house. And all Yashara'Al shall hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father. And the hands of all who are with you shall be strong.”
2Sham 16:22 So they pitched a tent for Abshalum on the top of the house, and Abshalum went in to his father’s concubines before the eyes of all Yashara'Al.
2Sham 16:23 Now the advice Achiythaphal gave in those days was as if one had inquired at the word of Alahiym. So was all the advice of Achiythaphal both to Dud and to Abshalum.
2Sham 17:1 And Achiythaphal said to Abshalum, “Please let me choose twelve thousand men, and let me arise and pursue Dud tonight,
2Sham 17:2 and come upon him while he is weary and weak. And I shall make him afraid and all the people who are with him shall flee. And I shall smite the sovereign alone,
2Sham 17:3 and bring back all the people to you. When all return except the man whom you seek, all the people should be at peace.”
2Sham 17:4 And the saying pleased Abshalum and all the elders of Yashara'Al.
2Sham 17:5 But Abshalum said, “Now call Chushiy the Arkiy also, and let us hear what he says too.”
2Sham 17:6 And Chushiy came to Abshalum, and Abshalum spoke to him, saying, “Achiythaphal has spoken according to this word. Should we do as he says? If not, speak up.”
2Sham 17:7 And Chushiy said to Abshalum, “The advice that Achiythaphal has given is not good at this time.”
2Sham 17:8 And Chushiy said, “You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are as bitter in being as a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is a man of battle, and would not spend the night with the people.
2Sham 17:9 “See, by now he is hidden in some pit, or in some place. And it shall be, when some of them fall at the first, that whoever hears it shall say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the people who are following Abshalum.’
2Sham 17:10 “And even he who is brave, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, would utterly melt. For all Yashara'Al knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are brave men.
2Sham 17:11 “But I advise: Let all Yashara'Al without fail be gathered to you, from Dan to Bar Shabau, as numerous as the sand by the sea, and that you yourself go to battle.
2Sham 17:12 “And we shall come upon him in some place where he is found, and fall on him as the dew falls on the ground. And there shall be left of him and of all the men with him not even one.
2Sham 17:13 “And if he withdraws into a city, then all Yashara'Al shall bring ropes to that city. And we shall pull it into the valley, until there is not one small stone found there.”
2Sham 17:14 Abshalum and all the men of Yashara'Al then said, “The advice of Chushiy the Arkiy is better than the advice of Achiythaphal.” For 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had ordained to nullify the good advice of Achiythaphal, for the sake of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 bringing evil upon Abshalum.
2Sham 17:15 Chushiy then said to Tsaduq and to Abiythar the priests, “Achiythaphal has advised Abshalum and the elders of Yashara'Al such and such, but I have advised so and so.
2Sham 17:16 “And now, send hastily and inform Dud, saying, ‘Do not spend this night in the desert plains of the wilderness, but pass over without fail, lest the sovereign and all the people with him be swallowed up.’ ”
2Sham 17:17 And YahuNathan and Achiy'mauts were stationed at Auin Ragal, and a female servant would come and inform them, and they would go and inform Sovereign Dud, for they could not be seen entering the city.
2Sham 17:18 But a youth saw them, and informed Abshalum. So the two of them went away at once and came to a man’s house in Bachariym, who had a well in his courtyard, and they went down into it.
2Sham 17:19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth, and spread ground grain on it, so the matter was not known.
2Sham 17:20 And the servants of Abshalum came to the woman at the house and said, “Where are Achiy'mauts and YahuNathan?” And the woman said to them, “They have passed over the stream of water.” And they looked and did not find them, and returned to Yarushalam.
2Sham 17:21 And it came to be, after they had left, that they came up out of the well and went and informed Sovereign Dud, and said to Dud, “Arise and pass over the water quickly. For thus Achiythaphal has advised against you.”
2Sham 17:22 And Dud and all the people who were with him rose up and passed over the Yardan. And by morning light not even one remained who had not gone over the Yardan.
2Sham 17:23 And Achiythaphal saw that his advice was not followed, so he saddled his donkey, and rose up and went home to his house, to his city. Then he gave charge to his house, and hanged himself, and died. And he was buried in his father’s tomb.
2Sham 17:24 And Dud came to Machaniymah. And Abshalum passed over the Yardan, he and all the men of Yashara'Al with him.
2Sham 17:25 And Abshalum appointed Aumasha over the army instead of YahuAb. Now Aumasha was the son of a man whose name was Yathra, an Yashara'Aliy, who had gone in to Abiygal the daughter of Nachash, sister of TsaruYah, YahuAb’s mother.
2Sham 17:26 And Yashara'Al and Abshalum encamped in the land of Gal'aud.
2Sham 17:27 And it came to be, when Dud had come to Machaniymah, that Shabiy son of Nachash from Rabah of the children of Aumun, and Makir son of Aumiy'Al from La Dabar, and Barzaliy the Gal'audiy from Ragaliym,
2Sham 17:28 brought beds and basins, and earthen vessels and wheat, and barley and flour, and roasted grain and beans, and lentils, and parched vegetables,
2Sham 17:29 and honey and curds, and sheep and cheese of the herd, for Dud and the people who were with him to eat. For they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”
2Sham 18:1 And Dud mustered the people who were with him, and set commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds over them.
2Sham 18:2 And Dud sent out one third of the people under the hand of YahuAb, and one third under the hand of Abiyshiy son of TsaruYah, YahuAb’s brother, and one third under the hand of Athiy the Gathiy. And the sovereign said to the people, “I shall certainly go out with you too.”
2Sham 18:3 But the people answered, “Do not go out, for if we flee away, they would not set heart upon us. Even if half of us die, they would not set heart upon us. For now, ten thousand are like us. Therefore, it is better for you to support us from the city.”
2Sham 18:4 And the sovereign said to them, “That which is good in your eyes I do.” And the sovereign stood beside the gate, and all the people went out by hundreds and by thousands.
2Sham 18:5 And the sovereign ordered YahuAb, and Abiyshiy and Athiy, saying, “Be gentle with the young man Abshalum for my sake.” And all the people heard when the sovereign gave all the commanders orders concerning Abshalum.
2Sham 18:6 So the people went out into the field to meet Yashara'Al. And the battle was in the forest of Aphariym,
2Sham 18:7 and the people of Yashara'Al were smitten there before the servants of Dud. And the slaughter there that day was great – twenty thousand.
2Sham 18:8 And the battle there was scattered over the face of all the land, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
2Sham 18:9 And when Abshalum met the servants of Dud, Abshalum was riding on a mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great terebinth tree, and his head caught in the terebinth. And he was suspended between the shamiym and earth while the mule which was under him passed on.
2Sham 18:10 And a certain man saw it and informed YahuAb, and said, “Look, I saw Abshalum hanging in a terebinth tree!”
2Sham 18:11 And YahuAb said to the man who informed him, “Now look, you saw, and why did you not smite him to the earth there? Then I would have given you ten pieces of silver and a belt.”
2Sham 18:12 But the man answered YahuAb, “Though I were to receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the son of the sovereign. Because in our hearing the sovereign ordered you and Abiyshiy and Athiy, saying, ‘Take heed, you who go against the youth, against Abshalum!’
2Sham 18:13 “Otherwise I would have been untrue to my own life. For no matter is hidden from the sovereign, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.”
2Sham 18:14 And YahuAb said, “Let me not waste time here with you.” And he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through Abshalum’s heart, while he was still alive in the midst of the terebinth tree.
2Sham 18:15 And ten young men who bore YahuAb’s armor went around, and smote Abshalum and put him to death.
2Sham 18:16 And YahuAb blew the ram’s horn, and the people returned from pursuing Yashara'Al, for YahuAb had held the people back.
2Sham 18:17 And they took Abshalum and threw him into a large pit in the forest, and heaped a very large pile of stones over him. And all Yashara'Al fled, each one to his tent.
2Sham 18:18 And Abshalum in his lifetime had taken and set up a monument for himself, which is in the Sovereign’s Valley. For he said, “I have no son to keep my name in remembrance.” And he called the monument after his own name. And to this day it is called Abshalum’s Monument.
2Sham 18:19 And Achiy'mauts son of Tsaduq said, “Please let me run and take the news to the sovereign, for 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has avenged him of his enemies.”
2Sham 18:20 But YahuAb said to him, “You are not the man to take the news today, but you shall take the news another day. But today you do not take news, because the sovereign’s son is dead.”
2Sham 18:21 And YahuAb said to the Kushiy, “Go, inform the sovereign what you have seen.” And the Kushiy bowed himself to YahuAb and ran.
2Sham 18:22 And Achiy'mauts son of Tsaduq said again to YahuAb, “And whatever might be, please let me also run after the Kushiy.” And YahuAb said, “Why would you run, my son, there is no news to bring you reward.”
2Sham 18:23 “And whatever might be,” he said, “let me run.” So he said to him, “Run.” And Achiy'mauts ran by the way of the plain, and passed the Kushiy.
2Sham 18:24 Now Dud was sitting between the two gates. And the watchman went up to the roof over the gate, to the wall, and lifted his eyes and looked and saw a man, running alone.
2Sham 18:25 So the watchman called out and told the sovereign. And the sovereign said, “If he is alone, there is news in his mouth.” And he came nearer and nearer.
2Sham 18:26 And the watchman saw another man running, and the watchman called out to the gatekeeper and said, “See, a man, running by himself!” And the sovereign said, “This one is also bringing news.”
2Sham 18:27 And the watchman said, “I see the running of the first is like the running of Achiy'mauts son of Tsaduq.” And the sovereign said, “This is a good man, and he comes with good news.”
2Sham 18:28 And Achiy'mauts called out and said to the sovereign, “Peace!” Then he bowed down with his face to the earth before the sovereign, and said, “Blessed be 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Alahiym, who has surrendered the men who raised their hand against my master the sovereign!”
2Sham 18:29 And the sovereign said, “Peace to the young man, to Abshalum?” And Achiy'mauts answered, “When YahuAb sent the sovereign’s servant and me your servant, I saw a great crowd, but I did not know why.”
2Sham 18:30 And the sovereign said, “Turn aside and stand here.” And he turned aside and stood still.
2Sham 18:31 And see, the Kushiy came, and the Kushiy said, “Receive news, my master the sovereign! For 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has avenged you this day of all those who rose against you.”
2Sham 18:32 And the sovereign said to the Kushiy, “Peace to the young man, to Abshalum?” And the Kushiy answered, “Let the enemies of my master the sovereign, and all who rise against you for evil, be as that young man is!”
2Sham 18:33 And the sovereign was shaken, and went up to the room over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said this, “O my son Abshalum! My son, my son Abshalum, if only I had died instead of you! O Abshalum my son, my son!”
2Sham 19:1 And it was reported to YahuAb, “See, the sovereign is weeping and mourning for Abshalum.”
2Sham 19:2 So the deliverance that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people heard on that day, saying, “The sovereign has been grieved for his son.”
2Sham 19:3 And the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
2Sham 19:4 And the sovereign covered his face, and the sovereign cried out with a loud voice, “O my son Abshalum! O Abshalum, my son, my son!”
2Sham 19:5 And YahuAb came into the house to the sovereign, and said, “Today you have put to shame all your servants who today have saved your life, and the lives of your sons and daughters, and the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines,
2Sham 19:6 by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you. For you have made it clear today that you have neither commanders nor servants, for today I know that if Abshalum had lived and all of us had died today, then it would be right in your eyes.
2Sham 19:7 “And now, arise, go out and speak to the heart of your servants. For I swear by 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, if you do not go out, not one passes the night with you. And that is worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”
2Sham 19:8 So the sovereign rose up and sat in the gate. And they told all the people, saying, “Look, the sovereign is sitting in the gate.” And all the people came before the sovereign. As for Yashara'Al, they had fled, each one to his tent.
2Sham 19:9 And it came to be, that all the people were contending throughout all the tribes of Yashara'Al, saying, “The sovereign delivered us from the hand of the enemies, he rescued us from the hand of the Phalashthiym, and now he has fled from the land because of Abshalum,
2Sham 19:10 and Abshalum, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. And now, why are you silent about bringing back the sovereign?”
2Sham 19:11 And Sovereign Dud sent to Tsaduq and Abiythar the priests, saying, “Speak to the elders of Yahudah, saying, ‘Why are you the last to bring the sovereign back to his house, since the words of all Yashara'Al have come to the sovereign, to his house?
2Sham 19:12 ‘You are my brothers, you are my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the sovereign?’
2Sham 19:13 “And say to Aumasha, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? Alahiym do so to me, and more also, if you are not commander of the army before me all the days in place of YahuAb.’ ”
2Sham 19:14 Thus he swayed the hearts of all the men of Yahudah as one man, so that they sent to the sovereign, saying “Return, you and all your servants!”
2Sham 19:15 So the sovereign returned and came to the Yardan. And Yahudah came to Galgalah, to go to meet the sovereign, to bring the sovereign over the Yardan.
2Sham 19:16 And Shamauiy son of Gara, a Ban-Ha'Yaminiy, who was from Bachuriym, hastened and came down with the men of Yahudah to meet Sovereign Dud.
2Sham 19:17 And with him were a thousand men of Banyaman, and Tsiba the servant of the house of Sha’ul, and his fifteen sons, and his twenty servants with him. And they rushed over the Yardan before the sovereign.
2Sham 19:18 And they passed over the ford to bring over the sovereign’s household, and to do what was good in his eyes. And Shamauiy son of Gara fell down before the sovereign when he had passed over the Yardan,
2Sham 19:19 and said to the sovereign, “Do not let my master reckon crookedness to me, neither remember what wrong your servant did on the day that my master the sovereign left Yarushalam, that the sovereign should take it to heart.
2Sham 19:20 “For I, your servant, know that I have sinned. And see, I have come today, first of all the house of YahuSaph, to go down to meet my master the sovereign.”
2Sham 19:21 But Abiyshiy son of TsaruYah answered and said, “Should Shamauiy not be put to death for this, because he cursed the anointed of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 ?”
2Sham 19:22 And Dud said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of TsaruYah, that you are to be adversaries to me today? Should any man be put to death in Yashara'Al today? For do I not know that I am sovereign over Yashara'Al today?”
2Sham 19:23 So the sovereign said to Shamauiy, “You do not die.” And the sovereign swore to him.
2Sham 19:24 And Maphibashath son of Sha’ul came down to meet the sovereign. And he had not attended to his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his garments, from the day the sovereign went away until the day he came back in peace.
2Sham 19:25 And it came to be, when he had come to Yarushalam to meet the sovereign, that the sovereign said to him, “Why did you not go with me, Maphibashath?”
2Sham 19:26 And he answered, “My master, O sovereign, my servant deceived me. For your servant said, ‘I am saddling a donkey for myself to ride on it and go to the sovereign,’ because your servant is lame.
2Sham 19:27 “And he spoke slander against your servant to my master the sovereign, but my master the sovereign is as a messenger of Alahiym. Therefore do what is good in your eyes.
2Sham 19:28 “For all of my father’s house were but dead men before my master the sovereign. Yet you set your servant among those who eat at your own table. Therefore what right have I still to cry out any more to the sovereign?”
2Sham 19:29 Then the sovereign said to him, “Why do you speak any more of your matters? I have said, ‘You and Tsiba share the land.’ ”
2Sham 19:30 And Maphibashath said to the sovereign, “Rather, let him take it all, since my master the sovereign has come back in peace to his own house.”
2Sham 19:31 And Barzaliy the Gal'audiy came down from Ragaliym and passed over the Yardan with the sovereign, to send him on his way over the Yardan.
2Sham 19:32 And Barzaliy was a very aged man, eighty years old. And he had sustained the sovereign while he was dwelling at Machaniym, for he was a very rich man.
2Sham 19:33 And the sovereign said to Barzaliy, “Pass over with me, and I shall provide for you with me in Yarushalam.”
2Sham 19:34 But Barzaliy said to the sovereign, “How many are the days of my life, that I should go up with the sovereign to Yarushalam?
2Sham 19:35 “I am now eighty years old. Do I discern between the good and evil? Does your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Do I still hear the voice of singing men and singing women? Why then should your servant be a further burden to my master the sovereign?
2Sham 19:36 “Your servant would only pass over the Yardan with the sovereign for a short distance. And why should the sovereign repay me with such a reward?
2Sham 19:37 “Please let your servant turn back again to die in my own city, near the burying-place of my father and mother. But here is your servant Kamham, let him pass over with my master the sovereign, and do for him what is good in your eyes.”
2Sham 19:38 And the sovereign answered, “Kamham is passing over with me, and let me do for him what is good in your eyes. Now whatever you choose of me, I do for you.”
2Sham 19:39 Then all the people went over the Yardan. And when the sovereign had passed over, the sovereign kissed Barzaliy and blessed him, and he returned to his own place.
2Sham 19:40 And the sovereign passed over to Galgalah, and Kamham passed over with him. And all the people of Yahudah brought the sovereign over, and also half the people of Yashara'Al.
2Sham 19:41 And see, all the men of Yashara'Al were coming to the sovereign! And they said to the sovereign, “Why have our brothers, the men of Yahudah, stolen you away and brought the sovereign, and his household, and all Dud’s men with him over the Yardan?”
2Sham 19:42 And all the men of Yahudah answered the men of Yashara'Al, “Because the sovereign is our relative. And why are you displeased over this matter? Have we at all eaten at the sovereign’s cost? Or has he given us any gift?”
2Sham 19:43 And the men of Yashara'Al answered the men of Yahudah, and said, “We have ten parts in the sovereign, and in Dud too, we have more than you. Why then did you despise us? Was it not our advice first to bring back our sovereign?” But the words of the men of Yahudah were harsher than the words of the men of Yashara'Al.
2Sham 20:1 And there came to be a man of Baliy'aul, whose name was Shabau son of Bakariy, a Yaminiy. And he blew a shuphar, and said, “We have no part in Dud, nor do we have inheritance in the son of Yashiy – each one to his tents, O Yashara'Al!”
2Sham 20:2 Then all the men of Yashara'Al deserted Dud, to follow Shabau the son of Bakariy. But the men of Yahudah, from the Yardan as far as Yarushalam, clung to their sovereign.
2Sham 20:3 And Dud came to his house at Yarushalam. And the sovereign took the ten women, his concubines whom he had left to look after the house, and put them in a protected house and supported them, but did not go in to them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, living in widowhood.
2Sham 20:4 And the sovereign said to Aumasha, “Call the men of Yahudah for me within three days, and be present here yourself.”
2Sham 20:5 And Aumasha went to call the men of Yahudah. But he delayed longer than the appointed time which Dud had appointed him.
2Sham 20:6 And Dud said to Abiyshiy, “Now Shabau son of Bakariy is going to do us more evil than Abshalum. Take the servants of your master, and pursue him, lest he find for himself walled cities, and escape us.”
2Sham 20:7 Then the men of YahuAb went out after him, with the Karathiy and the Phalathiy, and all the mighty men. And they went out of Yarushalam to pursue Shabau son of Bakariy.
2Sham 20:8 When they were near the large stone which is in Gabau'un, Aumasha came before them. And YahuAb was dressed in battle armor, and on it was a girdle with a sword fastened in its sheath at his hips. And as he went forward, it fell out.
2Sham 20:9 And YahuAb said to Aumasha, “Peace, my brother?” And YahuAb took Aumasha by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.
2Sham 20:10 But Aumasha was not on guard against the sword in YahuAb’s hand. And he struck him with it in the stomach, and his inward parts poured out on the ground, and he did not strike him again, and he died. Then YahuAb and Abiyshiy his brother pursued Shabau son of Bakariy.
2Sham 20:11 And a man, one of YahuAb’s men, stood beside him, and said, “Whoever is well pleased with YahuAb and whoever is for Dud, let him follow YahuAb!”
2Sham 20:12 And Aumasha was rolling in his blood in the middle of the highway. And the man saw that all the people stood still, so he moved Aumasha from the highway to the field and threw a garment over him, when he saw that everyone who came upon him halted.
2Sham 20:13 When he was removed from the highway, all the men passed on after YahuAb to pursue Shabau son of Bakariy.
2Sham 20:14 And he passed over through all the tribes of Yashara'Al to Abalah, and to Biyth Mau'kah, and to all the Bariym. And they were assembled and went after him too.
2Sham 20:15 And they went and besieged him in Abal of Biyth Mau'kah, and they cast up a siege mound against the city. And it stood in a rampart, and all the people who were with YahuAb battered the wall to throw it down.
2Sham 20:16 Then a wise woman called out from the city, “Listen, listen! Please say to YahuAb, ‘Come nearby, so that I speak to you.’ ”
2Sham 20:17 And he came near to her, and the woman said, “Are you YahuAb?” And he answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your female servant.” And he answered, “I am listening.”
2Sham 20:18 Then she spoke, saying, “In former times they often spoke, saying, ‘Let them inquire of Abal,’ and so they ended the matter.
2Sham 20:19 “I am of the peaceable and trustworthy ones in Yashara'Al. You seek to destroy a city and a mother in Yashara'Al. Why do you swallow up the inheritance of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 ?”
2Sham 20:20 And YahuAb answered and said, “Far be it, far be it from me to swallow up or to destroy!
2Sham 20:21 “That is not the case. But a man from the mountains of Aphariym, Shabau son of Bakariy by name, has raised his hand against the sovereign, against Dud. Hand him over, him alone, and I withdraw from the city.” And the woman said to YahuAb, “Look, his head is going to be thrown to you over the wall.”
2Sham 20:22 So the woman in her wisdom went to all the people. And they cut off the head of Shabau son of Bakariy, and threw it out to YahuAb. Then he blew a shaphar, and they dispersed from the city, each one to his tent. And YahuAb returned to the sovereign at Yarushalam.
2Sham 20:23 Now YahuAb was over all the army of Yashara'Al, and BanYahu son of YahuYadau was over the Karathiy and the Phalathiy,
2Sham 20:24 and Adaram was over the compulsory labor, and Yahushaphat son of Achiylud was recorder,
2Sham 20:25 and Shua was scribe, and Tsaduq and Abiythar were the priests,
2Sham 20:26 and Auiyra the Ya'ariy was priest to Dud.
2Sham 21:1 And there was a scarcity of food in the days of Dud for three years, year after year. And Dud sought the face of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 answered, “Because of Sha’ul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gabau'uniym.”
2Sham 21:2 The sovereign therefore called the Gabau'uniym and spoke to them. Now the Gabau'uniym were not of the children of Yashara'Al, but of the remnant of the Amariy. And the children of Yashara'Al had sworn protection to them, but Sha’ul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the children of Yashara'Al and Yahudah.
2Sham 21:3 So Dud said to the Gabau'uniym, “What should I do for you? And with what do I make atonement, so that you bless the inheritance of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 ?”
2Sham 21:4 And the Gabau'uniym said to him, “It is no matter of silver or gold between us and Sha’ul, or his house, neither is it for us to put to death any man in Yashara'Al.” And he said, “Whatever you say I do for you.”
2Sham 21:5 And they said to the sovereign, “The man who consumed us and plotted against us, that we should be destroyed from remaining in all the border of Yashara'Al,
2Sham 21:6 let seven men of his sons be given to us, and we shall hang them before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 in Gab'auth of Sha’ul, whom 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 chose.” And the sovereign said, “I give them.”
2Sham 21:7 But the sovereign spared Maphibashath son of YahuNathan, son of Sha’ul, because of the oath of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 that was between them, between Dud and YahuNathan son of Sha’ul.
2Sham 21:8 And the sovereign took the two sons of Ratsphah the daughter of Ayah, whom she bore to Sha’ul: Armaniy and the other Maphibashath, and the five sons of Miykal the daughter of Sha’ul, whom she brought up for Audariy'Al the son of Barzaliy, the Machalathiy,
2Sham 21:9 and gave them into the hands of the Gabau'uniym, and they hanged them on the hill before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. So the seven fell together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.
2Sham 21:10 And Ratsphah the daughter of Ayah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until the late rains poured on them from the shamiym. And she did not allow the birds of the shamiym to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.
2Sham 21:11 And Dud was informed what Ratsphah the daughter of Ayah, the concubine of Sha’ul, had done.
2Sham 21:12 And Dud went and took the bones of Sha’ul, and the bones of YahuNathan his son, from the men of Yabiysh Gal'aud who had stolen them from the street of Biyth Shan, where the Phalashthiym had hung them up, after the Phalashthiym had struck down Sha’ul in Galbau.
2Sham 21:13 And he brought up the bones of Sha’ul and the bones of YahuNathan his son from there, and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged,
2Sham 21:14 and buried the bones of Sha’ul and YahuNathan his son in the land of Banyaman in Tsalau, in the tomb of Qish his father, and did all that the sovereign commanded. And after that Alahiym heard prayer for the land.
2Sham 21:15 And the Phalashthiym were again fighting against Yashara'Al, so Dud and his servants with him went down and fought against the Phalashthiym. And Dud was weary,
2Sham 21:16 and Yashabu-Banab – who was one of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose bronze spear was three hundred pieces, who was bearing a new sword – spoke of killing Dud.
2Sham 21:17 But Abiyshiy son of TsaruYah came to help him, and smote the Phalashthiym and killed him. Then Dud’s men swore to him, saying, “Do not go out with us to battle any more, lest you put out the lamp of Yashara'Al.”
2Sham 21:18 And it came to be afterward, that there was a battle again with the Phalashthiym at Gub. Then Sabkiy the Chashathiy smote Saph, who was one of the sons of the giant.
2Sham 21:19 And there was a battle with the Phalashthiym again at Gub, where Alchanan son of Ya'auriy-Aragiym the Biyth Lachamiy smote Galiyth the Gathiy, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.
2Sham 21:20 And there was a battle in Gath again, where there was a man of great height, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number. And he also was descended from the giants.
2Sham 21:21 And he reproached Yashara'Al, and YahuNathan son of Shamauiy, the brother of Dud, smote him.
2Sham 21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of Dud and by the hand of his servants.
2Sham 22:1 Then Dud spoke to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 the words of this song, on the day when 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Sha’ul.
2Sham 22:2 And he said, “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 is my rock and my stronghold and my deliverer.
2Sham 22:3 “My Alahiym is my rock, I take refuge in Him, My shield and the horn of my deliverance, My high tower and my refuge. My Savior, You save me from violence.
2Sham 22:4 “I call on 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, the One to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.
2Sham 22:5 “For the waves of death surrounded me, Floods of Baliy'aul made me afraid,
2Sham 22:6 “The cords of the grave were all around me; The snares of death were before me.
2Sham 22:7 “In my distress I called upon 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, And to my Alahiym I cried. And from His Hikal He heard my voice, And my cry was in His ears.
2Sham 22:8 “And the earth shook and trembled, The foundations of the shamiym were troubled, Because He was wroth.
2Sham 22:9 “Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.
2Sham 22:10 “And He bowed the shamiym and came down, And thick darkness was under His feet.
2Sham 22:11 “And He rode upon a karub, and flew, And was seen upon the wings of the wind.
2Sham 22:12 “And He put darkness around Him as booths, Darkness of waters, thick clouds.
2Sham 22:13 “From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled.
2Sham 22:14 “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 thundered from the shamiym, And the Most High sent forth His voice.
2Sham 22:15 “And He sent out arrows and scattered them, Lightning, and confused them.
2Sham 22:16 “And the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At the rebuke of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
2Sham 22:17 “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters.
2Sham 22:18 “He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those hating me, For they were stronger than me.
2Sham 22:19 “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 was my support.
2Sham 22:20 “And He brought me out into a large place, He delivered me for He delighted in me.
2Sham 22:21 “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He repaid me.
2Sham 22:22 “For I have guarded the ways of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, And have not acted wrongly against my Alahiym.
2Sham 22:23 “For all His right-rulings are before me; As for His laws, I do not turn from them.
2Sham 22:24 “And I am perfect before Him, And I guard myself from my crookedness.
2Sham 22:25 “And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 repays me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes.
2Sham 22:26 “With the kind You show Yourself kind, With the perfect one You show Yourself perfect,
2Sham 22:27 “With the clean You show Yourself clean, And with the crooked You show Yourself twisted.
2Sham 22:28 “For You save the humble people, But Your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
2Sham 22:29 “For You are my lamp, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 makes my darkness light.
2Sham 22:30 “For with You I run against a band, With my Alahiym I leap over a wall.
2Sham 22:31 “The Al – His way is perfect; The Word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 is proven; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
2Sham 22:32 “For who is Al, besides 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 ? And who is a rock, besides our Alahiym?
2Sham 22:33 “Al is my mighty stronghold, And He makes my way perfect,
2Sham 22:34 “Making my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places,
2Sham 22:35 “Teaching my hands for battle, So that my arms bend a bow of bronze.
2Sham 22:36 “And You give me the shield of Your deliverance, And Your lowliness makes me great.
2Sham 22:37 “You enlarge my step under me, So that my feet shall not slip.
2Sham 22:38 “I pursue my enemies and destroy them, And I do not turn back till they are destroyed.
2Sham 22:39 “And I destroy them and crush them, So that they do not rise, And fall under my feet.
2Sham 22:40 “And You gird me with strength for battle, You cause my adversaries to bow under me.
2Sham 22:41 “And You make my enemies turn their backs, Those hating me, and I cut them off.
2Sham 22:42 “They look but there is no savior, Unto 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, but He shall not answer them.
2Sham 22:43 “And I beat them as dust of the earth, I beat them small as dirt in the streets – I spread them out.
2Sham 22:44 “And You deliver me from the strivings of my people, You safeguard me as the head of the nations; A people I have not known serve me.
2Sham 22:45 “Sons of the foreigner submit to me, As soon as they hear they obey me.
2Sham 22:46 “Sons of the foreigner fade away, And gird themselves from their strongholds.
2Sham 22:47 “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 lives! And blessed is my Rock! And exalted is my Alahiym, The Rock of my deliverance,
2Sham 22:48 “Al who avenges me, And bringing peoples down under me,
2Sham 22:49 “And bringing me out from my enemies; You raise me up above those rising up against me; You deliver me from a man of violence.
2Sham 22:50 “Therefore I give thanks to You, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, among nations, And I sing praise to Your Name.
2Sham 22:51 “A tower of deliverance is He to His sovereign, And showing kindness to His anointed, To Dud and his seed, forever.”
2Sham 23:1 And these are the last words of Dud, the saying of Dud son of Yashiy, the saying of the man raised up on high, the anointed of the Alahiym of Ya'auqab, and the sweet singer of Yashara'Al:
2Sham 23:2 “The Spirit of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 has spoken through me, And His word is on my tongue.
2Sham 23:3 “The Alahiym of Yashara'Al said, The Rock of Yashara'Al spoke to me, ‘One who rules over man righteously,
2Sham 23:4 “Who rules in the fear of Alahiym, Is like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, Tender grass from the earth From sunshine, from rain.’
2Sham 23:5 “For is not my house so with Al? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all matters, and guarded. For all my deliverance and all desire, Shall He not make it send forth a Branch?
2Sham 23:6 “But the worthless are all as thorns thrust away, For they are not taken with hands,
2Sham 23:7 “But the man who touches them Uses iron or the shaft of a spear, And with fire they are burned up in their place.”
2Sham 23:8 These are the names of the mighty men whom Dud had: Yashab-Bashabath the Thachkamaniy, chief among the officers, he was Adinu the Autsanu, for eight hundred slain at one time.
2Sham 23:9 And after him was Al'auzar son of Dadiy, the Achachiy, one of the three mighty men with Dud when they taunted the Phalashthiym who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Yashara'Al had gone up.
2Sham 23:10 He arose and smote the Phalashthiym until his hand was weary, but his hand clung to the sword, so 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 brought about a great deliverance that day. And the people returned after him only to plunder.
2Sham 23:11 And after him was Shama son of Aga the Harariy. And the Phalashthiym had gathered into a company where there was a plot of ground covered with lentils, and the people fled from the Phalashthiym.
2Sham 23:12 But he took his stand in the middle of the field, and delivered it, and smote the Phalashthiym, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 wrought a great deliverance.
2Sham 23:13 And three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to Dud at the cave of Audalam, while the army of Phalashthiym encamped in the Valley of Raphaiym.
2Sham 23:14 And Dud was then in the stronghold, while a watch-post of the Phalashthiym was then in Biyth Lacham.
2Sham 23:15 And Dud longed and said, “Oh that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Biyth Lacham, which is by the gate!”
2Sham 23:16 And the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Phalashthiym, and drew water from the well of Biyth Lacham that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to Dud. But he would not drink it, but poured it out to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.
2Sham 23:17 And he said, “Far be it from me, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, to do this – the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives!” So he would not drink it. This is what the three mighty men did.
2Sham 23:18 And Abiyshiy the brother of YahuAb, son of TsaruYah, was chief of another three. And he lifted his spear against three hundred men whom he slew, and had a name among these three.
2Sham 23:19 Was he not the most esteemed of three? And he became their commander, but he did not come to the first three.
2Sham 23:20 And BanYahu was the son of YahuYadau, son of a brave man from Qabtsa'Al, great in deeds. He smote two lion-like men of Mu'ab. And he went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
2Sham 23:21 And he smote a Matsriy, an impressive man. And the Matsriy had a spear in his hand, so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Matsriy’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.
2Sham 23:22 This is what BanYahu son of YahuYadau did, and had a name among three mighty men.
2Sham 23:23 He was more esteemed than the thirty, but he did not come to the first three. And Dud set him over his guard.
2Sham 23:24 Aushah'Al the brother of YahuAb was one of the thirty; Alchanan son of Dadu of Biyth Lacham,
2Sham 23:25 Shama the Charadiy, Aliyqa the Charadiy,
2Sham 23:26 Chalats the Phaltiy, Auiyra son of Auqash the Thaqu'auiy,
2Sham 23:27 Abiy'auzar the Aunathathiy, Mabaniy the Chashathiy,
2Sham 23:28 Tsalmun the Achachiy, Mahariy the Nataphathiy,
2Sham 23:29 Chalab son of Bau'nah the Nataphathiy, Athiy son of Ribiy from Gab'auth of the children of Banyaman,
2Sham 23:30 BanYahu the Parauthuniy, Hadiy from the valleys of Ga'aush,
2Sham 23:31 Abiy-Aulbun the Aurbathiy, Auzmuth the Barchamiy,
2Sham 23:32 Aliychaba the Sha'aulbaniy of the sons of Yashan, YahuNathan,
2Sham 23:33 Shamah the Harariy, Achiyam son of Sharar the Harariy,
2Sham 23:34 Aliyphalat son of Achasbiy, son of the Mau'kathiy, Aliyaum son of Achiythaphal the Gilaniy,
2Sham 23:35 Chatsru the Karmaliy, Pha'auriy the Arbiy,
2Sham 23:36 Yagal son of Nathan of Tsabah, Baniy the Gadiy,
2Sham 23:37 Tsalaq the Aumuniy, Nachariy the Barathiy, armor-bearer of YahuAb son of TsaruYah,
2Sham 23:38 Auiyra the Yathriy, Garab the Yathriy,
2Sham 23:39 and A'urYahu the Chathiy – thirty-seven in all.
2Sham 24:1 And again the displeasure of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 burned against Yashara'Al, and moved Dud against them to say, “Go, number Yashara'Al and Yahudah.”
2Sham 24:2 And the sovereign said to YahuAb the commander of the army who was with him, “Go please, throughout all the tribes of Yashara'Al, from Dan to Bar Shabau, and register the people, so that I know the number of the people.”
2Sham 24:3 And YahuAb said to the sovereign, “Even if 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Alahiym does add to the people a hundredfold more than there are, and the eyes of my master the sovereign see it, but why does my master the sovereign delight in this matter?”
2Sham 24:4 However, the sovereign’s word strong towards YahuAb and against the commanders of the army. And YahuAb and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the sovereign to register the people of Yashara'Al.
2Sham 24:5 And they passed over the Yardan and camped in Aur'aur, on the right side of the town which is in the midst of the valley of Gad, and toward Yau'zar.
2Sham 24:6 Then they came to Gal'audah and to the land of Thachthiym Chadashiy, and they came to Danah Ya‛aun and around to Tsidun.
2Sham 24:7 And they came to the stronghold of Tsar and to all the cities of the Chuiy and the Kana'auniy, and went out to South Yahudah as far as Bar Shabau.
2Sham 24:8 And when they had gone through all the land, they came to Yarushalam at the end of nine months and twenty days.
2Sham 24:9 And YahuAb gave the number of the registration of the people to the sovereign, and there were in Yashara'Al eight hundred thousand brave men who drew the sword, and the men of Yahudah were five hundred thousand men.
2Sham 24:10 And the heart of Dud struck him after he had numbered the people. And Dud said to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, I pray, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, take away the crookedness of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”
2Sham 24:11 And Dud rose up in the morning, and the word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 came to the prophet Gad, Dud’s seer, saying,
2Sham 24:12 “Go, and you shall speak to Dud, ‘Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, “I hold three options before you. Choose one of them, and I do it to you.” ’ ”
2Sham 24:13 Gad then came to Dud and informed him. And he said to him, “Should seven years of scarcity of food come to you in your land? Or would you flee three months before your enemies, while they pursue you? Or should there be three days’ plague in your land? Now know and see what answer I take back to Him who sent me.”
2Sham 24:14 And Dud said to Gad, “I am in great trouble. Please let us fall into the hand of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, for His compassion is great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”
2Sham 24:15 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 sent a plague upon Yashara'Al from the morning till the appointed time, and from Dan to Bar Shabau seventy thousand men of the people died.
2Sham 24:16 And the messenger stretched out His hand over Yarushalam to destroy it, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 relented concerning the evil, and said to the messenger who was destroying the people, “It is enough, now stop Your hand.” And the messenger of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 was by the threshing-floor of Arunah the Yabusiy.
2Sham 24:17 And Dud spoke to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 when he saw the messenger who was striking the people, and said, “See, I have sinned, and I have done perversely. But these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father’s house.”
2Sham 24:18 And Gad came that day to Dud and said to him, “Go up, raise an altar to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 on the threshing-floor of Arunah the Yabusiy.”
2Sham 24:19 And Dud, according to the word of Gad, went up as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 commanded.
2Sham 24:20 And Arunah looked and saw the sovereign and his servants coming toward him. And Arunah went out and bowed before the sovereign with his face to the ground.
2Sham 24:21 And Arunah said, “Why has my master the sovereign come to his servant?” And Dud said, “To buy the threshing-floor from you, to build an altar to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, so that the plague be withdrawn from the people.”
2Sham 24:22 And Arunah said to Dud, “Let my master the sovereign take and offer that which seems good to him. Here are cattle for burnt offering, and threshing implements and the yokes of the cattle for wood.
2Sham 24:23 “All these, O sovereign, Arunah has given to the sovereign.” And Arunah said to the sovereign, “ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Alahiym accept you!”
2Sham 24:24 And the sovereign said to Arunah, “No, let me buy it from you for a price, for certain. I am not offering burnt offerings to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 my Alahiym without cost.” So Dud bought the threshing-floor and the cattle for fifty shaqals of silver.
2Sham 24:25 And Dud built an altar to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 there, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 answered the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Yashara'Al.