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Ferrar Fentons 'Holy Bible in Modern English. All spelling, punctuation and formatting maintained through-out. Verse ordering follows the King James version for clarity and necessary organization of the verses.

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RF SA2 14:1 (B.C. 1027) Joab Brings back Absalom.
And J'oab-ben-Zeruiah knew that the heart of the king was upon Absalom,
RF SA2 14:2 so J'oab sent to Thiquah and brought a clever woman from there, and said to her, "I want you to disarrange yourself, and clothe yourself in widow's weeds, and not to tidy yourself with oil, but seem like a woman distressed for a long time over death.
RF SA2 14:3 Then go to the king to speak to him this speech." Then Joab put the words into her mouth.
RF SA2 14:4 The woman of Thiquah accordingly appealed to the king, and fell on her face to the earth, and lay there, and exclaimed, "Save me, King!"
RF SA2 14:5 Consequently the king asked her, "What is your affair?" And she answered, "I am a desolate widow woman whose husband died.
RF SA2 14:6 But your servant had two sons, who fought in the field when there was no separator between them, and the one struck the other, and killed him;
RF SA2 14:7 so all the clan arose against your servant and said, 'Give up the murderer of his brother and we will kill him, for the life of his brother whom he has murdered!' Thus the property will be desolated; and my heir will be destroyed, and the only coal left to me to continue My husband's name, will be extinguished on the ground."
RF SA2 14:8 But the king said to the woman, "Go to your home, and I will give orders about you."
RF SA2 14:9 Then the Thiquoan woman answered the king, "Let the fault fall upon me, your Majesty, and on the house of my fathers, and let the King and his throne be innocent."
RF SA2 14:10 So the king replied, "Whoever threatens you, bring him to me, and he shall never again injure you."
RF SA2 14:11 "However," she said, "King, remember your EVER-LIVING GOD, mighty redeemer of bloodshed! and let them not destroy my son." When he replied, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING not a hair of your son shall fall to the ground!"
RF SA2 14:12 But the woman repeated, "Let your handmaid now speak a word to his Majesty the King." And he said, "Speak to me."
RF SA2 14:13 When the woman continued, "But why have you thought like this about the People of GOD? Why has the king spoken thus, when he is in fault, by not having brought back his own fugitive?
RF SA2 14:14 For the dead who has died, is like water poured upon the earth, which cannot be recovered, until GOD raises the soul; and a thought, when thought is and thrown out, goes from us.1
RF SA2 14:15 So now why I have come to speak with your Majesty this speech was because I am afraid of the People, so your servant said, 'I will speak to the king, my chief; the king will do the thing he says for his handmaid. '
RF SA2 14:16 And the king has listened, and will deliver his subject from the hand of the man who would destroy her, and her only son, from the estate of GOD.
V. 14. This beautiful metaphor shows that the Old Hebrews believed in a Resurrection of Man, although some modern critics assert the contrary.—F.F.
RF SA2 14:17 Your handmaid also said, 'The promise of his Majesty the King will be a gift, for his Majesty is like a Messenger of GOD, listening to good and bad;' so may your EVER-LIVING GOD be with you!"
RF SA2 14:18 Then he interrupted her, and said to the woman, "Do not hide from me, I pray, what I ask of you." And the woman replied, "Speak then, your Majesty."
RF SA2 14:19 When the King asked, "Is not the hand of J'oab in all this?" And the woman answered, "By the life of your soul, your Majesty, there is not to the right or left of all that has been spoken to your Majesty anything but what your servant Joab has instructed me! He put into the mouth of your handmaid all these speeches,
RF SA2 14:20 with the purpose of using my mouth for an object. Your servant J'oab made these addresses. And my Prince is wise, with the wisdom of a messenger of GOD, who knows all upon earth!"
RF SA2 14:21 The king consequently said to J'oab, "Since then you have contrived this conversation with me, go and bring back the young man Absalom."
RF SA2 14:22 So J'oab bent his face to the earth, and bowed, and thanked the king. Then J'oab said, "I know to-day that I have found favour in your eyes, your Majesty, because the king has made such a promise to his servant."
RF SA2 14:23 J'oab accordingly arose and went to Gheshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
RF SA2 14:24 But the king commanded, "Let him reside in his own house, for he shall not see my face."
Absalom therefore resided in his own house, and did not see the face of the king.
RF SA2 14:25 (B.C. 1025.) Absalom and his Doings after being pardoned for Murdering Amnon.
Absalom was, however, the handsomest man in all Israel; very splendid. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was not a defect in him.
RF SA2 14:26 When they cut his hair,—and it was cut every year he cut it because it was heavy upon him,—when they cut the hair of his head it was valued at two hundred shekels by the royal standard.
RF SA2 14:27 Absalom had three sons and one daughter born to him, and her name was Thamar. She was a woman of great beauty.
RF SA2 14:28 Absalom lived in Jerusalem two years without seeing the face of the king.
RF SA2 14:29 Then Absalom sent to J'oab, to introduce him to the king, but he would not go to him. So he sent a second time, but he would not come.
RF SA2 14:30 Consequently he said to his servants, "You see J'oab's cornfields are alongside mine, and he has sown barley,—go and set it on fire!" And Absalom's servants set it on fire!
RF SA2 14:31 Then Joab moved and came to Absalom's house, and asked him; "Why have you ordered your servants to fire my standing crops?"
RF SA2 14:32 And Absalom answered J'oab, "Because I sent to you, saying 'Come here, and I will send you to the king to ask "Why have I been brought from Gheshur? It would be as well for me to be there yet."' So now I wish to see the face of the king, and if there is a fault in me, let me be put to death."
RF SA2 14:33 J'oab consequently went to the king and informed him, and he invited Absalom who went to the king and bowed to him, with his face earthward to the face of the king, and the king was reconciled to Absalom.


AKJV ROM 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

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