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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 15:1 (B.C. 1024.) Absalom conspires against his father.
It was after this that Absalom procured himself chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him;
RF SA2 15:2 and early in the mornings Absalom placed himself at the side of the street of the High Court and when any man who had a law suit came to the king for a decision, Absalom would invite him to himself, and ask, "From what village do you come?" When he would answer, "Your servant is from one of the Tribes of Israel."
RF SA2 15:3 Then Absalom would say to him, "Look! Your case is good and right; but there is no one appointed by the king to hear it for you."
RF SA2 15:4 Next he would exclaim, "If I were appointed as a judge in the country, and any man came to me who had a wrong, I would decide and rectify it for you!"
RF SA2 15:5 And when a person approached to bow to him, he would stretch out his hand, and seize his, and salute him,
RF SA2 15:6 and by this means Absalom made himself popular to all Israel who came for justice to the king. Thus Absalom stole the hearts of the people of Israel.
RF SA2 15:7 When four years had passed, Absalom said to the king, "I wish to go now and pay in Hebron the vows which I vowed to the EVER-LIVING.
RF SA2 15:8 For your servant vowed a vow while I resided in Gheshur, in the land of Edom, saying, "If the EVER-LIVING will restore me to Jerusalem I will serve the EVER-LIVING."
RF SA2 15:9 So the king replied, "Go in peace!" He therefore arose and went.
RF SA2 15:10 Absalom then sent secret agents to all the Tribes of Israel to say, "When you hear the sound of the trumpet, then exclaim, 'Absalom reigns in Hebron!'"
RF SA2 15:11 There went also two hundred persons from Jerusalem with Absalom, invited guests, and honest men, who knew nothing about all the affair.
RF SA2 15:12 But Absalom had sent for Ahithophel, the Gilonite, the Counsellor of David, from the town of Ghilon, for him to sacrifice the sacrifices; so there was a powerful conspiracy, and the people came and crowded to Absalom.
RF SA2 15:13 Information, however, came to David, reporting "The heart of the people of Israel is gone after Absalom."
RF SA2 15:14 Consequently David said to all his ministers who were with him at Jerusalem, "Let us arise and fly, for there will be no safety for us before Absalom. Expedite the journey, for fear he should hasten and rush, and drive on to us with ferocity, and assail the city with the sword."
RF SA2 15:15 And the King's ministers answered the king, "Whatever his Majesty the King chooses, his ministers will do it."
RF SA2 15:16 The king and all his family therefore went out on their feet, but the king left ten of his slave-wives to take care of the palace.
RF SA2 15:17 Thus the king with all his forces went out on their feet, and halted at Beth-Merkhak,
RF SA2 15:18 and all his ministers walked at his side, with the guards and couriers. And the six hundred gardeners who came on foot from the garden, marched along before the face of the king.
RF SA2 15:19 But the king said to Athai, the gardener, "Why do you especially go with us? Return and settle with that king, for you are a foreigner, so why not return to your own home?
RF SA2 15:20 Formerly you came, and to-day you are a wanderer with us on the march, for I am marching to wherever I can go.—Return and settle with your relatives,—and kindness and truth go with you."
RF SA2 15:21 But Athai answered the king, and said, "By the life of the EVER-LIVING, and by the life of your Majesty the king, I will be at the place, wherever your Majesty the king is; whether for death or life, there will your servant be."
RF SA2 15:22 Then David said to Athai, "March, and pass over." So Athai the gardener and all his men and all the children with them passed over.
RF SA2 15:23 And all the land wept with a loud voice, when the force passed with the king over the brook Kidron. Thus all the train passed in the direction of the desert.
RF SA2 15:24 There were also Zadok, and all the Levites with him carrying the Ark of the Covenant of GOD. But they set down the Ark, and helped Abiathar, until all the forces had passed out from the city.
RF SA2 15:25 The king, however, said to Zadok, "Take back the Ark of GOD to the city. If I find favour in the sight of the EVER-LIVING, and He brings me back, I shall see it, and His Dwelling.
RF SA2 15:26 But if He decides not to restore me to you, let Him do to me what is good in His sight."
RF SA2 15:27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, "Cheer up, and return quietly to the city with Akhimatz your son, and Jonathan-ben-Abiathar's two sons with you.
RF SA2 15:28 You see, I shall be waiting at Aboth in the pastures, until the coming of news from you to inform me."
RF SA2 15:29 Zadok and Abiathar therefore returned the Ark of GOD to Jerusalem, and went back there.
RF SA2 15:30 But David ascended the Mount of Zethim,1 going up and weeping with his head covered. He marched with his head covered, and all the troops with him also veiled their heads,—and went ascending and weeping.
1. Olives.—F.F.
RF SA2 15:31 Then it was reported to David that Ahithophel was in the conspiracy with Absalom, when David exclaimed, "LORD frustrate the counsels of Ahithophel!"
RF SA2 15:32 But when David came to the peak, where they worship GOD, Hushai, the Arki, came to meet him, tearing his robes and with earth on his head.
RF SA2 15:33 David, however, said to him, "If you go along with me, you will be a burden to me.
RF SA2 15:34 But if you return to the city and say to Absalom; I was a minister of the king your father, and will be the same to you,' then you can be of service to me, and can break the contrivances of Ahithophel for me.
RF SA2 15:35 Will not Zadok and Abiathar the priests be assisting you? So that all the talk you hear in the king's palace you can communicate to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
RF SA2 15:36 They have also two lads, Akhimatz with Zadok, and Jhonathan with Abiathar, and they will transmit by their hand to me everything that you may hear.'
RF SA2 15:37 Hushai consequently went to watch for David in the city after Absalom came to Jerusalem.


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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