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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 20:1 (B.C. 1022.) Second Revolt of the Ten Tribes.
so Sheba-ben-Bichri a man of Benjamin, cried out, and sounded a trumpet and exclaimed, "We have no part in David, and no share in the son of Jesse,—
RF SA2 20:2 Israel, everyone to your tents. "So all the Officers of Israel went from following David to follow after Sheba-ben-Bichri; but the Officers of Judah continued with the king and went to Jerusalem.
RF SA2 20:3 When David came to his palace in Jerusalem, the king took the ten slave-wives whom he had appointed to take care of the palace, and placed them in a house apart, and provided for them, but he went not to them, and they were in confinement to the day of their death. They lived as widows.
RF SA2 20:4 The king then said to Amasa, "Summon to me the officers of Judah in three days time; and you appear with them."
RF SA2 20:5 Amasa accordingly went and convoked Judah, but was delayed beyond the time appointed.
RF SA2 20:6 Then David addressed Amasa,1 "You know that Sheba-ben-Bichri may injure us more than Absalom, therefore take the soldiers of your Prince and follow after him, for fear he should find some fortified towns and escape from our control."
RF SA2 20:7 (The men of Joab, however, had followed him.)—So the Guards, and the Light Infantry, and all the Heavy, also proceeded from Jerusalem to pursue Sheba-ben-Bichri,
RF SA2 20:8 as far as the Great Stone that is near Gibaon, and Amasa marched before them,—where he met Joab with his belt over his armour, and a sword on the belt braced up to his waist,—and he bowed.
RF SA2 20:9 Then Joab asked, "Are you well, brother Amasa?" and Joab took the beard of Amasa in his right hand, as if to kiss him,
RF SA2 20:10 but Amasa did not notice the sword that Joab had in his hand, so he struck him with it in the belly, and his bowels fell out on the earth, for he could not resist him, but died. (Joab and Abishai his brother, were pursuing Sheba-ben-Bichri.)
RF SA2 20:11 And a man of the Staff of Joab stood near him and exclaimed, "Whoever sides with Joab, and whoever with David, let him follow Joab."
RF SA2 20:12 But Amasa was wallowing in blood in the middle of the highway; so when the man saw that the forces halted, he rolled Amasa from the highway into the fields, and threw a cloak over him, because he saw that all who came to him halted.
RF SA2 20:13 When he was removed out of the road the men followed Joab to pursue Sheba-ben-Bichri,
RF SA2 20:14 who had passed through all the tribes of Israel to Ablah and Beth-Makah, and all the Berim, who had collected and followed him.
RF SA2 20:15 They, however, pursued and besieged him in Ablah of Beth-Makah, and built an embankment against the Citadel, and filled up the moat. But while the army with Joab were battering to breach the wall,
RF SA2 20:16 a clever woman called out from the city "Listen! Listen! I wish to speak to Joab! Come here and I will speak to him!"
RF SA2 20:17 He accordingly approached, and she asked, "Are you Joab?
And he answered, "I am."
When she replied, "Listen to what I say."
And he answered, "I will listen."
RF SA2 20:18 When she continued, "Formerly they used to say when discussing a matter, 'Make an enquiry at Abel '—and that ended it.
RF SA2 20:19 I am one of the peaceful crowd in Israel. You are seeking to murder a city and mother in Israel. Why would you desolate the LORD'S estate?"
RF SA2 20:20 But Joab answered and said to her, "It would be a terror at night to me if I should destroy or desolate it!
RF SA2 20:21 Do not say so! But a man from Mount Ephraim, named Sheba-ben-Bichri, has raised his hand against King David, Only give him to me, and I will leave the town." The woman therefore answered Joab, "Then I will fling you his head over the wall!"
RF SA2 20:22 The woman therefore went to some of the soldiers on the wall, and they cut off the head of Sheba-ben-Bichri, and flung it to J'oab, who blew a trumpet and they retired from the city, each to his tent, and J'oab returned to Jerusalem to the king.
RF SA2 20:23 (B.C. 1022.) Joab Again made Commander-in-Chief.
Then J'oab was appointed over the whole army of Israel, and Beulah-ben-Jhoiadah over the Guards and Light Infantry;
RF SA2 20:24 and Adoram-ben-Akhilud was Chancellor,
RF SA2 20:25 and Shebah, Secretary; and Zadok and Abiathar, Priests;
RF SA2 20:26 and Aira, the Jarite was Priest to David.
1 V. 6. The name should evidently be "Amasa," who was Commander, and not "Abishai." See vv. 7 and 9. It is clear that David was faced by a mutiny in his army led by Joab and Abishai his brother,—the result of the King's grief at the killing of Absalom. The history of that mutiny probably followed the name "Abishai," and has been accidentally omitted by a very ancient—transcriber, whose blunder has been continued to our day, until I corrected it, by restoring at least "Amasa's" name, although I am not able to reproduce the narrative of Joab and Abishai's mutiny.—F.F.


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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