1 Dixitque Achitophel ad Ab salom: "Eligam mihi duode cim milia virorum et consurgens persequar David hac nocte
2 et irruens super eum, quippe qui lassus est et solutis manibus, terrebo eum. Cumque fugerit omnis populus, qui cum eo est, percutiam regem desolatum
3 et reducam universum populum ad te, sicut revertitur sponsa ad virum suum; unius solummodo viri animam quaeris, et omnis populus erit in pace".
4 Placuitque sermo eius Absalom et cunctis maioribus natu Israel.
5 Ait autem Absalom: "Vocate et Chusai Arachiten, et audiamus quid etiam ipse dicat".
6 Cumque venisset Chusai ad Absalom, ait Absalom ad eum: "Huiuscemodi sermonem locutus est Achitophel; verbum eius facere debemus an non? Tu loquere".
7 Et dixit Chusai ad Absalom: "Non bonum consilium, quod dedit Achitophel hac vice".
8 Et rursum intulit Chusai: "Tu nosti patrem tuum et viros, qui cum eo sunt, esse fortissimos et amaro animo, veluti ursa in saltu catulis orbata; sed et pater tuus vir bellator est nec morabitur cum populo:
9 ecce nunc latitat in aliqua fovea aut in aliquo alio loco. Et, cum ceciderit unus quilibet in principio, certo audient et dicent: "Facta est plaga in populo, qui sequitur Absalom".
10 Et fortissimus quoque, cuius cor est quasi leonis, pavore solvetur; scit enim omnis Israel fortem esse patrem tuum et robustos omnes, qui cum eo sunt.
11 Sed hoc mihi videtur rectum esse consilium: congregetur ad te universus Israel a Dan usque Bersabee, quasi arena maris innumerabilis, et tu ipse gradieris in proelium;
12 et irruemus super eum, in quocumque loco fuerit inventus, et operiemus eum sicut cadere solet ros super terram; et non remanebit de eo et de omnibus viris, qui cum eo sunt, ne unus quidem.
13 Quod si urbem aliquam fuerit ingressus, applicabit omnis Israel civitati illi funes, et trahemus eam in torrentem, ut non reperiatur nec calculus quidem ex ea".
14 Dixitque Absalom et omnis vir Israel: "Melius consilium Chusai Arachitae consilio Achitophel". Dominus enim statuerat dissipare consilium Achitophel utile, ut induceret Dominus super Absalom malum.
15 Et ait Chusai Sadoc et Abiathar sacerdotibus: "Hoc et hoc modo consilium dedit Achitophel Absalom et senibus Israel, et ego tale et tale dedi consilium;
16 nunc ergo mittite cito et nuntiate David dicentes: "Ne moreris nocte hac ad vada deserti, sed absque dilatione transgredere, ne absorbeatur rex et omnis populus, qui cum eo est" ".
17 Ionathan autem et Achimaas stabant iuxta fontem Rogel; abiit ancilla et nuntiavit eis, et illi profecti sunt, ut referrent ad regem David nuntium; non enim poterant introire civitatem, ne viderentur.
18 Vidit autem eos quidam iuvenis et indicavit Absalom; illi vero concito gradu profecti ingressi sunt domum cuiusdam viri in Bahurim, qui habebat puteum in vestibulo suo, et descenderunt in eum.
19 Tulit autem mulier et expandit velamen super os putei et sparsit super illud ptisanas, et sic res latuit.
20 Cumque venissent servi Absalom ad mulierem in domum, dixerunt: "Ubi est Achimaas et Ionathan?". Et respondit eis mulier: "Transierunt hinc ad aquas". At hi, qui quaerebant, cum non repperissent, reversi sunt Ierusalem.
21 Cumque abissent, ascenderunt illi de puteo et pergentes nuntiaverunt regi David atque dixerunt: "Surgite et transite cito fluvium, quoniam huiuscemodi dedit consilium contra vos Achitophel".
22 Surrexit ergo David et omnis populus, qui erat cum eo, et transierunt Iordanem, donec dilucesceret; et ne unus quidem residuus fuit, qui non transisset fluvium.
23 Porro Achitophel videns quod non fuisset factum consilium suum, stravit asinum suum et surrexit et abiit in domum suam in civitatem suam et, disposita domo sua, laqueo se suspendit et interiit; et sepultus est in sepulcro patris sui.
24 David autem venit in Mahanaim, et Absalom transivit Iordanem, ipse et omnis vir Israel cum eo.
25 Amasam vero constituerat Absalom pro Ioab super exercitum; Amasa autem erat filius viri, qui vocabatur Iether Ismaelites, qui ingressus est ad Abigail filiam Isai sororem Sarviae, quae fuit mater Ioab.
26 Et castrametatus est Israel cum Absalom in terra Galaad.
27 Cumque venisset David in Mahanaim, Sobi filius Naas de Rabba filiorum Ammon et Machir filius Ammiel de Lodabar et Berzellai Galaadites de Rogelim
28 obtulerunt ei stratoria et tapetia et pelves et vasa fictilia, frumentum et hordeum et farinam, frixum cicer et fabam et lentem
29 et mel et butyrum, oves et pingues vitulos; dederuntque David et populo, qui cum eo erat, ad vescendum; suspicati enim sunt populum fame et siti fuisse fatigatum in deserto.
King James Version
1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:
2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:
3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.
4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.
5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith.
6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou.
7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.
8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.
9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom.
10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.
11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.
12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.
13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there.
14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.
15 ¶ Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.
16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En-rogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.
18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.
19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.
22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.
23 ¶ And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.
24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.
25 ¶ And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother.
26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.
27 ¶ And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,
29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.