1 Accidit quoque, ut ibi esset vir Belial nomine Seba filius Bochri Beniaminita; et cecinit bucina et ait: "Non est nobis pars in David, neque hereditas in filio Isai! Vir Israel, in tabernacula tua!".
2 Et separatus est omnis vir Israel a David secutusque est Seba filium Bochri; viri autem Iudae adhaeserunt regi suo a Iordane usque Ierusalem.
3 Cumque venisset rex in domum suam Ierusalem, tulit decem mulieres concubinas, quas dereliquerat ad custodiendam domum, et tradidit eas in custodiam alimenta eis praebens. Et non est ingressus ad eas, sed erant clausae usque ad diem mortis suae in viduitate viventes.
4 Dixit autem rex Amasae: "Convoca mihi omnes viros Iudae in diem tertium et tu adesto praesens".
5 Abiit ergo Amasa, ut convocaret Iudam; et moratus est ultra tempus, quod ei constituerat.
6 Ait autem David ad Abisai: "Nunc magis afflicturus est nos Seba filius Bochri quam Absalom; tolle igitur servos domini tui et persequere eum, ne inveniat civitates munitas et effugiat nos".
7 Egressi sunt ergo cum eo viri Ioab, Cherethi quoque et Phelethi et omnes fortissimi; exierunt de Ierusalem ad persequendum Seba filium Bochri.
8 Cumque illi essent iuxta lapidem grandem, qui est in Gabaon, Amasa venerat ante eos. Porro Ioab accinctus erat habitu suo, et in cingulo super lumbos gladius absconditus erat, qui levi motu ex vagina in manum suam cecidit.
9 Dixitque Ioab ad Amasam: "Estne pax tibi, mi frater?". Et tenuit manu dextera mentum Amasae, ut oscularetur eum.
10 Porro Amasa non observavit gladium in manu Ioab, qui percussit eum in inguine et effudit intestina eius in terram, nec secundum vulnus apposuit; et mortuus est. Ioab autem et Abisai frater eius persecuti sunt Seba filium Bochri.
11 Interea quidam de pueris Ioab stetit iuxta cadaver Amasae et dixit: "Qui esse vult cum Ioab et pro David, sequatur Ioab!".
12 Amasa autem conspersus sanguine iacebat in media via. Vidit hoc vir quod subsisteret omnis populus ad videndum eum; et amovit Amasam de via in agrum operuitque eum vestimento, cum videret quod omnes transeuntes propter eum subsisterent.
13 Amoto igitur illo de via, transibat omnis vir sequens Ioab ad persequendum Seba filium Bochri.
14 Porro ille transierat per omnes tribus Israel usque in Abelbethmaacha; omnesque Bochritae congregati sunt et ingressi sunt etiam post eum.
15 Venerunt itaque et oppugnabant eum in Abelbethmaacha et fuderunt contra civitatem aggerem, qui stetit contra antemurale; et omnis populus, qui erat cum Ioab, moliebatur destruere muros.
16 Et exclamavit mulier sapiens de civitate: "Audite, audite! Dicite Ioab: "Appropinqua huc, et loquar tecum" ".
17 Qui cum accessisset ad eam, ait illi: "Tu es Ioab?". Et ille respondit: "Ego". Ad quem sic locuta est: "Audi sermones ancillae tuae". Qui respondit: "Audio".
18 Rursumque illa: "Sermo, inquit, dicebatur in vetere proverbio: "Interrogent in Abel, et sic perficient rem".
19 Ego pacifica fidelium Israel, et tu quaeris subruere civitatem et evertere matrem in Israel. Quare praecipitas hereditatem Domini?".
20 Respondensque Ioab ait: "Absit, absit hoc a me; non praecipito neque demolior.
21 Non se sic habet res, sed homo de monte Ephraim, Seba filius Bochri cognomine, levavit manum suam contra regem David; tradite illum solum, et recedam a civitate". Et ait mulier ad Ioab: "Ecce, caput eius mittetur ad te per murum".
22 Ingressa est ergo ad omnem populum et locuta est eis sapienter. Qui abscissum caput Seba filii Bochri proiecerunt ad Ioab. Et ille cecinit tuba, et recesserunt ab urbe unusquisque in tabernacula sua. Ioab autem reversus est Ierusalem ad regem.
23 Erat ergo Ioab super omnem exercitum Israel; Banaias autem filius Ioiadae super Cherethaeos et Phelethaeos;
24 Adoniram vero super onera; porro Iosaphat filius Ahilud a commentariis.
25 Siva autem scriba, Sadoc vero et Abiathar sacerdotes;
26 Hira quoque Iairites erat sacerdos David.
King James Version
1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.
2 So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.
3 ¶ And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.
4 ¶ Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.
5 So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
6 And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.
7 And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.
9 And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.
10 But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.
11 And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.
12 And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.
13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
14 ¶ And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Beth-maachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.
15 And they came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.
16 ¶ Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.
17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.
18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?
20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.
21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.
22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.
23 ¶ Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:
24 And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:
25 And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
26 And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.