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撒母耳記下 19

約押勸告大衛

1有人告訴約押,說:「王在為押沙龍哀傷痛哭。」 士兵們聽說王為押沙龍哀痛,勝利的歡騰頓時變為一片哀愁。 那一天,眾人都靜悄悄地回城去,好像敗兵一樣羞愧萬分。 王仍掩面痛哭:「我兒押沙龍啊!押沙龍!我兒!我兒啊!」 約押就進到屋裡,對王說:「你的僕人們救了你和你妻妾兒女的性命,你今天卻使他們感到羞愧。 仇視你的人,你倒去愛他;那些愛你的人,你反憎惡他們。這表明我王的心中根本沒有我們這些將領和部下。我想,要是死去的不是押沙龍而是我們,你就高興了。 你現在應該出去安撫士兵們。我憑耶和華起誓,如果你不這樣做,今天晚上必無一人再追隨你。那將是你一生所遭遇的最大災難!」 於是王出去坐在城門口,眾人聽說後,都來到他面前。這時,跟隨押沙龍的以色列人都各自逃回家去了。

大衛返回耶路撒冷

以色列各支派的人都在紛紛議論:「王曾把我們從眾仇敵和非利士人手中救出來。如今他為了躲避押沙龍而逃離本國。 10 我們膏立為王的押沙龍已經死了,為什麼無人說請王回來呢?」

11 大衛王派人去對祭司撒督和亞比亞他說:「你們去問猶大的長老,『全以色列已經準備迎接王回宮,你們為什麼遲遲沒有反應? 12 你們是王的弟兄,是王的骨肉,為什麼遲遲沒有迎接王回宮?』 13 你們也要對亞瑪撒說,『你是我的骨肉,要是我不立你為元帥取代約押,願上帝重重地處罰我。』」 14 王的這番話打動了所有猶大人的心,他們派人去請王和王的臣僕回來。

15 王便啟程回宮。他來到約旦河時,猶大人都到吉甲來迎接他,要護送他過河。 16 來自巴戶琳的便雅憫人基拉的兒子示每也急忙跟著猶大人趕來迎接大衛王, 17 有一千便雅憫人跟示每一起去迎接大衛王。掃羅的僕人洗巴帶著十五個兒子和二十個僕人也趕到約旦河。 18 他們渡到河對面幫助王的家眷過河,為王效勞。王正要過河的時候,基拉的兒子示每就俯伏在他面前, 19 說:「求我主饒恕僕人的罪過!僕人在我主我王離開耶路撒冷時所犯的罪,求我王不要記在心上。 20 僕人自知有罪,所以今天我是整個約瑟家族中第一個迎接我主我王的人。」 21 洗魯雅的兒子亞比篩說:「示每曾經咒罵耶和華所膏立的君王,難道不應該處死他嗎?」 22 大衛說:「洗魯雅的兒子,你為何這樣說話?你今天是在跟我作對。今天在以色列怎麼可以處死人呢?難道我不知道今天我是以色列的王嗎?」 23 於是大衛起誓不殺示每。

24 掃羅的孫子米非波設也來迎接王。從王離開那天,直到大衛平安回來之日,他沒有修過腳,沒有剃過鬍子,也沒有洗過衣服。 25 他到耶路撒冷來迎接王,王問他:「米非波設,當時你為什麼不跟我一起走呢?」 26 米非波設答道:「我主我王,我是瘸腿的,我本想預備一頭驢騎著與我王同去,是我的僕人洗巴欺騙了我。 27 他在我主我王面前譭謗我。我主我王就像上帝的天使,請王定奪。 28 我父全家在我主我王面前都是該死的,但王卻讓我與王同席吃飯,我還能向王要求什麼呢?」 29 王對他說:「不要再提這事了,我決定讓你和洗巴平分土地。」 30 米非波設說:「把土地都給他吧,我主我王平安地回來就好了。」

31 基列人巴西萊也從羅基琳下來護送王過約旦河,然後送王上路。 32 那時,巴西萊已經是八十高齡了。王留在瑪哈念的時候,他曾供應王食物,因為他非常富有。 33 王對巴西萊說:「你跟我一同回耶路撒冷,我會照顧你。」 34 巴西萊說:「我何必跟王一同去耶路撒冷呢?我還能活多久呢? 35 我已經八十歲了,美醜難分,食不知味,樂不辨音,何必為我主我王添麻煩呢? 36 僕人只不過是陪王過約旦河,王何必給我這麼大的賞賜呢? 37 請准我回去,我好死在故鄉,葬在父母的墓旁。這裡有王的僕人金罕,讓他跟我主我王一起去。你看怎麼好,就怎麼對待他吧。」 38 王說:「金罕可以跟我去,我會照你的心願待他。無論你有什麼要求,我都會答應你。」 39 王和眾人過了約旦河以後,就親吻巴西萊,為他祝福。巴西萊返回了家鄉。

40 王過河後,來到吉甲,金罕跟隨著他。護送王的有猶大的士兵和半數的以色列士兵。 41 後來,所有的以色列人來見大衛,說:「為什麼我們的弟兄猶大人偷偷地送王、王的家眷和王的部下渡河?」 42 猶大人答道:「我們這樣做是因為王是我們的親族。你們為什麼生氣呢?難道我們吃了王的供應,得了什麼禮物嗎?」 43 以色列人說:「但我們以色列人十個支派和王有十份的情分,你們為什麼輕視我們?難道不是我們首先提出要請王回來的嗎?」

但猶大人的態度比以色列人還要強硬。

New International Version - UK

2 Samuel 19

1[a]Joab was told, ‘The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.’ And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, ‘The king is grieving for his son.’ The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle. The king covered his face and cried aloud, ‘O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!’

Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, ‘Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now.’

So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway. When the men were told, ‘The king is sitting in the gateway,’ they all came before him.

Meanwhile, the Israelites had fled to their homes.

David returns to Jerusalem

Throughout the tribes of Israel, all the people were arguing among themselves, saying, ‘The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies; he is the one who rescued us from the hand of the Philistines. But now he has fled the country to escape from Absalom; 10 and Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?’

11 King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: ‘Ask the elders of Judah, “Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters? 12 You are my relatives, my own flesh and blood. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?” 13 And say to Amasa, “Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you are not the commander of my army for life in place of Joab.”’

14 He won over the hearts of the men of Judah so that they were all of one mind. They sent word to the king, ‘Return, you and all your men.’ 15 Then the king returned and went as far as the Jordan.

Now the men of Judah had come to Gilgal to go out and meet the king and bring him across the Jordan. 16 Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, hurried down with the men of Judah to meet King David. 17 With him were a thousand Benjaminites, along with Ziba, the steward of Saul’s household, and his fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed to the Jordan, where the king was. 18 They crossed at the ford to take the king’s household over and to do whatever he wished.

When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell prostrate before the king 19 and said to him, ‘May my lord not hold me guilty. Do not remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind. 20 For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first from the tribes of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king.’

21 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, ‘Shouldn’t Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed the Lord’s anointed.’

22 David replied, ‘What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? What right do you have to interfere? Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Don’t I know that today I am king over Israel?’ 23 So the king said to Shimei, ‘You shall not die.’ And the king promised him on oath.

24 Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his moustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely. 25 When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, ‘Why didn’t you go with me, Mephibosheth?’

26 He said, ‘My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, “I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so that I can go with the king.” But Ziba my servant betrayed me. 27 And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish. 28 All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?’

29 The king said to him, ‘Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land.’

30 Mephibosheth said to the king, ‘Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has returned home safely.’

31 Barzillai the Gileadite also came down from Rogelim to cross the Jordan with the king and to send him on his way from there. 32 Now Barzillai was very old, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man. 33 The king said to Barzillai, ‘Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I will provide for you.’

34 But Barzillai answered the king, ‘How many more years shall I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king? 35 I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is enjoyable and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king? 36 Your servant will cross over the Jordan with the king for a short distance, but why should the king reward me in this way? 37 Let your servant return, that I may die in my own town near the tomb of my father and mother. But here is your servant Kimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever you wish.’

38 The king said, ‘Kimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him whatever you wish. And anything you desire from me I will do for you.’

39 So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed Barzillai and bade him farewell, and Barzillai returned to his home.

40 When the king crossed over to Gilgal, Kimham crossed with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel had taken the king over.

41 Soon all the men of Israel were coming to the king and saying to him, ‘Why did our brothers, the men of Judah, steal the king away and bring him and his household across the Jordan, together with all his men?’

42 All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, ‘We did this because the king is closely related to us. Why are you angry about it? Have we eaten any of the king’s provisions? Have we taken anything for ourselves?’

43 Then the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, ‘We have ten shares in the king; so we have a greater claim on David than you have. Why then do you treat us with contempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing back our king?’

But the men of Judah pressed their claims even more forcefully than the men of Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Samuel 19:1 In Hebrew texts 19:1-43 is numbered 19:2-44.