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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 Living Translation

2 Samuel 19

Joab Rebukes the King

1[a]Word soon reached Joab that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom. As all the people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of that day’s victory was turned into deep sadness. They crept back into the town that day as though they were ashamed and had deserted in battle. The king covered his face with his hands and kept on crying, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Then Joab went to the king’s room and said to him, “We saved your life today and the lives of your sons, your daughters, and your wives and concubines. Yet you act like this, making us feel ashamed of ourselves. You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you. It seems that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you would be pleased. Now go out there and congratulate your troops, for I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a single one of them will remain here tonight. Then you will be worse off than ever before.”

So the king went out and took his seat at the town gate, and as the news spread throughout the town that he was there, everyone went to him.

Meanwhile, the Israelites who had supported Absalom fled to their homes. And throughout all the tribes of Israel there was much discussion and argument going on. The people were saying, “The king rescued us from our enemies and saved us from the Philistines, but Absalom chased him out of the country. 10 Now Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, is dead. Why not ask David to come back and be our king again?”

11 Then King David sent Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, to say to the elders of Judah, “Why are you the last ones to welcome back the king into his palace? For I have heard that all Israel is ready. 12 You are my relatives, my own tribe, my own flesh and blood! So why are you the last ones to welcome back the king?” 13 And David told them to tell Amasa, “Since you are my own flesh and blood, like Joab, may God strike me and even kill me if I do not appoint you as commander of my army in his place.”

14 Then Amasa[b] convinced all the men of Judah, and they responded unanimously. They sent word to the king, “Return to us, and bring back all who are with you.”

David’s Return to Jerusalem

15 So the king started back to Jerusalem. And when he arrived at the Jordan River, the people of Judah came to Gilgal to meet him and escort him across the river. 16 Shimei son of Gera, the man from Bahurim in Benjamin, hurried across with the men of Judah to welcome King David. 17 A thousand other men from the tribe of Benjamin were with him, including Ziba, the chief servant of the house of Saul, and Ziba’s fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed down to the Jordan to meet the king. 18 They crossed the shallows of the Jordan to bring the king’s household across the river, helping him in every way they could.

David’s Mercy to Shimei

As the king was about to cross the river, Shimei fell down before him. 19 “My lord the king, please forgive me,” he pleaded. “Forget the terrible thing your servant did when you left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind. 20 I know how much I sinned. That is why I have come here today, the very first person in all Israel[c] to greet my lord the king.”

21 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “Shimei should die, for he cursed the Lord’s anointed king!”

22 “Who asked your opinion, you sons of Zeruiah!” David exclaimed. “Why have you become my adversary[d] today? This is not a day for execution, for today I am once again the king of Israel!” 23 Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed, “Your life will be spared.”

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth

24 Now Mephibosheth,[e] Saul’s grandson, came down from Jerusalem to meet the king. He had not cared for his feet, trimmed his beard, or washed his clothes since the day the king left Jerusalem. 25 “Why didn’t you come with me, Mephibosheth?” the king asked him.

26 Mephibosheth replied, “My lord the king, my servant Ziba deceived me. I told him, ‘Saddle my donkey[f] so I can go with the king.’ For as you know I am crippled. 27 Ziba has slandered me by saying that I refused to come. But I know that my lord the king is like an angel of God, so do what you think is best. 28 All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me by allowing me to eat at your own table! What more can I ask?”

29 “You’ve said enough,” David replied. “I’ve decided that you and Ziba will divide your land equally between you.”

30 “Give him all of it,” Mephibosheth said. “I am content just to have you safely back again, my lord the king!”

David’s Kindness to Barzillai

31 Barzillai of Gilead had come down from Rogelim to escort the king across the Jordan. 32 He was very old—eighty years of age—and very wealthy. He was the one who had provided food for the king during his stay in Mahanaim. 33 “Come across with me and live in Jerusalem,” the king said to Barzillai. “I will take care of you there.”

34 “No,” he replied, “I am far too old to go with the king to Jerusalem. 35 I am eighty years old today, and I can no longer enjoy anything. Food and wine are no longer tasty, and I cannot hear the singers as they sing. I would only be a burden to my lord the king. 36 Just to go across the Jordan River with the king is all the honor I need! 37 Then let me return again to die in my own town, where my father and mother are buried. But here is your servant, my son Kimham. Let him go with my lord the king and receive whatever you want to give him.”

38 “Good,” the king agreed. “Kimham will go with me, and I will help him in any way you would like. And I will do for you anything you want.” 39 So all the people crossed the Jordan with the king. After David had blessed Barzillai and kissed him, Barzillai returned to his own home.

40 The king then crossed over to Gilgal, taking Kimham with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel escorted the king on his way.

An Argument over the King

41 But all the men of Israel complained to the king, “The men of Judah stole the king and didn’t give us the honor of helping take you, your household, and all your men across the Jordan.”

42 The men of Judah replied, “The king is one of our own kinsmen. Why should this make you angry? We haven’t eaten any of the king’s food or received any special favors!”

43 “But there are ten tribes in Israel,” the others replied. “So we have ten times as much right to the king as you do. What right do you have to treat us with such contempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing him back to be our king again?” The argument continued back and forth, and the men of Judah spoke even more harshly than the men of Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 19:1 Verses 19:1-43 are numbered 19:2-44 in Hebrew text.
  2. 19:14 Or David; Hebrew reads he.
  3. 19:20 Hebrew in the house of Joseph.
  4. 19:22 Or my prosecutor.
  5. 19:24 Mephibosheth is another name for Merib-baal.
  6. 19:26 As in Greek, Syriac, and Latin versions; Hebrew reads I will saddle a donkey for myself.