New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 16:1-23

David and Ziba

1David went just beyond the top of the Mount of Olives. Ziba was waiting there to meet him. He was Mephibosheth’s manager. He had several donkeys with saddles on them. They were carrying 200 loaves of bread and 100 raisin cakes. They were also carrying 100 fig cakes and a bottle of wine. The bottle was made out of animal skin.

2The king asked Ziba, “Why have you brought all these things?”

Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s family to ride on. The bread and fruit are for the people to eat. The wine will make those who get tired in the desert feel like new again.”

3Then the king asked, “Where is your master’s grandson Mephibosheth?”

Ziba said to him, “He’s staying in Jerusalem. He thinks, ‘Today the Israelites will cause me to rule once again over my grandfather Saul’s kingdom.’ ”

4Then the king said to Ziba, “Everything that belonged to Mephibosheth belongs to you now.”

“You are my king and master,” Ziba said. “I make myself humble in front of you. I bow down to you. May you be pleased with me.”

Shimei Curses David

5King David approached Bahurim. As he did, a man came out toward him. The man was from the same family group that Saul was from. His name was Shimei. He was the son of Gera. As he came out of the town, he cursed David. 6He threw stones at David and all his officials. He did it even though all the troops and the special guard were there. They were to the right and left of David. 7As Shimei cursed, he said, “Get out! Get out, you murderer! You are a worthless and evil man! 8You spilled the blood of a lot of people in Saul’s family. You took over his kingdom. Now the Lord is paying you back. He has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have been destroyed because you are a murderer!”

9Then Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, spoke to the king. He said, “King David, why should we let this dead dog curse you? Let me go over there. I’ll cut off his head.”

10But the king said, “You and Joab are sons of Zeruiah. What does this have to do with you? Maybe the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David.’ If he did, who can ask him, ‘Why are you doing this?’ ”

11Then David spoke to Abishai and all his officials. He said, “My very own son Absalom is trying to kill me. How much more should this man from Benjamin want to kill me! Leave him alone. Let him curse. The Lord has told him to do it. 12Maybe the Lord will see how much I’m suffering. Maybe he’ll bring back to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse I’m hearing today.”

13So David and his men kept going along the road. At the same time, Shimei was going along the hillside across from him. He was cursing David as he went. He was throwing stones at David. He was showering him with dirt. 14The king and all the people with him came to the place they had planned to go to. They were very tired. So David rested there.

Ahithophel and Hushai Give Advice to Absalom

15During that time, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem. Ahithophel was with him. 16Then Hushai, the Arkite, went to Absalom. He said to him, “May the king live a long time! May the king live a long time!” Hushai was David’s trusted friend.

17Absalom said to Hushai, “So this is the way you show love to your friend? If he’s your friend, why didn’t you go with him?”

18Hushai said to Absalom, “Why should I? You are the one the Lord has chosen. These people and all the men of Israel have also chosen you. I want to be on your side. I want to stay with you. 19After all, who else should I serve? Shouldn’t I serve the king’s son? I will serve you, just as I served your father.”

20Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give us your advice. What should we do?”

21Ahithophel answered, “Your father left some concubines behind to take care of the palace. Go and sleep with them. Then all the Israelites will hear about it. They will hear that you have made your father hate you. Everyone with you will be encouraged to give you more support.” 22So they set up a tent for Absalom on the roof of the palace. He went in and slept with his father’s concubines. Everyone in Israel saw it.

23In those days the advice Ahithophel gave was as good as advice from someone who asks God for guidance. That’s what David and Absalom thought about all of Ahithophel’s advice.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

2 Samũeli 16:1-23

Daudi na Ziba

116:1 2Sam 9:1-13; 1Maũ 12:40Na rĩrĩ, Daudi aakorirwo ahĩtũkĩte gacũmbĩrĩ ga kĩrĩma o hanini-rĩ, agĩkora Ziba, ndungata ya Mefiboshethu, ĩmwetereire ĩmũtũnge. Aarĩ na ndigiri igĩrĩ ciatandĩkĩtwo na igakuua mĩgate magana meerĩ na imanjĩka cia thabibũ nyũmũ igana rĩmwe, na ikũmba igana cia ngũyũ, o na mondo ya ndibei.

216:2 2Sam 17:27-29Nake mũthamaki akĩũria Ziba atĩrĩ, “Nĩ kĩĩ gĩtũmĩte ũrehe indo ici?”

Nake Ziba agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Ndigiri nĩ cia gũkuua andũ a nyũmba ya mũthamaki, nayo mĩgate na matunda nĩ cia kũrĩĩo nĩ andũ, nayo ndibei nĩyakũnyuuo nĩ arĩa mangĩũrwo nĩ hinya gũkũ werũ-inĩ.”

316:3 2Sam 9:9-10Mũthamaki agĩcooka akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Arĩ ha mũrũ wa mũriũ wa mwathi waku?”

Nake Ziba akiuga atĩrĩ, “Aikarĩte Jerusalemu, tondũ areciiria atĩrĩ, ‘Ũmũthĩ nyũmba ya Isiraeli nĩĩkũnjookeria ũthamaki wa guka.’ ”

4Ningĩ mũthamaki akĩĩra Ziba atĩrĩ, “Indo ciothe iria iraarĩ cia Mefiboshethu kuuma rĩu nĩ ciaku.”

Nake Ziba akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩndakwĩnyiihĩria; reke njĩtĩkĩrĩke maitho-inĩ maku, wee mũthamaki, mwathi wakwa.”

Shimei Kũruma Daudi

516:5 2Sam 19:16-23; Thaam 22:28Mũthamaki Daudi aakuhĩrĩria Bahurimu-rĩ, mũndũ wa mũhĩrĩga wa nyũmba ya Saũlũ agĩũka oimĩte kuo. Nake eetagwo Shimei mũrũ wa Gera; agĩũka akĩrumanaga. 6Agĩikĩria Daudi na anene othe a mũthamaki mahiga, o na gũtuĩka mbũtũ ciothe cia ita na arangĩri maarĩ mwena wa Daudi wa ũrĩo na wa ũmotho. 7Shimei akĩrumana, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Thiĩ na kũu, thiĩ na kũu, wee mũiti wa thakame, wee kĩmaramari gĩkĩ! 816:8 2Sam 19:28; Thab 55:3Jehova nĩakũrĩhĩtie, thakame yothe ĩrĩa wanaita ya nyũmba ya Saũlũ, ũrĩa wathanaga ithenya rĩake. Jehova nĩaneanĩte ũthamaki kũrĩ mũrũguo Abisalomu. Wee nĩũkinyĩrĩirwo nĩ mwanangĩko tondũ ũrĩ mũiti wa thakame!”

916:9 1Sam 26:6; Luk 9:54Hĩndĩ ĩyo Abishai mũrũ wa Zeruia akĩũria mũthamaki atĩrĩ, “Nĩ kĩĩ kĩratũma ngui ĩno nguũ16:9 Gwĩta mũndũ ngui nguũ warĩ ũndũ wa kũnyarara mũndũ biũ. ĩrume mũthamaki mwathi wakwa? Reke ninge mũrĩmo ndĩmũtinie mũtwe.”

1016:10 2Sam 19:22; Arom 9:20No mũthamaki akiuga atĩrĩ, “Tũnyiitanĩire ũndũ ũrĩkũ niĩ na inyuĩ, inyuĩ ariũ a Zeruia? Angĩkorwo ararumana tondũ Jehova nĩamwĩrĩte atĩrĩ, ‘Ruma Daudi,’ nũũ ũngĩmũũria atĩrĩ, ‘Ũgwĩka ũguo nĩkĩ?’ ”

1116:11 2Sam 12:11; Kĩam 45:5Ningĩ Daudi akĩĩra Abishai na anene ake othe atĩrĩ, “Mũrũ wakwa, ũrĩa uumĩte mũthiimo-inĩ wakwa, nĩwe ũraageria kũnduta muoyo. Githĩ Mũbenjamini ũyũ ndangĩgĩĩka makĩria ma ũguo! Tiganai nake; rekei arumane, tondũ Jehova nĩwe ũmwĩrĩte eke ũguo. 1216:12 Gũcook 23:5; Arom 8:28Hihi no gũkorwo Jehova nĩekuona thĩĩna wakwa, na nĩakandĩha na wega nĩ ũndũ wa irumi ici ndĩrarumwo ũmũthĩ.”

13Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Daudi na andũ ake magĩthiĩ na mbere magereire njĩra nake Shimei akagera mwena-inĩ wa kĩrĩma angʼethanĩire nao, agĩthiĩ akĩrumanaga, na akĩmũikagĩria mahiga, na akamũminjagĩria tĩĩri. 1416:14 2Sam 17:2Nake mũthamaki na andũ othe arĩa maarĩ nake magĩkinya kũrĩa maathiiaga manogeete. Na kũu nĩkuo Daudi aahurũkĩire, akĩnogoka.

Ũtaaro wa Hushai na wa Ahithofeli

1516:15 2Sam 15:37; 2Sam 15:12Hĩndĩ ĩyo Abisalomu na andũ othe a Isiraeli magĩũka Jerusalemu, na Ahithofeli agĩkorwo hamwe nao. 16Hĩndĩ ĩyo Hushai ũrĩa Mũariki, mũrata wa Daudi, agĩthiĩ kũrĩ Abisalomu, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Mũthamaki arotũũra nginya tene! Mũthamaki arotũũra nginya tene!”

1716:17 2Sam 19:25Abisalomu akĩũria Hushai atĩrĩ, “Ũyũ nĩguo wendo ũrĩa wonetie mũrata waku? Nĩ kĩĩ kĩragiririe ũthiĩ na mũrata waku?”

18Nake Hushai akĩĩra Abisalomu atĩrĩ, “Aca, ũrĩa ũthuurĩtwo nĩ Jehova, na agathuurwo nĩ andũ aya, na agathuurwo nĩ andũ othe a Isiraeli, niĩ ndĩ wake, na njikare nake. 1916:19 2Sam 15:34Ningĩ-rĩ, njagĩrĩirwo nĩgũtungatĩra ũũ? Githĩ ndiagĩrĩirwo nĩ gũtungatĩra mũriũ? O ta ũrĩa ndaatungatĩire thoguo, noguo ngũgũtuungatĩra.”

20Abisalomu akĩĩra Ahithofeli atĩrĩ, “Tũhe ũtaaro waku. Twagĩrĩirwo nĩ gwĩka atĩa?”

21Ahithofeli agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Koma na thuriya cia thoguo iria aatigire nĩgeetha irorage gĩikaro kĩa mũthamaki. Hĩndĩ ĩyo andũ othe a Isiraeli nĩmakaigua atĩ wee wĩmũthũũre biũ nĩ thoguo, namo moko ma andũ arĩa othe ũrĩ nao nĩmekũgĩa hinya.” 2216:22 2Sam 12:11-12Nĩ ũndũ ũcio makĩambĩra Abisalomu hema nyũmba igũrũ, nake agĩkoma na thuriya cia ithe mbere ya andũ othe a Isiraeli.

2316:23 2Sam 15:12No rĩrĩ, matukũ-inĩ macio mataaro marĩa Ahithofeli aaheanaga maahaanaga ta ma mũndũ ũhooete kĩrĩra kũrĩ Ngai. Ũguo nĩguo Daudi na Abisalomu mooyaga mataaro mothe ma Ahithofeli.