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.

Japanese Contemporary Bible

サムエル記Ⅱ 16:1-23

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ダビデとツィバ

1ダビデが山の頂上から少し下ったころ、メフィボシェテ家の執事ともいうべきツィバが、ようやく追いつきました。二頭のろばに、パン二百個、干しぶどう百房、ぶどう百房、それにぶどう酒一たるを積んでいます。

2王は、「いったい何のためだ」と尋ねました。

「ろばはご家族がお乗りになるため、パンと夏のくだものは若いご家来衆に、ぶどう酒は荒野で弱った方々に召し上がっていただくためです。」

3「メフィボシェテはどこにいる。」

「エルサレムに残っております。あの方は、『今こそ、王になれる。今日こそ、祖父サウルの王国を取り戻す』と申しておりました。」

4「それがかなったら、メフィボシェテのものを全部、おまえに与えよう。」

「ありがとうございます、王様。心からお礼申し上げます。」

ダビデをのろうシムイ

5ダビデの一行がバフリムの村を通り過ぎると、一人の男がのろいのことばを浴びせながら出て来ました。男はゲラの息子シムイで、サウル一族の者でした。 6彼は王と側近、さらに護衛の勇士のだれかれかまわず、石を投げつけました。

7-8「出て行けっ! この人殺し! 悪党め!」この時とばかり、ダビデをののしります。「よくもサウル王とその家族を殺してくれたな。ざまあ見ろ。罰があたったのだ。王位を盗んだおまえが、今は息子のアブシャロムに王位を奪われた。これが神のおぼしめしというものだ。今度は、おまえが同じ手口で殺されるのだ。」

9あまりのひどさに、アビシャイが申し出ました。「あの死に犬に、あなたをのろわせておいてよいものでしょうか。あいつの首をはねさせてください。」

10「ならぬ! 主が彼にのろわせておられるのだ。どうして止められるだろう。 11実の息子が私を殺そうとしているのだぞ。このベニヤミン人は、のろっているだけではないか。放っておきなさい。主がそうさせておられるのだから。 12おそらく主は、私が不当な扱いを受けていることをご存じで、それに甘んじる私に、あののろいに代えて祝福を下さるだろう。」

13一行がなおも進んで行くと、シムイも丘の中腹をダビデと並行して歩き、のろったり、石を投げたり、ちりをばらまいたりしました。 14王も従者も全員、くたくたに疲れていました。それで一行はしばらく休息することにしました。

アヒトフェルとフシャイの進言

15その間に、アブシャロムと彼の兵は、エルサレム入城を果たしました。アヒトフェルもいっしょでした。 16ダビデの友、アルキ人フシャイはエルサレムに戻り、直ちにアブシャロムに謁見を求めて来ると、「王様、ばんざい! 王様、ばんざい!」と叫びました。 17アブシャロムは尋ねました。「これが、父ダビデに対する態度か。どうして父といっしょに行かなかったのだ。」

18「私はただ、主とイスラエルの民によって選ばれたお方に仕えたいのです。 19かつてはお父上でしたが、これからは、あなたにお仕えします。」

20話が決まると、アブシャロムはアヒトフェルに、「さて、これからどうしたものか」と意見を求めました。 21アヒトフェルは進言しました。「お父上が宮殿の留守番にと残しておかれた、そばめたちがいます。まず、その女たちを訪ねて、いっしょに寝られるのがよろしい。それくらい父君を侮辱すれば、全国民はもう、あなたと父君の仲は致命的で、和解の余地はないと察するでしょう。そうすれば、いっそう民はあなたのもとに一致団結します。」

22そこで、宮殿の屋上に、だれの目にもそれとわかる天幕(テント)が張られました。アブシャロムはそこへ入って、父のそばめたちと寝たのです。 23アブシャロムは、かつてダビデがそうしたように、アヒトフェルのことばには何でも従いました。アヒトフェルが語ることはすべて、神の口から直接授けられた知恵のように思われたからです。