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.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

2 Samwiri 16:1-23

Dawudi ne Ziba

116:1 a 2Sa 9:1-13 b 1Sa 25:18Awo Dawudi bwe yali ng’atambuddeko ebbanga ttono n’okuva awaali olusiisira, Ziba omuddu wa Mefibosesi n’ajja okumusisinkana. Yalina endogoyi bbiri eziriko amatandiiko, nga zeetisse emigaati ebikumi bibiri, n’ebirimba eby’ezabbibu enkalu kikumi, n’ebirimba eby’ebibala eby’ekyeya kikumi, n’ekita kya wayini. 216:2 2Sa 17:27-29Kabaka n’abuuza Ziba nti, “Bino oleese bya ki?” Ziba n’addamu nti, “Endogoyi za ba mu nnyumba ya kabaka okwebagalanga, n’emigaati n’ebibala bya bavubuka okulya, ne wayini, w’abo abaliyongobera mu ddungu.”

316:3 2Sa 9:9-10; 19:26-27Kabaka n’amubuuza nti, “Ate muzzukulu wa mukama wo ali ludda wa?” Ziba n’amuddamu nti, “Yasigadde mu Yerusaalemi, kubanga yalowoozezza nti, ‘Leero ennyumba ya Isirayiri eneenziriza obwakabaka bwa jjajjange.’ ”

4Awo kabaka n’agamba Ziba nti, “Byonna ebibadde ebya Mefibosesi, kaakano bibyo.” Ziba n’ayogera nti, “Neeyanzizza, era ŋŋanje mu maaso go, mukama wange kabaka.”

Simeeyi Akolimira Dawudi

516:5 a 2Sa 3:16 b 2Sa 19:16-23; 1Bk 2:8-9, 36, 44 c Kuv 22:28Awo kabaka Dawudi bwe yali ng’anaatera okutuuka e Bakulimu ne wajja omusajja ow’omu kika ky’ennyumba ya Sawulo erinnya lye Simeeyi mutabani wa Gera; n’akolima nga bw’asembera okumpi ne we baali. 6N’akasuukirira Dawudi n’abakungu ba kabaka amayinja, naye abaserikale bonna n’abakuumi ba Dawudi nga bamwetoolodde ku luuyi lwe olwa ddyo ne ku luuyi lwe olwa kkono. 7Simeeyi n’akolima, nga bw’ayogera nti, “Fuluma, vva wano, ggwe omusajja eyasaaba omusaayi, era ataliiko bw’ali! 816:8 2Sa 21:9Mukama akusasudde olw’omusaayi gwonna gwe wayiwa mu nnyumba ya Sawulo, gwe waddira mu bigere. Mukama obwakabaka abugabidde mutabani wo Abusaalomu. Laba ekikutuusizza kw’ekyo, kubanga engalo zo zijjudde omusaayi!”

916:9 a 2Sa 9:8 b Kuv 22:28; Luk 9:54Awo Abisaayi mutabani wa Zeruyiya16:9 Zeruyiya yali mwannyina Dawudi, noolwekyo Abisaayi yali mutabani wa Dawudi n’agamba kabaka nti, “Lwaki embwa eyo enfu ekolimira mukama wange kabaka? Leka ŋŋende mmutemeko omutwe.” 1016:10 a 2Sa 19:22 b Bar 9:20Naye kabaka n’ayogera nti, “Luganda ki lwe nnina nammwe, mmwe batabani ba Zeruyiya? Bw’aba ng’ankolimira kubanga Mukama ye yamugambye nti, ‘Kolimira Dawudi,’ ani ayinza okubuuza nti, ‘Kiki ekikukoza bw’otyo?’ ”

1116:11 a 2Sa 12:11 b Lub 45:5Awo Dawudi n’agamba Abisaayi n’abakungu be bonna nti, “Obanga mutabani wange, ow’omusaayi gwange agezaako okunzita, naye ate Omubenyamini oyo. Mumuleke, akolime, kubanga Mukama amulagidde. 1216:12 a Zab 4:1; 25:18 b Ma 23:5; Bar 8:28 c Zab 109:28Oboolyawo Mukama anaalaba okunakuwala kwange n’ansasula obulungi olw’okukolima okwo.”

13Awo Dawudi n’abasajja be ne bagenda ku lugendo lwabwe, naye Simeeyi n’ayitira ku lusozi okumwolekera nga bw’akolima, nga bw’amukasuukirira amayinja n’enfuufu. 1416:14 2Sa 17:2Kabaka n’abantu bonna abaali naye ne batuuka gye baali bagenda nga bakooye. N’aweereraweerera eyo.

Amagezi Kusaayi ne Akisoferi ge baawa

1516:15 a 2Sa 15:37 b 2Sa 15:12Mu kiseera kye kimu, Abusaalomu n’abantu bonna aba Isirayiri ne bajja e Yerusaalemi, ne Akisoferi n’ajja naye. 1616:16 2Sa 15:37Awo Kusaayi Omwaluki, mukwano gwa Dawudi, n’ajja eri Abusaalomu n’ayogera nti, “Kabaka awangaale! Kabaka awangaale!” 1716:17 2Sa 19:25Abusaalomu n’abuuza Kusaayi nti, “Bw’otyo bw’olaga okwagala eri mukwano gwo Kabaka Dawudi? Kiki ekyakulobedde okugenda ne mukwano gwo?”

18Kusaayi n’addamu Abusaalomu nti, “Nedda. Oyo Mukama gw’anaalonda, n’abantu bano, n’abasajja bonna aba Isirayiri, n’abanga wuwe era n’abeeranga naye. 1916:19 2Sa 15:34Era nate n’aweereza ani okuggyako mutabani we? Nga bwe naweerezanga kitaawo, bwe ntyo bwe nnaakuweerezanga.” 20Abusaalomu n’agamba Akisoferi nti, “Tuwe ku magezi. Tunaakola tutya?”

21Akisoferi n’addamu nti, “Weebake n’abakyala ba kitaawo be yalekawo okulabirira olubiri. Isirayiri yenna bwe banaawulira ng’ofuuse ekyenyinyalwa eri kitaawo, banaddamu amaanyi.” 2216:22 2Sa 12:11-12; 15:16Awo ne basimbira Abusaalomu eweema waggulu ku nnyumba ne yeebaka n’abakyala ba kitaawe, nga Isirayiri yenna balaba.

2316:23 a 2Sa 17:14, 23 b 2Sa 15:12Mu biro ebyo okuteesa kwa Akisoferi, kwatwalibwanga okuba nga kuva eri Katonda, era Dawudi ne Abusaalomu bwe batyo bwe baatwalanga okuteesa kwe.