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.
Daudi Na Siba
116:1 2Sam 9:1-3; 1Sam 25:18; 1Nya 12:40; 2Sam 15:30Daudi alipokuwa amekwenda umbali mfupi kupita kilele cha mlima, akamkuta huko Siba, msimamizi wa shughuli za Mefiboshethi, akingojea kumlaki Daudi. Alikuwa na punda wawili wakiwa wametandikwa na kupakiwa mikate mia mbili, maandazi mia ya zabibu kavu, maandazi mia ya tini na kiriba cha divai.
216:2 2Sam 17:27-29; Amu 5:10; 10:4; 1Sam 25:27; 2Sam 15:23; Mit 15:23; 31:6; Za 104:15; 1Tim 5:23Mfalme Daudi akamuuliza Siba, “Kwa nini umeleta vitu hivi?”
Siba akamjibu, “Punda ni kwa ajili ya watu wa nyumba ya mfalme kupanda, mikate na matunda ni kwa ajili ya watu kula, nayo divai ni kwa kuwaburudisha watakaochoka jangwani.”
316:3 2Sam 9:9-10; 19:26-27Kisha mfalme akauliza, “Yuko wapi mwana wa bwana wako?”
Siba akamwambia, “Anakawia Yerusalemu, kwa sababu anafikiri, ‘Leo nyumba ya Israeli itanirudishia utawala wa baba yangu.’ ”
416:4 2Sam 4:4; 14:10-11; Mit 18:13Ndipo mfalme akamwambia Siba, “Yote yaliyokuwa mali ya Mefiboshethi sasa ni mali yako.”
Siba akasema, “Nasujudu kwa unyenyekevu. Naomba nipate kibali mbele yako, bwana wangu mfalme.”
Shimei Amlaani Daudi
516:5 2Sam 3:16; 19:16-23; 1Fal 2:8, 36, 44; Kut 22:28; 2Sam 19:16Mfalme Daudi alipokuwa anakaribia Bahurimu, mtu mmoja kutoka ukoo huo huo kama jamaa ya Sauli, akatoka humo, ambaye jina lake ni Shimei mwana wa Gera; akawa analaani alipokuwa akitoka. 6Akamtupia Daudi na maafisa wote wa mfalme mawe, ingawa vikosi vyote na walinzi maalum walikuwa kulia na kushoto mwa Daudi. 7Shimei alivyokuwa akilaani, akasema, “Toka hapa, toka hapa, wewe mtu wa damu, wewe mtu mbaya kabisa! 816:8 2Sam 19:28; 21:9; 19:19; Za 55:3; Amu 9:24; 1Fal 2:32-33; Ufu 16:6Bwana amekulipiza kwa ajili ya damu yote uliyomwaga ya watu wa nyumba ya Sauli, ambaye nafasi yake umeimiliki wewe. Bwana amekabidhi ufalme mkononi mwa mwanao Absalomu. Maangamizi yamekupata kwa sababu wewe ni mtu wa damu!”
916:9 1Sam 26:6; 2Sam 3:8, 39; Lk 9:54; Kut 22:28Ndipo Abishai mwana wa Seruya akamwambia mfalme, “Kwa nini huyu mbwa mfu amlaani bwana wangu mfalme? Niruhusu nivuke nikatilie mbali kichwa chake.”
1016:10 2Sam 2:18; 19:22; Rum 9:20; 2Sam 3:39; 1Pet 2:23; 1Fal 18:25; Mao 3:38Lakini mfalme akamwambia, “Mna nini nami, enyi wana wa Seruya? Ikiwa analaani kwa sababu Bwana amemwambia, ‘Mlaani Daudi,’ nani awezaye kuuliza, ‘Kwa nini unafanya hivi?’ ”
1116:11 2Sam 12:11; Mwa 45:5; 1Sam 26:17Ndipo Daudi akamwambia Abishai na maafisa wake wote, “Mwanangu, yeye ambaye ametoka viunoni mwangu mwenyewe, anajaribu kuuondoa uhai wangu. Je, si zaidi sana kwa huyu Mbenyamini! Mwacheni, acha alaani, kwa maana Bwana amemwambia afanye hivyo. 1216:12 Za 4:1; 25:18; Kum 23:5; Rum 8:28; Mwa 29:32; Za 37:7; Yer 24:5-7; Mao 3:22-26; Mt 5:11-12; 2Kor 4:17Inawezekana kwamba Bwana ataona dhiki yangu na kunilipa mema kwa ajili ya laana ninayopokea leo.”
13Kwa hiyo Daudi na watu wake wakaendelea na safari yao barabarani, huku Shimei akiwa anatembea pembezoni mwa kilima sambamba na Daudi, huku akimlaani na kumtupia Daudi mawe na kumrushia mavumbi. 1416:14 Za 109:28; 2Sam 17:2Mfalme na watu wote aliokuwa pamoja nao wakafika kwenye kituo chao wakiwa wamechoka. Mfalme akajiburudisha hapo.
Shauri La Hushai Na Ahithofeli
1516:15 2Sam 15:37; 15:12Wakati huo, Absalomu pamoja na watu wote wa Israeli wakafika Yerusalemu, naye Ahithofeli alikuwa pamoja naye. 1616:16 2Sam 15:32Ndipo Hushai, Mwariki, rafiki wa Daudi, akamwendea Absalomu na kumwambia, “Mfalme aishi maisha marefu! Mfalme aishi maisha marefu!”
1716:17 2Sam 19:24-25; Mit 17:17; 2Sam 15:32Absalomu akamuuliza Hushai, “Je, huu ndio upendo unaomwonyesha rafiki yako? Kwa nini hukufuatana na rafiki yako?”
18Hushai akamwambia Absalomu, “La hasha, yeye aliyechaguliwa na Bwana, aliyechaguliwa na watu hawa, atakayechaguliwa tena na watu wote wa Israeli, huyu ndiye nitakayekuwa wake, nami nitabakia pamoja naye. 1916:19 2Sam 15:34; 1Sam 28:2Zaidi ya hayo, nimtumikie nani? Je, nisimtumikie mwana? Kama vile nilivyomtumikia baba yako, ndivyo nitakavyokutumikia wewe.”
2016:20 Kut 1:10; Za 37:12-15; Mit 21:30; Mt 27:1Absalomu akamwambia Ahithofeli, “Tupe shauri lako. Tufanye nini?”
2116:21 Mwa 35:22; 2Sam 12:11; 15:16; Zek 8:13; Law 8:18; 20:11; Kum 22:30; 27:20; Mit 28:7; Isa 3:9; Mik 7:3-6Ahithofeli akamjibu, “Kutana kimwili na masuria wa baba yako aliowaacha kutunza jumba la kifalme. Ndipo Israeli yote itakaposikia kwamba umejifanya chukizo kwa baba yako, nayo mikono ya kila mmoja aliye pamoja nawe itatiwa nguvu.” 2216:22 2Sam 3:7; 12:11-12; 15:16Kwa hiyo wakasimika hema kwa ajili ya Absalomu juu ya paa, naye akakutana kimwili na masuria wa baba yake mbele ya Israeli wote.
2316:23 2Sam 17:14, 23; 15:12Ilikuwa katika siku hizo shauri lililotolewa na Ahithofeli lilikuwa kama lile ambalo limeulizwa kwa Mungu. Ndivyo Daudi na Absalomu walivyoyaheshimu mashauri yote ya Ahithofeli.