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.

Nova Versão Internacional

2 Samuel 16:1-23

Davi e Ziba

1Mal Davi tinha passado pelo alto do monte, lá estava à sua espera Ziba, criado de Mefibosete. Ele trazia dois jumentos carregando duzentos pães, cem bolos de uvas passas, cem frutas da estação e uma vasilha de couro cheia de vinho.

2O rei perguntou a Ziba: “Por que você trouxe essas coisas?”

Ziba respondeu: “Os jumentos servirão de montaria para a família do rei, os pães e as frutas são para os homens comerem, e o vinho servirá para reanimar os que ficarem exaustos no deserto”.

3“Onde está Mefibosete, neto de seu senhor?”, perguntou o rei.

Respondeu-lhe Ziba: “Ele ficou em Jerusalém, pois acredita que os israelitas lhe restituirão o reino de seu avô”.

4Então o rei disse a Ziba: “Tudo o que pertencia a Mefibosete agora é seu”.

“Humildemente me prostro”, disse Ziba. “Que o rei, meu senhor, agrade-se de mim”.

Simei Amaldiçoa Davi

5Chegando o rei Davi a Baurim, um homem do clã da família de Saul chamado Simei, filho de Gera, saiu da cidade proferindo maldições contra ele. 6Ele atirava pedras em Davi e em todos os conselheiros do rei, embora todo o exército e a guarda de elite estivessem à direita e à esquerda de Davi. 7Enquanto amaldiçoava, Simei dizia: “Saia daqui, saia daqui! Assassino! Bandido! 8O Senhor retribuiu a você todo o sangue derramado na família de Saul, em cujo lugar você reinou. O Senhor entregou o reino nas mãos de seu filho Absalão. Você está arruinado porque é um assassino!”

9Então Abisai, filho de Zeruia, disse ao rei: “Por que esse cão morto amaldiçoa o rei, meu senhor? Permite que eu lhe corte a cabeça”.

10Mas o rei disse: “Que é que vocês têm com isso, filhos de Zeruia? Ele me amaldiçoa porque o Senhor lhe disse que amaldiçoasse Davi. Portanto, quem poderá questioná-lo?”

11Disse então Davi a Abisai e a todos os seus conselheiros: “Até meu filho, sangue do meu sangue16.11 Hebraico: que saiu das minhas entranhas., procura matar-me. Quanto mais este benjamita! Deixem-no em paz! Que amaldiçoe, pois foi o Senhor que mandou fazer isso. 12Talvez o Senhor considere a minha aflição e me retribua com o bem a maldição que hoje recebo”.

13Assim, Davi e os seus soldados prosseguiram pela estrada, enquanto Simei ia pela encosta do monte, no lado oposto, amaldiçoando e jogando pedras e terra. 14O rei e todo o povo que estava com ele chegaram exaustos a seu destino. E lá descansaram.

O Conselho de Husai e de Aitofel

15Enquanto isso, Absalão e todos os homens de Israel entraram em Jerusalém, e Aitofel estava com eles. 16Então Husai, o arquita, amigo de Davi, aproximou-se de Absalão e exclamou: “Viva o rei! Viva o rei!”

17Mas Absalão disse a Husai: “É essa a lealdade que você tem para com o seu amigo? Por que você não foi com ele?”

18Respondeu Husai: “Não! Sou do escolhido do Senhor, deste povo e de todos os israelitas, e com ele permanecerei. 19Além disso, a quem devo servir? Não deveria eu servir ao filho? Assim como servi a teu pai, também te servirei”.

20Então Absalão disse a Aitofel: “Dê-nos o seu conselho. Que devemos fazer?”

21Aitofel respondeu: “Aconselho que tenhas relações com as concubinas de teu pai, que ele deixou para tomar conta do palácio. Então todo o Israel ficará sabendo que te tornaste repugnante para teu pai e todos os que estão contigo se encherão de coragem”. 22E assim armaram uma tenda no terraço do palácio para Absalão, e ele teve relações com as concubinas de seu pai à vista de todo o Israel.

23Naquela época, tanto Davi como Absalão consideravam os conselhos de Aitofel como se fossem a palavra do próprio Deus.