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.
David e Ziba
1David estava justamente a começar a descida do outro lado do monte quando Ziba, o governante da casa de Mefibosete, o encontrou. Ia conduzindo dois burros carregados com duzentos pães, cem cachos de passas e um odre de vinho. 2“Para quem é isso?”, perguntou-lhe o soberano.
“Os burros são para que a gente da tua casa monte neles; o pão e as passas são para os teus moços comerem; o vinho deverá ir contigo para o deserto para dar aos que possam vir a desfalecer.”
3“E onde está Mefibosete?”, perguntou-lhe o rei. “Ficou em Jerusalém, pois disse que agora se tornaria rei e que poderia recuperar o reino do seu avô Saul.”
4O rei disse a Ziba: “Nesse caso dou-te a ti tudo quanto pertence a Mefibosete.” Ziba respondeu: “Fico profundamente grato, meu senhor.”
Simei amaldiçoa David
5Ao passarem por Baurim, saiu da povoação um homem que os amaldiçoava. Era Simei, filho de Gera, membro da família de Saul. 6Atirava pedras ao rei e aos seus chefes militares, assim como aos valentes guerreiros que o rodeavam. 7“Sai daqui, assassino, malvado!”, gritava ele para David. 8“O Senhor está a fazer-te pagar por teres assassinado Saul e a sua família. Roubaste-lhe o trono e agora o Senhor deu-o ao teu filho Absalão! Agora é a tua vez de provares o sabor da desgraça, assassino!”
9“Porque havemos de deixar que este cão morto amaldiçoe o rei, meu senhor?”, perguntou Abisai. “Deixa-me ir ter com ele e esmagar-lhe a cabeça!”
10“Não”, disse o rei. “Se foi o Senhor quem o mandou amaldiçoar-me, quem sou eu para o impedir? 11O meu próprio filho pretende matar-me; este filho de Benjamim apenas me amaldiçoa. Deixa-o em paz, pois foi, sem dúvida, o Senhor quem o mandou fazer isso. 12Talvez o Senhor veja como estou a ser humilhado e acabe por me abençoar, por causa destas maldições.”
13David e a sua gente continuaram o caminho, enquanto Simei se mantinha na encosta da colina que estava em frente a amaldiçoá-lo, a atirar-lhe pedras e terra para o ar. 14Tanto o rei como os outros estavam cansados quando atingiram o rio Jordão, por isso, pararam ali a descansar.
O conselho de Husai e Aitofel
15Entretanto, Absalão chegava a Jerusalém com os seus homens e acompanhado de Aitofel. 16Quando o amigo de David, Husai o arquita, chegou foi imediatamente ver Absalão. “Viva o rei!”, saudou-o. “Viva o rei!”
17“Será justo essa forma de te conduzires em relação ao teu amigo David?”, perguntou-lhe Absalão. “Porque não estás com ele?”
18“Porque trabalho para o homem que foi escolhido pelo Senhor e por Israel”, replicou Husai. 19“Porque haveria de estar com ele? Colaborei com o teu pai e agora colaboro contigo!”
20Absalão aconselhou-se com Aitofel: “Que devo fazer agora?”
21Aitofel disse-lhe: “Vai deitar-te com as mulheres do teu pai, aquelas que deixou aqui para manter a casa em ordem. Todo o Israel verá que o insultas de forma a tornar impossível qualquer reconciliação e dessa forma a população cerrará fileiras atrás de ti.” 22Foi então levantada uma tenda num dos terraços do palácio, que toda a gente podia ver, e ali Absalão possuía as mulheres de seu pai.
23Absalão fez tudo o que Aitofel lhe dizia tal como aconteceu com David. É que por detrás de cada palavra de Aitofel se descobria a sabedoria de Deus.