New Living Translation

2 Samuel 19

Joab Rebukes the King

1[a]Word soon reached Joab that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom. As all the people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of that day’s victory was turned into deep sadness. They crept back into the town that day as though they were ashamed and had deserted in battle. The king covered his face with his hands and kept on crying, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Then Joab went to the king’s room and said to him, “We saved your life today and the lives of your sons, your daughters, and your wives and concubines. Yet you act like this, making us feel ashamed of ourselves. You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you. It seems that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you would be pleased. Now go out there and congratulate your troops, for I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a single one of them will remain here tonight. Then you will be worse off than ever before.”

So the king went out and took his seat at the town gate, and as the news spread throughout the town that he was there, everyone went to him.

Meanwhile, the Israelites who had supported Absalom fled to their homes. And throughout all the tribes of Israel there was much discussion and argument going on. The people were saying, “The king rescued us from our enemies and saved us from the Philistines, but Absalom chased him out of the country. 10 Now Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, is dead. Why not ask David to come back and be our king again?”

11 Then King David sent Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, to say to the elders of Judah, “Why are you the last ones to welcome back the king into his palace? For I have heard that all Israel is ready. 12 You are my relatives, my own tribe, my own flesh and blood! So why are you the last ones to welcome back the king?” 13 And David told them to tell Amasa, “Since you are my own flesh and blood, like Joab, may God strike me and even kill me if I do not appoint you as commander of my army in his place.”

14 Then Amasa[b] convinced all the men of Judah, and they responded unanimously. They sent word to the king, “Return to us, and bring back all who are with you.”

David’s Return to Jerusalem

15 So the king started back to Jerusalem. And when he arrived at the Jordan River, the people of Judah came to Gilgal to meet him and escort him across the river. 16 Shimei son of Gera, the man from Bahurim in Benjamin, hurried across with the men of Judah to welcome King David. 17 A thousand other men from the tribe of Benjamin were with him, including Ziba, the chief servant of the house of Saul, and Ziba’s fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed down to the Jordan to meet the king. 18 They crossed the shallows of the Jordan to bring the king’s household across the river, helping him in every way they could.

David’s Mercy to Shimei

As the king was about to cross the river, Shimei fell down before him. 19 “My lord the king, please forgive me,” he pleaded. “Forget the terrible thing your servant did when you left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind. 20 I know how much I sinned. That is why I have come here today, the very first person in all Israel[c] to greet my lord the king.”

21 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “Shimei should die, for he cursed the Lord’s anointed king!”

22 “Who asked your opinion, you sons of Zeruiah!” David exclaimed. “Why have you become my adversary[d] today? This is not a day for execution, for today I am once again the king of Israel!” 23 Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed, “Your life will be spared.”

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth

24 Now Mephibosheth,[e] Saul’s grandson, came down from Jerusalem to meet the king. He had not cared for his feet, trimmed his beard, or washed his clothes since the day the king left Jerusalem. 25 “Why didn’t you come with me, Mephibosheth?” the king asked him.

26 Mephibosheth replied, “My lord the king, my servant Ziba deceived me. I told him, ‘Saddle my donkey[f] so I can go with the king.’ For as you know I am crippled. 27 Ziba has slandered me by saying that I refused to come. But I know that my lord the king is like an angel of God, so do what you think is best. 28 All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me by allowing me to eat at your own table! What more can I ask?”

29 “You’ve said enough,” David replied. “I’ve decided that you and Ziba will divide your land equally between you.”

30 “Give him all of it,” Mephibosheth said. “I am content just to have you safely back again, my lord the king!”

David’s Kindness to Barzillai

31 Barzillai of Gilead had come down from Rogelim to escort the king across the Jordan. 32 He was very old—eighty years of age—and very wealthy. He was the one who had provided food for the king during his stay in Mahanaim. 33 “Come across with me and live in Jerusalem,” the king said to Barzillai. “I will take care of you there.”

34 “No,” he replied, “I am far too old to go with the king to Jerusalem. 35 I am eighty years old today, and I can no longer enjoy anything. Food and wine are no longer tasty, and I cannot hear the singers as they sing. I would only be a burden to my lord the king. 36 Just to go across the Jordan River with the king is all the honor I need! 37 Then let me return again to die in my own town, where my father and mother are buried. But here is your servant, my son Kimham. Let him go with my lord the king and receive whatever you want to give him.”

38 “Good,” the king agreed. “Kimham will go with me, and I will help him in any way you would like. And I will do for you anything you want.” 39 So all the people crossed the Jordan with the king. After David had blessed Barzillai and kissed him, Barzillai returned to his own home.

40 The king then crossed over to Gilgal, taking Kimham with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel escorted the king on his way.

An Argument over the King

41 But all the men of Israel complained to the king, “The men of Judah stole the king and didn’t give us the honor of helping take you, your household, and all your men across the Jordan.”

42 The men of Judah replied, “The king is one of our own kinsmen. Why should this make you angry? We haven’t eaten any of the king’s food or received any special favors!”

43 “But there are ten tribes in Israel,” the others replied. “So we have ten times as much right to the king as you do. What right do you have to treat us with such contempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing him back to be our king again?” The argument continued back and forth, and the men of Judah spoke even more harshly than the men of Israel.

Notas al pie

  1. 19:1 Verses 19:1-43 are numbered 19:2-44 in Hebrew text.
  2. 19:14 Or David; Hebrew reads he.
  3. 19:20 Hebrew in the house of Joseph.
  4. 19:22 Or my prosecutor.
  5. 19:24 Mephibosheth is another name for Merib-baal.
  6. 19:26 As in Greek, Syriac, and Latin versions; Hebrew reads I will saddle a donkey for myself.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒母耳记下 19

约押劝告大卫

1有人告诉约押,说:“王在为押沙龙哀伤痛哭。” 士兵们听说王为押沙龙哀痛,胜利的欢腾顿时变为一片哀愁。 那一天,众人都静悄悄地回城去,好像败兵一样羞愧万分。 王仍掩面痛哭:“我儿押沙龙啊!押沙龙!我儿!我儿啊!” 约押就进到屋里,对王说:“你的仆人们救了你和你妻妾儿女的性命,你今天却使他们感到羞愧。 仇视你的人,你倒去爱他;那些爱你的人,你反憎恶他们。这表明我王的心中根本没有我们这些将领和部下。我想,要是死去的不是押沙龙而是我们,你就高兴了。 你现在应该出去安抚士兵们。我凭耶和华起誓,如果你不这样做,今天晚上必无一人再追随你。那将是你一生所遭遇的最大灾难!” 于是王出去坐在城门口,众人听说后,都来到他面前。这时,跟随押沙龙的以色列人都各自逃回家去了。

大卫返回耶路撒冷

以色列各支派的人都在纷纷议论:“王曾把我们从众仇敌和非利士人手中救出来。如今他为了躲避押沙龙而逃离本国。 10 我们膏立为王的押沙龙已经死了,为什么无人说请王回来呢?”

11 大卫王派人去对祭司撒督和亚比亚他说:“你们去问犹大的长老,‘全以色列已经准备迎接王回宫,你们为什么迟迟没有反应? 12 你们是王的弟兄,是王的骨肉,为什么迟迟没有迎接王回宫?’ 13 你们也要对亚玛撒说,‘你是我的骨肉,要是我不立你为元帅取代约押,愿上帝重重地处罚我。’” 14 王的这番话打动了所有犹大人的心,他们派人去请王和王的臣仆回来。

15 王便启程回宫。他来到约旦河时,犹大人都到吉甲来迎接他,要护送他过河。 16 来自巴户琳的便雅悯人基拉的儿子示每也急忙跟着犹大人赶来迎接大卫王, 17 有一千便雅悯人跟示每一起去迎接大卫王。扫罗的仆人洗巴带着十五个儿子和二十个仆人也赶到约旦河。 18 他们渡到河对面帮助王的家眷过河,为王效劳。王正要过河的时候,基拉的儿子示每就俯伏在他面前, 19 说:“求我主饶恕仆人的罪过!仆人在我主我王离开耶路撒冷时所犯的罪,求我王不要记在心上。 20 仆人自知有罪,所以今天我是整个约瑟家族中第一个迎接我主我王的人。” 21 洗鲁雅的儿子亚比筛说:“示每曾经咒骂耶和华所膏立的君王,难道不应该处死他吗?” 22 大卫说:“洗鲁雅的儿子,你为何这样说话?你今天是在跟我作对。今天在以色列怎么可以处死人呢?难道我不知道今天我是以色列的王吗?” 23 于是大卫起誓不杀示每。

24 扫罗的孙子米非波设也来迎接王。从王离开那天,直到大卫平安回来之日,他没有修过脚,没有剃过胡子,也没有洗过衣服。 25 他到耶路撒冷来迎接王,王问他:“米非波设,当时你为什么不跟我一起走呢?” 26 米非波设答道:“我主我王,我是瘸腿的,我本想预备一头驴骑着与我王同去,是我的仆人洗巴欺骗了我。 27 他在我主我王面前毁谤我。我主我王就像上帝的天使,请王定夺。 28 我父全家在我主我王面前都是该死的,但王却让我与王同席吃饭,我还能向王要求什么呢?” 29 王对他说:“不要再提这事了,我决定让你和洗巴平分土地。” 30 米非波设说:“把土地都给他吧,我主我王平安地回来就好了。”

31 基列人巴西莱也从罗基琳下来护送王过约旦河,然后送王上路。 32 那时,巴西莱已经是八十高龄了。王留在玛哈念的时候,他曾供应王食物,因为他非常富有。 33 王对巴西莱说:“你跟我一同回耶路撒冷,我会照顾你。” 34 巴西莱说:“我何必跟王一同去耶路撒冷呢?我还能活多久呢? 35 我已经八十岁了,美丑难分,食不知味,乐不辨音,何必为我主我王添麻烦呢? 36 仆人只不过是陪王过约旦河,王何必给我这么大的赏赐呢? 37 请准我回去,我好死在故乡,葬在父母的墓旁。这里有王的仆人金罕,让他跟我主我王一起去。你看怎么好,就怎么对待他吧。” 38 王说:“金罕可以跟我去,我会照你的心愿待他。无论你有什么要求,我都会答应你。” 39 王和众人过了约旦河以后,就亲吻巴西莱,为他祝福。巴西莱返回了家乡。

40 王过河后,来到吉甲,金罕跟随着他。护送王的有犹大的士兵和半数的以色列士兵。 41 后来,所有的以色列人来见大卫,说:“为什么我们的弟兄犹大人偷偷地送王、王的家眷和王的部下渡河?” 42 犹大人答道:“我们这样做是因为王是我们的亲族。你们为什么生气呢?难道我们吃了王的供应,得了什么礼物吗?” 43 以色列人说:“但我们以色列人十个支派和王有十份的情分,你们为什么轻视我们?难道不是我们首先提出要请王回来的吗?”

但犹大人的态度比以色列人还要强硬。