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2 Samuel 14

The Woman of Tekoa

1Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom. So Joab sent word to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there and told her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning clothes, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but act like a woman who has for many days been in mourning for the dead. Then go to the king and speak to him in this way.” So Joab [a]told her what to say.

When the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she bowed with her face to the ground and lay herself down, and said, “Help, O king.” The king asked her, “[b]What is the matter?” She said, “Truly I am a widow; my husband is dead. Your maidservant had two sons, but the two of them struggled and fought in the field. There was no one to separate them, so one struck the other and killed him. Now behold, the entire family has risen against your maidservant, and they say, ‘Hand over the one who killed his brother, so that we may [c]put him to death [to pay] for the life of his brother whom he killed and destroy the heir also.’ By doing this they will extinguish my coal that is left, leaving my husband without a name or a remnant (heir) on the face of the earth.”

Then David said to the woman, “Go to your home, and I will give orders concerning you.” The woman of Tekoa said to the king, “My lord, O king, the guilt is on me and on my father’s house, but the king and his throne are guiltless.” 10 The king said, “If anyone speaks to you [about this matter], bring him to me [for judgment], and he will not touch you again.” 11 Then she said, “Please let the king remember the Lord your God, so that the avenger of blood will not continue to destroy, otherwise they will destroy my son.” And David said, “As the Lord lives, not a single hair [from the head] of your son shall fall to the ground.”

12 Then the woman said, “Please let your maidservant speak one more word to my lord the king.” He said, “Speak.” 13 The woman said, “Now why have you planned such a thing against God’s people? For in speaking this word the king is like a guilty man, in that the king does not bring back his banished one. 14 For we will certainly die and are like water that is spilled on the ground and cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not [simply] take away life, but devises plans so that the one who is banished is not driven away from Him. 15 Now I came to speak of this matter to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. So your maidservant thought, ‘I will just speak to the king; perhaps the king will do what his maidservant requests. 16 For the king will hear and save his maidservant from the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together from the inheritance of God.’ 17 Then your maidservant said, ‘Please let the word of my lord the king be comforting, for my lord the king is as the angel of God to discern good and evil. May the Lord your God be with you.’”

18 Then the king answered and said to the woman, “Do not hide from me anything that I ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king please speak.” 19 The king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all of this?” And the woman answered, “As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that my lord the king has said. Indeed, it was your servant Joab who commanded me; he put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant. 20 In order to change the appearance of things [between Absalom and you, his father] your servant Joab did this thing. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth.”

Absalom Is Recalled

21 Then the king said to Joab, “Listen, I will most certainly do this thing; now go, bring back the young man Absalom.” 22 Joab bowed his face toward the ground and lay himself down and blessed the king. Then Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord, O king, in that the king has done the request of his servant.” 23 So Joab got up, went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 However, the king said, “Let him go to his own house, and do not let him see my face.” So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the king’s face.

25 Now in all Israel there was no man as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised [for that]; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. 26 When he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of each year he cut it, because its weight was heavy on him) he weighed the hair of his head at [d]200 shekels by the king’s weight. 27 To Absalom were born three sons and one daughter whose name was [e]Tamar; she was a beautiful woman.

28 Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, without seeing the king’s face. 29 So Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him; even when he sent again a second time, he [still] would not come. 30 Therefore Absalom said to his servants, “See, Joab’s property is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire. 31 Then Joab [f]took action and went to Absalom at his house and said to him, “Why did your servants set my field on fire?” 32 Absalom answered Joab, “I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, so that I may send you to the king to ask, “Why have I come [back] from Geshur? It would be better for me to still be there.”’ Now then, let me see the king’s face, and if there is guilt in me, let him put me to death.” 33 So Joab came to the king and told him. Then David called for Absalom, and he came to the king and bowed his face to the ground before the king; and the king kissed Absalom.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 14:3 Lit put the words in her mouth.
  2. 2 Samuel 14:5 Lit What’s with you.
  3. 2 Samuel 14:7 The custom of the time permitted a near relative of the victim to kill the perpetrator.
  4. 2 Samuel 14:26 I.e. about 4 lbs.
  5. 2 Samuel 14:27 Absalom named his daughter after his sister.
  6. 2 Samuel 14:31 Lit arose.

O Livro

2 Samuel 14

Absalão volta a Jerusalém

1Quando o general Joabe viu que o rei estava saudoso de Absalão, 2/3 mandou buscar uma mulher de Tecoa que tinha grande reputação de sabedoria; disse-lhe que pedisse uma audiência ao rei, e ensinou-a sobre a forma como deveria dirigir-se-lhe: “Faz de contas que estás muito triste. Põe um vestido de luto e deixa o cabelo desalinhado como se há muito tempo estivesses assim.”

Quando a mulher se aproximou do rei, caiu com o rosto em terra, na sua frente, e chorou: “Ó rei! Ajuda-me!”

5/7 “Que tens tu?”

“Sou uma pobre viúva; os meus dois filhos guerrearam entre si, e como não havia ninguém para os separar, um deles foi morto. Agora o resto da família exige que eu entregue o outro para ser executado por ser o assassíno do irmão. Mas se assim fizer, fico sem ninguém na vida, e o nome do meu marido desaparecerá.”

“Deixa isso comigo”, disse-lhe o rei. “Eu me encarrego de que ninguém lhe toque.”

“Oh, muito obrigado, meu senhor. Tomarei sobre mim a responsabilidade desse acto, se houver alguém que venha a criticar-te por me teres ajudado.”

10 “Não te preocupes. Se houver alguém que se oponha a isso, traz-mo cá. Garanto-te que nunca mais levantará oposição!”

11 Então ela disse: “Por favor, jura-me diante de Deus que não deixarás ninguém fazer mal ao meu filho. Não quero que haja mais sangue derramado.”

“Juro diante de Deus que nem um só cabelo da cabeça do teu filho lhe será arrancado por esse motivo.”

12 “Agora deixa-me pedir-te mais uma coisa!”, disse a mulher.

“Podes falar”.

13/14 “Porque não fazes com todo o resto do povo de Deus o mesmo que prometeste fazer comigo? Condenaste-te a ti mesmo, ao tomar essa decisão, visto que tens recusado deixar regressar a casa o teu próprio filho, que foi banido. Todos nós estamos destinados a morrer um dia; a nossa vida é como água no chão — não se pode juntar outra vez. Mas Deus te abençoará com muitos mais dias de vida se souberes encontrar uma forma de fazer voltar o teu filho do exílio em que se encontra.

15/17 E se eu vim rogar-te isto, a propósito de um filho meu cuja vida, tal como a minha, estaria ameaçada, é porque disse para comigo: ‘Talvez o rei me ouça e me salve dos que pretendem pôr fim à nossa existência em Israel. Sim, o rei dar-nos-á paz, de novo.’ Eu sei que és como o anjo de Deus e podes discernir o bem do mal. Que o Senhor seja contigo.”

18 “Quero que me digas uma coisa”, replicou o rei.

“Sim, meu senhor.”

19/20 “Foi Joabe quem te mandou aqui?”

E a mulher replicou: “Como poderei eu negá-lo? Com efeito Joabe mandou-me cá e disse-me o que havia de falar. Fez isso para que este assunto te fosse apresentado sob uma luz diferente. Mas tu tens a sabedoria de um anjo do Senhor e sabes bem como as coisas se fazem!”

21 O monarca convocou Joabe e disse-lhe: “Está bem. Faz o necessário para que Absalão regresse.”

22 Joabe inclinou-se até ao chão perante o soberano e abençoou-o: “Assim verifico que o rei gosta de mim, visto que esteve de acordo com o meu pedido.”

23 Joabe foi até Gesur e trouxe Absalão de volta para Jerusalém.

24 “Ele deve ir habitar os seus próprios aposentos”, mandou o rei. “Não deverá nunca comparecer aqui. Recuso vê-lo.”

25/27 Acontecia aliás que Absalão era dos homens mais belos que havia em Israel; toda a sua aparência, dos pés à cabeça, era agradável. A cabeça tinha um cabelo extremamente farto: só cortava o cabelo uma vez no ano, e fazia-o porque lhe chegava a pesar quilo e meio e não aguentava esse incómodo! Tinha três filhos e uma filha, Tamar, que era uma bela rapariga.

28 Depois de já estar em Jerusalém há dois anos, Absalão ainda não tinha visto o rei. 29 Por isso mandou pedir a Joabe que intercedesse por ele; mas Joabe não lhe respondeu. O príncipe insistiu, e de novo o outro recusou dar-lhe resposta. 30 Então Absalão disse aos seus criados que pusessem o fogo num campo de centeio que Joabe possuía, ali ao lado do seu. Foi o que fizeram.

31 Nessa altura Joabe veio falar-lhe: “Porque é que os teus criados puseram fogo no meu campo?”

32 “Porque eu queria perguntar-te a razão por que o rei me mandou vir de Gesur se não tinha a intenção de me ver. Sendo assim, bem podia ter ficado onde estava. Faz com que eu possa ter um encontro com o meu pai, e se ele achar que eu sou culpado de assassínio, então que me mande executar.”

33 Joabe foi dizer ao monarca o que Absalão lhe comunicara e por fim David chamou Absalão. Este, quando compareceu, inclinou-se por terra perante o rei, que o beijou.