1 H7122 [H8738] And there happened H1100 to be there a worthless H376 fellow, H8034 whose name H7652 was Sheba, H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri, H1145 a Benjamite: H8628 [H8799] and he blew H7782 a shofar, H559 [H8799] and said, H2506 We have no part H1732 in David, H5159 neither have we inheritance H1121 in the son H3448 of Jesse: H376 every H376 man H168 to his tents, H3478 O Israel.
2 H376 So every man H3478 of Israel H5927 [H8799] withdrew H310 from following H1732 David, H310 followed H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri: H376 but the men H3063 of Judah H1692 [H8804] held fast H4428 to their king, H3383 from Jordan H3389 even to Jerusalem.
3 H1732 And David H935 [H8799] came H1004 to his house H3389 at Jerusalem; H4428 and the king H3947 [H8799] took H6235 the ten H802 women H6370 his concubines, H3240 [H8689] whom he had left H8104 [H8800] to keep H1004 the house, H5414 [H8799] and put H4931 them in custody, H3557 [H8770] and fed H935 [H8804] them, but went not in H6887 [H8803] to them. So they were shut up H3117 to the day H4191 [H8800] of their death, H2424 living H491 in widowhood.
4 H559 [H8799] Then said H4428 the king H6021 to Amasa, H2199 [H8685] Assemble H376 to me the men H3063 of Judah H7969 within three H3117 days, H5975 [H8798] and be thou here present.
5 H6021 So Amasa H3212 [H8799] went H2199 [H8687] to assemble H3063 the men of Judah: H309 H3186 [H8799] but he tarried longer H4150 than the set time H3259 [H8804] which he had appointed him.
6 H1732 And David H559 [H8799] said H52 to Abishai, H7652 Now shall Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H3415 [H8799] do us more harm H53 than did Absalom: H3947 [H8798] take H113 thou thy lord's H5650 servants, H7291 H310 [H8798] and pursue H4672 [H8804] him, lest he get H1219 [H8803] for himself fortified H5892 cities, H5337 [H8689] and escape H5869 us.
7 H3318 [H8799] And there went out H310 after H3097 him Joab's H582 men, H3774 and the Cherethites, H6432 and the Pelethites, H1368 and all the mighty men: H3318 [H8799] and they went out H3389 of Jerusalem, H7291 [H8800] to pursue H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
8 H1419 When they were at the great H68 stone H1391 which is in Gibeon, H6021 Amasa H935 [H8804] went H6440 at the face of H3097 them. And Joab's H4055 garment H3830 that he had put on H2296 [H8803] was girded H2289 to him, and upon it a belt H2719 with a sword H6775 [H8794] fastened H4975 upon his loins H8593 in its sheath; H3318 [H8804] and as he went forth H5307 [H8799] it fell out.
9 H3097 And Joab H559 [H8799] said H6021 to Amasa, H7965 Art thou in health, H251 my brother? H3097 And Joab H270 [H8799] took H6021 Amasa H2206 by the beard H3225 with the right H3027 hand H5401 [H8800] to kiss him.
10 H6021 But Amasa H8104 [H8738] took no heed H2719 to the sword H3097 that was in Joab's H3027 hand: H5221 [H8686] so he smote H2570 him in the fifth H8210 [H8799] rib, and shed out H4578 his bowels H776 to the earth, H8138 [H8804] and struck him not again; H4191 [H8799] and he died. H3097 So Joab H52 and Abishai H251 his brother H7291 [H8804] pursued H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
11 H376 And one H3097 of Joab's H5288 men H5975 [H8804] stood H559 [H8799] by him, and said, H4310 He H2654 [H8804] that favoureth H3097 Joab, H1732 and he that is for David, H310 let him go after H3097 Joab.
12 H6021 And Amasa H1556 [H8706] wallowed H1818 in blood H8432 in the midst H4546 of the highway. H376 And when the man H7200 [H8799] saw H5971 that all the people H5975 [H8804] stood still, H5437 [H8686] he removed H6021 Amasa H4546 out of the highway H7704 into the field, H7993 [H8686] and cast H899 a cloth H7200 [H8804] upon him, when he saw H935 [H8802] that every one that came H5975 [H8804] by him stood still.
13 H3014 [H8689] When he was removed H4546 out of the highway, H376 all the people H5674 [H8804] went on H310 after H3097 Joab, H7291 [H8800] to pursue H310 after H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri.
14 H5674 [H8799] And he went H7626 through all the tribes H3478 of Israel H59 to Abel, H1038 and to Bethmaachah, H1276 and all the Berites: H6950 H7035 [H8735] and they were congregated, H935 [H8799] and went H310 also after him.
15 H935 [H8799] And they came H6696 [H8799] and besieged H59 him in Abel H1038 of Bethmaachah, H8210 [H8799] and they cast up H5550 a bank H5892 against the city, H5975 [H8799] and it stood H2426 in the trench: H5971 and all the people H3097 that were with Joab H7843 [H8688] decayed H2346 the wall, H5307 [H8687] to throw it down.
16 H7121 [H8799] Then called H2450 a wise H802 woman H5892 out of the city, H8085 [H8798] Hear, H8085 [H8798] hear; H559 [H8798] say, H3097 I pray you, to Joab, H7126 [H8798] Come H1696 [H8762] here, that I may speak with thee.
17 H7126 [H8799] And when he was come near H802 to her, the woman H559 [H8799] said, H3097 Art thou Joab? H559 [H8799] And he answered, H559 [H8799] I am he. Then she said H8085 [H8798] to him, Hear H1697 the words H519 of thy handmaid. H559 [H8799] And he answered, H8085 [H8802] I do hear.
18 H559 [H8799] Then she spoke, H559 [H8800] saying, H1696 [H8763] They were accustomed H1696 [H8762] to speak H7223 in old time, H559 [H8800] saying, H7592 [H8800] They shall surely H7592 [H8762] ask H59 counsel at Abel: H8552 [H8689] and so they ended the matter.
19 H7999 [H8803] I am one of them that are peaceable H539 [H8803] and faithful H3478 in Israel: H1245 [H8764] thou seekest H4191 [H8687] to kill H5892 a city H517 and a mother H3478 in Israel: H1104 [H8762] why wilt thou swallow up H5159 the inheritance H3068 of the LORD?
20 H3097 And Joab H6030 [H8799] answered H559 [H8799] and said, H2486 Far be it, H2486 far be it H1104 [H8762] from me, that I should swallow up H7843 [H8686] or decay.
21 H1697 The matter H376 is not so: but a man H2022 of mount H669 Ephraim, H7652 Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri H8034 by name, H5375 [H8804] hath lifted up H3027 his hand H4428 against the king, H1732 even against David: H5414 [H8798] give H3212 [H8799] him only, and I will depart H5892 from the city. H802 And the woman H559 [H8799] said H3097 to Joab, H7218 Behold, his head H7993 [H8716] shall be thrown H1157 to thee over H2346 the wall.
22 H802 Then the woman H935 [H8799] went H5971 to all the people H2451 in her wisdom. H3772 [H8799] And they cut off H7218 the head H7652 of Sheba H1121 the son H1075 of Bichri, H7993 [H8686] and cast H3097 it out to Joab. H8628 [H8799] And he blew H7782 a shofar, H6327 [H8799] and they retired H5892 from the city, H376 every man H168 to his tent. H3097 And Joab H7725 [H8804] returned H3389 to Jerusalem H4428 to the king.
23 H3097 Now Joab H6635 was over all the host H3478 of Israel: H1141 and Benaiah H1121 the son H3077 of Jehoiada H3774 H3746 [H8675] was over the Cherethites H6432 and over the Pelethites:
24 H151 And Adoram H4522 was over the forced labour: H3092 and Jehoshaphat H1121 the son H286 of Ahilud H2142 [H8688] was recorder:
25 H7864 H7724 [H8675] And Sheva H5608 [H8802] was scribe: H6659 and Zadok H54 and Abiathar H3548 were the priests: