And Davidsentforth a thirdpart of the peopleunder the hand of Joab, and a thirdpartunder the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’sbrother, and a thirdpartunder the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the kingsaidunto the people, I willsurely go forthwith you myselfalso.
But the peopleanswered, Thoushalt not go forth: for if we fleeaway, theywill not care for us; neither if half of us die, willtheycare for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is betterthatthousuccour us out of the city.
And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalomrodeupon a mule, and the mulewentunder the thickboughs of a great oak, and his headcaughthold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mulethat was under him wentaway.
And the man saiduntoJoab, Though I shouldreceive a thousandshekels of silver in minehand, yet would I not put forthminehandagainst the king’s son: for in our hearing the kingchargedthee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Bewarethatnonetouch the young man Absalom.
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king’sdale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillarafter his own name: and it is calleduntothis day, Absalom’splace.
And Ahimaazcalled, and saidunto the king, All is well. And he felldown to the earthupon his facebefore the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, whichhathdelivered up the men thatlifted up theirhandagainst my lord the king.
And the king was muchmoved, and went up to the chamberover the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!