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READING: 2 Samuel 16-17 – David Flees, Shimei Curses, Hushai Warns, & Ahithophel Hangs

Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, met David as he was fleeing the city of David. He brought food to help David and said Mephibosheth stayed in Jerusalem for he said, “Israel will give me my grandfather’s kingdom” Ziba lied, and David gave him Mephibosheth’s property. 

Shimei threw rocks at David and his mighty men, cursing David, crying, “Out! Murderer! Scoundrel! The LORD avenged on you the blood of the house of Saul, and the LORD gave the kingdom to Absalom. Disaster overtook you, a man of blood.” Abishai said, “Let me go  take off his head.” David restrained him saying, “The LORD will repay me with good for his cursing.” They walked on the road while Shimei was on the hills opposite, cursing, throwing stones, and flinging dust on them. 

Absalom and Hushai arrived in Jerusalem; Hushai went to Absalom saying, “Long live the king! I will serve the one whom the LORD, these people, and all the Israelites have chosen. Just as I served your father, I will serve you.” 

Absalom asked Ahithophel, “What shall we do?” Ahithophel said, “Go in to your father’s concubines. So, they pitched a tent on David’s roof, and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.” Then Ahithophel said, “Let me pursue David at once with twelve thousand men. I will come on him while he is weary and discouraged, throw him into a panic, and all with him will flee. I will kill only the king, and I will bring the people back to you.” 

Absalom said, “Call Hushai also, and let us hear what he has to say.” Hushai said, “This time the counsel Ahithophel has given is not good. You know your father is an expert in war, and he and his men are enraged. He will not spend the night with the troops. Even now he has hidden in a pit or elsewhere, and when some of our troops fall at the first attack, whoever hears it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among Absalom’s troops.’ Valiant warriors will melt with fear. My counsel is that all Israel be gathered like the sand of the sea for multitude and that you go into battle in person. We shall light on him as the dew falls on the ground, he will not survive, nor those with him.”  

Absalom and those with him said Hushai’s counsel is better than Ahithophel’s for the LORD ordained the defeat of the good counsel of Ahithophel. When Ahithophel saw his counsel was not acceptable, he went home and hanged himself. 

Meantime, Hushai sent messengers to David warning him to flee across the Jordan, which he did that night. David came to Mahanaim, where he established himself with food and supplies before Absalom crossed the Jordan with the host of Israel. 

This is the low point of David’s life, brought there because he lay with Bathsheba and killed her husband

Be sure your sins will find you out. 



Lord, I see that you helped David after he confessed his sin. I also confess my sin to you and my prayer is that you will forgive me, in the Name of Him who died to deliver me from my sins, AMEN! 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself) 

Father, my prayer for those who read this is that we, when disaster strikes us as it comes to everyone at one time or another, may find strength in our weakness by drawing Your strength into our lives. This is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, who strengthens us, AMEN! 

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