Absalom's Conspiracy

2 Samuel 15

1 After this a it happened that Absalom b provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a c lawsuit 1 came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, "What city are you from?" And he would say, "Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel." 3 Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your 2 case is good and right; but there is no 3 deputy of the king to hear you." 4 Moreover Absalom would say, d "Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice." 5 And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and e kiss him. 6 In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment. f So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

7 Now it came to pass g after 4 forty years that Absalom said to the king, "Please, let me go to h Hebron and pay the vow which I made to the LORD. 8 i "For your servant j took a vow k while I dwelt at Geshur in Syria, saying, 'If the LORD indeed brings me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.' " 9 And the king said to him, "Go in peace." So he arose and went to Hebron. 10 Then Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, 'Absalom l reigns in Hebron!' " 11 And with Absalom went two hundred men m invited from Jerusalem, and they n went along innocently and did not know anything. 12 Then Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, o David's counselor, from his city - from p Giloh - while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy grew strong, for the people with Absalom q continually increased in number.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 33:4
    But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
    Genesis 45:15
    Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
    Luke 15:20
    And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
  2. Cross References
    2 Samuel 12:11
    Thus says the LORD: 'Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.
  3. Cross References
    1 Kings 1:5
    Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, "I will be king"; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 19:17
    Then both men in the controversy shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days.
  5. Cross References
    Judges 9:29
    "If only this people were under my authority! Then I would remove Abimelech." So he said to Abimelech, "Increase your army and come out!"
  6. Cross References
    2 Samuel 14:33
    So Joab went to the king and told him. And when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom.
    2 Samuel 20:9
    Then Joab said to Amasa, " Are you in health, my brother?" And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.
  7. Cross References
    Romans 16:18
    For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
  8. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 23:21
    When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you.
  9. Cross References
    2 Samuel 3:2
    Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess.
    2 Samuel 3:3
    His second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.
  10. Cross References
    1 Samuel 16:2
    And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." But the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
  11. Cross References
    Genesis 28:20
    Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on.
    Genesis 28:21
    So that I come back to my father's house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God.
  12. Cross References
    2 Samuel 13:38
    So Absalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
  13. Cross References
    1 Kings 1:34
    "There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, ' Long live King Solomon!'
    2 Kings 9:13
    Then each man hastened to take his garment and put it under him on the top of the steps; and they blew trumpets, saying, "Jehu is king!
  14. Cross References
    1 Samuel 16:3
    "Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you."
    1 Samuel 16:5
    And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
  15. Cross References
    Genesis 20:5
    "Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she, even she herself said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this."
  16. Cross References
    2 Samuel 16:15
    Meanwhile Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem; and Ahithophel was with him.
    1 Chronicles 27:33
    Ahithophel was the king's counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king's companion.
    Psalms 41:9
    Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
    Psalms 55:12 - 14
    For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him.
  17. Cross References
    Joshua 15:51
    Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.
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