David Returns to Jerusalem

2 Samuel 19

8 Then the king arose and sat in the g gate. And they told all the people, saying, "There is the king, sitting in the gate." So all the people came before the king. For everyone of Israel had h fled to his tent. 9 Now all the people were in a dispute throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "The king saved us from the hand of our i enemies, he delivered us from the hand of the j Philistines, and now he has k fled from the land because of Absalom. 10 "But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle. Now therefore, why do you say nothing about bringing back the king?"

11 So King David sent to l Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying, "Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, 'Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the words of all Israel have come to the king, to his very house? 12 'You are my brethren, you are m my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the king?' 13 n "And say to Amasa, 'Are you not my bone and my flesh? o God do so to me, and more also, if you are not commander of the army before me 1 continually in place of Joab.' " 14 So he swayed the hearts of all the men of Judah, p just as the heart of one man, so that they sent this word to the king: "Return, you and all your servants!" 15 Then the king returned and came to the Jordan. And Judah came to q Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to escort the king r across the Jordan.

  1. Cross References
    2 Samuel 18:14
    Then Joab said, "I cannot linger with you." And he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through Absalom's heart, while he was still alive in the midst of the terebinth tree.
  2. Cross References
    2 Samuel 15:2
    Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit 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.
    2 Samuel 18:24
    Now David was sitting between the two gates. And the watchman went up to the roof over the gate, to the wall, lifted his eyes and looked, and there was a man, running alone.
  3. Cross References
    2 Samuel 18:17
    And they took Absalom and cast him into a large pit in the woods, and laid a very large heap of stones over him. Then all Israel fled, everyone to his tent.
  4. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:1 - 14
    After this it came to pass that David attacked the Philistines and subdued them. And David took Metheg Ammah from the hand of the Philistines.
  5. Cross References
    2 Samuel 3:18
    "Now then, do it! For the LORD has spoken of David, saying, 'By the hand of My servant David, I will save My people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and the hand of all their enemies.'"
  6. Cross References
    2 Samuel 15:14
    So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, "Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.
  7. Cross References
    2 Samuel 15:24
    There was Zadok also, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar went up until all the people had finished crossing over from the city.
  8. Cross References
    2 Samuel 5:1
    Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, "Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.
    1 Chronicles 11:1
    Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron, saying, "Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.
  9. Cross References
    2 Samuel 17:25
    And Absalom made Amasa captain of the army instead of Joab. This Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Jithra, an Israelite, who had gone in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother.
    1 Chronicles 2:17
    Abigail bore Amasa; and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.
  10. Cross References
    Ruth 1:17
    Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.
  11. Cross References
    Judges 20:1
    So all the children of Israel came out, from Dan to Beersheba, as well as from the land of Gilead, and the congregation gathered together as one man before the LORD at Mizpah.
  12. Cross References
    Joshua 5:9
    Then the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.
    1 Samuel 11:14
    Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there.
    1 Samuel 11:15
    So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they made sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
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