2 SAMUEL 15:11-28
15:11 And with Absalom there went two hundred men from Jerusalem, who had been called and went innocently; they did not know anything.
15:12 And while he was offering the sacrifices, Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, a counselor of David, from his city Giloh. And the conspiracy gained strength, and the people with Absalom increased continually.
15:13 Then a messenger came to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.
15:14 And David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem, Rise up, and let us flee; for none of us will escape from Absalom otherwise. Hurry and go, lest he quickly overtake us and bring harm down upon us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.
15:15 And the king’s servants said to the king, In all that my lord the king chooses, here we are, your servants.
15:16 So the king went forth, and all his house after him. But the king left ten concubines to keep the house.
15:17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him; and they stopped at the last house.
15:18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites and all the Pelethites and all the Gittites, six hundred men who came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
15:19 Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, Why are you also going with us? Return and abide with the king, for you are a foreigner as well as an exile from your place.
15:20 You came just recently, so should I today make you wander with us, while I go about wherever I can? Return and take your brothers back; lovingkindness and truth be with you.
15:21 But Ittai answered the king and said, As Jehovah lives and as my lord the king lives, in whatever place my lord the king will be, whether for death or for life, there shall your servant most certainly be.
15:22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite and all his men and all the little ones with him passed over.
15:23 And all the land wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over. And the king passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness.
15:24 And there came Zadok also and all the Levites with him, bearing the Ark of the Covenant of God; and they set the Ark of God down, and Abiathar went up until all the people had finished passing over from the city.
15:25 Then the king said to Zadok, Take the Ark of God back into the city. If I should find favor in the sight of Jehovah, He will bring me back and show me it and His habitation.
15:26 But if He should say thus, I am not pleased with you, let Him then do with me as it seems good in His sight.
15:27 And the king said to Zadok the priest, You are a seer; return to the city in peace with Ahimaaz your son and Jonathan the son of Abiathar, your two sons with you.
15:28 See, I will wait at the fords of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.