Daily Word OT

September 20, 2019

2 SAMUEL 20:11-26

20:11 And one of Joab’s young men stood by him and said, Whoever favors Joab and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab.
20:12 And Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the middle of the road, and the man saw that all the people stood still. And when he saw that all who came by him were stopping, he carried Amasa off the road into the field and put a garment over him.
20:13 As soon as he was removed from the road, all the men went on after Joab to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
20:14 And Sheba went on throughout all the tribes of Israel to Abel and to Beth-maacah and unto all the Berites; and they gathered together and also went after him.
20:15 And they came and besieged him at Abel of Beth-maacah; and they cast up a siege mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart. And all the people who were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.
20:16 And a wise woman from the city cried out, Listen! Listen! Say to Joab, Come near here that I may speak to you.
20:17 And he came near to her; and the woman said, Are you Joab? And he said, I am. And she said to him, Listen to the words of your female servant. And he said, I am listening.
20:18 Then she spoke, saying, They used to speak in former times, saying, They shall surely ask for counsel in Abel; and thus they would end matters.
20:19 I am of the peaceable and faithful of Israel; you are seeking to destroy a city and a mother in Israel. Why will you swallow up the inheritance of Jehovah?
20:20 And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I would swallow up or destroy.
20:21 The matter is not so, but a man from the hill country of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said to Joab, His head will immediately be thrown over the wall to you.
20:22 So the woman went to all the people in her wisdom; and they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and threw it to Joab. And he blew the trumpet, and they dispersed from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.
20:23 Now Joab was over all the army of Israel, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites,
20:24 And Adoram was over the forced labor, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder,
20:25 And Sheva was scribe, and Zadok and Abiathar were priests,
20:26 And Ira the Jairite was also a chief minister to David.