2 Samuel 19

David crosses the Jordan River
19:1-43

19:1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.

19:2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.

David kept weeping for Absalom, so the victory celebration was turned into mourning.

19:3 And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

The people who fought in the battle returned to the city ashamed, as though they had run away in defeat.

19:4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

David kept crying, "Oh my son Absalom, Oh Absalom, my son, my son!"

19:5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;

Joab lost patience with David, saying,
You have shamed those who saved your life, and the lives of your family, wives, and concubines.

19:6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.

You love your enemies and hate your friends.

If Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you'd have been fine with that.

19:7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now.

Now get your whiny ass up and speak to the people.

I swear to God, if you don't, there'll be bloody hell to pay.

19:8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.

So David got up and sat in the city gate. All of the people got out of their tents to come see him.

19:9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.

19:10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?

All the people were upset, saying,
David saved us from the Philistines. But he ran away from his son Absalom. What's up with that?

19:11 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house.

19:12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?

19:13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.

David sent the priests (Zadok and Abiathar) to speak to the elders of Judah, and say,

Why don't you ask David to return to Jerusalem as king?

19:14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants.

19:15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.

And the priests words persuaded all of the men of Judah, who said to David,

Come back to Jerusalem and bring all your servants.

So David returned. The people of Judah came to meet him as he crossed the Jordan.

19:16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

19:17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.

Shimei came with the men of Judah, along with 100 Benjamites, Ziba and his family and servants.

19:18 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;

19:19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

A ferry boat carried David and his household over the Jordan.

When they crossed, Shimei fell down before David and said,

Forget what I did and said on the day you left Jerusalem.

19:20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.

I know I've sinned. So I've come here to meet my lord and king.

19:21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed?

But Abishai said, "Shouldn't Shimei be killed for cursing the Lord's anointed?"

19:22 And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel?

David answered, "Why should I listen to you? No one will be killed today in Israel."

19:23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.

David said to Shimei,"You won't die. Swear to God."
(Not today, anyway. See 1 Kg 2:8-9)

19:24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

Then Jonathan's son [1], Mephibosheth, came to meet the king. He hadn't dressed his feet, trimmed his beard, or washed his clothes since the day David ran away from Jerusalem.

19:25 And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?

David said to him, "Why didn't you come with me when I left Jerusalem?"

19:26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.

Mephibosheth answered,
I wanted to go with you, and I told Ziba to saddle an ass for me, because I am lame.

19:27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.

I know that he told you that I didn't want to go, but I did. [2]

But you are an angel of God. Do whatever you'd like with me.

19:28 For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?

You have killed all of Saul's family, but you saved me and let me eat at your table. So I have nothing to cry about.

19:29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

19:30 And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.

David said to Mephibosheth,

Why are you talking about any of this?

I have said, "You and Ziba will divide Saul's land." [3]

Mephibosheth said, "Let Ziba have it all."

19:31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.

19:32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.

An 80-year-old man named Barzillai came to help David cross the Jordan.

19:33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.

David said to Barzillai, "Come over with me and I'll feed you in Jerusalem."

19:34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?

Barzillai said,
I'm an old man who doesn't have long to live.

19:35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?

I can't tell good from evil anymore. I can't taste or hear much of anything. I'd just be a burden to you.

19:36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?

I'll just go a little way over the Jordan. You don't have to reward me for it.

19:37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.

Let me go back and die in my home town.

But let your servant Cimham to with you. Do whatever you want to him.

19:38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.

David said to Barzillai, "Okay. Chimham with go with me. And I'll do to him and you whatever you'd like me to do."

19:39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.

19:40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel.

When David got over the Jordan, he kissed Barzillai and blessed him. Then Barzillai went home.

19:41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David's men with him, over Jordan?

All the men of Israel came to the king and said to him, "Why did the men of Judah steal you? And why did they bring you back over the Jordan?"

19:42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost? or hath he given us any gift?

All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, saying, "Because the king is related to us. Why are you angry about that? Has he favored us in any way?"

19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

The men of Israel said, "We have ten parts of David so we have more right to him than you."

And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer thant the words of the men of Israel.