1When David was a little past the top, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of donkeys saddled, and on them 200 loaves of bread and 100 clusters of raisins and 100 summer fruits, and a skin-bottle of wine.
2The king said to Ziba, “What do you mean by these?”
Ziba said, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.”
Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will restore to me the kingdom of my father.’”
Ziba said, “I prostrate myself. Let me find favor in your eyes, my lord, O king.”
5When king David came to Bahurim, behold, a man of the family of the house of Saul came out whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera. He came out and cursed still as he came.
6He cast stones at David and at all the servants of king David and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
7Shimei said when he cursed, “Be gone, be gone, you man of blood, you man of Belial!
8Yahweh has returned on you all the blood of the house of Saul in whose place you have reigned! Yahweh has given the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son! Behold, you are caught by your own evil because you are a man of blood!”
10The king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Because he curses, and because Yahweh has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then can say, ‘Why have you done so?’”
11David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my son, who came out from my bowels, seeks my life. How much more this Benjamite now? Leave him alone, and let him curse; for Yahweh has invited him.
12It may be that Yahweh will look on the wrong done to me and that Yahweh will repay me good for the cursing of me today.”
13So David and his men went by the way, and Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went, threw stones at him and threw dust.
14The king and all the people who were with him came weary, and he refreshed himself there.
15Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.
16It came to pass when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, had come to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”
18Hushai said to Absalom, “No, but whomever Yahweh and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his will I be, and with him I will stay.
19Again, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so will I be in your presence.”
21Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines that he has left to keep the house. Then all Israel will hear that you are abhorred by your father. Then the hands of all who are with you will be strong.”
22So they spread Absalom a tent on the top of the house, and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.