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The army had won a great battle that day. But their joy turned into sadness. That’s because someone had told the troops, “The king is filled with sorrow because his son is dead.” The men came quietly into the city that day. They were like fighting men who are ashamed because they’ve run away from a battle. The king covered his face. He cried loudly, “My son Absalom! Absalom, my son, my son!”

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