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The people came into the city quietly that day. They were like an army that had been defeated in battle and had run away. The king covered his face and cried loudly, “My son Absalom! Absalom, my son, my son!”

Joab went into the king’s house and said, “Today you have shamed all your men. They saved your life and the lives of your sons, daughters, wives, and slave women.

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