Sheba’s Revolt

20 Now a wicked man, a Benjaminite named Sheba son of Bichri, happened to be there. He blew the ram’s horn and shouted:

We have no portion in David,
no inheritance in Jesse’s son.
Each man to his tent,[a] Israel!

So all the men of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba son of Bichri, but the men of Judah from the Jordan all the way to Jerusalem remained loyal to their king.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 20:1 Alt Hb tradition reads gods

16 When all Israel saw that the king had not listened to them, the people answered him:

What portion do we have in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.(A)
Israel, return to your tents;
David, now look after your own house!(B)

So Israel went to their tents, 17 but Rehoboam reigned over the Israelites living in the cities of Judah.(C)

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