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David Flees from Jerusalem

13 Then a messenger came to David and reported, “The men of Israel are loyal to Absalom!”[a] 14 So David said to all his servants who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come on![b] Let’s escape![c] Otherwise no one will be delivered from Absalom! Go immediately, or else he will quickly overtake us and bring[d] disaster on us and kill the city’s residents with the sword.”[e] 15 The king’s servants replied to the king, “We will do whatever our lord the king decides.”[f]

16 So the king and all the members of his royal court[g] set out on foot, though the king left behind ten concubines[h] to attend to the palace. 17 The king and all the people set out on foot, pausing[i] at a spot[j] some distance away.

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  1. 2 Samuel 15:13 tn Heb “the heart of the men of Israel is with Absalom.”
  2. 2 Samuel 15:14 tn Heb “Arise!”
  3. 2 Samuel 15:14 tn Heb “let’s flee.”
  4. 2 Samuel 15:14 tn Heb “thrust.”
  5. 2 Samuel 15:14 tn Heb “and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”
  6. 2 Samuel 15:15 tn Heb “according to all that my lord the king will choose, behold your servants!”
  7. 2 Samuel 15:16 tn Heb “and all his house.”
  8. 2 Samuel 15:16 tn Heb “women, concubines.”
  9. 2 Samuel 15:17 tn Heb “and they stood.”
  10. 2 Samuel 15:17 tn Heb “house.”

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