1 David then mustered the men who were with him and set over them commanders of a thousand men and commanders of a hundred men. He sent forth the army, of which one third was under the command of Joab
Defeat and death of Absalom
:B:6 The army of David went out into the field against Israel. The battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim 7 where the Israelites were defeated by the men of David. The slaughter there on that day was great, numbering twenty thousand men. 8 The battle spread over the entire country and more people perished in the ravines of the forest than were killed by the sword that day.
9 Absalom was riding a mule and happened to meet the guards of David. As the mule passed under the thick branches of a big oak tree, his head was caught in the oak tree and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule he was riding went its way. 10 Someone reported to Joab, I saw Absa lom hanging from an oak tree. 11 Joab said to the man who reported this, What! You saw him but did not strike him at once? I would have given you ten pieces of silver and a belt. 12 But the man answered Joab, Even if I felt in my hand the weight of a thousand pieces of silver, I would not raise my hand against the kings son, for we heard the king command you, Abi shai and Ittai: For my sake, spare the young man Absalom. 13 If I had not done my duty, the king would come to know about it and you yourself would have kept your distance. 14 Joab replied, I will not waste time talking with you. So he took three spears in his hand and thrust them into Absaloms heart while he was still alive in the oak tree. 15 Then ten guards, Joabs armor-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him down.
16 Joab blew the trumpet and the troops stopped pursuing the Is raelites as Joab restrained them. 17 They then took Absalom, threw him into a deep pit in the forest and covered him with a great heap of stones. In the meantime all the Israelites fled, each one to his own home.
18 During his lifetime Absalom had a memorial created for himself in the kings Valley for he said, I have no son by whom my name may be remembered. He called the pillar after his own name and, to this day, it is called Absaloms monument.
19 Then Ahimaaz, the son of Zadok, said, Let me run and report to the king that Yahweh has delivered him from the power of his ene mies. 20 But Joab said to him, Today you would not be a bearer of good news
David is told of Absaloms death
24 David was sitting between the two gates. The watchman posted at the roof of the gate, on the wall, saw a man running alone. 25 So he called out and reported to the king who said, If he is alone, he brings good news. As he was drawing near, 26 the watchman saw another man running. So he called to the gatekeeper and said, Look, another man is running alone! The king said, He also brings good news. 27 The watchman said, The first man runs like Ahi maaz, the son of Za dok. The king replied, He is a good man, so he comes with good news.
28 Then Ahimaaz cried out to the king, All is well. Bowing before the king with his face to the ground, he said, Blessed be Yahweh your God who has delivered up the men who rebelled against my lord the king! 29 The king asked him, How is the young Absalom? Ahimaaz an swered, When Joab sent your servant, I saw a great tumult but did not know what it was all about. 30 So the king said, Move away and stand here. He moved aside and stayed there.
31 The Cushite arrived and said, Good news for my lord the king! Yahweh has done you justice today and saved you from all those who rebelled against you. 32 The king asked the Cushite, How is the young Absalom? The Cushite an swered, May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rebel against you end up like that young man.