And Joab sent to Tekoah, and took thence a wise woman, and said to▵ her, I pray◦ thee, make thyself a mourner, and clothe thyself, I pray◦ thee, with garments of mourning, and anoint◦ not thyself with oil; but be as a woman that mourns this many days for▵ the dead.
And, behold, all the family has risen··up against thy handmaid, and they said, Give us him who smote his brother, and we will put· him ·to··death for the soul of his brother whom he killed; and we will even blot··out the heir◦; and they will quench my coal which is left, leaving to my husband◦ neither name nor◦ any left on the face of the ground.
And she said, I pray◦ thee, let the king remember Jehovah thy God, that multiplying the redeemer of blood to destroy, that they not blot··out my son. And he said, By the life of Jehovah, if a hair of thy son fall to the earth.
For dying we die, and are as water that flows··down on the earth, which cannot be gathered; neither does God lift a soul, but He thinks thoughts so that His outcast◦ may not▵ be cast··out◦ from Him.
And now that I am come to speak this word to▵ the king, my lord, is because◦ the people have made me to fear, and thy handmaid said, I will now◦ speak unto▵ the king; perhaps the king will do the word of his maidservant.
And the king said, Is the hand of Joab with◦ thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, By the life of thy soul, my lord, the king, if a man◦ can turn··to··the··right or turn··to··the··left from all that my lord the king has spoken; for thy servant Joab, he◦ commanded me, and he◦ put all these words in the mouth of thy handmaid,
in··order that the face of the word might be turned··around has thy servant Joab done this thing; and my lord is wise according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all that is in the earth.
And Joab fell to the earth on his face, and bowed· himself ·down, and blessed the king. And Joab said, Today thy servant knows that I have··found grace in thine eyes, my lord the king, that the king has done the word of his servant.
And when he trimmed◦ his head (and it was at the end of every year* that he trimmed◦ it), for it was··heavy upon him, and he trimmed◦ it; and he weighed the hair of his head, two··hundred shekels after the stone of the king.
And he said to▵ his servants, See, the part of the field of Joab is at▵ my hand, and he has barley there; go and kindle it with fire. And the servants of Absalom kindled the part of the field with fire.
And Absalom said to▵ Joab, Behold, I sent unto▵ thee, saying, Come hither, and I will send thee unto▵ the king, to say, Why am I Come from Geshur? It had been good for me to be there still; and now let me see the king’s face; and if there··be iniquity in me, then let· him ·put· me ·to··death.
And Joab came to▵ the king and told him; and he called for◦ Absalom, and he came to▵ the king, and bowed· himself ·down to him on his face◦ to▫ the earth before the king; and the king kissed Absalom.