2 Samuel 16

Ziba and David meet again
16:1-4, Cf. 9:1-13

16:1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

After David climbed the hill, he met Ziba, the servant of Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth.

Ziba had a couple of asses, 200 loaves of bread, 100 bunches of raisins, 100 summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

16:2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

David asked, "Why did you bring all these things?"

Ziba answered, "It's all for you and your men."

16:3 And the king said, And where is thy master's son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

David said, "And where is Jonathan's son?"

Ziba said, "He is in Jerusalem. Today he told me that the kingdom will be restored to his father.

16:4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

David said, "Everything that used to belong to Mephibosheth, no belongs to you."
Shimei curses and throws stones at David
16:5-14

16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.

A man from Saul's family, Shimei, came forth and cursed David.

16:6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.

16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:

And he threw stones at David, saying,

Come out, come out, you bloody man, you man of Belial!

16:8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.

God is repaying you for killing Saul's family and stealing his kingdom by giving your kingdom to your son, Absalom.

You are caught in your own mischief. You are a bloody man.

16:9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.

Abishai said, "Why should this dead dog curse the king? I'll go over and take off his head."

16:10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?

16:11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

David said,

What do I have to do with you, Abishai?

Shimei curses me because God told him to curse me.

My son is trying to kill me, how much worse can this man do?

Let him alone and let him curse, for God has told him to curse me.

Maybe God will look on my troubles and reward me for his curses. [1]

16:13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.

16:14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

As David and his men walked, Shimei went along with them, cursing as he went, throwing stones and dust.
Absalom has sex with his father's ten concubines
(in front of all the people)
16:15-23

16:15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

Absalom, Ahithophel, and all the people of Israel came to Jerusalem.

16:16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the king, God save the king.

Hushai, David's spy (15:32-37) came up to Absalom and said, "God save the king."

16:17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?

Absalom replied, "Is this kindness to a friend? Why didn't you go with your friend?"

16:18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.

16:19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

Hushai said,

No, I will be with whoever God and the people choose.

I served your father, so I will serve you.

16:20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.

Absalom then asked Ahithophel for advice on what he should do.

16:21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.

Ahithophel said, "Have sex with your father's concubines (the ten that he left to keep house) in front of all the people."

16:22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

So Absalom had sex with his fathers ten concubines in front of God and everybody. [2]

16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

(Back then, the king's counsellor was like the voice of God. So it was with David and Absalom.}