Hushai Warns David to Escape

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Having given Absalom advice, that if implemented would turn out well for David, Hushai now informs the priests Zadok and Abiathar who in turn through their sons Ahimaaz and Jonathan got  a warning to David to cross the river so he and his people won’t be wiped out (vv. 15-16). A servant girl gave the message to David, but a young man saw what happened and went to tell Absalom. Being fearful of being discovered Ahimaaz and Jonathan hide in a well in Bahurim (vv. 17-18). The owners wife put the cover on the well and poured grain on top so it couldn’t be seen (v. 19). Absalom’s soldiers came to look for them, but when they couldn’t find them they went back to Jerusalem (v. 20). After they had gone, Ahimaaz and Jonathan climbed out of the well, found David, and told him to cross the river and by sunrise they were all on the other side (vv. 21-22).
When Ahithophel saw that Absalom and the leaders were not going to follow his advice he went back to his home in Gilo and hanged himself (v. 23). Thanks to Hushai, David was able to make his headquarters in the fortified city of Manhanaim while Absalom and his army crossed the Jordan (v. 24). Absalom put Amasa in Joab’s place as commander of the army while the Israelites under his command set up camp in the region of Gilead (vv. 25-26). Because of influential friends back in Manhanaim David was able to face the forthcoming battle with confidence (vv. 27-29).


I’m thankful for God’s instruction manual and want to listen to and head His warnings.

II Samuel 17:15-29 (English Standard Version)

Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, "Thus and so did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel, and thus and so have I counseled. Now therefore send quickly and tell David, 'Do not stay tonight at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over, lest the king and all the people who are with him be swallowed up.'" Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at En-rogel. A female servant was to go and tell them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they were not to be seen entering the city. But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So both of them went away quickly and came to the house of a man at Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard. And they went down into it. And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth and scattered grain on it, and nothing was known of it. When Absalom's servants came to the woman at the house, they said, "Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?" And the woman said to them, "They have gone over the brook of water." And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem. After they had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David. They said to David, "Arise, and go quickly over the water, for thus and so has Ahithophel counseled against you." Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they crossed the Jordan. By daybreak not one was left who had not crossed the Jordan. When Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city. He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his father. Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel. Now Absalom had set Amasa over the army instead of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had married Abigal the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother. And Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead. When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim, brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness."

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