Shimei Curses David

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David meets Ziba, the servant of Methibosheth, as he starts down the backside of the Mount of Olives (v. 1). Ziba had two donkeys that were carrying 200 loaves of bread, 100 clusters of raisins, 100 figs, and some wine. David asked him who all of this was for and he replied that the donkeys were for his family to ride, the bread and fruit are for them to eat and the wine is  to drink when they become weary (v. 2). Then, the king asked where Methibosheth was and Ziba replied that he had stayed in Jerusalem (v. 3). David says to him that everything that belonged to Methibosheth is now yours and Ziba becomes David’s humble servant (v. 4).

Shimei began cursing David and threw stones at he and his soldiers while yelling at them to get out of town (vv. 5-7). He is telling David that he is getting what he deserves because of the bloodshed he brought to the house of Saul and the Lord has given his kingdom to Absalom (v. 8). Then Abishai, David’s nephew, said this man should not be allowed to talk to him like this, so let me take his head off but David said this may be the Lord’s doing so let him curse and don’t touch him (vv. 9-11). If he is acting on his own maybe the Lord will have pity on me (v. 12). So David and the others continued down the road while Shimei continued cursing and throwing rocks at them (v. 13).

When David and the others came to the river they rested and felt better (v. 14). By this time Absalom, Ahithophel and others had reached Jerusalem. David’s friend Hushai came to Absalom and said, “Long live the King.” Absalom replied, “you should remain loyal to David” (vv. 15-17). Then Hushai said, “the Lord has chosen you to be king and it seems right for me to serve you like I served your father” (vv. 18-19). Absalom asks Ahithophel for advice and he says you should have sex with some of your father’s wives that he left to care for the palace and publically disgrace him (vv. 20-21). Absalom sets up a tent on the roof of the palace and everyone watched as he went in with his father’s wives and he and David thought Ahithophel’s advice came from God (vv. 22-23).


I pray that I will never get to the place that I try to justify immorality as coming from God.

II Samuel 16:1-23 (English Standard Version)

When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine. And the king said to Ziba, "Why have you brought these?" Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink." And the king said, "And where is your master's son?" Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, 'Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.'" Then the king said to Ziba, "Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours." And Ziba said, "I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king." When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw 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. And Shimei said as he cursed, "Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The LORD has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood." Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head." But the king said, "What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, 'Curse David,' who then shall say, 'Why have you done so?'" And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, "Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today." So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself. Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. And when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, "Long live the king! Long live the king!" And Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?" And Hushai said to Absalom, "No, for whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you." Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give your counsel. What shall we do?" Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened." So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom.

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