Thoughts and Reflection

Today we learnAhithophel tells Absalom that he will lead twelve thousand men into battle just to kill David. The people will be spared and brought back to Jerusalem. Hushai, the spy that David has sent to pose as Absalom’s servant, encourages Absalom to lead the army. When Ahithophel learns that Absalom will lead the battle instead, he commits suicide.

David also. decides to make the site of Ornan’s threshing floor the place of the Temple. David begins collecting the materials needed for the Temple but it is his son Solomon who will actually complete the work.

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Daily Readings

2 Samuel 17

1 Ahithophel said to Absalom, ‘Let me choose twelve thousand men and set off this very night in pursuit of David.

2 I shall fall on him while he is tired and dispirited; I shall strike terror into him, and all the people who are with him will run away. I shall kill only the king,

3 and I shall then bring all the people back to you, like a bride returning to her husband. You seek the life of one individual only; the people as a whole will have peace.’

4 The suggestion seemed a good one to Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

5 Then Absalom said, ‘Now call Hushai the Archite, for us to hear what he too has to say.’

6 When Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom said, ‘This is what Ahithophel says. Are we to do as he suggests? If not, suggest something yourself.’

7 Hushai said to Absalom, ‘On this occasion the advice given by Ahithophel is not good.

8 You know’, Hushai went on, ‘that your father and his men are great fighters and that they are now as angry as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Your father is a man of war: he will not let the army rest during the night.

9 At this moment he is concealed in some hollow or other place. If at the outset there are casualties among our troops, word will go round that the army supporting Absalom has met with disaster.

10 And then even the valiant, the truly lion-hearted, will be demoralised; for all Israel knows that your father is a champion and that the men with him are valiant.

11 For my part, I offer this advice: Summon all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, to rally to you, as numerous as the sand on the seashore, and you take the field in person with them.

12 We shall reach him wherever he is to be found; we shall fall on him as the dew falls on the ground, and not leave him or any one of the men with him.

13 Should he retire into a town, all Israel will bring ropes to that town, and we shall drag it into the river-bed until not a pebble of it is to be found.’

14 Then Absalom and all the people of Israel said, ‘Hushai the Arkite’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s,’ Yahweh having resolved to thwart Ahithophel’s shrewd advice and so bring disaster on Absalom.

15 Hushai then told the priests Zadok and Abiathar, ‘Ahithophel gave such and such advice to Absalom and the elders of Israel, but I advised so and so.

16 Send with all speed to David and say, “Do not camp in the desert passes tonight, but get through them as fast as you can, or the king and his whole army may be annihilated.” ‘

17 Jonathan and Ahimaaz were posted at the Fuller’s Spring; a servant-girl was to go and warn them and they in turn were to warn King David, since they could not give themselves away by coming into the city themselves.

18 A young man saw them nonetheless and told Absalom. The pair of them, however, made off quickly, reaching the house of a man in Bahurim. In his courtyard was a storage-well and they got down into it.

19 The woman took a piece of canvas and, spreading it over the mouth of the storage-well, scattered crushed grain on it so that nothing showed.

20 When Absalom’s servants reached the woman at the house, they said, ‘Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?’ The woman said, ‘They have gone further on, towards the water.’ They searched but, having found nothing, went back to Jerusalem.

21 When they had gone, the men climbed out of the storage-well and went to warn King David. ‘Set out!’ they told David. ‘Cross the water quickly, for Ahithophel has given such and such advice against you!’

22 So David and all the troops with him set off and crossed the Jordan. By dawn no one was left, all had crossed the Jordan.

23 When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set off and went home to his own town. Then, having set his house in order, he hanged himself. He was buried in his father’s tomb.

24 David had reached Mahanaim by the time that Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.

25 Absalom had put Amasa in command of the army in place of Joab. This Amasa was the son of a man called Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had married Abigail, daughter of Jesse and sister of Zeruiah, mother of Joab.

26 Israel and Absalom pitched their camp in the territory of Gilead.

27 When David reached Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah-of-the-Ammonites, Machir son of Ammiel from Lo-Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim

28 brought bedding, rugs, bowls and crockery; and wheat, barley, meal, roasted grain, beans, lentils,

29 honey, curds and cows’ cheese and sheep’s cheese, which they presented to David and the people with him for them to eat. ‘The army’, they said, ‘must have been hungry, tired and thirsty in the desert.’

1 Chronicles 22

1 David then said, ‘This is to be the house of Yahweh God and this the altar of burnt offering for Israel.’

2 David then gave orders for all foreigners in Israel to be rounded up, and appointed quarrymen to cut dressed stone for building the house of God.

3 David also prepared great quantities of iron to make nails for the leaves of the doors and for the clamps, and more bronze than could be weighed,

4 as well as innumerable cedar-wood logs, as the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought cedar logs to David in great quantities.

5 David then said, ‘My son Solomon is young and immature, and the house to be built for Yahweh must be superlatively fine, the most famous and splendid in any country. I shall now make the preparations for it.’ And so, before he died, David made ample preparations.

6 He then summoned his son Solomon and commanded him to build a house for Yahweh, God of Israel.

7 ‘My son,’ David said to Solomon, ‘my heart was set on building a house for the name of Yahweh my God.

8 But the word of Yahweh came to me, “You have shed much blood and fought great wars; it is not for you to build a house for my name, since you have shed much blood in my sight on earth.

9 Look, a son will be born to you. He will be a man of peace, and I shall give him peace from his enemies on all sides; for Solomon is to be his name, and in his days I shall give Israel peace and tranquillity.

10 He must build a house for my name; he will be my son and I shall be his father, and I shall make the throne of his kingdom secure over Israel for ever.”

11 Now, my son, may Yahweh be with you and give you success in building a house for Yahweh your God, as he has promised about you.

12 And especially, may Yahweh give you discretion and discernment, may he give you his orders for Israel, so that you may observe the Law of Yahweh your God.

13 Success will be yours, only if you observe the statutes and ordinances which Yahweh gave Moses as regulations for Israel. Be strong and stand fast, be fearless, be dauntless.

14 Now, poor as I am, I have set aside for the house of Yahweh a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver and more bronze and iron than can be weighed, there being so much. I have also provided timber and stone, to which you may add more.

15 Furthermore, you have a large number of workmen, quarrymen, masons, carpenters and all sorts of craftsmen for every kind of work,

16 while your gold and silver, bronze and iron will be beyond reckoning. Set to work, then, and may Yahweh be with you!’

17 David then commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon.

18 ‘Has not Yahweh your God been with you and given you peace on all sides, having put the inhabitants of the country into my power and the country now having been subdued for Yahweh and his people?

19 So now devote heart and soul to searching for Yahweh your God. Set to and build the sanctuary of Yahweh God, so that you can bring the ark of the covenant of Yahweh and the holy vessels of God into the house built for the name of Yahweh.’

Psalm 36

1 [For the choirmaster Of the servant of Yahweh Of David] Sin is the oracle of the wicked in the depths of his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.

2 He sees himself with too flattering an eye to detect and detest his guilt;

3 all he says is malicious and deceitful, he has turned his back on wisdom. To get his way

4 he hatches malicious plots even in his bed; once set on his evil course no wickedness is too much for him.

5 Yahweh, your faithful love is in the heavens, your constancy reaches to the clouds,

6 your saving justice is like towering mountains, your judgements like the mighty deep. Yahweh, you support both man and beast;

7 how precious, God, is your faithful love. So the children of Adam take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

8 They feast on the bounty of your house, you let them drink from your delicious streams;

9 in you is the source of life, by your light we see the light.

10 Maintain your faithful love to those who acknowledge you, and your saving justice to the honest of heart.

11 Do not let the foot of the arrogant overtake me or wicked hands drive me away.

12 There they have fallen, the evil-doers, flung down, never to rise again.

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