Chapter 14

1And Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king's heart (longed) for Absalom.   אוַיֵּ֖דַע יוֹאָ֣ב בֶּן־צְרֻיָ֑ה כִּֽי־לֵ֥ב הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ עַל־אַבְשָׁלֽוֹם:
2And Joab sent to Tekoa and took from there a wise woman; and he said to her: "Please pretend to be a mourner, and please put on mourning clothes, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but be as a woman who has mourned many days for the dead.   בוַיִּשְׁלַ֚ח יוֹאָב֙ תְּק֔וֹעָה וַיִּקַּ֥ח מִשָּׁ֖ם אִשָּׁ֣ה חֲכָמָ֑ה וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵ֠לֶיהָ הִֽתְאַבְּלִי־נָ֞א וְלִבְשִׁי־נָ֣א בִגְדֵי־אֵ֗בֶל וְאַל־תָּס֙וּכִי֙ שֶׁ֔מֶן וְהָיִ֕ית כְּאִשָּׁ֗ה זֶ֚ה יָמִ֣ים רַבִּ֔ים מִתְאַבֶּ֖לֶת עַל־מֵֽת:
And Joab sent to Tekoa: Our Rabbis said, “Because olive oil is found there, [in abundance], wisdom is found there.”  
3And come to the king and speak to him in this manner." And Joab put the words into her mouth.   גוּבָאת֙ אֶל־הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ וְדִבַּ֥רְתְּ אֵלָ֖יו כַּדָּבָ֣ר הַזֶּ֑ה וַיָּ֧שֶׂם יוֹאָ֛ב אֶת־הַדְּבָרִ֖ים בְּפִֽיהָ:
4And the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, and fell to the ground, and prostrated herself; and she said: 'Save, O' king'.   דוַ֠תֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁ֚ה הַתְּקֹעִית֙ אֶל־הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ וַתִּפֹּ֧ל עַל־אַפֶּ֛יהָ אַ֖רְצָה וַתִּשְׁתָּ֑חוּ וַתֹּ֖אמֶר הוֹשִׁ֥עָה הַמֶּֽלֶךְ:
5And the king said to her: 'What ails you?' And she said: 'Truly I am a woman [who is] a widow, and my husband is dead.   הוַיֹּֽאמֶר־לָ֥הּ הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ מַה־לָּ֑ךְ וַתֹּ֗אמֶר אֲבָ֛ל אִשָּֽׁה־אַלְמָנָ֥ה אָ֖נִי וַיָּ֥מָת אִישִֽׁי:
truly I am… a widow: Heb. אבל, in truth.  
6And your handmaid had two sons, and they both fought in the field, and there was no rescuer between them, and one struck the other and killed him.   ווּלְשִׁפְחָֽתְךָ֙ שְׁנֵ֣י בָנִ֔ים וַיִּנָּצ֚וּ שְׁנֵיהֶם֙ בַּשָּׂדֶ֔ה וְאֵ֥ין מַצִּ֖יל בֵּֽינֵיהֶ֑ם וַיַּכּ֧וֹ הָאֶחָ֛ד אֶת־הָאֶחָ֖ד וַיָּ֥מֶת אֹתֽוֹ:
7And, behold, the whole family rose against your handmaid, and said: "Deliver the one that struck his brother whom he slew, and so destroy also the heir; and so they shall quench my coal which is left, so as not to leave my husband a name or a remainder upon the face of the earth."   זוְהִנֵּה֩ קָ֨מָה כָֽל־הַמִּשְׁפָּחָ֜ה עַל־שִׁפְחָתֶ֗ךָ וַיֹּֽאמְרוּ֙ תְּנִ֣י | אֶת־מַכֵּ֣ה אָחִ֗יו וּנְמִתֵ֙הוּ֙ בְּנֶ֚פֶשׁ אָחִיו֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר הָרָ֔ג וְנַשְׁמִ֖ידָה גַּ֣ם אֶת־הַיּוֹרֵ֑שׁ וְכִבּ֗וּ אֶת־גַּֽחַלְתִּי֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר נִשְׁאָ֔רָה לְבִּלְתִּ֧י שִׂים־ (כתיב שִׂום־) לְאִישִׁ֛י שֵׁ֥ם וּשְׁאֵרִ֖ית עַל־פְּנֵ֥י הָאֲדָמָֽה:
8And the king said to the woman, "Go to your house, and I will give orders about you."   חוַיֹּ֧אמֶר הַמֶּ֛לֶךְ אֶל־הָאִשָּׁ֖ה לְכִ֣י לְבֵיתֵ֑ךְ וַאֲנִ֖י אֲצַוֶּ֥ה עָלָֽיִךְ:
9And the woman of Tekoa said to the king, "On me, my lord, the king, be the iniquity, and on my father's house; and the king and his throne be guiltless."   טוַתֹּ֜אמֶר הָאִשָּׁ֚ה הַתְּקוֹעִית֙ אֶל־הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ עָלַ֞י אֲדֹנִ֥י הַמֶּ֛לֶךְ הֶעָוֹ֖ן וְעַל־בֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑י וְהַמֶּ֥לֶךְ וְכִסְא֖וֹ נָקִֽי:
on me be the iniquity: It is a euphemism out of respect for him as if to say: You are putting me off by saying: I will give orders about you. Now if I go on away and you do not give orders about me, upon whom then will the iniquity be?  
10And the king said, "Who ever speaks to you, bring him to me, and he shall no longer continue to touch you."   יוַיֹּ֖אמֶר הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ הַֽמְדַבֵּ֚ר אֵלַ֙יִךְ֙ וַֽהֲבֵאת֣וֹ אֵלַ֔י וְלֹֽא־יֹסִ֥יף ע֖וֹד לָגַ֥עַת בָּֽךְ:
11And she said, "I beg you, let the king remember the Lord your God that the avenger of blood destroy not excessively so that they destroy not my son." And he said, "As the Lord lives, if one hair of your son shall fall to the earth."   יאוַתֹּאמֶר֩ יִזְכָּר־נָ֨א הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ אֶת־יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ מֵהַרְבַּ֞ת (כתיב מֵהַרְבַּ֞ית) גֹּאֵ֚ל הַדָּם֙ לְשַׁחֵ֔ת וְלֹ֥א יַשְׁמִ֖ידוּ אֶת־בְּנִ֑י וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ חַי־יְהֹוָ֔ה אִם־יִפֹּ֛ל מִשַּׂעֲרַ֥ת בְּנֵ֖ךְ אָֽרְצָה:
let the king remember the Lord your God: who concerned Himself with the length of the way [to the refuge cities] in order to save lives, as it is stated: “Lest he [the avenger] overtake him because the way is long” (Deut. 19:6). Now this is the meaning of: “So that the avenger of blood destroy not excessively; and you [still] push me off?”  
12And the woman said, "May your handmaid speak a word with my lord the king?" And he said, "Speak."   יבוַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ הָאִשָּׁ֔ה תְּדַבֶּר־נָ֧א שִׁפְחָתְךָ֛ אֶל־אֲדֹנִ֥י הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ דָּבָ֑ר וַיֹּ֖אמֶר דַּבֵּֽרִי:
13And the woman said, "Why have you thought such a thing about the people of God? [now, consider not] that the king in speaking this word has done so accidentally, so that the king shall not bring back his banished one.   יגוַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ הָאִשָּׁ֔ה וְלָ֧מָּה חָשַׁ֛בְתָּה כָּזֹ֖את עַל־עַ֣ם אֱלֹהִ֑ים וּמִדַּבֵּ֨ר הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ הַדָּבָ֚ר הַזֶּה֙ כְּאָשֵׁ֔ם לְבִלְתִּ֛י הָשִׁ֥יב הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ אֶֽת־נִדְּחֽוֹ:
thought such a thing about the people of God.: How have you thought such a thing, i.e., that you suspected Israelites of coming to kill another one with neither witnesses nor [mandatory] warning.  
that the king in speaking this word has done so accidentally: This thing that you decreed for others, i.e., that which you said to me, “not a hair of your son shall fall,” now that I have made it apparent to you that it all related only to your [own] two sons, do not have regrets saying: I stated this accidentally, and behold I am retracting myself, so that the king shall not [be forced to] bring back his son who was banished from him and fled.  
the king in speaking: Eknon parlot in French.  
14For die we must, and [are] as water that is spilt on the ground which cannot be gathered up again; and God favors not a soul, but He devises means that he that is banished be not cast from Him.   ידכִּי־מ֣וֹת נָמ֔וּת וְכַמַּ֙יִם֙ הַנִּגָּרִ֣ים אַ֔רְצָה אֲשֶׁ֖ר לֹ֣א יֵאָסֵ֑פוּ וְלֹֽא־יִשָּׂ֚א אֱלֹהִים֙ נֶ֔פֶשׁ וְחָשַׁב֙ מַֽחֲשָׁב֔וֹת לְבִלְתִּ֛י יִדַּ֥ח מִמֶּ֖נּוּ נִדָּֽח:
for die we must: And it suffices us with that punishment.  
and God favors not a soul: and God favors not a soul of man, from death. Therefore, the king should devise means so that he that is banished, not be [permanently] cast from him.  
15And now my motive for having come to speak of this thing to the king my lord [is] because the people have made me afraid; and your maidservant said: I will now speak to the king, perhaps the king will perform the request of his handmaid.   טווְ֠עַתָּה אֲשֶׁר־בָּ֜אתִי לְדַבֵּ֨ר אֶל־הַמֶּ֚לֶךְ אֲדֹנִי֙ אֶת־הַדָּבָ֣ר הַזֶּ֔ה כִּ֥י יֵֽרְאֻ֖נִי הָעָ֑ם וַתֹּ֚אמֶר שִׁפְחָֽתְךָ֙ אֲדַבְּרָה־נָּ֣א אֶל־הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ אוּלַ֛י יַעֲשֶֹ֥ה הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ אֶת־דְּבַ֥ר אֲמָתֽוֹ:
And now, my coming to speak of this thing to the king: by substituting it on myself and my sons.  
because the people have made me afraid: They frightened me from seeking out my lord regarding his son lest he be angry with me.  
I will now speak: in this fashion, for perhaps [the king] will perform, etc.  
16For the king will hear, to deliver his maidservant from the hand of the man [that would] destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God.   טזכִּ֚י יִשְׁמַ֣ע הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ לְהַצִּ֥יל אֶת־אֲמָת֖וֹ מִכַּ֣ף הָאִ֑ישׁ לְהַשְׁמִ֨יד אֹתִ֚י וְאֶת־בְּנִי֙ יַ֔חַד מִֽנַּחֲלַ֖ת אֱלֹהִֽים:
For the king will hear, to deliver his maidservant from the hand of the man: who comes to kill my son, and destroy us together from the inheritance of God.  
17And your handmaid said, 'Let, I pray, the word of my lord the king be for comfort, for as an angel of God so is my lord the king, to discern the good and the bad; and the Lord your God may be with you'."   יזוַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ שִׁפְחָ֣תְךָ֔ יִֽהְיֶה־נָּ֛א דְּבַר־אֲדֹנִ֥י הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ לִמְנֻחָ֑ה כִּ֣י | כְּמַלְאַ֣ךְ הָאֱלֹהִ֗ים כֵּ֣ן אֲדֹנִ֚י הַמֶּ֙לֶךְ֙ לִשְׁמֹ֙עַ֙ הַטּ֣וֹב וְהָרָ֔ע וַֽיהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ יְהִ֥י עִמָּֽךְ:
for comfort: Once the king has given charge concerning me, his declaration [lit., words] will lead to comfort for my son, since he will not retreat from his word; for ‘as an angel of God so is my lord’ and neither wrath or hatred will retreat him from his favorable statement.  
18And the king answered and he said to the woman, "I beg you not to hide from me anything that I shall ask you." And the woman said: "Let my lord the king please speak."   יחוַיַּ֣עַן הַמֶּ֗לֶךְ וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ אֶל־הָ֣אִשָּׁ֔ה אַל־נָ֨א תְכַחֲדִ֚י מִמֶּ֙נִּי֙ דָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֥ר אָנֹכִ֖י שֹׁאֵ֣ל אֹתָ֑ךְ וַתֹּ֙אמֶר֙ הָֽאִשָּׁ֔ה יְדַבֶּר־נָ֖א אֲדֹנִ֥י הַמֶּֽלֶךְ:
19And the king said: "Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?" And the woman answered and said, "As your soul lives, my lord the king, if anyone can turn to the right or to the left from all that my lord the king has spoken, for your servant Joab he bade me, and he put in the mouth of your handmaid all these words.   יטוַיֹּ֣אמֶר הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ הֲיַ֥ד יוֹאָ֛ב אִתָּ֖ךְ בְּכָל־זֹ֑את וַתַּ֣עַן הָאִשָּׁ֣ה וַתֹּ֡אמֶר חֵֽי־נַפְשְׁךָ֩ אֲדֹנִ֨י הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ אִם־אִ֣שׁ | לְהֵמִ֣ין וּלְהַשְׂמִ֗יל מִכֹּ֚ל אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר֙ אֲדֹנִ֣י הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ כִּֽי־עַבְדְּךָ֚ יוֹאָב֙ ה֣וּא צִוָּ֔נִי וְה֗וּא שָֹ֚ם בְּפִ֣י שִׁפְחָֽתְךָ֔ אֵ֥ת כָּל־הַדְּבָרִ֖ים הָאֵֽלֶּה:
if anyone can: Heb. אש. Just like אם יש, if there is anyone, or היש, is there anyone. So with האש ביתרשע (Micha 6:10), “are there yet in the house of the wicked?” which is [identical to] היש.  
20In order to bring about the face of the matter, has your 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."   כלְבַעֲב֚וּר סַבֵּב֙ אֶת־פְּנֵ֣י הַדָּבָ֔ר עָשָֹ֛ה עַבְדְּךָ֥ יוֹאָ֖ב אֶת־הַדָּבָ֣ר הַזֶּ֑ה וַאדֹנִ֣י חָכָ֗ם כְּחָכְמַת֙ מַלְאַ֣ךְ הָאֱלֹהִ֔ים לָדַ֖עַת אֶֽת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֥ר בָּאָֽרֶץ:
In order to bring about: [to allow the story] to evolve until the matter of the king’s son as brought to a favorable conclusion.  
and my lord is wise: and you [therefore] understand that it came forth from Joab.  
21And the king said to Joab: "Behold now, you have done this thing, now go bring back the young man Absalom."   כאוַיֹּ֚אמֶר הַמֶּ֙לֶךְ֙ אֶל־יוֹאָ֔ב הִנֵּה־נָ֥א עָשִֹ֖יתִי אֶת־הַדָּבָ֣ר הַזֶּ֑ה וְלֵ֛ךְ הָשֵׁ֥ב אֶת־הַנַּ֖עַר אֶת־אַבְשָׁלֽוֹם:
22And Joab fell on his face to the ground and he prostrated himself, and he blessed the king; and Joab said: "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, O' king, in that the king has done the request of your servant."   כבוַיִּפֹּל֩ יוֹאָ֨ב אֶל־פָּנָ֥יו אַ֛רְצָה וַיִּשְׁתַּ֖חוּ וַיְבָ֣רֶךְ אֶת־הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר יוֹאָ֡ב הַיּוֹם֩ יָדַ֨ע עַבְדְּךָ֜ כִּי־מָצָ֨אתִי חֵ֚ן בְּעֵינֶ֙יךָ֙ אֲדֹנִ֣י הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ אֲשֶׁר־עָשָֹ֥ה הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ אֶת־דְּבַ֥ר עַבְדֶּֽךָ (כתיב עַבְדֶּֽוָ) :
23And Joab arose and went to Geshur, and he brought Absalom to Jerusalem.   כגוַיָּ֥קָם יוֹאָ֖ב וַיֵּ֣לֶךְ גְּשׁ֑וּרָה וַיָּבֵ֥א אֶת־אַבְשָׁל֖וֹם יְרוּשָׁלָֽםִ:
24And the king said: "Let him turn to his house, but my face let him not see." And Absalom turned to his house, and the king's face he saw not.   כדוַיֹּ֚אמֶר הַמֶּ֙לֶךְ֙ יִסֹּ֣ב אֶל־בֵּית֔וֹ וּפָנַ֖י לֹ֣א יִרְאֶ֑ה וַיִּסֹּ֚ב אַבְשָׁלוֹם֙ אֶל־בֵּית֔וֹ וּפְנֵ֥י הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ לֹ֥א רָאָֽה:
25Now like Absalom there was not a man in all Israel as beautiful, to be as [totally] praiseworthy [for beauty]; from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head, there was no blemish in him.   כהוּכְאַבְשָׁל֗וֹם לֹא־הָיָ֧ה אִישׁ־יָפֶ֛ה בְּכָל־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לְהַלֵּ֣ל מְאֹ֑ד מִכַּ֚ף רַגְלוֹ֙ וְעַ֣ד קָדְקֳד֔וֹ לֹא־הָ֥יָה ב֖וֹ מֽוּם:
26And when he shaved his head-and it was at every year's end that he shaved it; because the hair was heavy on him, then he would shave it- he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels, after the king's weight.   כווּֽבְגַלְּחוֹ֘ אֶת־רֹאשׁוֹ֒ וְֽ֠הָיָה מִקֵּץ֙ יָמִ֚ים | לַיָּמִים֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר יְגַלֵּ֔חַ כִּֽי־כָבֵ֥ד עָלָ֖יו וְגִלְּח֑וֹ וְשָׁקַל֙ אֶת־שְׂעַ֣ר רֹאשׁ֔וֹ מָאתַ֥יִם שְׁקָלִ֖ים בְּאֶ֥בֶן הַמֶּֽלֶךְ:
27And to Absalom were born three sons and one daughter whose name was Tamar; and she was a woman of beautiful appearance.   כזוַיִּֽוָּלְד֚וּ לְאַבְשָׁלוֹם֙ שְׁלוֹשָׁ֣ה בָנִ֔ים וּבַ֥ת אַחַ֖ת וּשְׁמָ֣הּ תָּמָ֑ר הִ֣יא הָיְתָ֔ה אִשָּׁ֖ה יְפַ֥ת מַרְאֶֽה:
28And Absalom dwelt in Jerusalem two full years; and the king's face he did not see.   כחוַיֵּ֧שֶׁב אַבְשָׁל֛וֹם בִּירוּשָׁלַ֖םִ שְׁנָתַ֣יִם יָמִ֑ים וּפְנֵ֥י הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ לֹ֥א רָאָֽה:
29And Absalom sent to Joab, to send him to the king; and he would not come to him: and he sent again a second time, and he would not come.   כטוַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח אַבְשָׁל֜וֹם אֶל־יוֹאָ֗ב לִשְׁלֹ֚חַ אֹתוֹ֙ אֶל־הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ וְלֹ֥א אָבָ֖ה לָב֣וֹא אֵלָ֑יו וַיִּשְׁלַ֥ח עוֹד֙ שֵׁנִ֔ית וְלֹ֥א אָבָ֖ה לָבֽוֹא:
30And he said to his servants, "See, Joab's field is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire." And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.   לוַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֶל־עֲבָדָ֜יו רְאוּ֩ חֶלְקַ֨ת יוֹאָ֚ב אֶל־יָדִי֙ וְלוֹ־שָׁ֣ם שְׂעֹרִ֔ים לְכ֖וּ וְהַצִּית֣וּהָ (כתיב וְהַוצִּת֣יּהָ) בָאֵ֑שׁ וַיַּצִּ֜תוּ עַבְדֵ֧י אַבְשָׁל֛וֹם אֶת־הַחֶלְקָ֖ה בָּאֵֽשׁ:
near mine: Situated near my property in a place where I can damage it.  
near mine: Anmesajjces in French.  
31And Joab arose, and he came to Absalom to his house, and he said to him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?"   לאוַיָּ֣קָם יוֹאָ֔ב וַיָּבֹ֥א אֶל־אַבְשָׁל֖וֹם הַבָּ֑יְתָה וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלָ֔יו לָ֣מָּה הִצִּ֧יתוּ עֲבָדֶ֛ךָ אֶת־הַחֶלְקָ֥ה אֲשֶׁר־לִ֖י בָּאֵֽשׁ:
32And Absalom said to Joab, "Behold, I have sent to you, saying: 'Come here,' that I may send you to the king to say: 'Why have I come from Geshur?' it would be better for me were I still there; and now I will see the king's face; and if there be iniquity in me, let him kill me."   לבוַיֹּ֣אמֶר אַבְשָׁל֣וֹם אֶל־יוֹאָ֡ב הִנֵּ֣ה שָׁלַ֣חְתִּי אֵלֶ֣יךָ | לֵאמֹ֡ר בֹּ֣א הֵ֠נָּה וְאֶשְׁלְחָה֩ אֹתְךָ֙ אֶל־הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ לֵאמֹ֗ר לָ֚מָּה בָּ֙אתִי֙ מִגְּשׁ֔וּר ט֥וֹב לִ֖י עֹ֣ד אֲנִי־שָׁ֑ם וְעַתָּ֗ה אֶרְאֶה֙ פְּנֵ֣י הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ וְאִם־יֶשׁ־בִּ֥י עָוֹ֖ן וֶהֱמִתָֽנִי:
let him kill me.: Let the king kill me.  
33And Joab came to the king, and he told him: and he called for Absalom, and he came to the king, and he prostrated himself to him on his face to the ground before the king; and the king kissed Absalom.   לגוַיָּבֹ֨א יוֹאָ֣ב אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ֘ וַיַּגֶּד־לוֹ֒ וַיִּקְרָ֚א אֶל־אַבְשָׁלוֹם֙ וַיָּבֹ֣א אֶל־הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ וַיִּשְׁתַּ֨חוּ ל֧וֹ עַל־אַפָּ֛יו אַ֖רְצָה לִפְנֵ֣י הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ וַיִּשַּׁ֥ק הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ לְאַבְשָׁלֽוֹם: