1 A Prayer of David himself. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear me. For I am needy and poor.
2 Preserve my soul, for I am holy. My God, bring salvation to your servant who hopes in you.
3 O Lord, be merciful to me, for I have cried out to you all day long.
4 Give joy to the soul of your servant, for I have lifted up my soul to you, Lord.
5 For you are sweet and mild, Lord, and plentiful in mercy to all who call upon you.
6 Pay attention, Lord, to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplication.
2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30–19:3
9 Then it happened that Absalom, riding on a mule, met the servants of David. And when the mule had entered under a thick and large oak tree, his head became trapped in the oak. And while he was suspended between heaven and earth, the mule on which he had been sitting continued on.
10 Then a certain one saw this and reported it to Joab, saying, "I saw Absalom hanging from an oak."
Then he took three lances in his hand, and he fixed them in the heart of Absalom. And while he was still clinging to life upon the oak,
24 Now David was sitting between the two gates. Truly, the watchman, who was at the summit of the gate upon the wall, lifting up his eyes, saw a man running alone.
25 And crying out, he told the king.
30 And the king said to him, "Pass, and stand here." And when he had passed and stood still,
31 Hushai appeared. And approaching, he said: "I bear good news, my lord the king. For today the Lord has judged for you, from the hand of all who had risen up against you."
32 But the king said to Hushai, "Is there peace for the boy Absalom?" And responding, Hushai said to him, "May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise against him for evil, be as the boy is."
33 And so the king, being greatly saddened, ascended to the upper room of the gate, and he wept. And as he went, he was speaking in this manner: "My son Absalom! Absalom my son! Who can grant to me that I may die on your behalf? Absalom, my son! My son, Absalom!"
1 Now it was reported to Joab that the king was weeping and mourning for his son.
2 And so the victory on that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people heard it said on that day, "The king is grieving over his son."
3 And the people declined to enter the city on that day, in the manner that the people were accustomed to decline if they had turned and fled from battle.
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