And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of
Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither
have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.
So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of
Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.
And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his
concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but
went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in
Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be
thou here present.
So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time
which he had appointed him.
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than
did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him
fenced cities, and escape us.
And there went out after him Joab’s men, and the Cherethites, and the
Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after
Sheba the son of Bichri.
When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And
Joab’s garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with
a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell
And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the
beard with the right hand to kiss him.
But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab’s hand: so he smote him
therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not
again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of
And one of Joab’s men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he
that is for David, let him go after Joab.
And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that
all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and
cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.
When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to
pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all
the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.
And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank
against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab
battered the wall, to throw it down.
Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab,
Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.
And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered,
I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I
Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall
surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy
a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the
And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up
The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name,
hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I
will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be
thrown to thee over the wall.
Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of
Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they
retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the
Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over
the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:
And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was
And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.