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  • New International Reader's Version
    His second son was Kileab. Kileab’s mother was Abigail. She was Nabal’s widow from Carmel. The third son was Absalom. His mother was Maakah. She was the daughter of Talmai, the king of Geshur.
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  • New International Version
    his second, Kileab the son of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; the third, Absalom the son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
  • English Standard Version
    and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
  • New Living Translation
    The second was Daniel, whose mother was Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. The third was Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.
  • Christian Standard Bible
    his second was Chileab, by Abigail, the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third was Absalom, son of Maacah the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur;
  • New American Standard Bible
    and his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur;
  • New King James Version
    his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur;
  • American Standard Version
    and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible
    his second was Chileab, by Abigail, the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third was Absalom, son of Maacah the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur;
  • King James Version
    And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
  • New English Translation
    His second son was Kileab, born to Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite. His third son was Absalom, the son of Maacah daughter of King Talmai of Geshur.
  • World English Bible
    and his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;


  • 1 Samuel 27 8
    Sometimes David and his men would go up and attack the Geshurites. At other times they would attack the Girzites or the Amalekites. All those people had lived in the land that reached all the way to Shur and Egypt. They had been there for a long time.
  • 1 Chronicles 3 1
    Here are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron. His first son was Amnon. Amnon’s mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel. The second son was Daniel. His mother was Abigail from Carmel.
  • 1 Samuel 25 3
    His name was Nabal. His wife’s name was Abigail. She was a wise and beautiful woman. But her husband was rude and mean in the way he treated others. He was from the family of Caleb.
  • Deuteronomy 3:14
    Jair took the whole area of Argob. He was from the family line of Manasseh. Argob goes all the way to the border of the people of Geshur and Maakah. It was named after Jair. So Bashan is called Havvoth Jair to this very day.
  • 2 Samuel 13 20-2 Samuel 13 28
    When her brother Absalom saw her, he spoke to her. He said,“ Has Amnon, that brother of yours, forced you to go to bed with him? My sister, don’t let it upset you. Don’t let it bother you. He’s your brother.” After that, Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house. She was very lonely.King David heard about everything that had happened. So he became very angry.And Absalom never said a word of any kind to Amnon. He hated Amnon because he had brought shame on his sister Tamar.Two years later, Absalom invited all the king’s sons to come to Baal Hazor. It was near the border of Ephraim. The workers who clipped the wool off Absalom’s sheep were there.Absalom went to the king. He said,“ I’ve had my workers come to clip the wool. Will you and your attendants please join me?”“ No, my son,” the king replied.“ All of us shouldn’t go. It would be too much trouble for you.” Although Absalom begged him, the king still refused to go. But he gave Absalom his blessing.Then Absalom said,“ If you won’t come, please let my brother Amnon come with us.” The king asked him,“ Why should he go with you?”But Absalom begged him. So the king sent Amnon with him. He also sent the rest of his sons.Absalom ordered his men,“ Listen! When Amnon has had too much wine to drink, I’ll say to you,‘ Strike Amnon down.’ When I do, kill him. Don’t be afraid. I’ve given you an order, haven’t I? Be strong and brave.”
  • 2 Samuel 13 37-2 Samuel 13 38
    When Absalom ran away, he went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud. Talmai was king of Geshur. King David mourned many days for his son Amnon.So Absalom ran away and went to Geshur. He stayed there for three years.
  • 1 Samuel 25 42
    Abigail quickly got on a donkey and went with David’s messengers. Her five female servants went with her. She became David’s wife.
  • 2 Samuel 2 2
    So David went up there with his two wives. Their names were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail from Carmel. Abigail was Nabal’s widow.
  • Joshua 13:13
    But the Israelites didn’t drive out the people of Geshur and Maakah. So they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.
  • 2 Samuel 17 1-2 Samuel 17 14
    One day Ahithophel said to Absalom,“ Here’s what I suggest. Choose 12,000 men. Start out tonight and go after David.Attack him while he’s tired and weak. Fill him with terror. Then all the people with him will run away. Don’t strike down anyone except the king.Bring all the other people back. After the man you want to kill is dead, everyone else will return to you. And none of the people will be harmed.”Ahithophel’s plan seemed good to Absalom. It also seemed good to all the elders of Israel.But Absalom said,“ Send for Hushai, the Arkite. Then we can find out what he suggests as well.”Hushai came to him. Absalom said,“ Ahithophel has given us his advice. Should we do what he says? If we shouldn’t, tell us what you would do.”Hushai replied to Absalom,“ The advice Ahithophel has given you isn’t good this time.You know your father and his men. They are fighters. They are as strong as a wild bear whose cubs have been stolen from her. Besides, your father really knows how to fight. He won’t spend the night with his troops.In fact, he’s probably hiding in a cave or some other place right now. Suppose he attacks your troops first. When people hear about it, they’ll say,‘ Many of the troops who followed Absalom have been killed.’Then the hearts of your soldiers will melt away in fear. Even those as brave as a lion will be terrified. That’s because everyone in Israel knows that your father is a fighter. They know that those with him are brave.“ So here’s what I suggest. Bring together all the men of Israel from the town of Dan all the way to Beersheba. They are as many as the grains of sand on the seashore. You yourself should lead them into battle.Then we’ll attack David no matter where we find him. As dew completely covers the ground, we’ll completely overpower his entire army. We won’t leave him or any of his men alive.He might try to get away by going into a city. If he does, all of us will bring ropes to that city. We’ll drag the whole city down into the valley. Not even a pebble of that city will be left.”Absalom and all the men of Israel agreed. They said,“ The advice of Hushai, the Arkite, is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” The Lord had decided that Ahithophel’s good advice would fail. The Lord wanted to bring horrible trouble on Absalom.
  • 2 Samuel 18 33
    The king was very upset. He went up to the room over the entrance of the gate and wept. As he went, he said,“ My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! I wish I had died instead of you. Absalom! My son, my son!”
  • 2 Samuel 18 9-2 Samuel 18 18
    Absalom happened to come across some of David’s men. He was riding his mule. The mule went under the thick branches of a large oak tree. Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in the air. The mule he was riding kept on going.One of David’s men saw what had happened. He told Joab,“ I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.”Joab said to the man,“ What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him down right there? Then I would have had to give you four ounces of silver and a soldier’s belt.”But the man replied,“ I wouldn’t do anything to hurt the king’s son. I wouldn’t do it even for 25 pounds of silver. We heard the king’s command to you and Abishai and Ittai. He said,‘ Be careful not to hurt the young man Absalom. Do it for me.’Suppose I had put my life in danger by killing him. The king would have found out about it. Nothing is hidden from him. And you wouldn’t have stood up for me.”Joab said,“ I’m not going to waste any more time on you.” So he got three javelins. Then he went over and plunged them into Absalom’s heart. He did it while Absalom was still hanging there alive in the oak tree.Ten of the men carrying Joab’s armor surrounded Absalom. They struck him and killed him.Then Joab blew his trumpet. He ordered his troops to stop chasing Israel’s army.Joab’s men threw Absalom into a big pit in the forest. They covered him with a large pile of rocks. While all of that was going on, all the Israelites ran back to their homes.Earlier in his life Absalom had set up a pillar in the King’s Valley. He had put it up as a monument to himself. He thought,“ I don’t have a son to carry on the memory of my name.” So he named the pillar after himself. It is still called Absalom’s Monument to this day.
  • 2 Samuel 14 24-2 Samuel 15 18
    But the king said,“ He must go to his own house. I don’t want him to come and see me.” So Absalom went to his own house. He didn’t go to see the king.In the whole land of Israel there wasn’t any man as handsome as Absalom was. That’s why everyone praised him. From the top of his head to the bottom of his feet he didn’t have any flaws.He used to cut his hair once a year when it became too heavy for him. Then he would weigh it. It weighed five pounds in keeping with the standard weights used in the palace.Three sons and a daughter were born to Absalom. His daughter’s name was Tamar. She became a beautiful woman.Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years without going to see the king.Then Absalom sent for Joab. He wanted to send Joab to the king. But Joab refused to come to Absalom. So Absalom sent for him a second time. But Joab still refused to come.Then Absalom said to his servants,“ Joab’s field is next to mine. He has barley growing there. Go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.Joab finally went to Absalom’s house. He said to Absalom,“ Why did your servants set my field on fire?”Absalom said to Joab,“ I sent a message to you. I said,‘ Come here. I want to send you to the king. I want you to ask him for me,“ Why did you bring me back from Geshur? I would be better off if I were still there!” ’ Now then, I want to go and see the king. If I’m guilty of doing anything wrong, let him put me to death.”So Joab went to the king and told him that. Then the king sent for Absalom. He came in and bowed down to the king with his face toward the ground. And the king kissed Absalom.Some time later, Absalom got a chariot and horses for himself. He also got 50 men to run in front of him.He would get up early. He would stand by the side of the road that led to the city gate. Sometimes a person would come with a case for the king to decide. Then Absalom would call out to him,“ What town are you from?” He would answer,“ I’m from one of the tribes of Israel.”Absalom would say,“ Look, your claims are based on the law. So you have every right to make them. But the king doesn’t have anyone here who can listen to your case.”Absalom would continue,“ I wish I were appointed judge in the land! Then anyone who has a case or a claim could come to me. I would make sure they are treated fairly.”Sometimes people would approach Absalom and bow down to him. Then he would reach out his hand. He would take hold of them and kiss them.Absalom did that to all the Israelites who came to the king with their cases or claims. That’s why the hearts of the people were turned toward him.After Absalom had lived in Jerusalem for four years, he went and spoke to the king. He said,“ Let me go to Hebron. I want to keep a promise I made to the Lord.When I was living at Geshur in Aram, I made a promise. I said,‘ If the Lord takes me back to Jerusalem, I’ll go to Hebron and worship him there.’ ”The king said to him,“ Go in peace.” So he went to Hebron.Then Absalom sent messengers secretly to all the tribes of Israel. They said,“ Listen for the sound of trumpets. As soon as you hear them, say,‘ Absalom has become king in Hebron.’ ”Absalom had taken 200 men from Jerusalem with him to Hebron. He had invited them to be his guests. They went without having any idea what was going to happen.While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel. Ahithophel was David’s adviser. He came to Absalom from Giloh, his hometown. The number of people who followed Absalom kept growing. So he became more and more able to carry out his plans against David.A messenger came and spoke to David. He told him,“ The hearts of the Israelites are turned toward Absalom.”Then David spoke to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem. He said,“ Come on! We have to leave right away! If we don’t, none of us will escape from Absalom. He’ll move quickly to catch up with us. He’ll destroy us. His men will kill everyone in the city with their swords.”The king’s officials answered him,“ You are our king and master. We’re ready to do anything you want.”The king started out. Everyone in his whole family went with him. But he left ten concubines behind to take care of the palace.So the king and all those with him left. They stopped at the edge of the city.All of David’s officials marched past him. All the Kerethites and Pelethites marched along with them. And all of the 600 men who had come with him from Gath marched in front of him.