Chapter 18 of the Book Of 2 Kings
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Todays reading is currently at: Book Of 2 Kings 18:1-10
1 And David having reviewed his people, appointed over them captains of thousands and of hundreds, 2 And sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abisai the son of Sarvia Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ethai, who was of Geth: and the king said to the people: I also will go forth with you. 3 And the people answered: Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not much mind us: or if half of us should fall, they will not greatly care: for thou alone art accounted for ten thousand: it is better therefore that thou shouldst be in the city to succour us. 4 And the king said to them: What seemeth good to you, that will I do. And the king stood by the gate: and all the people went forth by their troops, by hundreds and by thousands. 5 And the king commanded Joab, and Abisai, and Ethai, saying: Save me the boy Absalom. And all the people heard the king giving charge to all the princes concerning Absalom.
6 So the people went out into the field against Israel, and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim. 7 And the people of Israel were defeated there by David's army, and a great slaughter was made that day of twenty thousand men. 8 And the battle there was scattered over the face of all the country, and there were many more of the people whom the forest consumed, than whom the sword devoured that day. 9 And it happened that Absalom met the servants of David, riding on a mule: and as the mule went under a thick and large oak, his head stuck in the oak: and while he hung between the heaven and the earth, the mule on which he rode passed on. 10 And one saw this and told Joab, saying: I saw Absalom hanging upon an oak.
1 Ígitur consideráto David pópulo suo, constítuit super eos tribúnos et centuriónes, 2 et dedit pópuli tértiam partem sub manu Joab, et tértiam partem sub manu Abísai fílii Sárviæ fratris Joab, et tértiam partem sub manu Éthai, qui erat de Geth. Dixítque rex ad pópulum : Egrédiar et ego vobíscum. 3 Et respóndit pópulus : Non exíbis : sive enim fugérimus, non magnópere ad eos de nobis pertinébit : sive média pars cecíderit e nobis, non satis curábunt, quia tu unus pro decem míllibus computáris : mélius est ígitur ut sis nobis in urbe præsídio. 4 Ad quos rex ait : Quod vobis vidétur rectum, hoc fáciam. Stetit ergo rex juxta portam : egrediebatúrque pópulus per turmas suas centéni et milléni. 5 Et præcépit rex Joab, et Abísai, et Éthai, dicens : Serváte mihi púerum Absálom. Et omnis pópulus audiébat præcipiéntem regem cunctis princípibus pro Absálom.
6 Ítaque egréssus est pópulus in campum contra Israël, et factum est prǽlium in saltu Éphraim. 7 Et cæsus est ibi pópulus Israël ab exércitu David, factáque est plaga magna in die illa, vigínti míllium. 8 Fuit autem ibi prǽlium dispérsum super fáciem omnis terræ, et multo plures erant quos saltus consúmpserat de pópulo, quam hi quos voráverat gládius in die illa. 9 Áccidit autem ut occúrreret Absálom servis David, sedens mulo : cumque ingréssus fuísset mulus subter condénsam quercum et magnam, adhǽsit caput ejus quércui : et illo suspénso inter cælum et terram, mulus cui inséderat, pertransívit. 10 Vidit autem hoc quíspiam, et nuntiávit Joab, dicens : Vidi Absálom péndere de quercu.