صَمُوئِيلَ ٱلثَّانِي 18

وَأَحْصَى دَاوُدُ ٱلشَّعْبَ ٱلَّذِي مَعَهُ، وَجَعَلَ عَلَيْهِمْ رُؤَسَاءَ أُلُوفٍ وَرُؤَسَاءَ مِئَاتٍ. ١ 1
David counted the soldiers who were with him and appointed captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.
وَأَرْسَلَ دَاوُدُ ٱلشَّعْبَ ثُلْثًا بِيَدِ يُوآبَ، وَثُلْثًا بِيَدِ أَبِيشَايَ ٱبْنِ صَرُويَةَ أَخِي يُوآبَ، وَثُلْثًا بِيَدِ إِتَّايَ ٱلْجَتِّيِّ. وَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ لِلشَّعْبِ: «إِنِّي أَنَا أَيْضًا أَخْرُجُ مَعَكُمْ». ٢ 2
Then David sent out the army, one-third under the command of Joab, another third under the command of Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and still another third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. The king said to the army, “I will certainly go out with you myself, too.”
فَقَالَ ٱلشَّعْبُ: «لَا تَخْرُجْ، لِأَنَّنَا إِذَا هَرَبْنَا لَا يُبَالُونَ بِنَا، وَإِذَا مَاتَ نِصْفُنَا لَا يُبَالُونَ بِنَا. وَٱلْآنَ أَنْتَ كَعَشْرَةِ آلَافٍ مِنَّا. وَٱلْآنَ ٱلْأَصْلَحُ أَنْ تَكُونَ لَنَا نَجْدَةً مِنَ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ». ٣ 3
But the men said, “You must not go to battle, for if we flee away they will not care about us, or if half of us die they will not care. But you are worth ten thousand of us! Therefore it is better that you be ready to help us from the city.”
فَقَالَ لَهُمُ ٱلْمَلِكُ: «مَا يَحْسُنُ فِي أَعْيُنِكُمْ أَفْعَلُهُ». فَوَقَفَ ٱلْمَلِكُ بِجَانِبِ ٱلْبَابِ وَخَرَجَ جَمِيعُ ٱلشَّعْبِ مِئَاتٍ وَأُلُوفًا. ٤ 4
So the king answered them, “I will do whatever seems best to you.” The king stood by the city gate while all the army went out by hundreds and by thousands.
وَأَوْصَى ٱلْمَلِكُ يُوآبَ وَأَبِيشَايَ وَإِتَّايَ قَائِلًا: «تَرَفَّقُوا لِي بِٱلْفَتَى أَبْشَالُومَ». وَسَمِعَ جَمِيعُ ٱلشَّعْبِ حِينَ أَوْصَى ٱلْمَلِكُ جَمِيعَ ٱلرُّؤَسَاءِ بِأَبْشَالُومَ. ٥ 5
The king commanded Joab, Abishai, and Ittai saying, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man, with Absalom.” All the people heard that the king had given the captains this command about Absalom.
وَخَرَجَ ٱلشَّعْبُ إِلَى ٱلْحَقْلِ لِلِقَاءِ إِسْرَائِيلَ. وَكَانَ ٱلْقِتَالُ فِي وَعْرِ أَفْرَايِمَ، ٦ 6
So the army went out into the countryside against Israel; the battle spread into the forest of Ephraim.
فَٱنْكَسَرَ هُنَاكَ شَعْبُ إِسْرَائِيلَ أَمَامَ عَبِيدِ دَاوُدَ، وَكَانَتْ هُنَاكَ مَقْتَلَةٌ عَظِيمَةٌ فِي ذَلِكَ ٱلْيَوْمِ. قُتِلَ عِشْرُونَ أَلْفًا. ٧ 7
The army of Israel was defeated there before the soldiers of David; there was a great slaughter there that day of twenty thousand men.
وَكَانَ ٱلْقِتَالُ هُنَاكَ مُنْتَشِرًا عَلَى وَجْهِ كُلِّ ٱلْأَرْضِ، وَزَادَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَكَلَهُمُ ٱلْوَعْرُ مِنَ ٱلشَّعْبِ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ أَكَلَهُمُ ٱلسَّيْفُ فِي ذَلِكَ ٱلْيَوْمِ. ٨ 8
The battle spread throughout the whole countryside, and more men were consumed by the forest than by the sword.
وَصَادَفَ أَبْشَالُومُ عَبِيدَ دَاوُدَ، وَكَانَ أَبْشَالُومُ رَاكِبًا عَلَى بَغْلٍ، فَدَخَلَ ٱلْبَغْلُ تَحْتَ أَغْصَانِ ٱلْبُطْمَةِ ٱلْعَظِيمَةِ ٱلْمُلْتَفَّةِ، فَتَعَلَّقَ رَأْسُهُ بِٱلْبُطْمَةِ وَعُلِّقَ بَيْنَ ٱلسَّمَاءِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ، وَٱلْبَغْلُ ٱلَّذِي تَحْتَهُ مَرَّ. ٩ 9
Absalom happened to meet some of David's soldiers. Absalom was riding his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak tree, and his head was caught up in the tree branches. He was left dangling between the ground and the sky while the mule he was riding kept going.
فَرَآهُ رَجُلٌ وَأَخْبَرَ يُوآبَ وَقَالَ: «إِنِّي قَدْ رَأَيْتُ أَبْشَالُومَ مُعَلَّقًا بِٱلْبُطْمَةِ». ١٠ 10
Someone saw this and told Joab, “Look, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree!”
فَقَالَ يُوآبُ لِلرَّجُلِ ٱلَّذِي أَخْبَرَهُ: «إِنَّكَ قَدْ رَأَيْتَهُ، فَلِمَاذَا لَمْ تَضْرِبْهُ هُنَاكَ إِلَى ٱلْأَرْضِ؟ وَعَلَيَّ أَنْ أُعْطِيَكَ عَشْرَةَ مِنَ ٱلْفِضَّةِ وَمِنْطَقَةً». ١١ 11
Joab said to the man who told him about Absalom, “Look! You saw him! Why did you not strike him down to the ground? I would have given you ten silver shekels and a belt.”
فَقَالَ ٱلرَّجُلُ لِيُوآبَ: «فَلَوْ وُزِنَ فِي يَدِي أَلْفٌ مِنَ ٱلْفِضَّةِ لَمَا كُنْتُ أَمُدُّ يَدِي إِلَى ٱبْنِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، لِأَنَّ ٱلْمَلِكَ أَوْصَاكَ فِي آذَانِنَا أَنْتَ وَأَبِيشَايَ وَإِتَّايَ قَائِلًا: ٱحْتَرِزُوا أَيًّا كَانَ مِنْكُمْ عَلَى ٱلْفَتَى أَبْشَالُومَ. ١٢ 12
The man replied to Joab, “Even if I received a thousand silver shekels, still I would not have reached out my hand against the king's son, because we all heard the king command you, Abishai, and Ittai, saying, 'No one must touch the young man Absalom.'
وَإِلَّا فَكُنْتُ فَعَلْتُ بِنَفْسِي زُورًا، إِذْ لَا يَخْفَى عَنِ ٱلْمَلِكِ شَيْءٌ، وأَنْتَ كُنْتَ وَقَفْتَ ضِدِّي». ١٣ 13
If I had risked my life by a falsehood (and there is nothing hidden from the king), you would have abandoned me.”
فَقَالَ يُوآبُ: «إِنِّي لَا أَصْبِرُ هَكَذَا أَمَامَكَ». فَأَخَذَ ثَلَاثَةَ سِهَامٍ بِيَدِهِ وَنَشَّبَهَا فِي قَلْبِ أَبْشَالُومَ، وَهُوَ بَعْدُ حَيٌّ فِي قَلْبِ ٱلْبُطْمَةِ. ١٤ 14
Then Joab said, “I will not wait for you.” So Joab took three javelins in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive and hanging from the oak.
وَأَحَاطَ بِهَا عَشْرَةُ غِلْمَانٍ حَامِلُو سِلَاحِ يُوآبَ، وَضَرَبُوا أَبْشَالُومَ وَأَمَاتُوهُ. ١٥ 15
Then ten young men who carried Joab's armor surrounded Absalom, attacked him, and killed him.
وَضَرَبَ يُوآبُ بِٱلْبُوقِ فَرَجَعَ ٱلشَّعْبُ عَنِ ٱتِّبَاعِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، لِأَنَّ يُوآبَ مَنَعَ ٱلشَّعْبَ. ١٦ 16
Then Joab blew the trumpet, and the army returned from pursuing Israel, for Joab held back the army.
وَأَخَذُوا أَبْشَالُومَ وَطَرَحُوهُ فِي ٱلْوَعْرِ فِي ٱلْجُبِّ ٱلْعَظِيمِ، وَأَقَامُوا عَلَيْهِ رُجْمَةً عَظِيمَةً جِدًّا مِنَ ٱلْحِجَارَةِ. وَهَرَبَ كُلُّ إِسْرَائِيلَ، كُلُّ وَاحِدٍ إِلَى خَيْمَتِهِ. ١٧ 17
They took Absalom and threw him into a large pit in the forest; they buried his body under a very large pile of stones, while all Israel fled, every man to his own home.
وَكَانَ أَبْشَالُومُ قَدْ أَخَذَ وَأَقَامَ لِنَفْسِهِ وَهُوَ حَيٌّ ٱلنُّصْبَ ٱلَّذِي فِي وَادِي ٱلْمَلِكِ، لِأَنَّهُ قَالَ: «لَيْسَ لِيَ ٱبْنٌ لِأَجْلِ تَذْكِيرِ ٱسْمِي». وَدَعَا ٱلنُّصْبَ بِٱسْمِهِ، وَهُوَ يُدْعَى «يَدَ أَبْشَالُومَ» إِلَى هَذَا ٱلْيَوْمِ. ١٨ 18
Now Absalom, while still alive, had built for himself a large stone pillar in the King's Valley, for he said, “I have no son to carry along the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after his own name, so it is called Absalom's Monument to this very day.
وَقَالَ أَخِيمَعَصُ بْنُ صَادُوقَ: «دَعْنِي أَجْرِ فَأُبَشِّرَ ٱلْمَلِكَ، لِأَنَّ ٱللهَ قَدِ ٱنْتَقَمَ لَهُ مِنْ أَعْدَائِهِ». ١٩ 19
Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, “Let me now run to the king with the good news, how Yahweh has rescued him from the hand of his enemies.”
فَقَالَ لَهُ يُوآبُ: «مَا أَنْتَ صَاحِبُ بِشَارَةٍ فِي هَذَا ٱلْيَوْمِ. فِي يَوْمٍ آخَرَ تُبَشِّرُ، وَهَذَا ٱلْيَوْمَ لَا تُبَشِّرُ مِنْ أَجْلِ أَنَّ ٱبْنَ ٱلْمَلِكِ قَدْ مَاتَ». ٢٠ 20
Joab answered him, “You will not be the bearer of news today; you must do it another day. Today you will bear no news because the king's son is dead.”
وَقَالَ يُوآبُ لِكُوشِي: «ٱذْهَبْ وَأَخْبِرِ ٱلْمَلِكَ بِمَا رَأَيْتَ». فَسَجَدَ كُوشِي لِيُوآبَ وَرَكَضَ. ٢١ 21
Then Joab said to a Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” The Cushite bowed down to Joab, and ran.
وَعَادَ أَيْضًا أَخِيمَعَصُ بْنُ صَادُوقَ فَقَالَ لِيُوآبَ: «مَهْمَا كَانَ، فَدَعْنِي أَجْرِ أَنَا أَيْضًا وَرَاءَ كُوشِي». فَقَالَ يُوآبُ: «لِمَاذَا تَجْرِي أَنْتَ يَا ٱبْنِي، وَلَيْسَ لَكَ بِشَارَةٌ تُجَازَى؟» ٢٢ 22
Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said again to Joab, “Regardless of what may happen, please let me also run and follow the Cushite.” Joab replied, “Why do you want to run, my son, seeing that you will have no reward for the news?”
قَالَ: «مَهْمَا كَانَ أَجْرِي». فَقَالَ لَهُ: «ٱجْرِ». فَجَرَى أَخِيمَعَصُ فِي طَرِيقِ ٱلْغَوْرِ وَسَبَقَ كُوشِيَ. ٢٣ 23
“Whatever happens,” said Ahimaaz, “I will run.” So Joab answered him, “Run.” Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and outran the Cushite.
وَكَانَ دَاوُدُ جَالِسًا بَيْنَ ٱلْبَابَيْنِ، وَطَلَعَ ٱلرَّقِيبُ إِلَى سَطْحِ ٱلْبَابِ إِلَى ٱلسُّورِ وَرَفَعَ عَيْنَيْهِ وَنَظَرَ وَإِذَا بِرَجُلٍ يَجْرِي وَحْدَهُ. ٢٤ 24
Now David was sitting between the inner and outer gates. The watchman had gone up to the roof of the gate to the wall and raised his eyes. As he looked, he saw a man approaching, running alone.
فَنَادَى ٱلرَّقِيبُ وَأَخْبَرَ ٱلْمَلِكَ. فَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ: «إِنْ كَانَ وَحْدَهُ فَفِي فَمِهِ بِشَارَةٌ». وَكَانَ يَسْعَى وَيَقْرُبُ. ٢٥ 25
The watchman shouted out and told the king. Then the king said, “If he is alone, there is news in his mouth.” The runner came closer and neared the city.
ثُمَّ رَأَى ٱلرَّقِيبُ رَجُلًا آخَرَ يَجْرِي، فَنَادَى ٱلرَّقِيبُ ٱلْبَوَّابَ وَقَالَ: «هُوَذَا رَجُلٌ يَجْرِي وَحْدَهُ». فَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ: «وَهَذَا أَيْضًا مُبَشِّرٌ». ٢٦ 26
Then the watchman noticed another man running, and the watchman called to the gatekeeper; he said, “Look, there is another man running alone.” The king said, “He is also bringing news.”
وَقَالَ ٱلرَّقِيبُ: «إِنِّي أَرَى جَرْيَ ٱلْأَوَّلِ كَجَرْيِ أَخِيمَعَصَ بْنِ صَادُوقَ». فَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ: «هَذَا رَجُلٌ صَالِحٌ وَيَأْتِي بِبِشَارَةٍ صَالِحَةٍ». ٢٧ 27
So the watchman said, “I think the running of the man in front is like the running of Ahimaaz son of Zadok.” The king said, “He is a good man and is coming with good news.”
فَنَادَى أَخِيمَعَصُ وَقَالَ لِلْمَلِكِ: «ٱلسَّلَامُ». وَسَجَدَ لِلْمَلِكِ عَلَى وَجْهِهِ إِلَى ٱلْأَرْضِ. وَقَالَ: «مُبَارَكٌ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُكَ ٱلَّذِي دَفَعَ ٱلْقَوْمَ ٱلَّذِينَ رَفَعُوا أَيْدِيَهُمْ عَلَى سَيِّدِي ٱلْمَلِكِ». ٢٨ 28
Then Ahimaaz called out and said to the king, “All is well.” He bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground and said, “Blessed be Yahweh your God! He has delivered the men who lifted up their hand against my master the king.”
فَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ: «أَسَلَامٌ لِلْفَتَى أَبْشَالُومَ؟» فَقَالَ أَخِيمَعَصُ: «قَدْ رَأَيْتُ جُمْهُورًا عَظِيمًا عِنْدَ إِرْسَالِ يُوآبَ عَبْدَ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَعَبْدَكَ، وَلَمْ أَعْلَمْ مَاذَا». ٢٩ 29
So the king replied, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” Ahimaaz answered, “When Joab sent me, the king's servant, to you, king, I saw a great disturbance, but I did not know what it was.”
فَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ: «دُرْ وَقِفْ هَهُنَا». فَدَارَ وَوَقَفَ. ٣٠ 30
Then the king said, “Turn aside and stand here.” So Ahimaaz turned aside, and stood still.
وَإِذَا بِكُوشِي قَدْ أَتَى، وَقَالَ كُوشِي: «لِيُبَشَّرْ سَيِّدِي ٱلْمَلِكُ، لِأَنَّ ٱلرَّبَّ قَدِ ٱنْتَقَمَ لَكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ مِنْ جَمِيعِ ٱلْقَائِمِينَ عَلَيْكَ». ٣١ 31
Immediately then the Cushite arrived and said, “There is good news for my master the king, for Yahweh has avenged you today from all who rose up against you.”
فَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ لِكُوشِي: «أَسَلَامٌ لِلْفَتَى أَبْشَالُومَ؟» فَقَالَ كُوشِي: «لِيَكُنْ كَٱلْفَتَى أَعْدَاءُ سَيِّدِي ٱلْمَلِكِ وَجَمِيعُ ٱلَّذِينَ قَامُوا عَلَيْكَ لِلشَّرِّ». ٣٢ 32
Then the king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” The Cushite answered, “The enemies of my master the king, and all who rise up against you to do harm to you, should be as that young man is.”
فَٱنْزَعَجَ ٱلْمَلِكُ وَصَعِدَ إِلَى عِلِّيَّةِ ٱلْبَابِ وَكَانَ يَبْكِي وَيَقُولُ هكَذَا وَهُوَ يَتَمَشَّى: «يَا ٱبْنِي أَبْشَالُومُ، يَا ٱبْنِي، يَا ٱبْنِي أَبْشَالُومُ! يَالَيْتَنِي مُتُّ عِوَضًا عَنْكَ! يَا أَبْشَالُومُ ٱبْنِي، يَا ٱبْنِي». ٣٣ 33
Then the king was deeply unnerved, and he went up to the room over the gate and wept. As he went he grieved, “My son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! I wish I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son!”