15 Meanwhile t Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem; and Ahithophel was with him. 16 And so it was, when Hushai the Archite, u David's friend, came to Absalom, that v Hushai said to Absalom, "Long live the king! Long live the king!" 17 So Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this your loyalty to your friend? w Why did you not go with your friend?" 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, "No, but whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 "Furthermore, x whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."
20 Then Absalom said to y Ahithophel, "Give advice as to what we should do." 21 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go in to your father's z concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that you a are abhorred by your father. Then b the hands of all who are with you will be strong." 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the top of the house, and Absalom went in to his father's concubines c in the sight of all Israel. 23 Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel d both with David and with Absalom.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.