And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Jo'ab, and a third part under the hand of Ab'ishai the son of Zeru-i'ah, Jo'ab's brother, and a third part under the hand of It'tai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.
But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succor us out of the city.
And the king commanded Jo'ab and Ab'ishai and It'tai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Ab'salom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Ab'salom.
¶ And Ab'salom met the servants of David. And Ab'salom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
And the man said unto Jo'ab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Ab'ishai and It'tai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Ab'salom.
Now Ab'salom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Ab'salom's place.
Then said Ahim'a-az the son of Zadok yet again to Jo'ab, But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Jo'ab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
¶ And Ahim'a-az called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.
And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Ab'salom! my son, my son Ab'salom! would God I had died for thee, O Ab'salom, my son, my son!