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Chapter 14 1
Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom. 2
And Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman and said to her, “Pretend to be a mourner and put on mourning garments. Do not anoint yourself with oil, but behave like a woman who has been mourning many days for the dead. 3
Go to the king and speak thus to him.” So Joab put the words in her mouth. 4
When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, “Save me, O king.” 5
And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead. 6
And your servant had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him.