And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
And David said unto all his servants that were
with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else
escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do
whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were
concubines, to keep the house.
And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off.
And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art
a stranger, and also an exile.
Whereas thou camest but
yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be
And Ittai answered the king, and said, As
the LORD liveth, and as
my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.