told David, saying, Ahithophel is
among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
And it came to pass, that when
David was come to the top of the mount
, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:
Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me:
But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; as
I have been
thy father's servant hitherto, so will
I now also be
thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.
And hast thou
not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that
what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it
to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.