19 Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, Let me run, and carry tidings to the king that the Lord has delivered him from the power of his enemies. 20Joab said to him, You are not to carry tidings today; you may carry tidings another day, but today you shall not do so, because the kings son is dead. 21Then Joab said to a Cushite, Go, tell the king what you have seen. The Cushite bowed before Joab, and ran. 22Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said again to Joab, Come what may, let me also run after the Cushite. And Joab said, Why will you run, my son, seeing that you have no reward for the tidings? 23Come what may, he said, I will run. So he said to him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain, and outran the Cushite.
24 Now David was sitting between the two gates. The sentinel went up to the roof of the gate by the wall, and when he looked up, he saw a man running alone. 25The sentinel shouted and told the king. The king said, If he is alone, there are tidings in his mouth. He kept coming, and drew near. 26Then the sentinel saw another man running; and the sentinel called to the gatekeeper and said, See, another man running alone! The king said, He also is bringing tidings. 27The sentinel said, I think the running of the first one is like the running of Ahimaaz son of Zadok. The king said, He is a good man, and comes with good tidings.
28 Then Ahimaaz cried out to the king, All is well! He prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground, and said, Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delivered up the men who raised their hand against my lord the king. 29The king said, Is it well with the young man Absalom? Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I do not know what it was. 30The king said, Turn aside, and stand here. So he turned aside, and stood still.
31 Then the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, Good tidings for my lord the king! For the Lord has vindicated you this day, delivering you from the power of all who rose up against you. 32The king said to the Cushite, Is it well with the young man Absalom? The Cushite answered, May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up to do you harm, be like that young man.
19It was told Joab, The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom. 2So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the troops; for the troops heard that day, The king is grieving for his son. 3The troops stole into the city that day as soldiers steal in who are ashamed when they flee in battle. 4The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son! 5Then Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your officers who have saved your life today, and the lives of your sons and your daughters, and the lives of your wives and your concubines, 6for love of those who hate you and for hatred of those who love you. You have made it clear today that commanders and officers are nothing to you; for I perceive that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased. 7So go out at once and speak kindly to your servants; for I swear by the Lord, if you do not go, not a man will stay with you this night; and this will be worse for you than any disaster that has come upon you from your youth until now. 8Then the king got up and took his seat in the gate. The troops were all told, See, the king is sitting in the gate; and all the troops came before the king.
Meanwhile, all the Israelites had fled to their homes.