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. 9All the people were disputing throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies, and saved us from the hand of the Philistines; and now he has fled out of the land because of Absalom. 10But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?
11 King David sent this message to the priests Zadok and Abiathar, Say to the elders of Judah, Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his house? The talk of all Israel has come to the king.12You are my kin, you are my bone and my flesh; why then should you be the last to bring back the king? 13And say to Amasa, Are you not my bone and my flesh? So may God do to me, and more, if you are not the commander of my army from now on, in place of Joab. 14Amasa swayed the hearts of all the people of Judah as one, and they sent word to the king, Return, both you and all your servants. 15So the king came back to the Jordan; and Judah came to Gilgal to meet the king and to bring him over the Jordan.
16 Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite, from Bahurim, hurried to come down with the people of Judah to meet King David; 17with him were a thousand people from Benjamin. And Ziba, the servant of the house of Saul, with his fifteen sons and his twenty servants, rushed down to the Jordan ahead of the king, 18while the crossing was taking place, to bring over the kings household, and to do his pleasure.
Shimei son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was about to cross the Jordan, 19and said to the king, May my lord not hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem; may the king not bear it in mind. 20For your servant knows that I have sinned; therefore, see, I have come this day, the first of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king. 21Abishai son of Zeruiah answered, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lords anointed? 22But David said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should today become an adversary to me? Shall anyone be put to death in Israel this day? For do I not know that I am this day king over Israel? 23The king said to Shimei, You shall not die. And the king gave him his oath.