The Holy Bible - The Second Book of Samuel, Chapter 20 (Latin)
1And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.
2So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.
3And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.
4Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.
5So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
6And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord's servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.
7And there went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
8When they were at the great stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa went before them. And Joab's garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.
9And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.
10But Amasa took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Joab and Abishai his brother pursued after Sheba the son of Bichri.
11And one of Joab's men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.
12And Amasa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.
13When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Joab, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
14And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.
15And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.
16Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.
17And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.
18Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
19I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?
20And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.
21The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.
22Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.
23Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites:
24And Adoram was over the tribute: and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder:
25And Sheva was scribe: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
26And Ira also the Jairite was a chief ruler about David.
1accidit quoque ut ibi esset vir Belial nomine Seba filius Bochri vir iemineus et cecinit bucina et ait non est nobis pars in David neque hereditas in filio Isai vir in tabernacula tua Israhel
2et separatus est omnis Israhel a David secutusque est Seba filium Bochri viri autem Iuda adheserunt regi suo a Iordane usque Hierusalem
3cumque venisset rex in domum suam Hierusalem tulit decem mulieres concubinas quas dereliquerat ad custodiendam domum et tradidit eas in custodiam alimenta eis praebens et non est ingressus ad eas sed erant clausae usque ad diem mortis suae in viduitate viventes
4dixit autem rex Amasae convoca mihi omnes viros Iuda in diem tertium et tu adesto praesens
5abiit ergo Amasa ut convocaret Iudam et moratus est extra placitum quod ei constituerat
6ait autem David ad Abisai nunc magis adflicturus est nos Seba filius Bochri quam Absalom tolle igitur servos domini tui et persequere eum ne forte inveniat civitates munitas et effugiat nos
7egressi sunt ergo cum eo viri Ioab Cherethi quoque et Felethi et omnes robusti exierunt de Hierusalem ad persequendum Seba filium Bochri
8cumque illi essent iuxta lapidem grandem qui est in Gabaon Amasa veniens occurrit eis porro Ioab vestitus erat tunica stricta ad mensuram habitus sui et desuper accinctus gladio dependente usque ad ilia in vagina qui fabrefactus levi motu egredi poterat et percutere
9dixit itaque Ioab ad Amasa salve mi frater et tenuit manu dextra mentum Amasae quasi osculans eum
10porro Amasa non observavit gladium quem habebat Ioab qui percussit eum in latere et effudit intestina eius in terram nec secundum vulnus adposuit Ioab autem et Abisai frater eius persecuti sunt Seba filium Bochri
11interea quidam viri cum stetissent iuxta cadaver Amasae de sociis Ioab dixerunt ecce qui esse voluit pro Ioab comes David pro Ioab
12Amasa autem conspersus sanguine iacebat in media via vidit hoc quidam vir quod subsisteret omnis populus ad videndum eum et amovit Amasam de via in agrum operuitque eum vestimento ne subsisterent transeuntes propter eum
13amoto igitur illo de via transiebat omnis vir sequens Ioab ad persequendum Seba filium Bochri
14porro ille transierat per omnes tribus Israhel in Abelam et in Bethmacha omnesque electi congregati fuerant ad eum
15venerunt itaque et obpugnabant eum in Abela et in Bethmacha et circumdederunt munitionibus civitatem et obsessa est urbs omnis autem turba quae erat cum Ioab moliebatur destruere muros
16et exclamavit mulier sapiens de civitate audite audite dicite Ioab adpropinqua huc et loquar tecum
17qui cum accessisset ad eam ait illi tu es Ioab et ille respondit ego ad quem sic locuta est audi sermones ancillae tuae qui respondit audio
18rursumque illa sermo inquit dicebatur in veteri proverbio qui interrogant interrogent in Abela et sic perficiebant
19nonne ego sum quae respondeo veritatem Israhel et tu quaeris subruere civitatem et evertere matrem in Israhel quare praecipitas hereditatem Domini
20respondensque Ioab ait absit absit hoc a me non praecipito neque demolior
21non se sic habet res sed homo de monte Ephraim Seba filius Bochri cognomine levavit manum contra regem David tradite illum solum et recedemus a civitate et ait mulier ad Ioab ecce caput eius mittetur ad te per murum
22ingressa est ergo ad omnem populum et locuta est eis sapienter qui abscisum caput Seba filii Bochri proiecerunt ad Ioab et ille cecinit tuba et recesserunt ab urbe unusquisque in tabernacula sua Ioab autem reversus est Hierusalem ad regem
23fuit ergo Ioab super omnem exercitum Israhel Banaias autem filius Ioiadae super Cheretheos et Feletheos
24Aduram vero super tributa porro Iosaphat filius Ahilud a commentariis
25Sia autem scriba Sadoc vero et Abiathar sacerdotes
26Hira autem Hiaiarites erat sacerdos David