1 And there came to be a man of Beliya’al, whose name was Sheḇa son of Biḵri, a Binyamite. And he blew a ram’s horn, and said, “We have no part in Dawiḏ, nor do we have inheritance in the son of Yishai – each one to his tents, O Yisra’ĕl!”

2 Then all the men of Yisra’ĕl deserted Dawiḏ, to follow Sheḇa the son of Biḵri. But the men of Yahuḏah, from the Yardĕn as far as Yerushalayim, clung to their sovereign.

3 And Dawiḏ came to his house at Yerushalayim. And the sovereign took the ten women, his concubines whom he had left to look after the house, and put them in a protected house and supported them, but did not go in to them. So they were shut up to the day of their death, living in widowhood.

4 And the sovereign said to Amasa, “Call the men of Yahuḏah for me within three days, and be present here yourself.”

5 And Amasa went to call the men of Yahuḏah. But he delayed longer than the appointed time which Dawiḏ had appointed him.

6 And Dawiḏ said to Aḇishai, “Now Sheḇa son of Biḵri is going to do us more evil than Aḇshalom. Take the servants of your master, and pursue him, lest he find for himself walled cities, and escape us.”

7 Then the men of Yo’aḇ went out after him, with the Kerĕthites and the Pelĕthites, and all the mighty men. And they went out of Yerushalayim to pursue Sheḇa son of Biḵri.

8 When they were near the large stone which is in Giḇ’on, Amasa came before them. And Yo’aḇ was dressed in battle armour, and on it was a girdle with a sword fastened in its sheath at his hips. And as he went forward, it fell out.

9 And Yo’aḇ said to Amasa, “Peace, my brother?” And Yo’aḇ took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.

10 But Amasa was not on guard against the sword in Yo’aḇ’s hand. And he struck him with it in the stomach, and his inward parts poured out on the ground, and he did not do so again, and he died. Then Yo’aḇ and Aḇishai his brother pursued Sheḇa son of Biḵri.

11 And a man, one of Yo’aḇ’s men, stood beside him, and said, “Whoever is well pleased with Yo’aḇ and whoever is for Dawiḏ, let him follow Yo’aḇ!”

12 And Amasa was rolling in his blood in the middle of the highway. And the man saw that all the people stood still, so he moved Amasa from the highway to the field and threw a garment over him, when he saw that everyone who came upon him halted.

13 When he was removed from the highway, all the men passed on after Yo’aḇ to pursue Sheḇa son of Biḵri.

14 And he passed over through all the tribes of Yisra’ĕl to Aḇĕl, and to Bĕyth Ma’aḵah, and to all the Bĕrites. And they were assembled and went after him too.

15 And they went and besieged him in Aḇĕl of Bĕyth Ma’aḵah, and they cast up a siege mound against the city. And it stood in a rampart, and all the people who were with Yo’aḇ battered the wall to throw it down.

16 Then a wise woman called out from the city, “Listen, listen! Please say to Yo’aḇ, ‘Come nearby, so that I speak to you.’ ”

17 And he came near to her, and the woman said, “Are you Yo’aḇ?” And he answered, “I am.” Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your female servant.” And he answered, “I am listening.”

18 Then she spoke, saying, “In former times they often spoke, saying, ‘Let them inquire of Aḇĕl ,’ and so it ended.

19 “I am of the peaceable and trustworthy ones in Yisra’ĕl. You seek to destroy a city and a mother in Yisra’ĕl. Why do you swallow up the inheritance of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄?”

20 And Yo’aḇ answered and said, “Far be it, far be it from me to swallow up or to destroy!

21 “That is not the case. But a man from the mountains of Ephrayim, Sheḇa son of Biḵri by name, has raised his hand against the sovereign, against Dawiḏ. Hand him over, him alone, and I withdraw from the city.” And the woman said to Yo’aḇ, “Look, his head is going to be thrown to you over the wall.”

22 So the woman in her wisdom went to all the people. And they cut off the head of Sheḇa son of Biḵri, and threw it out to Yo’aḇ. Then he blew a ram’s horn, and they dispersed from the city, each one to his tent. And Yo’aḇ returned to the sovereign at Yerushalayim.

23 Now Yo’aḇ was over all the army of Yisra’ĕl, and Benayah son of Yahoyaḏa was over the Kerĕthites and the Pelĕthites,

24 and Aḏoram was over the compulsory labour, and Yahoshaphat son of Aḥiluḏ was recorder,

25 and Shewa was scribe, and Tsaḏoq and Eḇyathar were the kohenim,

26 and Ira the Ya’irite was kohĕn to Dawiḏ.