Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible #366: 2 Samuel 17:1-14 with Daniel Whyte III

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #366 where I read the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day in chronological order. This unique viewpoint allows you to read the whole Bible as a single story and to see the unfolding of God’s plan in history. Today we are reading 2 Samuel 17.

2 Samuel 17
1 Moreover A’-hith-o-phel said unto Ab’-sa-lom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after Da’-vid this night:

2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

4 And the saying pleased Ab’-sa-lom well, and all the elders of Is’-ra-el.

5 Then said Ab’-sa-lom, Call now Hu’-shai the Arch’-ite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith.

6 And when Hu’-shai was come to Ab’-sa-lom, Ab’-sa-lom spake unto him, saying, A’-hith-o-phel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou.

7 And Hu’-shai said unto Ab’-sa-lom, The counsel that A’-hith-o-phel hath given is not good at this time.

8 For, said Hu’-shai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.

9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Ab’-sa-lom.

10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Is’-ra-el knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.

11 Therefore I counsel that all Is’-ra-el be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Be’-er-she’-ba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.

13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Is’-ra-el bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there.

14 And Ab’-sa-lom and all the men of Is’-ra-el said, The counsel of Hu’-shai the Arch’-ite is better than the counsel of A’-hith-o-phel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of A’-hith-o-phel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Ab’-sa-lom.

15 Then said Hu’-shai unto Za’-dok and to A’-bi-a-thar the priests, Thus and thus did A’-hith-o-phel counsel Ab’-sa-lom and the elders of Is’-ra-el; and thus and thus have I counselled.

16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell Da’-vid, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

17 Now Jon’-a-than and A’-hi-ma-az stayed by En’-ro-gel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king Da’-vid.

18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Ab’-sa-lom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man’s house in Ba’-hu-rim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.

19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

20 And when Ab’-sa-lom’s servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is A’-hi-ma-az and Jon’-a-than? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Je-ru’-sa-lem.

21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king Da’-vid, and said unto Da’-vid, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath A’-hith-o-phel counselled against you.

22 Then Da’-vid arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jor’-dan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jor’-dan.

23 And when A’-hith-o-phel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

24 Then Da’-vid came to Ma’-ha-na’-im. And Ab’-sa-lom passed over Jor’-dan, he and all the men of Is’-ra-el with him.

25 And Ab’-sa-lom made Am’-a-sa captain of the host instead of Jo’-ab: which Am’-a-sa was a man’s son, whose name was Ith’-ra an Is’-ra-el-ite, that went in to A’-bi-gail the daughter of Na’-hash, sister to Ze’-ru-i-ah Jo’-ab’s mother.

26 So Is’-ra-el and Ab’-sa-lom pitched in the land of Gil’-e-ad.

27 And it came to pass, when Da’-vid was come to Ma’-ha-na’-im, that Sho’-bi the son of Na’-hash of Rab’-bah of the children of Am’-mon, and Ma’-chir the son of Am’-mi-el of Lo’-de-bar, and Bar’-zil-lai the Gil’-e-ad-ite of Ro’-ge-lim,

28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for Da’-vid, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.


When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Mark 9:43-48: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.