2 Samuel 19 and Galatians 5:25

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2 Samuel 19 Joab tells the king that he is not being wise 1People told Joab that the king was weeping for Absalom. He was very sad because Absalom was dead. 2So the whole army was sad too. They had won an important fight. But they could not be happy and they could not have a party. They had heard men say, ‘The king is sad because his son is dead.’ 3The soldiers were quiet as they came into the city. Men are ashamed when they have run away from a fight. They came in like that. 4The king covered his face and he cried, ‘Absalom, Absalom my son, my son!’ 5Then Joab went into the king’s house. He spoke to the king. ‘Today you have made your men ashamed. But they have saved your life and the lives of your sons, daughters and lady friends. 6You seem to love those who hate you. And you seem to hate those who love you! You have shown today that your officers and soldiers are not important to you. You would be happy if Absalom were still alive. You would be happy even if all of us were dead. 7Now go out and speak to the men. Tell them that they have fought well. If you do not do that, not one man will remain here tonight. It is as sure as the Lord is alive. That would be worse than anything that has happened to you in all your life.’ 8So the king got up and he went to sit in his seat by the city gate. They told the men, ‘The king is sitting by the gate.’ Then they all came to stand in front of him. By this time, the people had run to their homes. David returns to Jerusalem 9Then the people in their different tribes were quarrelling with each other. They were saying, ‘The king saved us from our enemies. He fought the Philistines and he won. Nobody else did that. But now he has run from Absalom that we asked to be our king. He has left the country. 10We anointed Absalom as king over us but now he has died in the fight. Surely someone should have started to say that we should bring the king back.’ 11People told David what the people were saying. So he sent the priests Zadok and Abiathar to the leaders of Judah with a message. He told them to say, ‘Surely, you should not be the last to bring the king back to the king’s house? He has heard what the people in all Israel are saying. 12You are my brothers, my family. So I do not know why you are the last to bring back the king. 13And say to Amasa, “You belong to my family. From this time on Joab will not be the most important officer in my army. You will be that, instead. I want God to punish me very much if I do not do that.” Tell him that.’ 14All the men from Judah turned like one man to follow David. They sent servants to the king. And they asked him to return with all his soldiers. 15Then the king returned and he went to the River Jordan. The men from Judah had come to Gilgal to mSince this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.eet the king. They wanted to bring him across the river. Galatians 5:25https://temtube.com/

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