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Jonathan and Ahimaaz

Posted in Bible, Religion on Monday, 31 January 2011

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Jonathan and Ahimaaz hide in the well, by Clive Uptton

During Absalom’s ill-advised and bloody insurrection against his father, King David, many of the king’s allies, advisers and friends found themselves in grave danger. Informers tipped off the enemy forces, while intelligence about Absalom’s intentions and military plans was essential to the king. Two of his priests, Zadok (made famous by Handel’s great Coronation Anthem) and Abiathar, hoped to use their two sons, Ahimaaz and Jonathan, to carry vital information acquired from Hushai in Jerusalem back to the king; he was to cross the river Jordan with his people, and not tarry in the wilderness where he would be attacked. Absalom became aware of their presence thereabouts, and on his search for them even visited the house where they were hiding in an old well. But the woman of the house deceived Absalom, saying they had crossed the water, and they were able to take the urgent news to King David, who led his people across the river Jordan.

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