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Ahitophel

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Ahitophel or Ahithophel was counselor of King David and a man greatly renowned for his sagacity. During Absalom's revolt, he deserts David and supports Absalom. David sends his friend Hushai back to Absalom, in order to counteract counsel of Ahitophel. Ahitophel had recommended an immediate attack on David's camp at a point where he was weary and vulnerable, whereas Hushai suggested that advice that Ahithophel had given was not good at this time and recommended delay while a larger army was assembled to counter David's alleged strength. Perversely, for LORD had purpose to defeat good advice of Ahithophel, Hushai's advice was accept. Seeing that his good advice against David had not been followed due to Hushai's influence, Ahithophel apparently surmised that the revolt would fail. He then left the camp of Absalom at once. He returned to Giloh, his native place, and after arranging his worldly affairs, hung himself, and was buried in sepulcher of his fathers. Man name Ahitophel is also mentioned in 2 Samuel 23: 34, and he is said to be the father of Eliam. Since 2 Samuel 11: 3 notes that Eliam is the father of Bathsheba, some scholars suggest that Ahitophel of 2 Samuel 15 may in fact be Bathsheba's grandfather. Levenson and Halpern, for example, note that the narrator is sufficiently subtle to have Bathsheba's grandfather. Instigate exaction of YHWH's pound of flesh, as Nathan's curse in 2 Samuel 12: 11 comes to fruition.

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In Rabbinical literature

Talmud speaks of this counsellor of David as man, like Balaam, whose great wisdom was not received in humility as a gift from heaven, and so became stumbling-block to him. He was one of those who, while casting longing eyes upon things not belonging to them, lose things they possess. Accordingly, Ahithophel was granted access by Almighty God into Divine powers of Holy Name. And being thus familiar with Divine wisdom and knowledge as imparted through the Holy Spirit, he was consult as oracles like Urim and Thummim. But he withheld his mystic knowledge from King David in the hour of peril, and was therefore doomed to die from strangulation. Ahitophel of house of Israel and Balaam of the heathen nations were two great sages of the world who, failing to show gratitude to God for their wisdom, perished in dishonor. To them prophetic word find application: 'Let not wise man glory in his wisdom, '. It is also said that David, during his reign, had many disagreeable encounters with Ahithophel. Shortly after his accession, the King seemed to have overlooked Ahithophel in his appointments of judges and other officials. Consequently, when David was in despair concerning visitation upon Uzzah during attempted transport of ark and sought counsel of Ahithophel, latter mockingly suggested to him that he had better apply to his own wise men. Only upon David's malediction, that whoever knows remedy and conceal it should surely end by committing suicide, does Ahithophel offer him some rather vague advice, concealing the true solution, which was that ark must be carried on the shoulders of men instead of upon a wagon.

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