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an adviser to David who later turned against him by joining the rebellion of Absalom. II Sam. 15–17.
Historical Examples

David felt deeply wounded by the alliance of Ahithophel with his usurping son, and he was greatly discouraged by it.
History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

If he writes a political pamphlet he calls it “Absalom and Ahithophel.”
The Greatest English Classic Cleland Boyd McAfee

When Hushai’s advice prevailed, Ahithophel, despairing of success, hanged himself.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1 Various

What a contrast Ahithophel was to David in his power of bearing disgrace!
The Expositor’s Bible: The Second Book of Samuel W. G. Blaikie

His enemies dare every thing, και παντα λιθον κιτησομενους; but God will bring to nought the counsel of Ahithophel.
History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2 J. H. Merle D’Aubign

He was called the Ahithophel who incited Absalom against his father David.
History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

He wished at any cost to make peace with Ahithophel, whose counsel was precious to him.
History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.
The Bible for Young People Anonymous

And one told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.”
Heroes of Israel Theodore Gerald Soares

Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.
The Bible for Young People Anonymous

noun (Old Testament)
a member of David’s council, who became one of Absalom’s advisers in his rebellion and hanged himself when his advice was overruled (II Samuel 15:12–17:23)

brother of insipidity or impiety, a man greatly renowned for his sagacity among the Jews. At the time of Absalom’s revolt he deserted David (Ps. 41:9; 55:12-14) and espoused the cause of Absalom (2 Sam. 15:12). David sent his old friend Hushai back to Absalom, in order that he might counteract the counsel of Ahithophel (2 Sam. 15:31-37). This end was so far gained that Ahithophel saw he had no longer any influence, and accordingly he at once left the camp of Absalom and returned to Giloh, his native place, where, after arranging his wordly affairs, he hanged himself, and was buried in the sepulchre of his fathers (2 Sam. 17:1-23). He was the type of Judas (Ps. 41:9).


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