And David went up by the ascent of the mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered, and went barefoot; and all the people that were with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
And one told David, saying: 'Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.' And David said: 'O HaShem, I pray Thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.'
And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the ascent, where G-d was wont to be worshipped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head.
And David said unto him: 'If thou passest on with me, then thou wilt be a burden unto Me;
but if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom: I will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant in time past, so will I now be thy servant; then wilt thou defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel.
And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.
Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing that ye shall hear.'
So Hushai David's friend came into the city; and Absalom was at the point of coming into Jerusalem.