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Verse 20

And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house ,.... Who were sent after then, had intelligence which way they took, and into what house they turned:

they said, where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan ? calling them by their names, being persons well known, and as to them, so to the woman of the house, as they supposed:

and the woman said unto them, they be gone over the brook of water ; the river Jordan; so the Targum,"they have already passed over Jordan;'

this was a lie she told them, which is not to be justified; the Vulgate Latin version,"they passed over hastily, having drank a little water;'and so Josephus F18 Antiqu. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 7. Hudson. not. in ib. in some copies:

and when they had sought and could not find them ; not only searched that house, but very probably others in Bahurim:

they returned to Jerusalem ; to give an account what success they had.

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