The advice of Hushai (2 Sam 17:5-17:14)

“Then Absalom said. ‘Call Hushai the Archite also. Let us hear what he too has to say.’ When Hushai came to Absalom, Absalom said to him. ‘This is what Ahithophel has said. Shall we do as he advises? If not, you tell us.’ Then Hushai said to Absalom. ‘This time the counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good.’ Hushai continued. ‘You know that your father and his men are warriors. They are enraged, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. Besides, your father is an expert in war. He will not spend the night with the troops. Even now he has hidden himself in one of the pits, or in some other place. When some of your troops fall at the first attack, whoever hears it will say. ‘There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.’ Then even the valiant warrior, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will utterly melt with fear. For all Israel knows that your father is a warrior. Those who are with him are valiant warriors. But my counsel is that all Israel be gathered to you, from Dan to Beer-sheba, like the sand by the sea for a multitude. Then you go to battle in person. So we shall come upon him in whatever place where he may be found. We shall light upon him as the dew falls on the ground. He will not survive, nor will any of those with him. If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city. We shall drag it into the valley, until not even a pebble is to be found there.’ Absalom and all the men of Israel said. ‘The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.’ For Yahweh had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that Yahweh might bring ruin on Absalom.”

Absalom then called in Hushai for his advice. He disagreed with Ahithophel about the immediate killing of David. Instead, he wanted to call all the people of Israel together, from Dan to Beer-sheba. Then Absalom himself should lead an expedition against David. They would search David out and kill him. They liked the idea of Hushai, because if a small force went out against David and got defeated, that would hurt Absalom. He wanted to make sure that Absalom’s people did not lose heart. It was Yahweh who helped discredit the advice of Ahithophel.