quick, "the Archite," "the king's friend" (1 Chr. 27:33). When David fled from Jerusalem, on account of the rebellion of Absalom, and had reached the summit of Olivet, he there met Hushai, whom he sent back to Jerusalem for the purpose of counteracting the influence of Ahithophel, who had joined the ranks of Absalom (2 Sam. 15:32, 37; 16:16-18). It was by his advice that Absalom refrained from immediately pursuing after David. By this delay the cause of Absalom was ruined, for it gave David time to muster his forces.
Having established himself in the confidence of Absalom, hushai gained a right to be consulted in the deliberations of the day.
But hushai was not content with putting in a silent appearance for Absalom.
When hushai's advice prevailed, Ahithophel, despairing of success, hanged himself.
And Absalom said to hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend?
Hence he commanded hushai (p. 160) to remain behind, and in appearance to take Absalom's part, in order to counteract Ahithophel.
hushai, thou shalt go and summon to me Eliab, the officer of the king's guard.
hushai's advice was more favourably received than Ahithophel's, and steps were forthwith taken to act upon it.
The counsel of hushai pleased better than that of Ahithophel, and so it was preferred.
Then Absalom said, "Call now hushai and let us hear also what he has to say."
hushai from the city of Erech was a confidant of David, and a counsellor of no less wisdom than Ahithophel.