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Why did David flee from Absalom?

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Why did David flee from Absalom?

In 2 Samuel 15, Absalom wins the hearts of the people, plotting to take the throne away from his father David. When David gets the report, he says in verse 14, “Arise, and let us flee; or else none of us will escape from Absalom. Hurry to depart, lest he overtake us quickly, and bring down evil on us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

David was an experienced man of war. He was a brilliant strategist. He had an army of mighty men who were loyal to him. Why did he run away so quickly? What did he see that justified this course of action?