There once was a man named David. He is one of the kings in the Bible. King David had many sons. One son was named Absalom.
It was a special thing to be the son of a king. A king’s son is called a prince. A king would receive the best of everything. The king and all of his children lived in the best homes, ate the best foods, wore the best clothes, and rode the best horses. They had the best, and had as much of it as they wanted. The king’s children played with the best toys and went to the best schools.
Absalom not only had the best of everything, the people decided that Absalom was the best-looking young man in their country. At this time men wore their hair long, and Absalom had long hair that everyone thought was very good-looking.
One day Absalom thought about being a prince. He thought about the fine clothes he wore, the good food he ate, and all of the girls who smiled when he would walk by. Absalom thought about those things and looked at himself in the mirror, and smiled at how handsome he looked in the mirror. He always thought about those things, but never thought about doing right or being kind. He didn’t think much about doing the good things he heard his father talk about. Absalom had many good things, but not a good heart.
He thought about his dad, King David.
“My father is old, and I am young. It is time that I become king,” said Absalom to himself. “The people like me and I am sure that I can get my friends to help me become king. I will ask them to help me get rid of my father so I can become king!”
So Absalom talked to the people in his country. He knew where he would see the most people and would go to those places. He spoke kindly to the people, and many people liked him very much. Many of them liked the idea of Absalom becoming king, even if it meant King David would die.
Finally the day of the great battle came. King David was sad that his own son was willing to kill him in order to make himself king. “Haven’t I always given the best to my son?,” King David asked himself. “Why does he want to do this wicked thing?”
By the end of the battle Absalom was killed. King David was king again, but it made him sad that his son was dead.
All of the good things Absalom had were only things. Good things don’t make a person good. Absalom was greedy; he already had many good things and was able to enjoy being good-looking. Being greedy can make a person only think about getting more things instead of thinking about how to be good and do good things. Greed can make a person do bad things to themselves and other people, which means you are doing bad things to God.