When King David was forced to leave his palace because of his son Absalom, who conspired to kill him and take over his kingship, a man named Shimei came out of the village cursing them and falsely accusing King David. He threw stones at David and his officers and all the mighty warriors who surrounded him. “Get out of here, you murderer, you scoundrel!” he shouted at David. “The Lord is paying youback for all the bloodshed in Saul’s clan. You stole his throne, and now the Lord has given it to your son Absalom. At last you will taste some of your own medicine, for you are a murderer!” Then David’s commander wanted to go over and cut off the head of Shimei, calling him a dead dog. But David said; “No! If the Lord has told him to curse me, who are you to stop him? My own son is trying to kill me. Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it. And perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today.” (See 2. Samuel 16:5-13) The story went on to say that when Absalom was killed, David returned to Jerusalem and as he was about to cross the river, Shimei came and fell down before him pleading; “My lord the king, please forgive me. Forget the terrible thing your servant did when you left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind. I know how much I sinned. That is why I have come here today, the very first person in all Israel to greet my lord the king.” Once again David’s commander wanted to kill Shimei for cursing the king, but David exclaimed; “This is not a day for execution but for celebration! Today I am once again the king of Israel!” Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed; “Your life will be spared.” (See 2. Samuel 19:18-23) This is what Jesus meant when He said that “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you” and that you should “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”!!! (See Matthew 5:11+44)