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Ahithophel (əhĭth`əfĕl), in the Bible, David's counselor who joined with Absalom against David. He killed himself when Absalom ignored his counsel. He may have been the grandfather of Bath-sheba. The Vulgate form of the name is Achitophel.
Ahithophel, Achitophel Old Testament
a member of David's council, who became one of Absalom's advisers in his rebellion and hanged himself when his advice was overruled (II Samuel 15:12--17:23)
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(who plotted with Absalom against David); and, Judas (who sold his friend).
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, his counselor, and with other members of the court.
hanged himself after failing in his plans to betray David (2 Sam.