Hushai: Quick, "the Archite," "the king's friend"
(1 Chronicles 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 Samuel 15:32,37)
(2 Samuel 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.