2 Samuel 15:6 Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
Absalom wasted little time in building a loyal group of followers. He openly criticized his father’s administration and secretly stole the hearts of the people.
Note that the “forty years” of 15:7 is translated “four years” in other versions. If the number forty is the correct number, then we do not know from which event in the past the writer is dating.
After a time, Absalom found his movement strong enough to risk open revolt. It is not surprising that Ahithophel, David’s counselor, sided with the rebels, for it was his grand-daughter Bathsheba that David had taken (11:3 with 23:34). It looked as though Absalom would be successful and steal the crown from his father.