steal someone’s heart

to gain someone’s love
—All it took was a little meow, and the tiny kitten with the hurt leg stole my heart.

Absolom, King David’s son, took steps to replace his father as leader of Israel by winning the affection of the people. As the Israelites came to Jerusalem with complaints needing the king’s decision, Absalom met them outside the city gates and promised them justice if he were made their judge.

When someone approached to bow before him, Absalom would extend his hand and embrace him and kiss him. Absalom acted this way toward everyone in Israel who came to the king for justice. In this way Absalom won the loyalty [stole the hearts—KJV] of the citizens of Israel. (2 Samuel 15:5,6)

When he felt the time was right, Absalom declared himself king, and David fled from Jerusalem. While chasing after David with his army, Absalom was killed by Joab. David then returned to his throne.

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