NASB — 2 Samuel 21 — KJV

Gibeonite Revenge

1 Now there was aa famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and bDavid sought the presence of the LORD. And the LORD said, “It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.” 2 So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites, and athe sons of Israel Imade a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to IIkill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah). 3 Thus David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you? And how can I make atonement that you may bless athe inheritance of the LORD?” 4 Then the Gibeonites said to him, “aWe have no [concern] of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.” And he said, “I will do for you whatever you say.” 5 So they said to the king, “aThe man who consumed us and who planned Ito exterminate us from remaining within any border of Israel, 6 let seven men from his sons be given to us, and we will Ihang them abefore the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, bthe chosen of the LORD.” And the king said, “I will give [them].”

[1] aGn 12:10; 26:1; 42:5 bNu 27:21
[2] ILit had sworn to IILit smite aJsh 9:3, 15-20
[3] a1S 26:19; 2S 20:19
[4] aNu 35:31, 32
[5] ILit against us that we should be exterminated a2S 21:1
[6] ILit expose them aNu 25:4 b1S 10:24

7 ¶ But the king spared aMephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, bbecause of the oath of the LORD which was between them, between David and Saul’s son Jonathan. 8 So the king took the two sons of aRizpah the daughter of Aiah, Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she had borne to Saul, and the five sons of IbMerab the daughter of Saul, whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the cMeholathite. 9 Then he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they Ihanged them in the mountain before the LORD, so that the seven of them fell together; and they were put to death in the first days of harvest at athe beginning of barley harvest.

[7] a2S 4:4; 9:10 b1S 18:3; 20:12-17; 23:18; 2S 9:1-7
[8] ISo Gr and Heb mss a2S 3:7 b1S 18:19 c1K 19:16
[9] ILit exposed them aEx 9:31, 32

10aAnd Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until Iit rained on them from the sky; and bshe IIallowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night. 11 When it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done, 12 then David went and took athe bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the open square of bBeth-shan, cwhere the Philistines had hanged them on the day dthe Philistines struck down Saul in Gilboa. 13 He brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there, and they gathered the bones of those who had been Ihanged. 14 They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in aZela, in the grave of Kish his father; thus they did all that the king commanded, and after that bGod was moved by prayer for the land.

[10] ILit water was poured IILit gave aDt 21:23 b1S 17:44, 46
[12] a1S 31:11-13 bJsh 17:11 c1S 31:10 d1S 31:3, 4
[13] ILit exposed
[14] aJsh 18:28 bJsh 7:26; 2S 24:25

15 ¶ Now when athe Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines, David became weary. 16 Then Ishbi-benob, who was aamong the descendants of the Igiant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred [shekels] of bronze in weight, IIwas girded with a new [sword], and he IIIintended to kill David. 17 But aAbishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “bYou shall not go out again with us to battle, so that you do not extinguish cthe lamp of Israel.”

[15] a2S 5:17-25
[16] IHeb Raphah IILit and he was IIILit said aNu 13:22, 28; Jsh 15:14; 2S 21:18-22
[17] a2S 20:6-10 b2S 18:3 c2S 22:29; 1K 11:36

18aNow it came about after this that there was war again with the Philistines at Gob; then bSibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was among the descendants of the Igiant. 19 There was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite Ikilled IIGoliath the Gittite, athe shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 20 There was war at Gath again, where there was a man of [great] stature who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born ato the Igiant. 21 When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck him down. 22 aThese four were born to the Igiant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

[18] IHeb Raphah a1Ch 20:4-8 b1Ch 11:29; 27:11
[19] ILit smote IIIn 1Ch 20:5, Lahmi, the brother of Goliath a1S 17:7
[20] IHeb Raphah a2S 21:16, 18
[22] IHeb Raphah a1Ch 20:8


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The three years' famine for the Gibeonites ceaseth, by hanging seven of Saul's sons.

1 ¶ Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, [It is] for Saul, and for [his] bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. 2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites [were] not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.) 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD? 4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, [that] will I do for you. 5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us [that] we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, 6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, [whom] the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give [them]. 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD'S oath that [was] between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul. 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite: 9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell [all] seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first [days], in the beginning of barley harvest.

[1] Gn 12:10; 26:1; 41:57; 42:1; 43:1; Lv 26:19, 26; Nu 27:21; Jsh 7:1, 11; 1S 22:17; 23:2, 4, 11; 2S 5:19, 23; 1K 17:1; 18:2; 2K 6:25; 8:1; Jb 5:8; 10:2; Ps 50:15; 91:15; Jr 14:1.
[2] Gn 15:16; Dt 7:16; Jsh 6:19; 9:3; 1S 14:44; 15:8; 2K 10:16, 31; Lk 9:54; Jn 16:2; Ro 10:2; Ga 4:17.
[3] Ex 32:30; Lv 1:4; 1S 2:25; 2S 20:19; Mi 6:6; He 9:22; 10:4.
[4] Ps 49:6; 1P 1:18.
[5] 2S 21:1; Es 9:24; Dn 9:26; Mt 7:2.
[6] Gn 40:19, 22; Nu 25:4; Dt 21:22; Jsh 8:29; 10:26; 1S 9:16; 10:1, 24, 26; 11:4; 2S 17:23; 18:10; Ezr 6:11; Es 9:10, 13; Mt 27:5; Ac 13:21.
[7] 1S 18:3; 20:8, 15, 17, 42; 23:18; 2S 4:4; 9:10; 16:4; 19:25.
[8] 1S 18:19; 2S 3:7.
[9] Ex 20:5; Nu 35:31; Dt 21:1; Ru 1:22; 1S 15:33; 2S 6:17, 21; 21:6; 2K 24:3.

Rizpah's kindness unto the dead.

10 ¶ And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night. 11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.

[10] Gn 40:19; Dt 11:14; 21:13; 2S 3:7; 21:8, 9; 1K 18:41; 21:27; Jr 5:24; 14:22; Ezk 39:4; Ho 6:3; Jol 1:18; 2:23; Zc 10:1.
[11] Ru 2:11; 2S 2:4.

David burrieth the bones of Saul and Jonathan in his father's sepulchre.

12 ¶ And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa: 13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged. 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.

[12] Jsh 17:11; 1S 28:4; 31:1, 10, 11; 2S 1:6, 21; 2:5; 1Ch 10:1, 8.
[14] Ex 32:27; Nu 25:13; Jsh 7:26; 18:28; 1S 10:2; 2S 3:32; 4:12; 24:25; 1K 18:40; Jr 14:1; Jol 2:18; Am 7:1; Jna 1:15; Zc 6:8.

Four battles against the Philistines, wherein four valiants of David slay four giants.

15 ¶ Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint. 16 And Ishbibenob, which [was] of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear [weighed] three hundred [shekels] of brass in weight, he being girded with a new [sword], thought to have slain David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel. 18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which [was] of the sons of the giant. 19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew [the brother of] Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear [was] like a weaver's beam. 20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of [great] stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. 21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

[15] Jsh 14:10; 2S 5:17, 22; 1Ch 20:4; Ps 71:9, 18; 73:26; Ec 12:3; Is 40:28; Jr 9:23; 1P 1:24.
[16] Gn 6:4; 14:5; Nu 13:32; Dt 1:28; 2:10, 21; 3:11; 9:2; 1S 17:4, 45; 2S 5:18; 21:18, 20.
[17] 2S 14:7; 18:3; 20:6; 22:19; 1K 11:36; 15:4; Ps 46:1; 132:17; 144:10; Jn 1:8; 5:35.
[18] 2S 21:16, 20; 1Ch 11:29; 20:4.
[19] 1S 17:4; 1Ch 11:26; 20:5.
[20] 2S 21:16, 18; 1Ch 20:6.
[21] 1S 16:9; 17:3, 10, 25, 36; 2K 19:13; 1Ch 2:13; 27:32.
[22] Jsh 14:12; 1Ch 20:8; Ps 60:12; 108:13; 118:15; Ec 9:11; Jr 9:23; Ro 8:31, 37.


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