NASB — 2 Samuel 4 — KJV

Ish-bosheth Murdered

1 Now when IIsh-bosheth, Saul’s son, heard that aAbner had died in Hebron, IIbhe lost courage, and all Israel was disturbed. 2 Saul’s son [had] two men who were commanders of bands: the name of the one was Baanah and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the sons of Benjamin (for aBeeroth is also considered b[part] of Benjamin, 3 and the Beerothites fled to aGittaim and have been aliens there until this day).

[1] ISo some ancient mss; M.T. he IILit his hands dropped a2S 3:27 bEzr 4:4
[2] aJsh 9:17 bJsh 18:25
[3] aNe 11:33

4 ¶ Now aJonathan, Saul’s son, had a son crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the breport of Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened that in her hurry to flee, he fell and became lame. And his name was IcMephibosheth.

[4] II.e. Merib-baal a2S 9:3, 6 b1S 31:1-4 c1Ch 8:34; 9:40

5 ¶ So the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, departed and came to the house of aIsh-bosheth in the heat of the day while he was taking his midday rest. 6 IThey came to the middle of the house as IIif to get wheat, and athey struck him in the belly; and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7 Now when they came into the house, as he was lying on his bed in his bedroom, they struck him and killed him and beheaded him. And they took his head and Iatraveled by way of the Arabah all night. 8 Then they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth athe son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life; thus the LORD has given my lord the king vengeance this day on Saul and his Idescendants.”

[5] a2S 2:8
[6] ILit And here IILit takers of wheat a2S 2:23
[7] ILit went a2S 2:29
[8] ILit seed a1S 24:4; 25:29

9 ¶ David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, “As the LORD lives, awho has redeemed my life from all distress, 10 awhen one told me, saying, ‘Behold, Saul is dead,’ and Ithought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for [his] news. 11 How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now arequire his blood from your hand and Idestroy you from the earth?” 12 Then aDavid commanded the young men, and they killed them and cut off their hands and feet and hung them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth band buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.

[9] aGn 48:16; 1K 1:29; Ps 31:7
[10] ILit he was as a bearer of good news in his own eyes a2S 1:2, 4, 15
[11] ILit burn aGn 9:5; Ps 9:12
[12] a2S 1:15 b2S 3:32


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The Israelites being troubled at the death of Abner,

1 ¶ And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

[1] 2S 17:2; Ezr 4:4; Ne 6:9; Is 13:7; 35:3; Jr 6:24; 50:43; Zp 3:16; Mt 2:2.

Baanah and Rechab slay Ish-bosheth, and bring his head to Hebron.

2 And Saul's son had two men [that were] captains of bands: the name of the one [was] Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin: 3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.) 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son [that was] lame of [his] feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name [was] Mephibosheth. 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. 6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, [as though] they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth [rib]: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. 8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

[2] Jsh 9:17; 18:25; 2S 3:22; 2K 5:2; 6:23.
[3] 1S 31:7; Ne 11:33.
[4] 1S 29:1, 11; 31:1; 2S 9:3; 1Ch 8:34; 9:40.
[5] 2S 11:2; 1K 16:9; 2Ch 24:25; 25:27; 33:24; Pv 24:33; 1Th 5:3.
[6] 2S 2:23; 3:27; 20:10.
[7] 1S 17:54; 31:9; 2K 10:6; Mt 14:11; Mk 6:28.
[8] 1S 18:11; 19:2, 15; 20:1; 23:15; 25:29; 2S 18:19, 31; 22:48; Ps 63:9; 71:24; Mt 2:20; Lk 18:7; Rv 6:10; 18:20.

David causeth them to be slain, and Ish-bosheth's head to be buried.

9 ¶ And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, [As] the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who [thought] that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: 11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth? 12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged [them] up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried [it] in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.

[9] Gn 48:16; 1K 1:29; Ps 31:5; 34:6, 17, 22; 71:23; 103:4; 106:10; 107:2; 2Ti 4:17.
[10] 2S 1:2.
[11] Gn 4:11; 6:13; 7:23; 9:5; Ex 9:15; 21:12; Nu 35:31; 2S 3:27, 39; 1K 2:32; Ps 9:12; 109:15; Pv 2:22; 25:26; Jr 10:11; Hab 1:4, 12; 1Jn 3:12.
[12] Dt 21:22; 2S 1:15; 3:32; 21:9; Ps 55:23; Mt 7:2.


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