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David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth

1 Then David said, “Is there yet Ianyone left of the house of Saul, athat I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you aZiba?” And he said, “[I am] your servant.” 3 The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the akindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “bThere is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.” 4 So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is ain the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6 aMephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and bfell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” 7 David said to him, “Do not fear, for aI will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and bwill restore to you all the Iland of your IIgrandfather Saul; and cyou shall IIIeat at my table regularly.” 8 Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard aa dead dog like me?”

[1] ILit he who is a1S 20:14-17, 42
[2] a2S 16:1-4; 19:17, 29
[3] a1S 20:14 b2S 4:4
[4] a2S 17:27-29
[6] a2S 16:4; 19:24-30 b1S 25:23
[7] ILit field IILit father IIILit eat bread a2S 9:1, 3 b2S 12:8 c2S 19:28; 1K 2:7; 2K 25:29
[8] a2S 16:9; 1S 24:14

9 ¶ Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “aAll that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s Igrandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in [the produce] so that your master’s grandson may have food; nevertheless aMephibosheth your master’s grandson bshall Ieat at my table regularly.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According ato all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at IDavid’s table as one of the king’s sons. 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for ahe ate at the king’s table regularly. Now bhe was lame in both feet.

[9] ILit son a2S 16:4; 19:29
[10] ILit eat bread a2S 9:7, 11, 13 b2S 19:28; 1K 2:7
[11] ILit my a2S 16:1-4; 19:24-30
[13] a2S 9:7, 11 b2S 9:3


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David by Ziba sendeth for Mephibosheth.

1 ¶ And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? 2 And [there was] of the house of Saul a servant whose name [was] Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, [Art] thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant [is he]. 3 And the king said, [Is] there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, [which is] lame on [his] feet. 4 And the king said unto him, Where [is] he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he [is] in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.

[1] 1S 18:1; 20:14, 42; 23:16; 2S 1:26; 1K 2:7; Pv 27:10; Mt 10:42; 25:40; Mk 9:41; Jn 19:26; Phm 1:9; 1P 3:8.
[2] Gn 15:2; 24:2; 39:6; 2S 16:1; 19:17, 27.
[3] Dt 4:37; 10:15; 1S 20:14; 2S 4:4; 19:26; Mt 5:44; Lk 6:36; Tit 3:3.
[4] Jsh 13:26; 2S 17:27.

5 ¶ Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

[6] Gn 18:2; 33:3; 1S 20:41; 25:23; 1Ch 8:34; 9:40.

For Jonathan's sake he entertaineth him at his table, and restoreth him all that was Saul's.

7 ¶ And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What [is] thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I [am]?

[7] Gn 43:18, 23; 50:18; Ru 2:11; 1S 12:19, 24; 2S 9:1, 3, 11; 19:28, 33; 1K 2:7; Ps 41:9; Is 35:3; Jr 25:33; Mt 6:11; Mk 5:33; Lk 1:12, 29; 22:30; 2Ti 1:16; Rv 3:20.
[8] 1S 24:14; 26:20; 2S 3:8; 16:9; Mt 15:26.

He maketh Ziba his farmer.

9 ¶ Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in [the fruits], that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, [said the king], he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name [was] Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba [were] servants unto Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.

[9] 1S 9:1; 2S 16:4; 19:29; Is 32:8.
[10] 2S 9:7, 11; 19:28; 1K 2:7; 2K 25:29; Lk 14:15.
[11] 2S 16:1; 19:17, 26.
[12] 1Ch 8:8, 34; 9:40; Mi 7:5.
[13] 2S 9:3, 7, 10.


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