2 Samuel 21


David Recompenses the Gibeonites

And there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year next to year. And David sought the face of the  lord. And the  lord said, Against Saul and against his house is the iniquity, in the death of his blood shed, for which he put to death the Gibeonites. And [3called 1the 2king] the Gibeonites, and he spoke to them. And the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel, for [2of 3the 4remnants 5of the 6Amorites 1they were], and the sons of Israel swore an oath to them. But Saul sought to strike them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah. And David said to the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? And by what means shall I atone, and you shall bless the inheritance of the  lord? And [3said 4to him 1the 2Gibeonites], There is not a problem with us over silver nor gold with Saul, and with his house; and there is no man for us to put to death from all Israel. And he said, What you say even I will do for you. And they said to the king, The man who finished us off entirely, and pursued us, who misled to utterly destroy us, we shall remove him, so that [2is not 3established 1he] in any border of Israel. Give to us seven men from his sons, and we will hang them in the sun to the  lord in Gibeah of Saul, chosen of the  lord. And [3said 1the 2king], I will give them. And [3spared 1the 2king] for Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan, son of Saul, on account of the oath of the  lord between them; even between David and between Jonathan the son of Saul.

The Gibeonites Hang Saul's Sons

And [3took 1the 2king] the two sons of Rizpah daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul -- Armoni and Mephibosheth, and the five sons of Michal daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholahite. And he gave them into the hand of the Gibeonites. And they hung them in the sun in the mountain before the  lord. And they fell there the seven together. And they were put to death in days of harvest at first, at the beginning [2harvest 1of the barley]. 10 And [4took 1Rizpah 2daughter 3of Aiah] sackcloth, and she strew a bed for herself upon the rock from the beginning [2harvest 1of the barley] until of which time [2dripped 3upon 4them 1waters] from God from heaven. And she did not allow the birds of the heaven to rest upon them by day, nor the wild beasts of the field by night. 11 And it was reported to David all as much as [6did 1Rizpah 2daughter 3of Aiah 4concubine 5of Saul]. 12 And David went and took the bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabish Gilead, of the ones stealing them from the square of Beth-shan, [3hanging 4them 5there 1of the 2Philistines] in the day in which [3struck 1the 2Philistines] Saul in Gilboa. 13 And he bore from there the bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his son, and he gathered the bones of the ones hanging in the sun. 14 And he entombed the bones of Saul, and of Jonathan his son, and the bones of the ones being expose to the sun, in the land of Benjamin, in the side of the hill, in the tomb of Kish his father. And they did all as much as [3gave charge 1the 2king]. And God heeded to the land after these things.

David Wars with the Philistines

15 And there was still war against the Philistines with Israel. And David went down and his servants with him, and they waged war with the Philistines; and David grew faint. 16 And Ishbi of Nob, who was among the progeny of Rapha, and the weight of his spear was three hundred shekels scale-weight of brass, and he being girded with a truncheon, even considered to strike David. 17 And [4helped 5him 1Abishai 2son 3of Zeruiah], and he struck the Philistine and killed him. Then [4swore by an oath 1the 2men 3of David], saying, You shall not come forth still with us into battle, that in no way [4should be extinguished 1the 2lamp 3of Israel]. 18 And it came to pass after these things war was still with the Philistines in Nob. Then [4struck 1Sibbechai 2the 3Hushathite] the ones assembling of the descendants of the giants. 19 And there was still war with the Philistines in Nob. And [6struck 1Elhanan 2son 3of Jaareoregim 4the 5Beth-lehemite] Goliath the Gittite, and the wood of his spear was as the beam of a loom of one weaving. 20 And there was still war in Gath. And there was a man of Madon, and the fingers of his hands, and the toes of his feet were six and six, twenty-four in number; and indeed he was born to Rapha. 21 And he berated Israel, and [6struck 7him 1Jonathan 2son 3of Shimea 4brother 5of David]. 22  These four were born to descendants of the giants in Gath, to the [2of Rapha 1house]. And they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
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