2 Samuel 4

CHAPTER 4

Ishbosheth Fears David

And [4heard 1Ishbosheth 2son 3of Saul] that Abner has died in Hebron, and [2were faint 1his hands], and all the men of Israel were disturbed. And there were two men being leaders of the confederation of Ishbosheth son of Saul -- the name to the one was Baanah, and the name of the second, Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from out of the sons of Benjamin; for also Beeroth was considered among the sons of Benjamin. And [3ran away 1the 2Beerothites] unto Gittaim, and they were there sojourning until this day. And to Jonathan, son of Saul, there was a son stricken in the feet, a son [2years old 1five]; and this one was in the way in the coming of the message of Saul and Jonathan his son from out of Jezreel; and [2lifted 3him 1his wet-nurse] and fled. And it happened in her hastening and withdrawing he fell and became lame. And the name to him was Mephibosheth.

Ishbosheth Is Murdered

And [6went out 1the 2sons 3of Rimmon 4the 5Beerothite], Rechab and Baana; and they entered in the sweltering heat of the day into the house of Ishbosheth, and he was asleep in the bed in the midday. And behold, the doorkeeper of the house was cleansing wheat, and he slumbered and slept. And Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped notice. And they entered into the house. And Ishbosheth was sleeping upon his bed in his bedroom. And they strike him, and put him to death, and remove his head. And they took his head, and went forth in the way, the one according to the west, the entire night. And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to David in Hebron. And they said to the king, Behold, the head of Ishbosheth son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life; and the  lord gave to our master the king punishment of his enemies, as this day, of Saul your enemy, and of his seed. And David responded to Rechab and to Baanah his brother, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, As the  lord lives, who ransomed my soul from all affliction; 10 that the one reporting to me that Saul has died, and he was as one announcing good news before me, but I constrained him, and killed him in Ziklag, in which he must have thought to be giving me good news. 11 And now, [2men 1wicked] killed [2man 1a just] in his house upon his bed. And now, I will require for his blood of your hand, and I will utterly destroy you from the earth. 12 And David gave charge to his servants, and they killed them, and lopped off their hands and their feet, and they hung them upon the fountain in Hebron. And the head of Ishbosheth they entombed in the tomb of Abner son of Ner in Hebron.
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