2 Samuel 9

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth

Then David said, “Is there yet
Lit he who is
anyone left of the house of Saul b that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
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 c Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the d kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king e There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.” So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is f in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.” Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. g Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and h fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” David said to him, “Do not fear, for i I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and j will restore to you all the
Lit field
land of your
Lit father
grandfather Saul; and m you shall
Lit eat bread
eat at my table regularly.”
Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard o a dead dog like me?”

Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, p All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s
Lit son
grandson.
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 r Mephibosheth your master’s grandson s shall
Lit eat bread
eat at my table regularly.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According u to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at
Lit my
David’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 w he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now x he was lame in both feet.
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