9David asked, Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness for Jonathans sake? 2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and he was summoned to David. The king said to him, Are you Ziba? And he said, At your service! 3The king said, Is there anyone remaining of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God? Ziba said to the king, There remains a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet. 4The king said to him, Where is he? Ziba said to the king, He is in the house of Machir son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 5Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6Mephibosheth* son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, and fell on his face and did obeisance. David said, Mephibosheth!* He answered, I am your servant. 7David said to him, Do not be afraid, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan; I will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul, and you yourself shall eat at my table always. 8He did obeisance and said, What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I am?
9 Then the king summoned Sauls servant Ziba, and said to him, All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your masters grandson. 10You and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him, and shall bring in the produce, so that your masters grandson may have food to eat; but your masters grandson Mephibosheth* shall always eat at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11Then Ziba said to the king, According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so your servant will do. Mephibosheth* ate at Davids* table, like one of the kings sons. 12Mephibosheth* had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Zibas house became Mephibosheths* servants. 13Mephibosheth* lived in Jerusalem, for he always ate at the kings table. Now he was lame in both his feet.
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10 February 2011