David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
1And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may #1 Sam. 18:3; 20:14, 15, 42show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was #ch. 16:1-4; 19:17, 29Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show #1 Sam. 20:14 the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of #ch. 4:4Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of #ch. 17:27Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6And #ch. 16:4; 19:24, 25, 30; 21:7; [1 Chr. 8:34; 9:40]Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7And David said to him, “Do not fear, #[See ver. 1 above] for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and #ch. 19:28; 1 Kgs. 2:7; [2 Kgs. 25:29]you shall eat at my table always.” 8And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for #ch. 16:9; 1 Sam. 24:14a dead dog such as I?”
9Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson #[See ver. 7 above] shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had #ch. 19:17fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth #[See ver. 7 above]ate at David’s#9:11 Septuagint; Hebrew my table, like one of the king’s sons. 12And Mephibosheth had a young son, #1 Chr. 8:34whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. 13So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for #[See ver. 7 above] he ate always at the king’s table. Now #[See ver. 3 above]he was lame in both his feet.