David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
1Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may #1 Sam. 30:14; 1 Kin. 1:38show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was #1 Sam. 18:3; 20:14–16; 2 Sam. 21:7; (Prov. 27:10)Ziba. So when they had called him to David, the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
He said, “At your service!”
3Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show #2 Sam. 16:1–4; 19:17, 29the kindness of God?”
And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is #1 Sam. 20:14lame in his feet.”
4So the king said to him, “Where is he?”
And Ziba said to the king, “Indeed he is in the house of #2 Sam. 4:4Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.”
5Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar.
6Now when #2 Sam. 17:27–29Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?”
And he answered, “Here is your servant!”
7So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”
8Then he bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such #2 Sam. 16:4; 19:24–30a dead dog as I?”
9And the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, #2 Sam. 16:9“I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest, that your master’s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s son #2 Sam. 16:4; 19:29shall eat bread at my table always.” Now Ziba had #2 Sam. 9:7, 11, 13; 19:28fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so will your servant do.”
“As for Mephibosheth,” said the king, “he shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.” 12Mephibosheth had a young son #2 Sam. 19:17whose name was Micha. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants of Mephibosheth. 13So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, #1 Chr. 8:34for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he #2 Sam. 9:7, 10, 11; 1 Kin. 2:7; 2 Kin. 25:29was lame in both his feet.