Gibeonite’s Revenge
1Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord. And the Lord said, “It is because of Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.”
2So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the sons of Israel had Lit sworn tomade a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to Lit strikekill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah).
3David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you? And how can I make amends, so that you will bless the inheritance of the Lord?”
4Then the Gibeonites said to him, “For us it is not a matter of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put anyone to death in Israel.” Nevertheless David said, “I will do for you whatever you say.”
5So they said to the king, “The man who destroyed us and who planned Lit against us that we are eliminated fromto eliminate us so that we would not exist within any border of Israel—
6let seven men from his sons be given to us, and we will Or expose themhang them before the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the Lord.” And the king said, “I will give them.
7But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath of the Lord which was between them, between David and Saul’s son Jonathan.
8So the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she had borne to Saul, and the five sons of As in some ancient versions and two Heb mss; MT MichalMerab the daughter of Saul, whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.
9Then he handed them over to the Gibeonites, and they Or exposed themhanged them on the mountain before the Lord, so that the seven of them fell together; and they were put to death in the first days of harvest at the beginning of barley harvest.
10And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until Lit water gushed forthit rained on them from the sky; and she Lit gaveallowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day nor the wild animals by night.
11When it was reported to David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done,
12then David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them on the day the Philistines struck and killed Saul in Gilboa.
13He brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan, and they gathered the bones of those who had been Or exposedhanged.
14Then they buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the grave of his father Kish; So they did everything that the king commanded, and after that God responded to prayer for the land.
15Now when the Philistines were at war with Israel again, David went down, and his servants with him; and when they fought against the Philistines, David became weary.
16Then Ishbi-benob, who was among the descendants of the Heb Raphahgiant, the weight of whose spear was About 9 lb. or 4 kgthree hundred shekels of bronze in weight, Lit and he had strappedhad strapped on a new sword, and he Lit saidintended to kill David.
17But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “You shall not go out again with us to battle, so that you do not extinguish the lamp of Israel.”
18Now it came about after this that there was war again with the Philistines at Gob; then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck and killed Saph, who was among the descendants of the Heb Raphahgiant.
19And there was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite Lit struckkilled In 1 Chr 20:5, Lahmi, the brother of GoliathGoliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.
20And there was war at Gath again, where there was a man of great stature who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born to the Heb Raphahgiant.
21When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, struck and killed him.
22These four were born to the Heb Raphahgiant at Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.