THE SECOND BOOK OF
2 Samuel 9 ©
David, calling to mind his promises made to Jonathan, causes Mephibosheth, the son of the said Jonathan to be sought for and brought before him, v. 1, etc. Gives him all Saul’s estate, and appoints Ziba to be governor over the same, but makes Mephibosheth to sit at his table, 7.
AND David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for 1Jonathan’s sake?
And there was of the house of Saul a 2servant whose name was 3Ziba.a And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, 4Thy servant is he.
And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the 5kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is 6lame onbhis feet.
And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in 7Ló-debar.
¶Then king David sent, and 8fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.
Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!
¶And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will 9surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will 10restore 11thee all 12the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat 13bread at my table continually.
And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a 14dead dog as I am?
¶Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s 15servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s 16son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. 17As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.
And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all 18that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; 19and was lame on both his feet.