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2nd Samuel: Chapter 9

David by Ziba sends for Mephibosheth, 1-6. For Jonathan's sake he entertains him at his table, and restores him all that was Saul's, 7, 8. He makes Ziba his farmer, 9-13.

1 And David said, "Is there yet anyone who is left of the house of Saul, so that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" 2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him to David, the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" And he said, "Your servant is he." 3 And the king said, "Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, so that I may show the kindness of God to him?" And Ziba said to the king, "Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame in his feet." 4 And the king said to him, "Where is he?" And Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar." 5 Then king David sent, and brought him from the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he answered, "Behold your servant!" 7 And David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of Jonathan your father, and will restore you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat bread at my table continually." 8 And he bowed himself, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?"

9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have given to your master's son all that pertained to Saul, and to all his house. 10 Therefore, you, your sons, and your servants, shall till the land for him, and you shall bring in the fruits, so that your master's son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master's son shall always eat bread at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, "According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so your servant shall do." "As for Mephibosheth," the king said, "he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons." 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micah. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king's table. And he was lame in both his feet.