Davids Kindness To Jonathans S
Then David asked, "Is any one left of the family of Saul to whom I may
show kindness for Jonathan's sake?" And there was a servant of Saul
named Ziba. When they called him before David, he said to him, "Are you
Ziba?" He replied, "Your servant." David said, "Is there any one else
belonging to the family of Saul to whom I may show kindness like that
which God shows to us?" Ziba answered, "A son of Jonathan is still
living, but he is lame in his feet." David inquired, "Where is he?" Ziba
replied, "He is in the house of Machir in Lodebar."
Then David sent and brought him from the house of Machir; and when
Meribaal the son of Jonathan came to David, he bowed down to the ground
before him. David said, "Meribaal!" He answered, "Here is your servant!"
David said to him, "Fear not, for I will surely show you kindness for
the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will give back to you all the
land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall always eat at my table."
Meribaal bowed down and said, "What is your servant that you should look
favorably upon one as unworthy as I?"
Then David called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have
given to your master's son all that belongs to Saul and to his family.
You with your sons and servants shall cultivate the land for him and
harvest the fruits, that your master's son may have food to eat; but
Meribaal, your master's son, shall always eat at my table." Now Ziba had
fifteen sons and twenty servants; and he said to David, "Your servant
will do all that my lord commands."
So Meribaal ate at David's table like one of his own sons. Meribaal also
had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of
Ziba were Meribaal's servants. So Meribaal lived in Jerusalem, and
though he was lame in both feet, he always ate at David's table.
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