2 Samuel 21
there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered,
It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
2And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children
of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them
in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)
David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance
of the LORD?
4And the Gibeonites said unto
him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said,
What ye shall say, that will I do for you.
they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in
any of the coasts of Israel,
6Let seven men
of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And
the king said, I will give them.
king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD's oath that was between them, between David
and Jonathan the son of Saul.
8But the king
took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal
the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:
9And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in
the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days,
in the beginning of barley harvest.
Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water
dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field
11And it was told David what Rizpah
the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.
David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them
from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:
13And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his
son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.
the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father:
and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
15Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down,
and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.
16And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear
weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
17But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed
him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light
18And it came to pass after this,
that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons
of the giant.
19And there was again a battle
in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite,
the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six
toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.
21And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.
22These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and
by the hand of his servants.