The king asked Ziba, "Why have you brought these?" Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh1 those who become exhausted in the desert."
The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?"2 Ziba3 said to him, "He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, 'Today the house of Israel will give me back my grandfather's kingdom.' "
Then the king said to Ziba, "All that belonged to Mephibosheth4 is now yours." "I humbly bow," Ziba said. "May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king."
As King David approached Bahurim,5 a man from the same clan as Saul's family came out from there. His name was Shimei6 son of Gera, and he cursed7 as he came out.
He pelted David and all the king's officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David's right and left.
As he cursed, Shimei said, "Get out, get out, you man of blood, you scoundrel!
The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned.8 The LORD has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!"99
Then Abishai10 son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog11 curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head."1210
But the king said, "What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah?13 If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, 'Curse David,' who can ask, 'Why do you do this?' "1411
David then said to Abishai and all his officials, "My son,15 who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.1612
It may be that the LORD will see my distress17 and repay me with good18 for the cursing I am receiving today.19"