Then the king returned and went as far as the Jordan. Now the men of Judah had come to Gilgal1 to go out and meet the king and bring him across the Jordan.
Shimei2 son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, hurried down with the men of Judah to meet King David.
With him were a thousand Benjamites, along with Ziba,3 the steward of Saul's household,4 and his fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed to the Jordan, where the king was.
They crossed at the ford to take the king's household over and to do whatever he wished. When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell prostrate before the king
and said to him, "May my lord not hold me guilty. Do not remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem.5 May the king put it out of his mind.
For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first of the whole house of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king."
Then Abishai6 son of Zeruiah said, "Shouldn't Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed7 the LORD's anointed."822
David replied, "What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah?9 This day you have become my adversaries! Should anyone be put to death in Israel today?10 Do I not know that today I am king over Israel?"
So the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." And the king promised him on oath.1124
Mephibosheth,12 Saul's grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely.
When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, "Why didn't you go with me,13 Mephibosheth?"