he went and took the bones of Saul1 and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead.2 (They had taken them secretly from the public square at Beth Shan,3 where the Philistines had hung4 them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.)5
References for 2 Samuel 21:12
David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from there, and the bones of those who had been killed and exposed were gathered up.
They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul's father Kish, at Zela6 in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that,7 God answered prayer8 in behalf of the land.9
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Once again there was a battle between the Philistines10 and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted.
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And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new [sword], said he would kill David.
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But Abishai11 son of Zeruiah came to David's rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, saying, "Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp12 of Israel will not be extinguished.13"
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In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbecai14 the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.
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In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite,15 who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod.16
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In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot--twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha.
When he taunted17 Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah,18 David's brother, killed him.
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These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.