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.1 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 Abishai2 son of Zeruiah said, "Shouldn't Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed3 the LORD's anointed."422
David replied, "What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah?5 This day you have become my adversaries! Should anyone be put to death in Israel today?6 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.724
Mephibosheth,8 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,9 Mephibosheth?"
He said, "My lord the king, since I your servant am lame,10 I said, 'I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.' But Ziba11 my servant betrayed me.
And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel12 of God; so do whatever pleases you.
All my grandfather's descendants deserved nothing but death13 from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table.14 So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?"
The king said to him, "Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the fields."
Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has arrived home safely."
Barzillai15 the Gileadite also came down from Rogelim to cross the Jordan with the king and to send him on his way from there.
Now Barzillai was a very old man, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy16 man.
The king said to Barzillai, "Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I will provide for you."
But Barzillai answered the king, "How many more years will I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king?
I am now eighty17 years old. Can I tell the difference between what is good and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of men and women singers?18 Why should your servant be an added19 burden to my lord the king?
Your servant will cross over the Jordan with the king for a short distance, but why should the king reward me in this way?
Let your servant return, that I may die in my own town near the tomb of my father20 and mother. But here is your servant Kimham.21 Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever pleases you."
The king said, "Kimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him whatever pleases you. And anything you desire from me I will do for you."
So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed Barzillai and gave him his blessing,22 and Barzillai returned to his home.