Then the king returned. When he arrived at the Jordan, Judah came to Gilgal to meet the king and escort him across the Jordan.
Shimei son of Gera, a Benjaminite from Bahurim, hurried down with the men of Judah to meet King David.
There were 1,000 men from Benjamin with him. Ziba, an attendant from the house of Saul,a with his 15 sons and 20 servants also rushed down to the Jordan ahead of the king.
They forded the Jordan to bring the king's household across and do whatever the king desired.b When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell down before the king
and said to him, "My lord, don't hold me guilty, and don't remember your servant's wrongdoing on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem.c May the king not take it to heart.
For your servant knows that I have sinned. But look! Today I am the first one of the entire house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king."
Abishai son of Zeruiah asked, "Shouldn't Shimei be put to death for this, because he ridiculed the Lord's anointed?"d22
David answered, "Sons of Zeruiah, do we agree on anything?e Have you become my adversary today? Should any man be killed in Israel today? Am I not aware that today I'm king over Israel?"
So the king said to Shimei, "You will not die." Then the king gave him his oath.
Mephibosheth, Saul's grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet, trimmed his moustache, 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, "Mephibosheth, why didn't you come with me?"