Now when aIsh-bosheth, Saul'sson, heard that 1Abner had died in Hebron, b2he lostcourage , and allIsrael was disturbed.
2Saul'sson had twomen who were commanders of bands: the name of the one was Baanah and the name of the otherRechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the sons of Benjamin (for 3Beeroth is alsoconsidered4part of Benjamin,
and the Beerothitesfled to 5Gittaim and have beenaliensthereuntilthisday ).
Now 6Jonathan, Saul'sson, had a soncrippled in his feet. He was fiveyearsold when the 7report of Saul and Jonathancame from Jezreel, and his nursetook him up and fled. And it happened that in her hurry to flee, he fell and becamelame. And his name was c8Mephibosheth.
So the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, departed and came to the house of 9Ish-bosheth in the heat of the day while he was taking his middayrest.
6dThey came to the middle of the house as eif to getwheat, and 10they struck him in the belly; and Rechab and Baanah his brotherescaped.
Now when they came into the house, as he was lying on his bed in his bedroom , they struck him and killed him and beheaded him. And they took his head and f11traveled by way of the Arabahallnight.
Then they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, "Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth12the son of Saul, your enemy, whosought your life; thus the LORD has given my lord the kingvengeancethisday on Saul and his gdescendants."
9DavidansweredRechab and Baanah his brother, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, "As the LORDlives, 13who has redeemed my life from alldistress,
1014when one told me, saying, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' and hthought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news.
11"Howmuchmore , whenwickedmen have killed a righteousman in his own house on his bed, shall I not now15require his blood from your hand and idestroy you from the earth?"
Then 16Davidcommanded the youngmen, and they killed them and cutoff their hands and feet and hung them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth17and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.