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2 Samuel 16:1-9 (New American Standard)

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Ziba, a False Servant

1 Now when David had passed 1a little beyond the summit, behold, 2Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him 3with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine. 2 The king said to Ziba, "Why do you have these?" And Ziba said, "4The donkeys are for the king's household to ride, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine, 5for whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink." 3 Then the king said, "And where is 6your master's son?" And 7Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, 'Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.' " 4 So the king said to Ziba, "Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours." And Ziba said, "I prostrate myself; let me find favor in your sight, O my lord, the king!"

David Is Cursed

5 When King David came to 8Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul 9whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out 10cursing continually as he came. 6 He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left. 7 Thus Shimei said when he cursed, "Get out, get out, 11you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow! 8 "12The LORD has returned upon you all 13the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!" 9 Then 14Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should 15this dead dog 16curse my lord the king? Let me go over now and acut off his head."
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