2 Samuel 21:1-14 NAS

Gibeonite Revenge

1 Now there was 1a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and 2David sought the presence of the LORD. And the LORD said, "It is for Saul and his bloody house, because * he put the Gibeonites to death."

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2 So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites, and 3the sons of Israel made a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah ).

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    • a 21:2 - Lit "had sworn to"
    • b 21:2 - Lit "smite"
      3 Thus David said to the Gibeonites, "What should I do for you? And how can I make atonement that you may bless 4the inheritance of the LORD?"

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      4 Then the Gibeonites said to him, "5We have no concern of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel." And he said, "I will do for you whatever you say."

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      5 So they said to the king, "6The man who consumed us and who planned to exterminate us from remaining within any border of Israel,

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        • c 21:5 - Lit "against us that we should be exterminated"
          6 let seven men from his sons be given to us, and we will hang them 7before the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, 8the chosen of the LORD." And the king said, "I will give them."

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            • d 21:6 - Lit "expose them"
              7 But the king spared 9Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, 10because of the oath of the LORD which was between them, between David and Saul's son Jonathan.

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              8 So the king took the two sons of 11Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she had borne to Saul, and the five sons of 12Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the 13Meholathite.

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                • e 21:8 - So Gr and Heb mss
                  9 Then he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before the LORD, so that the seven of them fell together; and they were put to death in the first days of harvest at 14the beginning of barley harvest.

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                    • f 21:9 - Lit "exposed them"
                      10 15And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until it rained on them from the sky; and 16she allowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.

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                        • g 21:10 - Lit "water was poured"
                        • h 21:10 - Lit "gave"
                          11 When it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done,
                          12 then David went and took 17the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead *, who had stolen them from the open square of 18Beth-shan, 19where * the Philistines had hanged them on the day 20the Philistines struck down Saul in Gilboa.

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                          13 He brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there, and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged.

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                            • i 21:13 - Lit "exposed"
                              14 They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in 21Zela, in the grave of Kish his father; thus they did all that the king commanded, and after that 22God was moved by prayer for the land.

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