I know how much I sinned. That is why I have come here today, the very first person in all Israel a to greet you."
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, "Shimei should die, for he cursed the LORD's anointed king!"
"What am I going to do with you sons of Zeruiah!" David exclaimed. "This is not a day for execution but for celebration! I am once again the king of Israel!"
Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed, "Your life will be spared."
Now Mephibosheth, b Saul's grandson, arrived from Jerusalem to meet the king. He had not washed his feet or clothes nor trimmed his beard since the day the king left Jerusalem.
"Why didn't you come with me, Mephibosheth?" the king asked him.
Mephibosheth replied, "My lord the king, my servant Ziba deceived me. I told him, 'Saddle my donkey so that I can go with the king.' For as you know I am crippled.
Ziba has slandered me by saying that I refused to come. But I know that you are like an angel of God, so do what you think is best.
All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me among those who eat at your own table! So how can I complain?"
"All right," David replied. "My decision is that you and Ziba will divide your land equally between you."
"Give him all of it," Mephibosheth said. "I am content just to have you back again, my lord!"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)