Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed, "Your life will be spared."
Now Mephibosheth, a 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!"
Barzillai of Gilead now arrived from Rogelim to conduct the king across the Jordan.
He was very old, about eighty, and very wealthy. He was the one who had provided food for the king during his stay in Mahanaim.
"Come across with me and live in Jerusalem," the king said to Barzillai. "I will take care of you there."
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)