Then Rizpah, the mother of two of the men, spread sackcloth on a rock and stayed there the entire harvest season. She prevented vultures from tearing at their bodies during the day and stopped wild animals from eating them at night.
When David learned what Rizpah, Saul's concubine, had done,
he went to the people of Jabesh-gilead and asked for the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan. (When Saul and Jonathan had died in a battle with the Philistines, it was the people of Jabesh-gilead who had retrieved their bodies from the public square of the Philistine city of Beth-shan.)
So David brought the bones of Saul and Jonathan, as well as the bones of the men the Gibeonites had executed.
He buried them all in the tomb of Kish, Saul's father, at the town of Zela in the land of Benjamin. After that, God ended the famine in the land of Israel.
Once again the Philistines were at war with Israel. And when David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted.
Ishbi-benob was a descendant of the giants a ; his bronze spearhead weighed more than seven pounds, b and he was armed with a new sword. He had cornered David and was about to kill him.
But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his rescue and killed the Philistine. After that, David's men declared, "You are not going out to battle again! Why should we risk snuffing out the light of Israel?"
After this, there was another battle against the Philistines at Gob. As they fought, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Saph, another descendant of the giants.
In still another battle at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair c from Bethlehem killed the brother of Goliath of Gath. d The handle of his spear was as thick as a weaver's beam!
In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot -- a descendant of the giants --
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)