2 Samuel 21:10

Overview - 2 Samuel 21
The three years' famine for the Gibeonites ceases, by hanging seven of Saul's sons.
10 Rizpah's kindness unto the dead.
12 David buries the bones of Saul and Jonathan in his father's sepulchre.
15 Four battles against the Philistines, wherein four valiants of David slay four giants.
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2 Samuel 21:10  (King James Version)
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

8 ; 3:7

took sackcloth
1 Kings 21:27 ; Joel 1:18

from the
9 ; Deuteronomy 21:13

until water
Some suppose that this means a providential supply of rain, in order to remove the famine; but from the manner in which it is introduced, it seems to denote the autumnal rains, which commence about October. For five months did this broken-hearted woman watch by the bodies of her sons!
Deuteronomy 11:14 ; 1 Kings 18:41-45 ; Jeremiah 5:24 Jeremiah 5:25 ; 14:22 Hosea 6:3 ; Joel 2:23
Zechariah 10:1

the birds
Genesis 40:19 ; Ezekiel 39:4