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2 Samuel

Chapter 9

1. And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathanís sake?
2. And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Are you Ziba? And he said, Your servant is he.
3. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame on his feet.
4. And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar.
5. Then king David sent, and brought him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.
6. Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold your servant!
7. And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your fatherís sake, and will restore you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.
8. And he bowed himself, and said, What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?
9. Then the king called to Ziba, Saulís servant, and said unto him, I have given unto your masterís son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
10. You therefore, and your sons, and your servants, shall till the land for him, and you shall bring in the fruits, that your masterís son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth your masterís son shall eat bread always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11. Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so shall your servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the kingís sons.
12. And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
13. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the kingís table; and was lame in both his feet.