|2 Samuel 21 |
1 Then there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, "It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites."
2 David summoned the Gibeonites; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn to not kill them, but Saul killed them in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah).
3 Therefore David said to the Gibeonites, "What might I do for you, and how shall I make the atonement, so that you may bless the inheritance of the LORD?"
4 And the Gibeonites said to him, "We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither shall you kill any man in Israel for us." And David said, "Whatever you ask, that will I do for you."
5 And they answered the king, "The man who consumed us, and who plotted against us that we should be destroyed from remaining within any of the territory of Israel, [was Saul];
6 So let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them up to the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD chose." And the king said, "I will give them to you."
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the LORD's oath that was between them — between David and Jonathan, the son of Saul.
8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul: Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel, the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.
9 He delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hung them on the hill before the LORD. They fell [to the snap of the rope] all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest — in its first days, the beginning of barley harvest.
10 Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it upon the rock [where she placed the bodies]; and from the beginning of harvest until the rains began to drop water on them [the bodies] out of heaven, she allowed neither the birds of the air to light on them [the bodies] by day, nor the beasts of the field [to prey on them] by night.
11 David was told what Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.
12 David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, who had stolen them from the street of Bethshan where the Philistines had hung them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa.
13 And from there he brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; plus they gathered the bones of those who had just been hung.
14 They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan, his son, in the sepulcher of Kish his father that was in the country of Benjamin in Zelah; and they performed all that the king commanded. After that God was pacified for the land.
15 The Philistines started a war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines; but David lost his strength [in the battle].
16 And Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear [tip]weighed three hundred shekels [7.5 lbs.]of brass in weight, was girded with a new sword, and he was trying to kill David.
17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to the of aid David, striking the Philistine down and killing him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, "You shall go no longer out with us to battle, so that you do not quench the light of Israel."1
18 And it came to pass after this, that there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob; there Sibbechai, the Hushathite, slew Saph, who was of the sons of the giant.
19 Again there was a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath, the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
20 And there was still another battle in Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty four in number; and he also had been born to the giant.
21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan, the son of Shimeah, the brother of David, slew him.
22 These four giants who had been born to the giant in Gath, fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.
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1 David was the light of Israel. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Mat 5:14-16. When you are translated into the kingdom of God, when you share in the inheritance of the saints in the light to become a child of the light, then God will have made you to be a guiding light to the world, and through you, he will show the world the wisdom, love, and power of God.
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