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2 Samuel 4

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 1 When Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

 2 Saul's son had two men who were captains of bands. The name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin; (for Beeroth was also attributed to Benjamin.

 3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)

 4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son who was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled; and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

 5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.

 6 And they came there into the midst of the house, as though they came to get grain; they struck him under the fifth rib, and then Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

 7 For when they had come into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they struck him, slew him, beheaded him, took his head with them, traveling through the plain all night to get away.

 8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to David to Hebron, and said to the king, "Behold the head of Ishbosheth, the son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life; and the LORD has avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed."

 9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, "As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

 10 When one told me, saying, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings.

 11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? Shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?"

 12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hung them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulcher of Abner in Hebron.


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