2 Samuel 21
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2 Samuel 21
The Gibeonites Avenged...
And there was a scarcity of food in the days of Dawid for three years, year after year. And Dawid sought the face of YHWH, and YHWH answered, `Because of Sha`ul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gib`onites.`
The sovereign therefore called the Gib'onites and spoke to them. Now the Gib'onites were not of the children of Yisra'el, but of the remnant of the Amorites. And the children of Yisra'el had sworn protection to them, but Sha'ul had sought to kill them in his ardour for the children of Yisra'el and Yehudah.
So Dawid said to the Gib'onites, 'What should I do for you? And with what do I make atonement, so that you bless the inheritance of YHWH?'
And the Gib'onites said to him, 'It is no matter of silver or gold between us and Sha'ul, or his house, neither is it for us to put to death any man in Yisra'el.' And he said, 'Whatever you say I do for you.'
And they said to the sovereign, 'The man who consumed us and plotted against us, that we should be destroyed from remaining in all the border of Yisra'el,
let seven men of his sons be given to us, and we shall hang them before YHWH in Gib'ah of Sha'ul, whom YHWH chose.' And the sovereign said, 'I give them.'
But the sovereign spared Mephibosheth son of Yehonathan, son of Sha'ul, because of the oath of YHWH that was between them, between Dawid and Yehonathan son of Sha'ul.
And the sovereign took the two sons of Ritspah the daughter of Ayah, whom she bore to Sha'ul: Armoni and the other Mephibosheth, and the five sons of Mikal the daughter of Sha'ul, whom she brought up for Adri'el the son of Barzillai, the Meholathite,
and gave them into the hands of the Gib'onites, and they hanged them on the hill before YHWH. So the seven fell together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.
And Ritspah the daughter of Ayah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until the late rains poured on them from the heavens. And she did not allow the birds of the heavens to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.
And Dawid was informed what Ritspah the daughter of Ayah, the concubine of Sha'ul, had done.
And Dawid went and took the bones of Sha'ul, and the bones of Yehonathan his son, from the men of Yabesh Gil'ad who had stolen them from the street of Beyth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them up, after the Philistines had struck down Sha'ul in Gilboa.
And he brought up the bones of Sha'ul and the bones of Yehonathan his son from there, and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged,
and buried the bones of Sha'ul and Yehonathan his son in the land of Binyamin in Tsela, in the tomb of Qish his father, and did all that the sovereign commanded. And after that Elohim heard prayer for the land.
Wars Against the Philistines...
And the Philistines were again fighting against Yisra`el, so Dawid and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines. And Dawid was weary,
and Yishbo-Benob - who was one of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose bronze spear was three hundred pieces, who was bearing a new sword - spoke of killing Dawid.
But Abishai son of Tseruyah came to help him, and smote the Philistine and killed him. Then Dawid's men swore to him, saying, 'Do not go out with us to battle any more, lest you put out the lamp of Yisra'el.'
And it came to be afterward, that there was a battle again with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbekai the Hushathite smote Saph, who was one of the sons of the giant.
And there was a battle with the Philistines again at Gob, where Elhanan son of Ya'arey-Oregim the Beyth Lehemite smote Golyath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
And there was a battle in Gath again, where there was a man of great height, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number. And he also was descended from the giants.
And he reproached Yisra'el, and Yehonathan son of Shim'i, the brother of Dawid, smote him.
These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of Dawid and by the hand of his servants.
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