2 Samuel 21
The three years' famine for the Gibeonites ceaseth, by hanging seven of Saul's sons.
2 Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the dayes of Dauid three yeeres, yeere after yeere, and Dauid enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, [It is] for Saul, and for [his] bloodie house, because he slew the Gibeonites. 2 Samuel 21:2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said vnto them, (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the children of Israel had sworne vnto them: and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeale to the children of Israel and Iudah) 2 Samuel 21:3 Wherefore Dauid said vnto the Gibeonites, What shall I doe for you? and wherwith shall I make the atonement, that ye may blesse the inheritance of the LORD? 2 Samuel 21:4 And the Gibeonites saide vnto him, We will haue no siluer nor golde of Saul, nor of his house, neither for vs shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What you shall say, [that] will I doe for you. 2 Samuel 21:5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed vs, and that deuised against vs, [that] we should be destroied from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, 2 Samuel 21:6 Let seuen men of his sonnes bee deliuered vnto vs, and wee will hang them vp vnto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, [whome] the LORD did chuse. And the king said, I will giue [them]. 2 Samuel 21:7 But the king spared Mephibosheth the sonne of Ionathan the sonne of Saul, because of the LORDS othe that was between them, betweene Dauid, and Ionathan the sonne of Saul. 2 Samuel 21:8 But the king tooke the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare vnto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth, and the fiue sonnes of Michal the daughter of Saul, whome she brought vp for Adriel the sonne of Barzillai the Meholathite. 2 Samuel 21:9 And hee deliuered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seuen together, and were put to death in the dayes of haruest, in the first [dayes], in the beginning of barley haruest.
Rizpah's kindness unto the dead.
2 Samuel 21:10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah tooke sackecloth, and spread it for her vpon the rocke, from the beginning of haruest, vntill water dropped vpon them out of heauen, and suffered neither the birds of the aire to rest on them by day, nor the beastes of the fielde by night. 2 Samuel 21:11 And it was tolde Dauid what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah the concubine of Saul had done.
David burrieth the bones of Saul and Jonathan in his father's sepulchre.
2 Samuel 21:12 And Dauid went and tooke the bones of Saul, and the bones of Ionathan his sonne from the men of Iabesh Gilead, which had stollen them from the street of Bethshan where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slaine Saul in Gilboa. 2 Samuel 21:13 And hee brought vp from thence the bones of Saul, and the bones of Ionathan his sonne, and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged. 2 Samuel 21:14 And the bones of Saul and Ionathan his sonne buried they in the countrey of Beniamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they perfourmed all that the king commanded: and after that, God was entreated for the land.
Four battles against the Philistines, wherein four valiants of David slay four giants.
2 Samuel 21:15 Moreouer, the Philistines had yet warre againe with Israel, and Dauid went down, and his seruants with him, and fought against the Philistines, and Dauid waxed faint. 2 Samuel 21:16 And Ishbi-benob which [was] of the sonnes of the gyant, (the weight of whose speare weighed three hundred shekels of brasse in weight) he being girded with a new [sword], thought to haue slaine Dauid. 2 Samuel 21:17 But Abishai the sonne of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of Dauid sware vnto him, saying, Thou shalt goe no more out with vs to battell, that thou quench not the light of Israel. 2 Samuel 21:18 And it came to passe after this, that there was againe a battell with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which [was] of the sonnes of the Gyant. 2 Samuel 21:19 And there was againe a battell in Gob, with the Philistines, where Elhanan the sonne of Iaare-Oregim a Bethlehemite, slewe [the brother of] Goliath the Gittite, the staffe of whose speare [was] like a weauers beame. 2 Samuel 21:20 And there was yet a battell in Gath, where was a man of [great] stature, that had on euery hand sixe fingers, and on euery foote sixe toes, foure and twenty in number, and he also was borne to the Gyant. 2 Samuel 21:21 And when he defied Israel, Ionathan the sonne of Shimea the brother of Dauid, slew him. 2 Samuel 21:22 These foure were borne to the Gyant in Gath, and fell by the hand of Dauid, and by the hand of his seruants.