2 Samuel 21
The three years' famine for the Gibeonites ceaseth, by hanging seven of Saul's sons.
2 Samuel 21:1 Then there fell an hongre in the daies of Dauid thre yeares, year by yeare. And Dauid enquyred of the Lorde. And the Lorde answered it is for Sauls sake and the house of bloude, because he slue the Gabaonites. 2 Samuel 21:2 And the kyng called the Gabaonites, and sayde vnto them: Nowe these Gabaonites are not of the chyldren of Israell, but a remnaunt of the Ammorites, and the chyldren of Israel sware vnto them. And yet Saul sought to sley them, for a zele that he had to the children of Israel and of Iuda. 2 Samuel 21:3 Wherfore Dauid sayde vnto them: what shal I do for you? and wherwyth shall I content you that ye maye blesse the enheritaunce of the Lorde. 2 Samuel 21:4 And the Gabaonites sayde vnto hym: we haue no matter of siluer or of gold with Saul or with his house: nether haue we any man that we woulde kyl in Israel. Then he saide: what saie ye that I shall do for you. 2 Samuel 21:5 And they saide vnto the kynge: the man that consumed and imagened to brynge vs to nought, hym we ought to destroye, that nought of hym continew in any of the coastes of Israel, 2 Samuel 21:6 let seuen men of his sonnes be delyuered vnto vs, that we maye hang them vp vnto the Lorde, in Gabaah of Saul the Lordes electe. And Dauid sayde: I wyl geue them you. 2 Samuel 21:7 But the kinge hath compassion on Miphiboseth the sonne of Ionathas, the sonne of Saul, because of the Lordes othe that was betwene them, that is to saye betwene Dauid, and Ionathas the sonne of Saul. 2 Samuel 21:8 But he toke the two sonnes of Rezphah the doughter of Aiah whiche she bare vnto Saul, Armoni and Myphiboseth, and the fyue sonnes of Michol the doughter of Saul which she bare to Adriel the sonne of Berselai the Molathite, 2 Samuel 21:9 and delyuered them vnto the handes of the Gabeonites, whiche hanged them in the hill before the Lorde. And they fell all seuen together in the fyrst dayes of heruest, euen in the begynning of Barley heruest.
Rizpah's kindness unto the dead.
2 Samuel 21:10 And Rezphah the doughter of Aiah toke Sackclothe and spred it vnder her vpon the Rocke, euen from the beginning of haruest vntyl rayne dropped vpon them out of heauen, & suffered neyther the birdes of the ayre to fall on them by daye, nor beastes of the felde by nyght. 2 Samuel 21:11 And when it was tolde Dauid what Rezphah the doughter 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 he went & toke the bones of Saul & of Ionathas his sonne, of the men of Iabes in Galaad, which they hath stolen from the strete of Bethsan, where the Philistines had hanged them in the dayes when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gelboe: 2 Samuel 21:13 & he brought thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Ionathas his sonne, and they fet awaye the bones of them that were hanged, 2 Samuel 21:14 and buried them with the bones of Saul and Ionathas his sonne in the countrey of Beniamin, in Zela, in the sepulchre of Cis his father. And when they had performed all that the Kynge commaunded, God was then at one with the lande.
Four battles against the Philistines, wherein four valiants of David slay four giants.
2 Samuel 21:15 And the Philistines had yet agayne warre with Israel. And Dauid went doune and his seruauntes with hym, and fought with the Philistines. And Dauid waxed fayntie, 2 Samuel 21:16 and Iesbi of Nob one of the sonnes of Haraphah whose speare heade wayed thre hundred sicles of Brasse, & was gyrde wyth a newe swerde thought to haue slayne Dauid. 2 Samuel 21:17 But Abisai the sonne of Zaruiah succoured him & smote the Philistine and killed him. Then the seruauntes of Dauid sware vnto him sayinge. Thou shalt go no more out with vs to battel, that the lyght of Israel be not put out. 2 Samuel 21:18 And there was yet after this battel with the Philistines at Nob, in whiche Sobochai the Husathite slew Saph of the sonnes of Haraphah. 2 Samuel 21:19 And there was yet the third battel in Gob, with the Philistines, where Elhanan þe sonne of the Iaere Orgim, a Bethlehemite slue one Goliath a Gethite: the staffe of whose speare was a great as a weauers cloth beame. 2 Samuel 21:20 And there was yet battel in Geth, where was a man of a size and had on euery hande .vi. fyngers, and on euery fote .vi. toes .xxiiij. in al. And was also of the kinred of Haraphah 2 Samuel 21:21 and defyed Israel. And Ionathas the sonne of Samach the brother of Dauid slue hym: 2 Samuel 21:22 These foure were the sonnes of Haraphah in Geth, and were ouerthrowen by the hande of Dauid & by the handes of his seruauntes.