Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and
David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody
house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were
not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of
Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of
Israel and Judah.)
Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith
shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?
And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of
his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall
say, that will I do for you.
And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us
that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,
Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the
LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give
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
But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto
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:
And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the
hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the
days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the
rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and
suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the
field by night.
And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had
And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from
the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the
Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:
And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son;
and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.
And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin
in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king
commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and
his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.
And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear
weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword,
thought to have slain David.
But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed
him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to
battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines
at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the
And there was again 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.
And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on
every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he
also was born to the giant.
And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew
These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by
the hand of his servants.