THE LAME PRINCE

 

2 Samuel 4:4--2 Samuel 9:1-13

And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son [that 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. 9:1 And David

said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I

may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? 2 And [there was] of

the house of Saul a servant whose name [was] Ziba. And when they

had called him unto David, the king said unto him, [Art] thou

Ziba? And he said, Thy servant [is he]. 3 And the king said, [Is]

there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the

kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan

hath yet a son, [which is] lame on [his] feet. 4 And the king

said unto him, Where [is] he? And Ziba said unto the king,

Behold, he [is] in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in

Lodebar. 5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house

of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. 6 Now when

Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto

David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said,

Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! 7 And David

said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for

Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of

Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.

8 And he bowed himself, and said, What [is] thy servant, that

thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I [am]? 9 Then the

king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have

given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all

his house. 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants,

shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in [the fruits],

that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy

master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had

fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then said Ziba unto the

king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his

servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, [said the

king], he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. 12

And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name [was] Micha. And all

that dwelt in the house of Ziba [were] servants unto Mephibosheth.

13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually

at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet._


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