1 And when Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, heard that Abner was dead in
Hebron, his hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
2 And Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, had two men that were
captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other
Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for
Beeroth also is reckoned to Benjamin: 3 and the Beerothites fled to
Gittaim, and have been sojourners there until this day).
4 Now 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.
5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came
about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, as he took his rest at
noon. 6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they
would have fetched wheat; and they smote him in the body: and Rechab and
Baanah his brother escaped. 7 Now when they came into the house, as he lay
on his bed in his bedchamber, they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him,
and took his head, and went by the way of the Arabah all night. 8 And they
brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king,
Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, thine enemy, who sought thy
life; and Jehovah hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his
seed. 9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of
Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As Jehovah liveth, who hath
redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10 when one told me, saying,
Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of
him, and slew him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his tidings.
11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own
house upon his bed, shall I not now require his blood of your hand, and take
you away from the earth? 12 And David commanded his young men, and they
slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up beside
the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in
the grave of Abner in Hebron.
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