David Avenges the Gibeonites
1 There was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year, and David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, “It is for Saul and for his bloodstained house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.”
2 The king called the Gibeonites and said to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the Israelites, but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the Israelites had sworn to them, and Saul sought to kill them in his zeal for the Israelites and Judah), 3 and David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you? And with what should I make atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of the Lord?”
4 The Gibeonites said to him, “What is between us and Saul is not a matter of silver or gold, or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.”
He said, “I will do for you whatever you say.”
5 They said to the king, “The man who consumed us and who conspired against us, that we should be annihilated and removed from inhabiting any of the borders of Israel, 6 let seven men from among his descendants be delivered to us, and we will hang them up to the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of God.”
The king said, “I will give them.”
7 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 Saul. 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite. 9 He delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the mountain before the Lord, and all seven of them fell together. They were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, at the beginning of barley harvest.
10 Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water poured on them from the sky. She allowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day, nor the animals of the field by night. 11 David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. 12 So David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh Gilead, who had stolen them from the street of Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, in the day that the Philistines killed Saul in Gilboa, 13 and he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son. They also gathered the bones of those who were hanged. 14 They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the tomb of Kish his father, and they performed all that the king commanded. After that, God answered their prayers for the land.
Four Battles against the Philistines
15 The Philistines waged war again with Israel, and David went down and his servants with him and fought against the Philistines, but David grew faint.
16 Ishbibenob, who was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear was seven and a half pounds of bronze and who, bearing a new sword, thought he would kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “You must never again go out to battle with us so that you do not quench the lamp of Israel.”
18 After this, there was again war with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was from the sons of the giant.
19 There was once again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite’s brother, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.
20 There was war again at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on every hand and six toes on every foot, 24 in total, and he also was born to the giant. 21 When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, killed him. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.