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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 4

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1When [Ish‐bosheth] son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, a‐ Lit. “his hands weakened”; and so frequently. he lost heart ‐a Lit. “his hands weakened”; and so frequently. and all Israel was alarmed. 2The son of Saul [had] two company commanders, one named Baanah and the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite—Benjaminites, since Beeroth too was considered part of Benjamin. 3The Beerothites had fled to Gittaim, b Gittaim was likewise in Benjamin; cf. Neh. 11.31 ff. where they have sojourned to this day. (4Jonathan son of Saul had a son whose feet were crippled. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse picked him up and fled; but as she was fleeing in haste, he fell and was lamed. His name was Mephibosheth. c The original form of the name, Merib‐baal, is preserved in 1 Chron. 8.34 ; 9.40 . Cf. Ish‐bosheth (Eshbaal) in 2 Sam. 2.8 , note a. This subject is resumed in chapter 9. ) 5Rechab and Baanah, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, started out, and they reached the home of Ish‐bosheth at the heat of the day, when he was taking his midday rest. 6 d‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Septuagint reads, “And behold, the woman who kept the door of the house was cleaning wheat. She became drowsy and fell asleep.” So they went inside the house, as though fetching wheat, and struck him in the belly. ‐d Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Septuagint reads, “And behold, the woman who kept the door of the house was cleaning wheat. She became drowsy and fell asleep.” Rechab and his brother Baanah slipped by, 7and entered the house while he was asleep on his bed in his bedchamber; and they stabbed him to death. They cut off his head and took his head and made their way all night through the Arabah. 8They brought the head of Ish‐bosheth to David in Hebron. “Here,” they said to the king, “is the head of your enemy, Ish‐bosheth son of Saul, who sought your life. This day the LORD has avenged my lord the king upon Saul and his offspring.”

9But David answered Rechab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, “As the LORD lives, who has rescued me from every trouble: 10The man who told me in Ziklag that Saul was dead thought he was bringing good news. But instead of rewarding him for the news, I seized and killed him. 11How much more, then, when wicked men have killed a blameless man in bed in his own house! I will certainly avenge his blood on you, and I will rid the earth of you.” 12David gave orders to the young men, who killed them; they cut off their hands and feet and hung them up by the pool inHebron. And they took the head of Ish‐bosheth and buried it in the grave of Abner at Hebron.

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a‐a Lit. “his hands weakened”; and so frequently.

b Gittaim was likewise in Benjamin; cf. Neh. 11.31 ff.

c The original form of the name, Merib‐baal, is preserved in 1 Chron. 8.34 ; 9.40 . Cf. Ish‐bosheth (Eshbaal) in 2 Sam. 2.8 , note a. This subject is resumed in chapter 9.

d‐d Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Septuagint reads, “And behold, the woman who kept the door of the house was cleaning wheat. She became drowsy and fell asleep.”

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