1David inquired, “Is there anyone still left of the House of Saul with whom I can keep faith for the sake of Jonathan?” 2There was a servant of the House of Saul named Ziba, and they summoned him to David. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked him. d‐ Lit. “Your servant is.” “Yes, sir,” ‐d Lit. “Your servant is.” he replied. 3The king continued, “Is there anyone at all left of the House of Saul with whom I can keep faith as pledged before God?” e See 1 Sam. 20.14 and note. Ziba answered the king, “Yes, there is still a son of Jonathan whose feet are crippled.” 4“Where is he?” the king asked, and Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir son of Ammiel, in Lo‐debar.” 5King David had him brought from the house of Machir son of Ammiel, at Lo‐debar; 6and when Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, he flung himself on his face and prostrated himself. David said, “Mephibosheth!” and he replied, “At your service, sir.” 7David said to him, “Don't be afraid, for I will keep faith with you for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will give you back all the land of your grandfather Saul; moreover, you shall always eat at my table.” 8[Mephibosheth] prostrated himself again, and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog like me?”

9The king summoned Ziba, Saul's steward, and said to him, “I give to your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and to his entire family. 10You and your sons and your slaves shall farm the land for him and shall bring in [its yield] to provide food for your master's grandson f Septuagint reads “household.” to live on; but Mephibosheth, your master's grandson, shall always eat at my table.”—Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty slaves.—11Ziba said to the king, “Yourservant will do just as my lord the king has commanded him.” a‐ Septuagint reads “And Mephibosheth ate at David's table.” “Mephibosheth shall eat at my table ‐a Septuagint reads “And Mephibosheth ate at David's table.” like one of the king's sons.”

12Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica; and all the members of Ziba's household worked for Mephibosheth. 13Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate regularly at the king's table. He was lame in both feet.

Notes:

d‐d Lit. “Your servant is.”

e See 1 Sam. 20.14 and note.

f Septuagint reads “household.”

a‐a Septuagint reads “And Mephibosheth ate at David's table.”