And David said, Is there yet any one left in the house of Saul, that I may deal kindly with him for Jonathan's sake? 2And there was a servant of the house of Saul, and his name was Siba: and they call him to David; and the king said to him, Art thou Siba? and he said, I am thy servant. 3And the king said, Is there yet a man left of the house of Saul, that I may act towards him with the mercy of God? and Siba said to the king, There is yet a son of Jonathan lame of his feet. 4And the king said, Where is he? and Siba said to the king, Behold, he is in the house of, Machir the son of Amiel of Lodabar. 5And king David sent, and took him out of the house of Machir the son of Amiel of Lodabar.

6And Memphibosthe the son of Jonathan the son of Saul comes to king David, and he fell upon his face and did obeisance to him: and David said to him, Memphibosthe: and he said, Behold thy servant. 7And David said to him, Fear not, for I will surely deal mercifully with thee for the sake of Jonathan thy father, and I will restore to thee


all the land of Saul the father of thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 8And Memphibosthe did obeisance and said, Who am I thy servant, that thou hast looked upon a dead dog like me?

9And the king called Siba the servant of Saul, and said to him, All that 1 belonged to Saul and to all his house have I given to the son of thy lord. 10And thou, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in bread to the son of thy lord, and he shall eat bread: and Memphibosthe the son of thy lord shall eat bread continually at my table. Now Siba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11And Siba, said to the king, According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so will thy servant do. And Memphibosthe did eat at the table of David as one of the sons of the king. 12And Memphibosthe had a little son, and his name was Micha: and all the household of Siba were servants to Memphibosthe. 13And Memphibosthe dwelt in Jerusalem, for he continually ate at the table of the king; and he was lame in both his feet.


And it came to pass after this that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Annon his son reigned in his stead. 2And David said, I will shew mercy to Annon the son of Naas, as his father dealt mercifully with me. And David sent to comfort him concerning his father by the hand of his servants; and the servants of David came into the land of the children of Ammon. 3And the princes of the children of Ammon said to Annon their lord, Is it to honour thy father before thee that David has sent comforters to thee? Has not David rather sent his servants to thee that they should search the city, and spy it out and examine it? 4And Annon took the servants of David, and shaved their beards, and cut off their garments in the midst as far as their haunches, and sent them away.

5And they brought David word concerning the men; and he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly dishonoured: and the king said, Remain in Jericho till your beards have grown, and then ye shall return.

6And the children of Ammon saw that the people of David were ashamed; and the children of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Baethraam, and the Syrians of Suba, and Roob, twenty thousand footmen, and the king of Amalec with a thousand men, and Istob with twelve thousand men.

7And David heard, and sent Joab and all his host, even the mighty men. 8And the children of Ammon went forth, and set the battle in array by the door of the gate: those of Syria, Suba, and Roob and Istob, and Amalec, being by themselves in the field. 9And Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him from that which was opposed in front and from behind, and he chose out some of all the young men of Israel, and they set themselves in array


against Syria: 10And the rest of the people he gave into the hand of Abessa his brother, and they set the battle in array opposite to the children of Ammon. 11And he said, If Syria be too strong for. me, then shall ye help me: and if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee then will we be ready to help thee. 12Be thou courageous, and let us be strong for our people, and for the sake of the cities of our God, and the Lord shall do that which is good in his eyes.

13And Joab and his people with him advanced to battle against Syria, and they fled from before him. 14And the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, and they fled from before Abessa, and, entered into the city: and Joab returned from the children of Ammon, and came to Jerusalem.

15And the Syrians saw that they were worsted before Israel, and they gathered themselves together. 16And Adraazar sent and gathered the Syrians from the other side of the river 2 Chalamak, and they came to Aelam; and Sobac the captain of the host of Adraazar was 3 at their head.

17And it was reported to David, and he gathered all Israel, and went over Jordan, and came to Aelam: and the Syrians, set the battle in array against David, and fought with him. 18And Syria fled from before Israel, and David destroyed of Syria seven hundred chariots, and forty thousand horsemen, and he smote Sobac the captain of his host, and he died there. 19And all the kings the servants of Adraazar saw that they were put to the worse before Israel and they went over to Israel, and served them: and Syria was afraid to 4 help the children of Ammon any more.

1 Gr. belongs.

2 Heb. and Alex. omit the name.

3 Gr. before them.

4 Gr. save.


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