2 Samuel 4

1Saul’s son ˻(Ish Bosheth)˼ heard that Abner had died at Hebron. Ish Bosheth and all his people became very scared. 2Two men went to see to Saul’s son ˻(Ish Bosheth)˼. These two men were captains in the army. They were Recab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth. ˻(They were Benjamites because the town Beeroth belonged to the family group of Benjamin. 3But all the people in Beeroth ran away to Gittaim. And they are still living there today.) 4Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was five years old when the news came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed. The woman who cared for Mephibosheth ˻was scared that the enemy was coming, so she˼ picked him up and ran away. But while running away, she dropped the boy. And he became crippled in both feet. 5Recab and Baanah, sons of Rimmon from Beeroth, went to Ish Bosheth’s house at noon. Ish Bosheth was resting because it was hot. 6- 7Recab and Baanah came into the house like they were going to get some wheat. Ish Bosheth was lying on his bed in his bedroom. Recab and Baanah stabbed and killed Ish Bosheth. Then they cut off his head and took it with them. They traveled all night by the way leading through the Jordan Valley. 8They arrived at Hebron. And they gave Ish Bosheth’s head to David. Recab and Baanah said to the King David, “Here is the head of your enemy, Ish Bosheth son of Saul. He tried to kill you. The Lord has punished Saul and his family for you today.” 9But David told Recab and his brother Baanah, “As sure as the Lord is alive, he has saved me from all trouble. 10But once before a person thought he would bring me good news. He told me, 'Look! Saul is dead.’ He thought I would reward him for bringing me the news. But I grabbed this man and killed him at Ziklag. 11So I must kill you and remove you from this land. Why? Because you evil men killed a good man sleeping on his own bed, in his own house.” 12So David commanded the young soldiers to kill Recab and Baanah. The young soldiers cut off the hands and feet of Recab and Baanah and hanged them by the pool of Hebron. Then they took the head of Ish Bosheth and buried it in the same place where Abner was buried at Hebron.

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