1When the son of Saul heard that Ab′ner had died in He′bron, then his hands became feeble and all the Israelites themselves were disturbed.2And there were two men, chiefs of the marauding bands, that happened to belong to the son of Saul, the name of the one being Ba′a‧nah and the name of the other being Re′chab, the sons of Rim′mon the Be‧er′oth‧ite, of the sons of Benjamin; for Be‧er′oth, too, used to be counted as part of Benjamin.3And the Be‧er′oth‧ites went running away to Git′ta‧im, and they came to be alien residents there down to this day.
4Now Jon′a‧than, the son of Saul, had a son lame in the feet. Five years old he happened to be when the report about Saul and Jon′a‧than came from Jez′re‧el; and his nurse began to carry him and flee, but it came about that as she was running in panic to flee, he then had a fall and was lamed. And his name was Me‧phib′o‧sheth.
5And the sons of Rim′mon the Be‧er′oth‧ite, Re′chab and Ba′a‧nah, proceeded to go and come to the house of Ish‐bo′sheth about when the day had heated up, as he was taking his noonday siesta.6And here they came into the middle of the house as men fetching wheat, and then struck him in the abdomen; and Re′chab and Ba′a‧nah his brother themselves escaped detection.7When they went into the house, he was lying upon his couch in his inner bedroom, and then they struck him so that they put him to death, after which they removed his head and took his head and walked on the road to the Ar′a‧bah all night long.8Eventually they came bringing the head of Ish‐bo′sheth to David at He′bron and said to the king: “Here is the head of Ish‐bo′sheth the son of Saul your enemy who looked for your soul; but Jehovah gives to my lord the king revenge this day upon Saul and his offspring.”
9However, David answered Re′chab and Ba′a‧nah his brother, the sons of Rim′mon the Be‧er′oth‧ite, and said to them: “As Jehovah who redeemed my soul out of all distress is living,10when there was one reporting to me, saying, ‘Here Saul is dead,’ and he himself in his own eyes became like a bringer of good news, I, however, took hold of him and killed him in Zik′lag when it was due [for me] to give him the messenger’s fee;11how much more so when wicked men themselves have killed a righteous man in his own house upon his bed? And now should I not require his blood from YOUR hands, and must I not clear YOU out of the earth?”12With that David commanded the young men and they killed them and cut off their hands and their feet and hanged them by the pool in He′bron; and the head of Ish‐bo′sheth they took and then buried in the burial place of Ab′ner in He′bron.