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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
21 Now there came to be a famine+ in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David proceeded to consult the face of Jehovah. Then Jehovah said: “Upon Saul and upon his house there is bloodguilt,* because he put the Gib′e·on·ites to death.”+ 2 So the king called the Gib′e·on·ites+ and talked to them. (Incidentally, the Gib′e·on·ites were not of the sons of Israel, but of the remainder of the Am′or·ites;+ and the sons of Israel themselves had sworn to them,+ but Saul sought to strike+ them down in his feeling jealous+ for the sons of Israel and Judah.) 3 And David went on to say to the Gib′e·on·ites: “What shall I do to YOU, and with what shall I make atonement,*+ that YOU may certainly bless the inheritance+ of Jehovah?” 4 So the Gib′e·on·ites said to him: “It is not a matter of silver or gold+ for us* in connection with Saul and his household, neither is it ours to put a man to death in Israel.” At that he said: “Whatever YOU are saying I shall do for YOU.” 5 At this they said to the king: “The man that exterminated+ us and that schemed+ to annihilate us from subsisting in any of the territory of Israel, 6 let there be given to us seven men of his sons;+ and we must expose*+ them to Jehovah in Gib′e·ah+ of Saul, the chosen one* of Jehovah.”+ Accordingly the king said: “I myself shall give them.” 7 However, the king felt compassion upon Me·phib′o·sheth+ the son of Jon′a·than the son of Saul on account of the oath+ of Jehovah that was between them, between David and Jon′a·than the son of Saul. 8 Consequently the king took the two sons of Riz′pah+ the daughter of A′iah whom she bore to Saul, Ar·mo′ni and Me·phib′o·sheth, and the five sons of Mi′chal*+ the daughter of Saul whom she bore to A′dri·el+ the son of Bar·zil′lai the Me·hol′ath·ite. 9 Then he gave them into the hand of the Gib′e·on·ites and they proceeded to expose them on the mountain before Jehovah,+ so that the seven of them fell together; and they themselves were put to death in the first days of harvest, at the start of the barley harvest.+ 10 However, Riz′pah the daughter of A′iah+ took sackcloth+ and spread it for herself upon the rock from the start of harvest until water poured down upon them from the heavens;+ and she did not allow the fowls+ of the heavens to rest upon them by day nor the wild beasts+ of the field by night. 11 At length it was reported+ to David what Riz′pah the daughter of A′iah, Saul’s concubine, had done. 12 So David went and took the bones of Saul+ and the bones of Jon′a·than his son from the landowners of Ja′besh-gil′e·ad,+ who had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan,+ where the Phi·lis′tines had hanged+ them on the day that the Phi·lis′tines struck down Saul on Gil·bo′a.+ 13 And he proceeded to bring up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of Jon′a·than his son; furthermore, they gathered the bones of the men being exposed.+ 14 Then they buried the bones of Saul and of Jon′a·than his son* in the land of Benjamin in Ze′la*+ in the burial place of Kish+ his father, that they might do everything that the king had commanded. So God let himself be entreated for the land after this.+ 15 And the Phi·lis′tines+ came to have war again with Israel. Accordingly David and his servants with him went down and fought the Phi·lis′tines; and David grew tired. 16 And Ish′bi-be′nob, who was among those born of the Reph′a·im,*+ the weight of whose spear+ was three hundred shekels* of copper and who was girded with a new sword,* got to think of striking David down. 17 At once A·bish′ai+ the son of Ze·ru′iah came to his help+ and struck the Phi·lis′tine down and put him to death. At that time the men of David swore to him, saying: “You must not go out with us to the battle anymore,+ that you may not extinguish+ the lamp+ of Israel!” 18 And it came about after this that war arose once more with the Phi·lis′tines at Gob.* Then it was that Sib′be·cai+ the Hu′shath·ite+ struck down Saph, who was among those born of the Reph′a·im.+ 19 And war arose once again with the Phi·lis′tines at Gob, and El·ha′nan+ the son of Ja′a·re-or′e·gim the Beth′le·hem·ite got to strike down Go·li′ath* the Git′tite,* the shaft of whose spear was like the beam of loom workers.+ 20 And war arose yet again at Gath,+ when there happened to be a man of extraordinary size, with six fingers on each of his hands and six toes on each of his feet, twenty-four in number; and he too had been born to the Reph′a·im.+ 21 And he kept taunting+ Israel. Finally Jon′a·than+ the son of Shim′e·i,*+ David’s brother, struck him down. 22 These four had been born to the Reph′a·im in Gath;+ and they came to fall by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.+
^ Lit., “the bloods.” Heb., had·da·mim′.
^ Or, “amends.”
^ Lit., “me,” M, in a collective sense; Mmargin, “us.”
^ “Expose,” M, that is, with arms and legs broken; LXX, “hang in the sun”; Sy, “sacrifice”; Vg, “crucify.”
^ “The chosen one,” M; LXX, “the ones chosen”; Vg, “the one once chosen.” Probably to be read, “on the mountain.” Compare vs 9.
^ “Merab,” LXXLSy and two Heb. mss. The Targums read: “The five sons of Merab (which Michal, Saul’s daughter, brought up) which she bare.” Compare 6:23.
^ LXX adds, “and of those hanged in the sun.”
^ Or, “Zelah.”
^ Lit., “the Raphah.” Heb., ha·Ra·phah′. The father’s name here is taken to stand for the entire race of giants.
^ About 3.42 kg (7.5 lb).
^ “A new sword,” MVg; Gr., ko·ry′nen, “a club,” frequently shod with iron for fighting.
^ “The son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite got to strike down Goliath,” M; in 1Ch 20:5, “the son of Jair got to strike down Lahmi the brother of Goliath.”
^ Or, “Goliath the man of Gath.”