Famine in the Land – 2 Samuel 21

2 Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three  years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD.  And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his  bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. 

2 Samuel 21:2 And  the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the  remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had  sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to  the children of Israel and Judah.) 

2 Samuel 21:3 Wherefore David  said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and  wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the  inheritance of the LORD? 

2 Samuel 21:4 And the Gibeonites said  unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his  house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And  he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you. 

2 Samuel 21:5  And they answered the king, The man that consumed us,  and that devised against us that we should be destroyed  from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel, 

2 Samuel 21:6 Let  seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will  hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom  the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them.  

2 Samuel 21:7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of  Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD’S oath that  was between them, between David and Jonathan the son  of Saul. 

2 Samuel 21:8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the  daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and  Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of  Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai  the Meholathite: 

2 Samuel 21:9 And he delivered them into the  hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill  before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and  were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days,  in the beginning of barley harvest.   


2 Samuel 21:10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth,  and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of  harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and  suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day,  nor the beasts of the field by night. 

2 Samuel 21:11 And it was told  David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of  Saul, had done.  

2 Samuel 21:12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and  the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead,  which had stolen them from the street of Beth-shan,  where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines  had slain Saul in Gilboa: 

2 Samuel 21:13 And he brought up from  thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son;  and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.  

2 Samuel 21:14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried  they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of  Kish his father: and they performed all that the king  commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.  

2 Samuel 21:15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with  Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and  fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.  

2 Samuel 21:16 And Ishbi-benob, which was of the sons of the  giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred  shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new  sword, thought to have slain David. 

2 Samuel 21:17 But Abishai  the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine,  and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him,  saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that  thou quench not the light of Israel. 

2 Samuel 21:18 And it came to  pass after this, that there was again a battle with the  Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph,  which was of the sons of the giant. 

2 Samuel 21:19 And there was  again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the  son of Jaare-oregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of  Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a  weaver’s beam. 

2 Samuel 21:20 And there was yet a battle in Gath,  where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand  six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in  number; and he also was born to the giant. 

2 Samuel 21:21 And  when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the  brother of David slew him. 

2 Samuel 21:22 These four were born to  the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the  hand of his servants.   KJV

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