The House of Jonathan – 2 Samuel 4

2 Samuel 4:1 And when Saul’s son heard that Abner was dead in  Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were  troubled.

2 Samuel 4:2 And Saul’s son had two men that were  captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and  the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a  Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also  was reckoned to Benjamin: 

2 Samuel 4:3 And the Beerothites fled  to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.) 

2 Samuel 4:4  And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his  feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul  and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and  fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he  fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.  

2 Samuel 4:5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and  Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the  house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. 

2 Samuel 4:6 And  they came thither into the midst of the house, as though  they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under  the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.  

2 Samuel 4:7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed  in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and  beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away  through the plain all night. 

2 Samuel 4:8 And they brought the head  of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king,  Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul thine enemy,  which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord  the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.  

2 Samuel 4:9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his  brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto  them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out  of all adversity.

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2 Samuel 4:10 When one told me, saying, Behold,  Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took  hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I  would have given him a reward for his tidings: 

2 Samuel 4:11 How  much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person  in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now  require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the  earth? 

2 Samuel 4:12 And David commanded his young men, and  they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and  hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took  the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of  Abner in Hebron.  KJV

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