The generosity of David toward Mephibosheth (2 Sam 9:6-9:13)

“Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David. He fell on his face and did obeisance. David said. ‘Mephibosheth!’ He answered. ‘I am your servant.’ David said to him. ‘Do not be afraid. I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul. You, yourself, shall eat at my table always.’ Mephibosheth did obeisance, and said. ‘What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I?’”

Mephibosheth went to David and did obeisance, which is an act of obedience to the king. David told him not to be afraid because he loved his father Jonathan. In fact, he was going to restore all the land of his grandfather to him. Also he would always sit at the dinner table with David. Mephibosheth responded that he was like a dead dog because he was crippled. David thus began to make peace with the family of Saul.

“Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him. ‘All that belonged to Saul and to his entire house I have given to your master’s grandson. You, your sons, and your servants shall till the land for him. You shall bring in the produce, so that your master’s grandson may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table.’ Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then Ziba said to the king. ‘According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so your servant will do.’ Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons. Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. All who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem. He always ate at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.”

David called Ziba and told him that he, his sons, and his servants were to till the land that formerly belong to Saul. They were to bring the produce to Saul’s grandson Mephibosheth who was going to be eating at David’s table. This Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants. I always find it interesting to note that servants have servants. Ziba said okay because he had no other choice. Thus Ziba became Mephibosheth’s servant, even though Mephibosheth always ate at David’s table like he was a son of David. It is difficult to determine Mephibosheth’s age, but he had to be more than 12 years old, since he had a son named Mica.

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