The reaction of Rizpah, mother of the two killed (2 Sam 21:10-21:14)

“Then Rizpah daughter of Aiah took sackcloth. She spread it on a rock for herself, from the beginning of harvest until rain fell upon them from the heavens. She did not allow the birds of the air to come on the bodies by day, or the wild animals by night. When David was told what Rizpah daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done, he went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the people of Jabesh-gilead. They had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them up on the day that the Philistines killed Saul at Gilboa. He brought up from there the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan. They gathered the bones of those who were hanged. They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the land of Benjamin in Zela, in the tomb of his father Kish. They did all that the king commanded. After that God heeded supplications for the land.”

Rizpah, the concubine of Saul, was upset about her two sons being put to death. She spread the bodies on sackcloth and protected them from wild birds and animals. This took place during the springtime in April or May. Obviously people began to sympathize with Rizpah. David began a plan of his own. He took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from Jabesh-gilead. He then brought to Saul’s father’s grave in Zela. He also gathered the bones of the hanged sons of Saul so that all went together. After this, things were better in Israel as God now listened to their prayers as the rainy reason began.

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