1David enquired, ‘Is any member of Saul's family left, to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?’ 2A servant of Saul's family named Ziba was summoned to David, who asked, ‘Are you Ziba?’ He answered, ‘Your servant, sir.’ 3The king asked, ‘Is there any member of Saul's family still alive to whom I may show the kindness that God requires?’ ‘Yes,’ said Ziba, ‘there is still a son of Jonathan alive; he is a cripple, lame in both feet.’ 4‘Where is he?’ said the king, and Ziba answered, ‘He is staying with Machir son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.’
5The king had him fetched from Lodebar, from the house of Machir son of Ammiel, 6and when Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul, entered David's presence, he prostrated himself and did obeisance. David said to him, ‘Mephibosheth!’ and he answered, ‘Your servant, sir.’ 7Then David said, ‘Do not be afraid; I mean to show you kindness for your father Jonathan's sake; I shall restore to you the whole estate of your grandfather a 9:7 grandfather: lit. father. Saul and you will have a regular place at my table.’ 8Mephibosheth prostrated himself again and said, ‘Who am I that you should spare a thought for a dead dog like me?’
9David summoned Saul's servant Ziba and said, ‘I assign to your master's grandson b 9:9,10 grandson: lit. son. all the property that belonged to Saul and his family. 10You and your sons and your slaves must cultivate the land and bring in the harvest to provide for your master's household c 9:10 household: so some Gk MSS; Heb. son. , but Mephibosheth your master's grandson shall have a regular place at my table.’ Ziba, who had fifteen sons and twenty slaves, 11answered: ‘I shall do all that your majesty commands.’ So Mephibosheth took his place in the royal d 9:11 the royal: so Gk (Luc.); Heb. my. household like one of the king's sons. 12He had a young son, named Mica; and the members of Ziba's household were all Mephibosheth's servants, 13while Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem and had his regular place at the king's table, crippled as he was in both feet.