1Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year. And David sought the face of Yahweh. Yahweh said, “It is because of Saul and because of the House of Blood-guilt; because he put to death the Gibeonites.”
2The king called the Gibeonites and said to 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 an oath to them, but Saul had sought to strike them down in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah);
3and David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you? And in what way can I make atonement, so that you will bless the inheritance of Yahweh?”
And he said, “Whatever you say, that will I do for you.”
5They said to the king, “The man who destroyed us and who intended for us to be wiped out from remaining in any of the territory of Israel,
6let seven men of his sons be given to us, and we will impale them in the presence of Yahweh in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of Yahweh.”
And the king said, “I will give them.”
7But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of Yahweh that was between them; between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.
8But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth, and the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul whom she bore to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.
9And he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites and they impaled them on the mountain in the presence of Yahweh, and all seven of them fell together. They were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days at the beginning of barley harvest.
10And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on a rock from the beginning of harvest until water was poured on them from heaven. She did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day or the animals of the field by night.
11And David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.
12So David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh Gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth Shan where the Philistines had hung them up on in the day that the Philistines killed Saul on Mount Gilboa;
13and he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son, and they gathered the bones of those men who had been impaled.
14Then they buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son at Zela in the land of Benjamin, in the tomb of Kish his father. And when they had done all that the king had commanded them, then God allowed Himself to be entreated for the land.
15The Philistines had war again with Israel, and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines. David grew faint,
16and Ishbibenob, who was one of the descendants of Rapha, whose spear weighed 300 shekels of bronze, he being armed with a new sword, intended to kill David.
17But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “You must go no more out with us to battle, that you do not quench the lamp of Israel.”
20There was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great size who had on every hand six fingers and on every foot six toes, 24 in number; and he also was a descendant of Rapha.
21When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David’s brother, killed him.