21 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. The Lord said, “There is bloodguilt on Saul and on his house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.” 2 So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not of the people of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; although the people of Israel had sworn to spare them, Saul had tried to wipe them out in his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah.) 3 David said to the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make expiation, that you may bless the heritage of the Lord?” 4 The Gibeonites said to him, “It is not a matter of silver or gold between us and Saul or his house; neither is it for us to put anyone to death in Israel.” He said, “What do you say that I should do for you?” 5 They said to the king, “The man who consumed us and planned to destroy us, so that we should have no place in all the territory of Israel— 6 let seven of his sons be handed over to us, and we will impale them before the Lord at Gibeon on the mountain of the Lord.”a The king said, “I will hand them over.”
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth,b the son of Saul’s son Jonathan, because of the oath of the Lord that was between them, between David and Jonathan son of Saul. 8 The king took the two sons of Rizpah daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth;c and the five sons of Merabd daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite; 9 he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they impaled them on the mountain before the Lord. The seven of them perished together. They were put to death in the first days of harvest, at the beginning of barley harvest.
10 Then Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it on a rock for herself, from the beginning of harvest until rain fell on them from the heavens; she did not allow the birds of the air to come on the bodiese by day, or the wild animals by night. 11 When David was told what Rizpah daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done, 12 David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan from the people of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hung them up, on the day the Philistines killed Saul on Gilboa. 13 He brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan; and they gathered the bones of those who had been impaled. 14 They buried the bones of Saul and of 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.
15 The Philistines went to war again with Israel, and David went down together with his servants. They fought against the Philistines, and David grew weary. 16 Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was fitted out with new weapons,f said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his aid, and attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, “You shall not go out with us to battle any longer, so that you do not quench the lamp of Israel.”
18 After this a battle took place with the Philistines, at Gob; then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giants. 19 Then there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. 20 There was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great size, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; he too was descended from the giants. 21 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of David’s brother Shimei, killed him. 22 These four were descended from the giants in Gath; they fell by the hands of David and his servants.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold and my refuge,
my savior; you save me from violence.
and I am saved from my enemies.
the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the snares of death confronted me.
to my God I called.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry came to his ears.
the foundations of the heavens trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
thick darkness was under his feet.
he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
thick clouds, a gathering of water.
coals of fire flamed forth.
the Most High uttered his voice.
—lightning, and routed them.
the foundations of the world were laid bare
at the rebuke of the Lord,
at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
he drew me out of mighty waters.
from those who hated me;
for they were too mighty for me.
but the Lord was my stay.
he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
and have not wickedly departed from my God.
and from his statutes I did not turn aside.
and I kept myself from guilt.
according to my cleanness in his sight.
with the blameless you show yourself blameless;
and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
but your eyes are upon the haughty to bring them down.
the Lord lightens my darkness.
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
the promise of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
And who is a rock, except our God?
33 The God who has girded me with strengtha
has opened wide my path.b
34 He made myc feet like the feet of deer,
and set me secure on the heights.
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
and your helpd has made me great.
and my feet do not slip;
and did not turn back until they were consumed.
they fell under my feet.
you made my assailants sink under me.
those who hated me, and I destroyed them.
they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
I crushed them and stamped them down like the mire of the streets.
44 You delivered me from strife with the peoples;e
you kept me as the head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
as soon as they heard of me, they obeyed me.
and came trembling out of their strongholds.
and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,
and brought down peoples under me,
you exalted me above my adversaries,
you delivered me from the violent.
and sing praises to your name.
and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.
23 Now these are the last words of David:
The oracle of David, son of Jesse,
the oracle of the man whom God exalted,a
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
the favorite of the Strong One of Israel:
his word is upon my tongue.
the Rock of Israel has said to me:
One who rules over people justly,
ruling in the fear of God,
like the sun rising on a cloudless morning,
gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.
For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things and secure.
Will he not cause to prosper
all my help and my desire?
6 But the godless areb all like thorns that are thrown away;
for they cannot be picked up with the hand;
or the shaft of a spear.
And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.c
9 Next to him among the three warriors was Eleazar son of Dodo son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle. The Israelites withdrew, 10 but he stood his …
Cn Compare Gk and 21:9: Heb at Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the Lord
Or Merib-baal: See 4:4 note
Or Merib-baal: See 4:4 note
Two Heb Mss Syr Compare Gk: MT Michal
Heb was belted anew
Q Ms Gk Syr Vg Compare Ps 18:32: MT God is my strong refuge
Meaning of Heb uncertain
Another reading is his
Q Ms: MT your answering
Gk: Heb from strife with my people
Q Ms: MT who was raised on high
Heb But worthlessness
Heb in sitting
Gk Vg Compare 1 Chr 11:11: Meaning of Heb uncertain
1 Chr 11:11: Meaning of Heb uncertain