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A servant of Saul’s house (2 Sam 9:1) who later worked with king David (circa 10th century). Ziba becomes a treacherous character, falsely accusing his master, Mephibosheth, of acting subversively regarding David’s claim to the throne (2 Sam 16:1–4).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ziba. Former servant of Saul whom David commissioned to find survivors of the house of Saul so that he might “show them kindness” (2 Sm 9:2–12). In the period following Saul’s death, Ziba apparently had not only gained his freedom but had also become a successful landowner (v 10). This status was lost
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ZIBA Former servant of Saul whom David commissioned to find survivors of the house of Saul so that he might “show them kindness” (2 Sm 9:2–12). In the period following Saul’s death, Ziba apparently had not only gained his freedom but had also become a successful landowner. This status was lost as a result
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ziba (zi´buh), a retainer in Saul’s household who informs David of a survivor among Saul’s people, namely, Jonathan’s lame son (and Saul’s grandson) Mephibosheth. David restores Saul’s estate to Mephibosheth, appointing Ziba as overseer (2 Sam. 9:1–12). When David is forced to flee Jerusalem during Absalom’s
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ZIBA. servant of Saul (2 Sam 9:2). After Saul’s death Ziba apparently retained contact with the courtiers of the new king, David. When David, after securing his kingdom, wished to fulfill his pledge of friendship with Jonathan (1 Sam 20:42), he called for Ziba. Ziba reported that Mephibosheth, a son
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ZIBA A servant of King Saul (2 Sam 9:2) and the father of fifteen sons (2 Sam 9:10). After the death of Saul and his sons, Ziba won the confidence of David and was given the task of farming and managing the estate of Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan (2 Sam 1–13). He gave provisions to David