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Ziba
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
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 Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ziba
Ziba (צִיבָא‎, tsiva'). 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).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ziba (Person)
ZIBA (PERSON) [Heb ṣı̂bāʾ (צִיבָא)]. Servant/steward of the house of Saul during the early reign of David mentioned in 2 Sam 9:3–4, 9ff.; 16:1–4; and 19:17, 24–29.There is a question as to the exact nature of his status. In 9:2 he is referred to as ʿebed, “servant,” of the “house of Saul.” In other
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ziba
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
Ziba
Ziba zīʹbə [Heb. ṣîḇāʾ, ṣiḇāʾ (2 S. 16:4)—‘planting’ or ‘branch’ (?)] (2 S. 9:2–4, 9–12; 16:1–4; 19:17, 29). A former servant of Saul who managed his estate after his master’s death, assisted perhaps by his fifteen sons and twenty servants (2 S. 9:10). When David inquired if any member of Saul’s
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ziba
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
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
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
Ziba
ZIBA (Heb. ṣîḇā’, ṣiḇā’, ‘a post’). A servant of Saul (2 Sa. 9:2) who introduced Mephibosheth to David when he desired to honour Jonathan’s memory. When Mephibosheth was given a place at court, Ziba was appointed steward of Saul’s estates bestowed on Mephibosheth (2 Sa. 9). When David was driven
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ziba
Ziba (Heb. ṣɩ̂ḇāʾ)A steward of the household of Saul. Out of David’s desire to do kindness to the house of Saul for Jonathan’s sake (1 Sam. 20:14–17, 42), David queries Ziba, who brings Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth to the king’s attention (2 Sam. 9:1–4). After elevating Mephibosheth to the king’s
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ziba
Ziba [zīˊbə] (Heb. ṣîḇā˒, ṣibā˒). A servant of Saul who informed David that Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth still lived and could thus receive the kindness David wished to bestow for Jonathan’s sake (2 Sam. 9:1–4; cf. 1 Sam. 20:15–17, 42a). David brought Mephibosheth to live in his palace and
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ziba
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
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ziba
Zi´ba (statue), a servant of Saul whom David made steward of Saul’s son Mephibosheth. 2 Sam. 9:2–12; 16:1–4; 19:17, 29. [Mephibosheth.] (b.c. 1023.)
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