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And David said: "Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan"s sake?"
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Now there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, and they called him unto David;
and the king said unto him: "Art thou Ziba?" And he said: "Thy servant is he."
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And the king said: "Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him?" And Ziba said unto the king: "Jonathan hath yet a son, who is lame on his feet."
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And the king said unto him: "Where is he?" And Ziba said unto the king: "Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar."
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Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.
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And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came unto David, and fell on his face, and prostrated himself.
And David said: "Mephibosheth!" And he answered: "Behold thy servant!"
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And David said unto him: "Fear not;
for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father"s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father;
and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually."
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And he bowed down, and said: "What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?"
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Then the king called to Ziba, Saul"s servant, and said unto him: "All that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given unto thy master"s son.
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And thou shalt till the land for him, thou, and thy sons, and thy servants;
and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master"s son may have bread to eat;
but Mephibosheth thy master"s son shall eat bread continually at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
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Then said Ziba unto the king: "According to all that my lord the king commandeth his servant, so shall thy servant do;
but Mephibosheth eateth at my table as one of the king"s sons."
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Now Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica.
And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
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But Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem;
for he did eat continually at the king"s table;
and he was lame on both his feet.