2 Samuel Series: The Kindness of God

Posted on 03 Nov 2021, Pastor: Dr. Greg Hyler

2 Samuel 8-9
New American Standard Bible
David’s Triumphs
8 Now it happened afterward that David [a]defeated the Philistines and subdued them; and David took [b]control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines.

2 And He [c]defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and a full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.

3 Then David [d]defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his [e]power at the Euphrates River. 4 And David captured from him [f]1,700 horsemen and twenty thousand foot soldiers; and David hamstrung almost all the chariot horses, but left enough of them for a hundred chariots. 5 When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David [g]killed twenty-two thousand men among the Arameans. 6 Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the Lord helped David wherever he went. 7 David took the shields of gold which were [h]carried by the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And from [i]Betah and Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a very large amount of bronze.

9 Now when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had [j]defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, 10 Toi sent his son [k]Joram to King David to [l]greet him and bless him, because he had fought Hadadezer and [m]defeated him; for Hadadezer [n]had been at war with Toi. And [o]Joram brought with him articles of silver, gold, and bronze. 11 King David also consecrated these gifts to the Lord, with the silver and gold that he had consecrated from all the nations which he had subdued: 12 from [p]Aram, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the Philistines, Amalek, and from the spoils of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 So David made a name for himself when he returned from [q]killing eighteen thousand [r]Arameans in the Valley of Salt. 14 He also put garrisons in Edom. In all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And the Lord helped David wherever he went.

15 So David reigned over all Israel; and David [s]administered justice and righteousness for all his people. 16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was commander over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was secretary. 17 Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Seraiah was scribe. 18 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada [t]was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were [u]chief ministers.

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
9 Then David said, “Is there [v]anyone still left of the house of Saul, so that I could show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they summoned him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 Then the king said, “Is there no one remaining of the house of Saul to whom I could show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan, one who is disabled in both feet.” 4 So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent [w]messengers who brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” 7 Then David said to him, “Do not be afraid, for I will assuredly show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the [x]land of your [y]grandfather Saul; and you yourself shall [z]eat at my table regularly.” 8 Again he prostrated himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should be concerned about a dead dog like me?”

9 Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “Everything that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s [aa]grandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson will have food [ab]to eat; nevertheless Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, shall [ac]eat at my table regularly.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “In accordance with everything that my lord the king commands his servant, so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at [ad]David’s table as one of the king’s sons. 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he ate at the king’s table regularly. And he was disabled in his two feet.

2 Samuel 8:1 Lit struck
2 Samuel 8:1 Lit the bridle of the mother city
2 Samuel 8:2 Lit struck
2 Samuel 8:3 Lit struck
2 Samuel 8:3 Lit hand
2 Samuel 8:4 Here LXX reads as 1 Chr 18:4; partial DSS text appears to also
2 Samuel 8:5 Lit struck
2 Samuel 8:7 Lit on
2 Samuel 8:8 In 1 Chr 18:8, Tibhath
2 Samuel 8:9 Lit struck
2 Samuel 8:10 In 1 Chr 18:10, Hadoram
2 Samuel 8:10 Lit ask him of his welfare
2 Samuel 8:10 Lit struck
2 Samuel 8:10 Lit was a man of wars
2 Samuel 8:10 Lit there were in his hand
2 Samuel 8:12 Some mss Edom
2 Samuel 8:13 Lit striking
2 Samuel 8:13 Some mss Edom
2 Samuel 8:15 Lit was doing
2 Samuel 8:18 See 1 Chr 18:17; MT and the Cherethites
2 Samuel 8:18 Lit priests
2 Samuel 9:1 Lit he who is
2 Samuel 9:5 Lit and he brought
2 Samuel 9:7 Lit field
2 Samuel 9:7 Lit father
2 Samuel 9:7 Lit eat bread
2 Samuel 9:9 Lit son
2 Samuel 9:10 Lit and eat it
2 Samuel 9:10 Lit eat bread
2 Samuel 9:11 Lit my