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2 Samuel 21:8-11

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21:8 So the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah whom she had born to Saul, and the five sons of Saul’s daughter Merab 1  whom she had born to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite. 21:9 He turned them over to the Gibeonites, and they executed them on a hill before the Lord. The seven of them 2  died 3  together; they were put to death during harvest time – during the first days of the beginning 4  of the barley harvest.

21:10 Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest until the rain fell on them, 5  she did not allow the birds of the air to feed 6  on them by day, nor the wild animals 7  by night. 21:11 When David was told what Rizpah daughter of Aiah, Saul’s concubine, had done,

1 tc The MT reads “Michal” here, but two Hebrew manuscripts read “Merab,” along with some LXX manuscripts. Cf. 1 Sam 18:19.

2 tc The translation follows the Qere and several medieval Hebrew mss in reading שְׁבַעְתָּם (shÿvatam, “the seven of them”) rather than MT שִׁבַעְתִּים (shivatim, “seventy”).

3 tn Heb “fell.”

4 tc The translation follows the Qere and many medieval Hebrew mss in reading בִּתְחִלַּת (bithkhillat, “in the beginning”) rather than MT תְחִלַּת (tÿkhillat, “beginning of”).

5 tn Heb “until water was poured on them from the sky.”

6 tn Heb “rest.”

7 tn Heb “the beasts of the field.”



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