Now there was a servant from Saul’s house named Ziba, so he was summoned to David. The king asked him, “Are you Ziba?” He replied, “At your service.” 1
The king asked Ziba, “Why did you bring these things?” 1 Ziba replied, “The donkeys are for the king’s family to ride on, the loaves of bread 2 and the summer fruit are for the attendants to eat, and the wine is for those who get exhausted in the desert.” 3
The king said to Ziba, “Everything that was Mephibosheth’s now belongs to you.” Ziba replied, “I bow before you. May I find favor in your sight, my lord the king.”
Now Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. All the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants.
There were a thousand men from Benjamin with him, along with Ziba the servant 1 of Saul’s household, and with him his fifteen sons and twenty servants. They hurriedly crossed 2 the Jordan within sight of the king.
Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s attendant, and said to him, “Everything that belonged to Saul and to his entire house I hereby give to your master’s grandson.
Then the king replied to him, “Why should you continue speaking like this? You and Ziba will inherit the field together.”
The king asked him, “Where is he?” Ziba told the king, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.
The king asked, “Is there not someone left from Saul’s family, 1 that I may extend God’s kindness to him?” Ziba said to the king, “One of Jonathan’s sons is left; both of his feet are crippled.”
Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do everything that my lord the king has instructed his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth was a regular guest 1 at David’s table, 2 just as though he were one of the king’s sons.
You will cultivate 1 the land for him – you and your sons and your servants. You will bring its produce 2 and it will be 3 food for your master’s grandson to eat. 4 But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will be a regular guest at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
When David had gone a short way beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth was there to meet him. He had a couple of donkeys that were saddled, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred raisin cakes, a hundred baskets of summer fruit, 1 and a container of wine.
The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, the descendants of Hasupha, the descendants of Tabbaoth,