Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, one of the thirty warriors and their leader,(12:5) 1 Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite,
So the king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke with them. (Now the Gibeonites were not descendants of Israel; they were a remnant of the Amorites. The Israelites had made a promise to 1 them, but Saul tried to kill them because of his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah.)
David said to the Gibeonites, “What can I do for you, and how can I make amends so that you will bless 1 the Lord’s inheritance?”
Adjacent to them worked Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, who were men of Gibeon and Mizpah. These towns were under the jurisdiction 1 of the governor of Trans-Euphrates.
During David’s reign there was a famine for three consecutive years. So David inquired of the Lord. 1 The Lord said, “It is because of Saul and his bloodstained family, 2 because he murdered the Gibeonites.”
The Gibeonites said to him, “We 1 have no claim to silver or gold from Saul or from his family, 2 nor would we be justified in putting to death anyone in Israel.” David asked, 3 “What then are you asking me to do for you?”
He turned them over to the Gibeonites, and they executed them on a hill before the Lord. The seven of them 1 died 2 together; they were put to death during harvest time – during the first days of the beginning 3 of the barley harvest.