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?”
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.