2 Samuel 19

2 Samuel 19

 
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27 Ziba has slandered me by saying that I refused to come. But I know that you are like an angel of God, so do what you think is best.

28 All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me among those who eat at your own table! So how can I complain?"

29 "All right," David replied. "My decision is that you and Ziba will divide your land equally between you."

30 "Give him all of it," Mephibosheth said. "I am content just to have you back again, my lord!"

31 Barzillai of Gilead now arrived from Rogelim to conduct the king across the Jordan.

32 He was very old, about eighty, and very wealthy. He was the one who had provided food for the king during his stay in Mahanaim.

33 "Come across with me and live in Jerusalem," the king said to Barzillai. "I will take care of you there."

34 "No," he replied, "I am far too old for that.

35 I am eighty years old today, and I can no longer enjoy anything. Food and wine are no longer tasty, and I cannot hear the musicians as they play. I would only be a burden to my lord the king.

36 Just to go across the river with you is all the honor I need!

37 Then let me return again to die in my own town, where my father and mother are buried. But here is my son Kimham. Let him go with you and receive whatever good things you want to give him."

38 "Good," the king agreed. "Kimham will go with me, and I will do for him whatever I would have done for you."

39 So all the people crossed the Jordan with the king. After David had blessed and embraced him, Barzillai returned to his own home.

40 The king then went on to Gilgal, taking Kimham with him. All the army of Judah and half the army of Israel escorted him across the river.

41 But the men of Israel complained to the king that the men of Judah had gotten to do most of the work in helping him cross the Jordan.

42 "Why not?" the men of Judah replied. "The king is one of our own tribe. Why should this make you angry? We have charged him nothing. And he hasn't fed us or even given us gifts!"

43 "But there are ten tribes in Israel," the others replied. "So we have ten times as much right to the king as you do. Why did you treat us with such contempt? Remember, we were the first to speak of bringing him back to be our king again." The argument continued back and forth, and the men of Judah were very harsh in their replies.

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New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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