17with him were a thousand people from Benjamin. And Ziba, the servant of the house of Saul, with his fifteen sons and his twenty servants, rushed down to the Jordan ahead of the king,18while the crossing was taking place, to bring over the king's household, and to do his pleasure.
David's Mercy to Shimei
Shimei son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was about to cross the Jordan,19and said to the king, “May my lord not hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem; may the king not bear it in mind.20For your servant knows that I have sinned; therefore, see, I have come this day, the first of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king.”21Abishai son of Zeruiah answered, “Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lord's anointed?”22But David said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should today become an adversary to me? Shall anyone be put to death in Israel this day? For do I not know that I am this day king over Israel?”23The king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king gave him his oath.David and Mephibosheth Meet
24Mephibosheth grandson of Saul came down to meet the king; he had not taken care of his feet, or trimmed his beard, or washed his clothes, from the day the king left until the day he came back in safety.25When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king said to him, “Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?”26He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said to him, ‘Saddle a donkey for me, so that I may ride on it and go with the king.’ For your servant is lame.27He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you.28For all my father's house were doomed to death before my lord the king; but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to appeal to the king?”29The king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.”