But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, who were the two sons whom Rizpah(A) daughter of Aiah had borne to Saul, and the five sons whom Merab[a](B) daughter of Saul had borne to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite and handed them over to the Gibeonites. They hanged[b] them on the hill in the presence of the Lord; the seven of them died together. They were executed in the first days of the harvest at the beginning of the barley harvest.[c]

The Burial of Saul’s Family

10 Rizpah, Aiah’s daughter, took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on the rock from the beginning of the harvest[d] until the rain poured down from heaven on the bodies. She kept the birds of the sky from them by day and the wild animals by night.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 21:8 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg; other Hb mss read Michal
  2. 2 Samuel 21:9 Or impaled, or exposed
  3. 2 Samuel 21:9 = March–April
  4. 2 Samuel 21:10 = April to October

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