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Shmuel II - II Samuel - Chapter 4

Shmuel II - II Samuel - Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

1And Saul's son heard that Abner had died in Hebron, and his hands became feeble, and all Israel were dismayed.   אוַיִּשְׁמַע בֶּן שָׁאוּל כִּי מֵת אַבְנֵר בְּחֶבְרוֹן וַיִּרְפּוּ יָדָיו וְכָל יִשְׂרָאֵל נִבְהָלוּ:
2And Saul's son had two men, the heads of troops. The name of one was Baanah and the name of the second was Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the sons of Benjamin, (for Beeroth was also counted to Benjamin.   בוּשְׁנֵי אֲנָשִׁים שָׂרֵי גְדוּדִים הָיוּ בֶן שָׁאוּל שֵׁם הָאֶחָד בַּעֲנָה וְשֵׁם הַשֵּׁנִי רֵכָב בְּנֵי רִמּוֹן הַבְּאֶרֹתִי מִבְּנֵי בִנְיָמִן כִּי גַּם בְּאֵרוֹת תֵּחָשֵׁב עַל בִּנְיָמִן:
And Saul’s son had two men, the heads of troops: (lit., And two men, the heads of troops were Saul’s sons) were to Saul’s son (or Saul’s son had), like: “to the appointed time which Samuel” (I Sam. 13: 8, meaning ‘which was to Samuel’ or ‘of Samuel’).  
3And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and they were living there until this day).   גוַיִּבְרְחוּ הַבְּאֵרֹתִים גִּתָּיְמָה וַיִּהְיוּ שָׁם גָּרִים עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה:
And the Beerothites had fled to Gittaim: when Saul died, for the Israelites abandoned the cities in the environs of the Philistines, as is mentioned above (I Sam. 31:7). Then the Beerothites fled.  
4And Jonathan, the son of Saul had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news of Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse carried him and fled; and it was in her haste to flee, that he fell and became lame, and his name was Mephibosheth.   דוְלִיהוֹנָתָן בֶּן שָׁאוּל בֵּן נְכֵה רַגְלָיִם בֶּן חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים הָיָה בְּבֹא שְׁמֻעַת שָׁאוּל וִיהוֹנָתָן מִיִּזְרְעֶאל וַתִּשָּׂאֵהוּ אֹמַנְתּוֹ וַתָּנֹס וַיְהִי בְּחָפְזָהּ לָנוּס וַיִּפֹּל וַיִּפָּסֵחַ וּשְׁמוֹ מְפִיבשֶׁת:
And Jonathan the son of Saul had: Scripture goes on to recount how the kingdom was taken away from the house of Saul. He and his son were killed. This one remaining son was killed in bed, and Jonathan’s son fell and became lame (hence unfit for the throne).  
lame in his feet: having broken feet.  
5And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came in the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, when he was taking his midday rest.   הוַיֵּלְכוּ בְּנֵי רִמּוֹן הַבְּאֵרֹתִי רֵכָב וּבַעֲנָה וַיָּבֹאוּ כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם אֶל בֵּית אִישׁ בּשֶׁת וְהוּא שֹׁכֵב אֵת מִשְׁכַּב הַצָּהֳרָיִם:
6And they came inside the house [as] buyers of wheat, and they struck him under the fifth rib, and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.   ווְהֵנָּה בָּאוּ עַד תּוֹךְ הַבַּיִת לֹקְחֵי חִטִּים וַיַּכֻּהוּ אֶל הַחֹמֶשׁ וְרֵכָב וּבַעֲנָה אָחִיו נִמְלָטוּ:
and they came to the middle of the house: with merchants who were buying wheat.  
7And they came into the house and he was lying on his bed in his bedroom, and they struck him and put him to death, and they removed his head, and they took his head and went by way of the plain all night.   זוַיָּבֹאוּ הַבַּיִת וְהוּא שֹׁכֵב עַל מִטָּתוֹ בַּחֲדַר מִשְׁכָּבוֹ וַיַּכֻּהוּ וַיְמִתֻהוּ וַיָּסִירוּ אֶת רֹאשׁוֹ וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת רֹאשׁוֹ וַיֵּלְכוּ דֶּרֶךְ הָעֲרָבָה כָּל הַלָּיְלָה:
8And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David to Hebron, and they said to the king, "Here is the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life. And the Lord has granted my lord the king vengeance this day of Saul and of his seed."   חוַיָּבִאוּ אֶת רֹאשׁ אִישׁ בּשֶׁת אֶל דָּוִד חֶבְרוֹן וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ הִנֵּה רֹאשׁ אִישׁ בּשֶׁת בֶּן שָׁאוּל אֹיִבְךָ אֲשֶׁר בִּקֵּשׁ אֶת נַפְשֶׁךָ וַיִּתֵּן יְהֹוָה לַאדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ נְקָמוֹת הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה מִשָּׁאוּל וּמִזַּרְעוֹ:
9And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite and said to them, "As the Lord lives, Who delivered my person from every distress.   טוַיַּעַן דָּוִד אֶת רֵכָב | וְאֶת בַּעֲנָה אָחִיו בְּנֵי רִמּוֹן הַבְּאֵרֹתִי וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם חַי יְהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר פָּדָה אֶת נַפְשִׁי מִכָּל צָרָה:
10That he who told me saying, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' and he was in his own eyes as a herald of good tidings, I took hold of him and slew him in Ziglag, who [had expected] me to give him a reward for good tidings.   יכִּי הַמַּגִּיד לִי לֵאמֹר הִנֵּה מֵת שָׁאוּל וְהוּא הָיָה כִמְבַשֵּׂר בְּעֵינָיו וָאֹחֲזָה בוֹ וָאֶהְרְגֵהוּ בְּצִקְלָג אֲשֶׁר לְתִתִּי לוֹ בְּשׂרָה:
who (expected) me to give him a reward for good tidings: who thought to make me happy in order that I give him a reward for his good tidings  
11'How much more when wicked men have slain an innocent man in his own house on his bed. And now, shall I not hold you accountable for his blood, and remove you from the earth?"   יאאַף כִּי אֲנָשִׁים רְשָׁעִים הָרְגוּ אֶת אִישׁ צַדִּיק בְּבֵיתוֹ עַל מִשְׁכָּבוֹ וְעַתָּה הֲלוֹא אֲבַקֵּשׁ אֶת דָּמוֹ מִיֶּדְכֶם וּבִעַרְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ:
12And David commanded the young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Hebron. But the head of Ish-bosheth they took and buried in the grave of Abner in Hebron.   יבוַיְצַו דָּוִד אֶת הַנְּעָרִים וַיַּהַרְגוּם וַיְקַצְּצוּ אֶת יְדֵיהֶם וְאֶת רַגְלֵיהֶם וַיִּתְלוּ עַל הַבְּרֵכָה בְּחֶבְרוֹן וְאֶת רֹאשׁ אִישׁ בּשֶׁת לָקָחוּ וַיִּקְבְּרוּ בְקֶבֶר אַבְנֵר בְּחֶבְרוֹן:
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