kjv@2Samuel:4:1@ And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
kjv@2Samuel:4:2@ And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:
kjv@2Samuel:4:3@ And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)
kjv@2Samuel:4:4@ And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
kjv@2Samuel:4:5@ And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.
kjv@2Samuel:4:6@ And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
kjv@2Samuel:4:7@ For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.
kjv@2Samuel:4:8@ And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
kjv@2Samuel:4:9@ And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
kjv@2Samuel:4:10@ When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:
kjv@2Samuel:4:11@ How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?
kjv@2Samuel:4:12@ And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
It is a frequent matter in the transitions of power that those falling from power are dealt with with death or exile or imprisonment so that they don't attempt to resume any form of power/division. It is just as frequent that ambitious loyalist take opportunity into their own hands as the two men today have. The new leader David had no such desire and saw through the career climbing initiative of the two plus he had an oath with his now deceased friend Jonathan to spare him and his family.
Again it must be noted, the context of the Bible must be judged also in the context of the times. Modern readers judge David and Israel as being war hungry and blood thirsty. We have this notion that offensive military maneuvers are unjust. David praying to the Lord "shall we attack" and the Lord being for and ahead of that battle seems to us harsh and alien. The context of the time suggests rather that this offensive battle tactic was quiet common in the time, it can be described as attack or be attacked. Add to this that Israel is a land that has been taken from other peoples, people much greater in number than the Jews and that the Jews are riddled with divisions and idolatries, signs of weakness to any other aggressor. The question others might have is more on the lines of God has been with Israel undoubtedly but for how long? God is using this type of natural inquiry to test Israel's resolve and trust.
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