you shall eat at my table. David also offers Mephibosheth a place of honor at his own table (on the practice, see 2 Kin. 25:29). It has been suggested David was somewhat self-serving, since the arrangement would enable him to keep Mephibosheth under surveillance. But this suggestion seems unlikely for several reasons. The text offers no hint of such a motive; Mephibosheth’s crippled condition made him less of a threat; and David would surely have known from his own experience that it was dangerous for a rival to be at court (see 16:3).