David and Mephibosheth Meet

24 Now (A)Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. And he had not cared for his feet, nor trimmed his mustache, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he returned in peace.

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(A)Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

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15 (A)Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

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Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, (A)when you fast, do not be like the [a]hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:16 pretenders

that certain men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, eighty men (A)with their beards shaved and their clothes torn, having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to (B)the house of the Lord.

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He has gone up to the [a]temple and Dibon,
To the high places to weep.
Moab will wail over Nebo and over Medeba;
(A)On all their heads will be baldness,
And every beard cut off.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 15:2 Heb. bayith, lit. house

Then the king said, “And where is your (A)master’s son?”

(B)And Ziba said to the king, “Indeed he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.’ ”

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30 So David went up by the Ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he (A)had his head covered and went (B)barefoot. And all the people who were with him (C)covered their heads and went up, (D)weeping as they went up.

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Now when (A)Mephibosheth[a] the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?”

And he answered, “Here is your servant!”

So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”

Then he bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such (B)a dead dog as I?”

And the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, (C)“I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest, that your master’s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s son (D)shall eat bread at my table always.” Now Ziba had (E)fifteen sons and twenty servants.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 9:6 Or Merib-Baal

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