24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. He had neither taken care of his feet nor trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety.25 And when he came to Jerusalem to meet the king, the king said to him, “Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?”26 He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said to him, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself,[a] that I may ride on it and go with the king.’ For your servant is lame.27 He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you.28 For all my father's house were but men doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to cry to the king?”29 And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.”30 And Mephibosheth said to the king, “Oh, let him take it all, since my lord the king has come safely home.”
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