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out of my mouth proceeds reproach

Smith's Bible Dictionary

(exterminating the idol), the name borne by two members of the family of Saul --his son and his grandson.

  1. Saul's son by Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, his concubine. (2 Samuel 21:8) He and his brother Armoni were among the seven victims who were surrendered by David to the Gibeonites, and by them crucified to avert a famine from which the country was suffering.
  2. The son of Jonathan, grandson of Saul and nephew of the preceding; called also Merib-baal. (1 Chronicles 8:34) His life seems to have been, from beginning to end, one of trial and discomfort. When his father and grandfather were slain on Gilboa he was an infant but five years old. At this age he met with an accident which deprived him for life of the use of both feet. (2 Samuel 4:4) After this he is found a home with Machir ben-Ammiel a powerful Gadite, who brought him up, and while here was married. Later on David invited him to Jerusalem, and there treated him and his son Micha with the greatest kindness. From this time forward he resided at Jerusalem, of Mephibosheth's behavior during the rebellion of Absalom we possess two accounts--his own, (2 Samuel 13:24-30) and that of Ziba, (2 Samuel 16:1-4) They are naturally at variance with each other. In consequence of the story of Ziba, he was rewarded by the possessions of his master. Mephibosheth's story --which however, he had not the opportunity of telling until several days later, when he met David returning to his kingdom at the western bank of Jordan --was very different from Ziba's. That David did not disbelieve it is shown by his revoking the judgment he had previously given. That he did not entirely reverse his decision, but allowed Ziba to retain possession of half the lands of Mephibosheth, is probably due partly to weariness at the whole transaction, but mainly to the conciliatory frame of mind in which he was at that moment. "Shall there any man be put to death this day" is the keynote of the whole proceeding.
ATS Bible Dictionary

A son of Jonathan, also called Merib-baal, 1 Chronicles 8:34. See ESHBAAL. Mephibosbeth was very young when his father was killed in the battle of Gilboa, 2 Samuel 4:4, and his nurse was in such consternation at the news, that she let the child fall; and from this accident he was lame all his life. When David found himself in peaceable possession of the kingdom, he sought for all that remained of the house of Saul, that he might show them kindness, in consideration of the friendship between him and Jonathan. He gave Mephibosheth the estate of his grandfather Saul. Of a part of this, however, he was afterwards deprived by the treachery of his steward Zeba, and the hasty injustice, as it appears, of David towards and unfortunate but noble and loyal prince, 2 Samuel 9:1-13 16:1-4 19:24-30. David subsequently took care to exempt him from the number of the descendants of Saul given up to the vengeance of the Gibeonites, 2 Samuel 21:1-14, though another Mephibosheth, a son of Saul was slain, 2 Samuel 21:8.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Exterminator of shame; i.e., of idols.

(1.) The name of Saul's son by the concubine Rizpah (q.v.), the daughter of Aiah. He and his brother Armoni were with five others "hanged on a hill before the Lord" by the Gibeonites, and their bodies exposed in the sun for five months (2 Samuel 21:8-10).

(2.) The son of Jonathan, and grandson of Saul (2 Samuel 4:4). He was but five years old when his father and grandfather fell on Mount Gilboa. The child's nurse hearing of this calamity, fled with him from Gibeah, the royal residence, and stumbling in her haste, the child was thrown to the ground and maimed in both his feet, and ever after was unable to walk (19:26). He was carried to the land of Gilead, where he found a refuge in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar, by whom he was brought up.

Some years after this, when David had subdued all the adversaries of Israel, he began to think of the family of Jonathan, and discovered that Mephibosheth was residing in the house of Machir. Thither he sent royal messengers, and brought him and his infant son to Jerusalem, where he ever afterwards resided (2 Samuel 9).

When David was a fugitive, according to the story of Ziba (2 Samuel 16:1-4) Mephibosheth proved unfaithful to him, and was consequently deprived of half of his estates; but according to his own story, however (19:24-30), he had remained loyal to his friend. After this incident he is only mentioned as having been protected by David against the vengeance the Gibeonites were permitted to execute on the house of Saul (21:7). He is also called Merib-baal (1 Chronicles 8:34; 9:40). (see ZIBA.)

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

me-fib'-o-sheth (mephibhosheth, "idol-breaker," also MERIB-BAAL (which see); Memphibosthe):

(1) Son of Saul by his concubine RIZPAH (which see), daughter of Aiah (2 Samuel 21:8).

See also ARMONI.

(2) Grandson of Saul, son of Jonathan, and nephew of Mephibosheth (1) (2 Samuel 4:4). He was 5 years old when his father and grandfather were slain. He was living in charge of a nurse, possibly because his mother was dead. Tidings of the disaster at Jezreel and the onsweep of the Philistines terrified the nurse. She fled with her charge in such haste that a fall lamed the little prince in both feet for life. His life is a series of disasters, disappointments, and anxieties. It is a weary, broken, dispirited soul that speaks in all his utterances. The nurse carried him to Lo-debar among the mountains of Gilead, where he was brought up by Machir, son of Ammiel (2 Samuel 9:4). There he evidently married, for he had a son Mica when he returned later at David's request. When David had settled his own affairs and subdued his enemies, he turned his inquiries to Saul's household to see whether there were any survivors to whom he might show kindness for Jonathan's sake (2 Samuel 9:1). The search caused the appearance of Ziba, a servant of Saul's house (2 Samuel 9:2), who had meanwhile grown prosperous by some rapid process which can only be guessed at (2 Samuel 9:9, 10). From him David learned about Mephibosheth, who was sent for. His humble bearing was consistent with his chronically broken spirit. David put Ziba's property (which had belonged to Saul) at Mephibosheth's disposal and made Ziba steward thereof. Mephibosheth was also to be a daily guest at David's table (2 Samuel 9:11-13). Seventeen years pass, during which Mephibosheth seems to have lived in Jerusalem. Then came Absalom's rebellion. David determined to flee, so distraught was he by the act of his son. At the moment of flight, in great depression and need, he was opportunely met by Ziba with food, refreshment and even means for travel. Naturally, the king inquired for Ziba's master. The treacherous reply was made (2 Samuel 16:1-4) that Mephibosheth had remained behind for his own ends, hoping the people would give him, Saul's grandson, the kingdom. David believed this and restored to Ziba the property lost. Not till many days after did the lame prince get his chance to give David his own version of the story. He met David on his return from quelling Absalom's rebellion. He had not dressed his feet, trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes since the hour of David's departure (2 Samuel 19:24). At David's anxious request Mephibosheth told his story: his servant had deceived him; he wanted to go with David, had even asked for his beast to be saddled; but Ziba had left him, and had slandered him to the king. But he would not plead his cause any more; David is "as an angel of God"; whatever he decides will be well! (2 Samuel 19:26, 27). Thus characteristically continued the speech of this lame, broken, humble man, son of a proud family (2 Samuel 19:28). David wearily settled the matter by dividing the property between the prince and his servant, the prince expressing utmost content that Ziba should take all so long as David remained friendly (2 Samuel 19:29, 30). That David accepted Mephibosheth's explanation and was drawn out in heart toward the character of the broken man is shown by the fact that when some expiation from Saul's household was considered necessary to turn away the famine sent by an offended deity, Mephibosheth is spared when other members of Saul's household were sacrificed (2 Samuel 21:7). The character of Mephibosheth well illustrates the effect of continued disaster, suspicion and treachery upon a sensitive mind.

Henry Wallace

Strong's Hebrew
4648. Mephibosheth -- "dispeller of shame"
Mephibosheth or Mephibosheth. 4647, 4648. Mephibosheth or Mephibosheth.
4649 . "dispeller of shame". Transliteration: Mephibosheth ...
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Rash Decisions.
... I. When David came to the kingdom, he was very anxious to show kindness to any son
of Jonathan whom he might find; and he heard of Mephibosheth, who was lame ...
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David and Jonathan's Son
... Ammiel, in Lo-debar.5. Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of
Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar., 6. Now when Mephibosheth, the son ...
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Concerning the Insurrection of Absalom against David and ...
... 3. When David was gone a little farther, there met him Ziba, the servant of
Mephibosheth, [whom he had sent to take care of the possessions which had been ...
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How David, when He had Recovered his Kingdom, was Reconciled to ...
... 3. Mephibosheth also, Saul's grandson, met David, clothed in a sordid garment, and
having his hair thick and neglected; for after David was fled away, he was ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 11 how david when.htm

... insulting conduct when David had sent messengers to comfort him on his father's
death (2 Samuel 10:1-5);[1] and Machir as the friend of Mephibosheth (2 Sam, ix ...
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Apology for Constantine.
... slave, and a rascal. I mean Ziba, who deluded the king by lies against
Mephibosheth, and thus obtained his land [445] . It is not ...
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How David Brought under the Philistines, and the Moabites, and the ...
... And he said, that a son of his was remaining, whose name was Mephibosheth, but that
he was lame of his feet; for that when his nurse heard that the father and ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 5 how david brought.htm

And V the Kingdom Undivided and the Kingdom Divided
... 1. Jonathan and Friendship. 1 Samuel 18:1-4 and 19:1-7. 2. Mephibosheth and Mercy.
II Samuel. 3. Absalom and Pride. 2 Samuel 15:1-6. 4. Solomon and Choice. ...
/.../palmer/a birds-eye view of the bible/iv and v the kingdom.htm

Persistency in Wrong Doing.
... He showed his gratitude to the memory of his friend Jonathan by investing
his son Mephibosheth with his grandfather's property. ...
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The Image of Self.
... Let no man call me a just man, I divided the land of Mephibosheth with his false,
lying slave Ziba, because it went against my pride to go back from what I had ...
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Mephibosheth (13 Occurrences)
... after this, when David had subdued all the adversaries of Israel, he began to think
of the family of Jonathan, and discovered that Mephibosheth was residing in ...
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Mephibosheth's (2 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Mephibosheth's (2 Occurrences). ... (DBY). 2 Samuel 16:4 Then
the king said to Ziba, Truly everything which was Mephibosheth's is yours. ...
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Mephib'osheth (13 Occurrences)
Mephib'osheth. Mephibosheth, Mephib'osheth. Mephibosheth's . Multi-Version
Concordance Mephib'osheth (13 Occurrences). ... And his name was Mephibosheth. (See RSV ...
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Ziba (13 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Post; statue, "a servant of the house of Saul" (2 Samuel
9:2), who informed David that Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan, was alive. ...
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Rizpah (4 Occurrences)
... Coal; hot stone, the daughter of Aiah, and one of Saul's concubines. She was the
mother of Armoni and Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 3:7; 21:8, 10, 11). ...
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Mica (5 Occurrences)
... In the King James Version it is sometimes spelled "Micha." (1) A son of Merib-baal
or Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:12, the King James Version "Micha"). ...
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Mephib'osheth's (1 Occurrence)
Mephib'osheth's. Mephibosheth's, Mephib'osheth's. Merab . ... Mephib'osheth's (1
Occurrence). 2 Samuel 9:12 Now Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica ...
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Obeisance (45 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV). 2 Samuel 9:6 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the
son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face, and did obeisance. ...
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Lame (35 Occurrences)
... (2) Those who suffered from lameness, such as Mephibosheth, whose limbs were injured
by a ... His name was Mephibosheth. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
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Ziba's (1 Occurrence)
... 2 Samuel 9:12 Now Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all that
dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. (See RSV NIV). ...
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Mephibosheth (13 Occurrences)

2 Samuel 4:4
Now Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son who was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the news came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel; and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.

2 Samuel 9:6
Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, and fell on his face, and did obeisance. David said, "Mephibosheth." He answered, "Behold, your servant!"

2 Samuel 9:10
You shall till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your servants; and you shall bring in the fruits, that your master's son may have bread to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall eat bread always at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

2 Samuel 9:11
Then said Ziba to the king, "According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so your shall servant do." So Mephibosheth ate at the king's table, like one of the king's sons.

2 Samuel 9:12
Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. All that lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.

2 Samuel 9:13
So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem; for he ate continually at the king's table. He was lame in both his feet.

2 Samuel 16:1
When David was a little past the top of the ascent, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, and on them two hundred loaves of bread, and one hundred clusters of raisins, and one hundred summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

2 Samuel 16:4
Then the king said to Ziba, "Behold, all that pertains to Mephibosheth is yours." Ziba said, "I do obeisance. Let me find favor in your sight, my lord, O king."

2 Samuel 19:24
Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king; and he had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace.

2 Samuel 19:25
It happened, when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, "Why didn't you go with me, Mephibosheth?"

2 Samuel 19:30
Mephibosheth said to the king, "Yes, let him take all, because my lord the king has come in peace to his own house."

2 Samuel 21:7
But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of Yahweh's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

2 Samuel 21:8
But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.



Mephibosheth: Son of Jonathan

Mephibosheth: Son of Jonathan was Lame

Mephibosheth: Son of Jonathan: Called Merib-Baal

Mephibosheth: Son of Jonathan: David Entertains Him at his Table

Mephibosheth: Son of Jonathan: His Ingratitude to David at the Time of Absolom's Usurpation

Mephibosheth: Son of Jonathan: Property of, Confiscated

Mephibosheth: Son of Jonathan: Property Restored To

Mephibosheth: Son of Saul by Rizpah, Whom David Surrendered to the Gibeonites to be Killed

Obsequiousness: Mephibosheth

Related Terms

Mephibosheth's (2 Occurrences)

Mephib'osheth (13 Occurrences)

Ziba (13 Occurrences)

Rizpah (4 Occurrences)

Mica (5 Occurrences)

Mephib'osheth's (1 Occurrence)

Obeisance (45 Occurrences)

Lame (35 Occurrences)

Ziba's (1 Occurrence)

Grandson (14 Occurrences)

Regularly (30 Occurrences)

Meribbaal (2 Occurrences)

Machir (20 Occurrences)

Melech (7 Occurrences)

Merib-baal (2 Occurrences)

Micha (4 Occurrences)

Prostrated (29 Occurrences)

Crippled (15 Occurrences)

Saul's (79 Occurrences)

Falleth (119 Occurrences)

Reverence (42 Occurrences)

Safely (83 Occurrences)

Beard (23 Occurrences)

Members (54 Occurrences)

Bowed (150 Occurrences)

Jezreel (37 Occurrences)

Micah (54 Occurrences)

King's (375 Occurrences)

Jonathan (109 Occurrences)

Fruits (109 Occurrences)

Continually (180 Occurrences)

Jug (11 Occurrences)

Jerubbaal (15 Occurrences)

Jerubbesheth (1 Occurrence)

Jizreel (30 Occurrences)

Lo-debar (4 Occurrences)

Loaded (21 Occurrences)

Lodebar (4 Occurrences)

Wentest (16 Occurrences)

Ish-bosheth (14 Occurrences)

Ishbosheth (13 Occurrences)

Farm (9 Occurrences)

Figs (27 Occurrences)

Fifteen (26 Occurrences)

Flask (15 Occurrences)

Trimmed (7 Occurrences)

Rumour (13 Occurrences)

Raisins (9 Occurrences)

Raisin-cakes (7 Occurrences)

Dog (19 Occurrences)

Machirite (1 Occurrence)

Meph'a-ath (3 Occurrences)

Mustache (3 Occurrences)

Meholathite (2 Occurrences)

Merab (4 Occurrences)

Meho'lathite (2 Occurrences)

Pertained (18 Occurrences)

Pertains (14 Occurrences)

Prostrate (25 Occurrences)

Pertaineth (18 Occurrences)

Pithon (2 Occurrences)

Bunches (7 Occurrences)

Barzil'lai (10 Occurrences)

Barzillai (10 Occurrences)

Clusters (12 Occurrences)

Cultivate (11 Occurrences)

Cared (25 Occurrences)

Armoni (1 Occurrence)

Aiah's (2 Occurrences)

Adriel (2 Occurrences)

Aiah (7 Occurrences)

Ammiel (6 Occurrences)

Armo'ni (1 Occurrence)

A'dri-el (1 Occurrence)

Ai'ah (5 Occurrences)

Summer (28 Occurrences)

Summit (7 Occurrences)

Saddled (11 Occurrences)

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