2 Samuel 16:1-4

David and Ziba

1 When David had passed beyond the top of the Mount of Olives, he met Mephibosheth's servant Ziba. Ziba was waiting there for him with two donkeys. The donkeys were ready for people to ride them. They also carried 200 loaves of bread, 100 blocks of raisins, 100 blocks of figs and a leather bag of wine.

16:1Ziba looked after all Mephibosheth's land. See 2 Samuel 9:7-10.

2 The king asked Ziba, ‘Why have you brought all these things?’

Ziba answered, ‘The donkeys are for the king's family to ride. The bread and the fruit are for the young men to eat. The wine will help people who become weak when you travel through the desert.’

3 The king asked, ‘Where is your master's grandson?’

16:3Mephibosheth was King Saul's grandson.

Ziba answered, ‘He is staying in Jerusalem. He thinks that the Israelites will now give back to him his grandfather Saul's kingdom.’

4 Then the king said to Ziba, ‘Everything that Mephibosheth had will now belong to you.’

Ziba said, ‘Thank you, sir. I hope that you will always be pleased with me.’