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2. Samuelsbog 4:1-12

Mordet på Ishboshet

1Da Ishboshet fik at vide, at Abner var blevet myrdet i Hebron, blev han rystet, og Nordrigets folk blev urolige. 2-3Ishboshet overgav derefter kommandoen over Nordrigets hær til de to brødre Ba’ana og Rekab, der begge var anførere for kongens udrykningsstyrker. Ba’ana og Rekab var sønner af Rimmon, som boede i Be’erot og var fra Benjamins stamme. Be’erot var nemlig blevet indlemmet under Benjamin, efter at byens oprindelige indbyggere var flygtet til Gittajim, hvor de bor i landflygtighed den dag i dag.

4(Jonatan havde en søn, der hed Mefiboshet. Han var kun fem år gammel, da der kom bud om, at Saul og Jonatan var blevet dræbt i slaget ved Jizre’el. Mefiboshets plejemor greb ham straks og flygtede, men i skyndingen snublede hun og tabte ham, og han blev lam i benene.)

5En dag, hvor det var meget varmt, ankom Ba’ana og Rekab til kong Ishboshets hus, mens han lå og sov til middag. 6Dørvogtersken, som var ved at rense hvede, var også faldet i søvn,4,6 Oversat efter den græske oversættelse LXX (Septuaginta), da den masoretiske tekst, vi har adgang til, næppe kan være den oprindelige. så de slap uset forbi hende. 7De sneg sig ind i kongens soveværelse, slog ham ihjel og huggede hovedet af ham. Så tog de hovedet med sig og vandrede hele natten ned gennem Jordandalen. 8Da de ankom til Hebron, overbragte de hovedet til David.

„Se her er Ishboshets hoved!” sagde de. „Han var jo søn af Saul, som forsøgte at slå dig ihjel. I dag har Herren givet dig hævn over Saul og hans familie!”

9Men David svarede: „Jeg sværger ved den levende Gud, som hidtil har reddet mig fra mine fjender, at jeg vil straffe jer for en sådan udåd. 10I Ziklag lod jeg den budbringer dræbe, som troede, at jeg ville blive glad for at høre om Sauls død! Det var den belønning, han fik for sit budskab. 11Hvor meget strengere straf fortjener da ikke sådan et par forbrydere, der har myrdet en uskyldig mand, mens han lå og sov hjemme i sin seng! I må bøde med jeres liv!”

12Så befalede David sine mænd at slå Ba’ana og Rekab ihjel. Da det var gjort, skar de hænder og fødder af dem og hængte ligene op ved dammen i Hebron. Men Ishboshets hoved begravede de i Abners grav i Hebron.

King James Version

2 Samuel 4:1-12

1And when Saul’s son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled. 2And Saul’s son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:4.2 other: Heb. second 3And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.) 4And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.4.4 Mephibosheth: or, Merib-baal 5And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, who lay on a bed at noon. 6And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night. 8And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

9¶ And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:4.10 thinking…: Heb. he was in his own eyes as a bringer, etc4.10 who…: or, which was the reward I gave him for his tidings 11How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth? 12And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.