Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒母耳記下 9

大衛恩待米非波設

1大衛問:「掃羅一家還有什麼人嗎?我要因為和約拿單的情義而恩待他。」 有人就去叫掃羅家一個名叫洗巴的僕人來見大衛,王問他:「你就是洗巴嗎?」他說:「僕人正是洗巴。」 王說:「掃羅家中還有什麼人?我要以上帝的慈愛來待他。」洗巴答道:「約拿單還有一個兒子,是雙腳殘廢的。」 王說:「他在哪裡?」洗巴答道:「他住在羅·底巴,在亞米利的兒子瑪吉家裡。」 於是,大衛王派人去羅·底巴把他從亞米利的兒子瑪吉家裡接來。 掃羅的孫子、約拿單的兒子米非波設來到大衛面前,向他俯伏叩拜。大衛說:「米非波設!」米非波設答道:「僕人在這裡。」 大衛說:「你不用害怕,我要因為和你父親約拿單的情義而恩待你。我要把你祖父掃羅所有的田地歸還給你,你要常與我同席吃飯。」 米非波設再次叩拜,說:「僕人算什麼?不過像一條死狗罷了,你竟這樣眷顧我!」

王又把掃羅的僕人洗巴召來,對他說:「我已把掃羅全家的產業都賜給了你主人的孫子米非波設。 10 你和你的兒子及僕人要為米非波設種田,把出產拿來供養他。他還要常常與我同席吃飯。」洗巴有十五個兒子,二十個僕人。 11 洗巴對王說:「僕人必遵行我主我王的一切吩咐。」於是,米非波設像王子一樣常與大衛同席吃飯。 12 米非波設有一個小兒子名叫米迦。洗巴家中的人都做了米非波設的僕人。 13 從此,雙腳殘廢的米非波設就住在耶路撒冷,常常與王同席吃飯。

The Message

2 Samuel 9

An Open Table for Mephibosheth

1One day David asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family? If so, I’d like to show him some kindness in honor of Jonathan.”

It happened that a servant from Saul’s household named Ziba was there. They called him into David’s presence. The king asked him, “Are you Ziba?”

“Yes sir,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there anyone left from the family of Saul to whom I can show some godly kindness?”

Ziba told the king, “Yes, there is Jonathan’s son, lame in both feet.”

“Where is he?”

“He’s living at the home of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”

King David didn’t lose a minute. He sent and got him from the home of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan (who was the son of Saul), came before David, he bowed deeply, abasing himself, honoring David.

David spoke his name: “Mephibosheth.”

“Yes sir?”

“Don’t be frightened,” said David. “I’d like to do something special for you in memory of your father Jonathan. To begin with, I’m returning to you all the properties of your grandfather Saul. Furthermore, from now on you’ll take all your meals at my table.”

Shuffling and stammering, not looking him in the eye, Mephibosheth said, “Who am I that you pay attention to a stray dog like me?”

9-10 David then called in Ziba, Saul’s right-hand man, and told him, “Everything that belonged to Saul and his family, I’ve handed over to your master’s grandson. You and your sons and your servants will work his land and bring in the produce, provisions for your master’s grandson. Mephibosheth himself, your master’s grandson, from now on will take all his meals at my table.” Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

11-12 “All that my master the king has ordered his servant,” answered Ziba, “your servant will surely do.”

And Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, just like one of the royal family. Mephibosheth also had a small son named Mica. All who were part of Ziba’s household were now the servants of Mephibosheth.

13 Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, taking all his meals at the king’s table. He was lame in both feet.