New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 4:1-12

Ish-Bosheth Is Murdered

1Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul, heard that Abner had died in Hebron. Then he wasn’t so brave anymore. And all the Israelites became alarmed. 2Two men in Ish-Bosheth’s army led small fighting groups that attacked their enemies. The names of the men were Baanah and Rekab. They were sons of Rimmon from the town of Beeroth. Rimmon was from the tribe of Benjamin. Beeroth is considered to be part of Benjamin. 3That’s because the people who used to live in Beeroth had run away to Gittaim. They have lived there as outsiders to this day.

4Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son named Mephibosheth. Both of Mephibosheth’s feet were hurt. He was five years old when the news that Saul and Jonathan had died came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and ran. But as she hurried to get away, he fell down. That’s how his feet were hurt.

5Rekab and Baanah started out for the house of Ish-Bosheth. They were the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth. They arrived there during the hottest time of the day. Ish-Bosheth was taking his early afternoon nap. 6Rekab and his brother Baanah went into the inside part of the house. They acted as if they were going to get some wheat. Instead, they stabbed Ish-Bosheth in the stomach. Then they slipped away.

7They had gone into the house while Ish-Bosheth was lying on his bed in his bedroom. They stabbed him and killed him. Then they cut off his head and took it with them. They traveled all night through the Arabah Valley. 8They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to King David at Hebron. They said to him, “Here’s the head of Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul. Saul was your enemy. He often tried to kill you. Today the Lord has paid back Saul and his family. He has let you get even with them. You are our king and master.”

9David gave an answer to Rekab and his brother Baanah. They were the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth. David said, “The Lord has saved me from every trouble. 10Someone once told me, ‘Saul is dead.’ He thought he was bringing me good news. But I grabbed him. I had him put to death in Ziklag. That’s the reward I gave him for his news! And that’s just as sure as the Lord is alive. 11Now you evil men have killed a man in his own house. He hadn’t done anything wrong. You killed him while he was lying on his own bed. You spilled his blood. So shouldn’t I spill your blood? Shouldn’t I wipe you off the face of the earth?”

12Then David gave an order to his men. They killed Rekab and Baanah. They cut off their hands and feet. They hung their bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they buried the head of Ish-Bosheth in Abner’s tomb at Hebron.

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2 Samuel 4:1-12

L’assassinat d’Ish-Bosheth et la réaction de David

1Lorsque Ish-Bosheth, fils de Saül, apprit qu’Abner était mort à Hébron, il en fut consterné et la peur s’empara de tout Israël.

2Parmi ceux qui étaient sous ses ordres, il y avait deux chefs de bandes appelés Baana et Rékab ; ils étaient fils de Rimmôn de Beéroth4.2 A environ 15 kilomètres de Jérusalem., des Benjaminites, car Beéroth faisait partie de Benjamin 3bien que, depuis lors, ses habitants se soient réfugiés à Guittaïm où leurs descendants habitent encore aujourd’hui.

4Or Jonathan, le fils de Saül, avait un fils qui était infirme des deux pieds. En effet, il avait cinq ans au moment de la bataille de Jizréel, et lorsqu’on avait appris ce qui était arrivé à Saül et Jonathan, sa nourrice l’avait pris pour s’enfuir. Dans sa précipitation, elle l’avait laissé tomber et il en était resté estropié. Son nom était Mephibosheth.

5Rékab et Baana, les deux fils de Rimmôn de Beéroth, se rendirent à l’heure la plus chaude dans la maison d’Ish-Bosheth, celui-ci était couché pour faire la sieste ; il était midi. 6-7Ils s’introduisirent dans la maison en apportant du blé, entrèrent dans la chambre à coucher d’Ish-Bosheth pendant qu’il reposait sur son lit, le frappèrent mortellement au ventre et le décapitèrent, puis ils prirent sa tête et s’enfuirent. Après avoir marché toute la nuit le long de la vallée du Jourdain, 8ils apportèrent la tête d’Ish-Bosheth au roi David à Hébron et lui dirent : Voici la tête d’Ish-Bosheth, fils de Saül, ton ennemi qui cherchait à te tuer. L’Eternel a vengé aujourd’hui le roi, mon seigneur, de Saül et de ses descendants.

9Mais David répondit à Rékab et à son frère Baana, fils de Rimmôn de Beéroth : L’Eternel qui m’a délivré de toute détresse est vivant ! 10A Tsiqlag, un homme est venu me dire : « Voici : Saül est mort », croyant m’annoncer une bonne nouvelle. Je l’ai fait saisir et exécuter pour le payer de sa « bonne nouvelle ». 11A plus forte raison vais-je payer des misérables qui ont assassiné un homme innocent sur son lit, dans sa maison. Oui, je vous demanderai compte du meurtre que vous avez commis, et je vous ferai disparaître de la surface de la terre.

12Là-dessus, David donna un ordre à ses hommes qui les tuèrent. Ensuite, ils leur tranchèrent les mains et les pieds qu’ils suspendirent au bord de l’étang d’Hébron. Ils prirent la tête d’Ish-Bosheth et l’enterrèrent dans le tombeau d’Abner à Hébron.