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.
O Assassinato de Is-Bosete
1Ao saber que Abner havia morrido em Hebrom, Is-Bosete, filho de Saul, perdeu a coragem, e todo o Israel ficou alarmado. 2Ora, o filho de Saul tinha a seu serviço dois líderes de grupos de ataque. Um deles chamava-se Baaná; o outro, Recabe; ambos filhos de Rimom, de Beerote, da tribo de Benjamim; a cidade de Beerote era considerada parte de Benjamim. 3O povo de Beerote fugiu para Gitaim e até hoje vive ali como estrangeiro.
4(Jônatas, filho de Saul, tinha um filho aleijado dos pés. Ele tinha cinco anos de idade quando chegou a notícia de Jezreel de que Saul e Jônatas haviam morrido. Sua ama o apanhou e fugiu, mas, na pressa, ela o deixou cair, e ele ficou manco. Seu nome era Mefibosete.)
5Aconteceu então que Recabe e Baaná, filhos de Rimom, de Beerote, foram à casa de Is-Bosete na hora mais quente do dia, na hora do seu descanso do meio-dia. 6Os dois entraram na casa como se fossem buscar trigo, traspassaram-lhe o estômago e depois fugiram.
7Eles haviam entrado na casa enquanto Is-Bosete estava deitado em seu quarto. Depois de o traspassar e matar, cortaram-lhe a cabeça. E, levando-a, viajaram toda a noite pela rota da Arabá. 8Levaram a cabeça de Is-Bosete a Davi, em Hebrom, e lhe disseram: “Aqui está a cabeça de Is-Bosete, filho de Saul, teu inimigo, que tentou tirar-te a vida. Hoje o Senhor vingou o nosso rei e senhor, de Saul e de sua descendência”.
9Davi respondeu a Recabe e a Baaná, seu irmão, filhos de Rimom, de Beerote: “Juro pelo nome do Senhor, que me tem livrado de todas as aflições: 10quando um homem me disse que Saul estava morto, pensando que me trazia boa notícia, eu o agarrei e o matei em Ziclague, como recompensa pela notícia que trouxe! 11Muito mais agora, que homens ímpios mataram um inocente em sua própria casa e em sua própria cama! Vou castigá-los e eliminá-los da face da terra porque vocês fizeram correr o sangue dele!”
12Então Davi deu ordem a seus soldados, e eles os mataram. Depois cortaram as mãos e os pés deles e penduraram os corpos junto ao açude de Hebrom. Mas sepultaram a cabeça de Is-Bosete no túmulo de Abner, em Hebrom.