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2 Samuel 4

The Murder of Ishbosheth

1When Ishbosheth,[a] Saul’s son, heard about Abner’s death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and all Israel became paralyzed with fear. Now there were two brothers, Baanah and Recab, who were captains of Ishbosheth’s raiding parties. They were sons of Rimmon, a member of the tribe of Benjamin who lived in Beeroth. The town of Beeroth is now part of Benjamin’s territory because the original people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim, where they still live as foreigners.

(Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth,[b] who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled.)

One day Recab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth, went to Ishbosheth’s house around noon as he was taking his midday rest. The doorkeeper, who had been sifting wheat, became drowsy and fell asleep. So Recab and Baanah slipped past her.[c] They went into the house and found Ishbosheth sleeping on his bed. They struck and killed him and cut off his head. Then, taking his head with them, they fled across the Jordan Valley[d] through the night. When they arrived at Hebron, they presented Ishbosheth’s head to David. “Look!” they exclaimed to the king. “Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you. Today the Lord has given my lord the king revenge on Saul and his entire family!”

But David said to Recab and Baanah, “The Lord, who saves me from all my enemies, is my witness. 10 Someone once told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ thinking he was bringing me good news. But I seized him and killed him at Ziklag. That’s the reward I gave him for his news! 11 How much more should I reward evil men who have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed? Shouldn’t I hold you responsible for his blood and rid the earth of you?”

12 So David ordered his young men to kill them, and they did. They cut off their hands and feet and hung their bodies beside the pool in Hebron. Then they took Ishbosheth’s head and buried it in Abner’s tomb in Hebron.

Footnotes

  1. 4:1 Ishbosheth is another name for Esh-baal.
  2. 4:4 Mephibosheth is another name for Merib-baal.
  3. 4:6 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads So they went into the house pretending to fetch wheat, but they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Recab and Baanah escaped.
  4. 4:7 Hebrew the Arabah.

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2 Samuel 4

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. Ora, o filho de Saul tinha a seu serviço dois líderes de grupos de ataque. Um deles chamava-se Baaná e o outro, Recabe; ambos filhos de Rimom, de Beerote, da tribo de Benjamim; a cidade de Beerote era considerada parte de Benjamim. O povo de Beerote fugiu para Gitaim e até hoje vive ali como estrangeiro.

(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.)

Aconteceu 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. Os dois entraram na casa como se fossem buscar trigo, transpassaram-lhe o estômago e depois fugiram.

Eles haviam entrado na casa enquanto Is-Bosete estava deitado em seu quarto. Depois de o transpassarem e o matarem, cortaram-lhe a cabeça. E, levando-a, viajaram toda a noite pela rota da Arabá. Levaram 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”.

Davi 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: 10 quando 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! 11 Muito 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!”

12 Então 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.