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2 Samuel 9 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Then David asked, "Is anyone still left from the family of Saul, so that I may extend kindness to him for the sake of Jonathan?"

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The king asked, "Is there not someone left from Saul's family, that I may extend God's kindness to him?" Ziba said to the king, "One of Jonathan's sons is left; both of his feet are crippled."

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The king asked him, "Where is he?" Ziba told the king, "He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.

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Mephibosheth was living in Jerusalem, for he was a regular guest at the king's table. But both his feet were crippled.
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