Shmu’el Bet 4 – שמואל ב פרק ד

1And when Sha’ul’s son heard that Avner was dead in Khevron, his hands became feeble, and all Yisra’el was affrighted. 2And Sha’ul’s son had two men that were captains of bands; the name of the one was Ba’anah, and the name of the other Rekhav, the sons of Rimon the Be’eroti, of the children of Binyamin; for Be’erot also is reckoned to Binyamin; 3and the Be’erotim fled to Gitayimah, and have been sojourners there until this day. 

4Now Yehonatan, Sha’ul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Sha’ul and Yehonatan out of Yizreil, and his nurse took him up, and fled; and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mefivoshet. 5And the sons of Rimon the Be’eroti, Rekhav and Ba’anah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish Boshet, as he took his rest at noon. 6And they came there into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him in the groin; and Rekhav and Ba’anah his brother escaped. 

7Now when they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bed-chamber, they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head,  and went by the way of the Arabah all night. 8And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Khevron, and said to HaMelekh, “Behold the head of Ish Boshet Ben Sha’ul, your enemy, who sought your life; and  יהוה  has avenged my Adon HaMelekh this day of Sha’ul, and of his seed.”  9And David answered Rekhav and Ba’anah his brother, the sons of Rimon the Be’eroti, and said unto them, “As  יהוה  lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity, 10when one told me, saying, ‘Behold, Sha’ul is dead,’ and he was in his own eyes as though he brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Tziklag, instead of giving a reward for his tidings. 11How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed, shall I not now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?”

12And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Khevron. But they took the head of Ish Boshet, and buried it in the grave of Avner in Khevron.

אוַיִּשְׁמַע בֶּן שָׁאוּל כִּי מֵת אַבְנֵר בְּחֶבְרוֹן וַיִּרְפּוּ יָדָיו; וְכָל יִשְׂרָאֵל נִבְהָלוּ. בוּשְׁנֵי אֲנָשִׁים שָׂרֵי גְדוּדִים הָיוּ בֶן שָׁאוּל שֵׁם הָאֶחָד בַּעֲנָה וְשֵׁם הַשֵּׁנִי רֵכָב בְּנֵי רִמּוֹן הַבְּאֵרֹתִי מִבְּנֵי בִנְיָמִן: כִּי גַּם בְּאֵרוֹת תֵּחָשֵׁב עַל בִּנְיָמִן. גוַיִּבְרְחוּ הַבְּאֵרֹתִים גִּתָּיְמָה; וַיִּהְיוּ שָׁם גָּרִים עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה.

דוְלִיהוֹנָתָן בֶּן שָׁאוּל בֵּן נְכֵה רַגְלָיִם; בֶּן חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים הָיָה בְּבֹא שְׁמֻעַת שָׁאוּל וִיהוֹנָתָן מִיִּזְרְעֶאל וַתִּשָּׂאֵהוּ אֹמַנְתּוֹ וַתָּנֹס וַיְהִי בְּחָפְזָהּ לָנוּס וַיִּפֹּל וַיִּפָּסֵחַ וּשְׁמוֹ מְפִיבֹשֶׁת. הוַיֵּלְכוּ בְּנֵי רִמּוֹן הַבְּאֵרֹתִי רֵכָב וּבַעֲנָה וַיָּבֹאוּ כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם אֶל בֵּית אִישׁ בֹּשֶׁת; וְהוּא שֹׁכֵב אֵת מִשְׁכַּב הַצָּהֳרָיִם. ווְהֵנָּה בָּאוּ עַד תּוֹךְ הַבַּיִת לֹקְחֵי חִטִּים וַיַּכֻּהוּ אֶל הַחֹמֶשׁ; וְרֵכָב וּבַעֲנָה אָחִיו נִמְלָטוּ.

זוַיָּבֹאוּ הַבַּיִת וְהוּא שֹׁכֵב עַל מִטָּתוֹ בַּחֲדַר מִשְׁכָּבוֹ וַיַּכֻּהוּ וַיְמִתֻהוּ וַיָּסִירוּ אֶת רֹאשׁוֹ; וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת רֹאשׁוֹ וַיֵּלְכוּ דֶּרֶךְ הָעֲרָבָה כָּל הַלָּיְלָה. חוַיָּבִאוּ אֶת רֹאשׁ אִישׁ בֹּשֶׁת אֶל דָּוִד חֶבְרוֹן וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ הִנֵּה רֹאשׁ אִישׁ בֹּשֶׁת בֶּן שָׁאוּל אֹיִבְךָ אֲשֶׁר בִּקֵּשׁ אֶת נַפְשֶׁךָ; וַיִּתֵּן יהוה לַאדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ נְקָמוֹת הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה מִשָּׁאוּל וּמִזַּרְעוֹ. טוַיַּעַן דָּוִד אֶת רֵכָב וְאֶת בַּעֲנָה אָחִיו בְּנֵי רִמּוֹן הַבְּאֵרֹתִי וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם: חַי יהוה אֲשֶׁר פָּדָה אֶת נַפְשִׁי מִכָּל צָרָה. יכִּי הַמַּגִּיד לִי לֵאמֹר הִנֵּה מֵת שָׁאוּל וְהוּא הָיָה כִמְבַשֵּׂר בְּעֵינָיו וָאֹחֲזָה בוֹ וָאֶהְרְגֵהוּ בְּצִקְלָג אֲשֶׁר לְתִתִּי לוֹ בְּשֹׂרָה. יאאַף כִּי אֲנָשִׁים רְשָׁעִים הָרְגוּ אֶת אִישׁ צַדִּיק בְּבֵיתוֹ עַל מִשְׁכָּבוֹ; וְעַתָּה הֲלוֹא אֲבַקֵּשׁ אֶת דָּמוֹ מִיֶּדְכֶם וּבִעַרְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ.

יבוַיְצַו דָּוִד אֶת הַנְּעָרִים וַיַּהַרְגוּם וַיְקַצְּצוּ אֶת יְדֵיהֶם וְאֶת רַגְלֵיהֶם וַיִּתְלוּ עַל הַבְּרֵכָה בְּחֶבְרוֹן; וְאֵת רֹאשׁ אִישׁ בֹּשֶׁת לָקָחוּ וַיִּקְבְּרוּ בְקֶבֶר אַבְנֵר בְּחֶבְרוֹן.