¶ Then said David: is there yet any man left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him mercy for Ionathas' sake? And there was of the household of Saul a servant named Zibah which was called unto David. And the king said unto him: art thou Zibah? And he said: thy servant is the man. Then said the king: remaineth there yet any man of the kindred of Saul, whom I may shew the mercy of God upon? And Zibah said unto the king: Ionathas hath yet a son which is lame on both feet. And the king said unto him: where is he? And Zibah said unto the king: behold he is in the house of Machir the son of Amiel in Lodaber. Then king David sent and fetched him out of the house of Machir the son of Amiel, out of Lodaber. Now when Miphiboseth the son of Ionathas the son of Saul was come unto David, he bowed himself and fell on his face. Then said David: Miphiboseth? And he answered. Behold thy servant. And David said: fear not, for I will surely shew thee kindness for Ionathas' sake and will restore thee all the fields of Saul thy father, and thou shalt eat meat on mine own table always. And the other bowed himself and said: what is thy servant that thou shouldst vouchsafe to look upon such a dead dog as I am.
¶ Then the king called unto Zibah Saul's young man saying unto him: I give unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his kin. See therefore that thou and thy sons and thy servants till the land for him, and bring in, that thy master's son may have food to eat. For Miphiboseth thy master's son shall eat meat alway upon my table. For this Zibah had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then said Zibah unto the king: all that my lord hath said unto his servant, thy servant shall do. For (said the king) Miphiboseth must eat upon my table, as one of the king's sons. This Miphiboseth had a son that was young named Micha, and all that dwelled in the house of Zibah were servants unto Miphiboseth. And Miphiboseth dwelt in Ierusalem, for he ate ever at the king's table, and was thereto halt on both legs.