2 Samuel 19:29
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New International Version
The king said to him, "Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land."

New Living Translation
"You've said enough," David replied. "I've decided that you and Ziba will divide your land equally between you."

English Standard Version
And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.”

New American Standard Bible
So the king said to him, "Why do you still speak of your affairs? I have decided, 'You and Ziba shall divide the land.'"

King James Bible
And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king said to him, "Why keep on speaking about these matters of yours? I hereby declare: you and Ziba are to divide the land."

International Standard Version
In response, the king told him, "What's the point of us talking anymore? My decision is that you and Ziba divide the fields."

NET Bible
Then the king replied to him, "Why should you continue speaking like this? You and Ziba will inherit the field together."

New Heart English Bible
The king said to him, "Why do you speak any more of your matters? I say, you and Ziba divide the land."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king asked him, "Why do you keep talking about it? I've said that you and Ziba should divide the land."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king said unto him: 'Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I say: Thou and Ziba divide the land.'

New American Standard 1977
So the king said to him, “Why do you still speak of your affairs? I have decided, ‘You and Ziba shall divide the land.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more words? I have determined, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king said unto him, Why speak you any more of your matters? I have said, You and Ziba divide the land.

American King James Version
And the king said to him, Why speak you any more of your matters? I have said, You and Ziba divide the land.

American Standard Version
And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I say, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the king said to him: Why speakest thou any more? what I have said is determined: thou and Siba divide the possessions.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

English Revised Version
And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I say, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king said to him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

World English Bible
The king said to him, "Why do you speak any more of your matters? I say, you and Ziba divide the land."

Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith to him, 'Why dost thou speak any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba -- share ye the field.'
Study Bible
Mephibosheth Excused
28"For all my father's household was nothing but dead men before my lord the king; yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. What right do I have yet that I should complain anymore to the king?" 29So the king said to him, "Why do you still speak of your affairs? I have decided, 'You and Ziba shall divide the land.'" 30Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house."…
Cross References
2 Samuel 9:2
Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" And he said, "I am your servant."

2 Samuel 9:9
Then the king called Saul's servant Ziba and said to him, "All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master's grandson.

2 Samuel 19:28
"For all my father's household was nothing but dead men before my lord the king; yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. What right do I have yet that I should complain anymore to the king?"

2 Samuel 19:30
Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house."
Treasury of Scripture

And the king said to him, Why speak you any more of your matters? I have said, You and Ziba divide the land.

Why speakest

Job 19:16,17 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth…

Proverbs 18:13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

Acts 18:15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look …

thou

Deuteronomy 19:17-19 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before …

Psalm 82:2 How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

(29) Divide the land.--When Ziba came to David with his false report about Mephibosheth, David had instantly transferred to him all his master's possessions (2Samuel 16:4); he now saw the injustice of his hasty action, and ought at least to have reversed it, if not to have punished Ziba besides. Either, however, because he had still some doubt of the real merits of the case, or more probably because he was unwilling for political reasons to offend Ziba, he resorts to that halfway and compromise course which was both weak and unjust. The circumstances of the case, the continued mourning of Mephibosheth, the silence of Ziba, concur with the physical infirmity of Mephibosheth to show the truth of his story.

Verse 29. - Thou and Ziba divide the land. Two views are taken of this decision - the one, that it was a complete reversal of the command in 2 Samuel 16:4, placing matters upon the old footing, by which Ziba was to have half the produce for cultivating the estate; the other, and apparently the most correct view, is that Ziba was now made actual owner of half the land, and Mephibosheth, instead of a half, would henceforth have only a quarter of the crops. The decision was not equitable, and David speaks in a curt and hurried manner, as though vexed with himself for what he was doing. As a matter of fact, Ziba's treachery had been most useful to David. Besides the pleasure at the time of finding one man faithful, when "all men were liars" (Psalm 116:11), Ziba had been most active in bringing over the tribe of Benjamin to David's side; and though his motives were selfish and venal, yet, as the king reaped the benefit of his conduct, he was bound not to leave him without reward. And the king said unto him, why speakest thou any more of thy matters?.... Of his father's family, and the injuries done by them to David, and of the benefits and favours which he had received from David, or of his temporal affairs, of his estate, which David had given away to Ziba:

I have said, thou and Ziba divide the land; revoking his last grant to Ziba, which gave him all that belonged to Mephibosheth, 2 Samuel 16:4; he established his first decree, that Ziba should have half the profit of the land for tilling it, and the other half be given to Mephibosheth; he did not choose to punish Ziba for slandering his master, being inclined to clemency and mercy, and determined to show no severity at that time; and might be in some fear of Ziba, being a considerable man, lest he should raise a new insurrection, if he bore hard upon him; besides, he might have a large share in his affection, having made a present to him in the time of his distress, and was one of the first that came to meet him upon his return, 2 Samuel 19:17. 19:24-30 David recalls the forfeiture of Mephibosheth's estate; and he expressed joy for the king's return. A good man contentedly bears his own losses, while he sees Israel in peace, and the Son of David exalted.
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