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."

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.

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.

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.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land - At first, David gave the land of Saul to Mephibosheth; and Ziba, his sons, and his servants, were to work that land; and to Mephibosheth, as the lord, he was to give the half of the produce. Ziba met David in his distress with provisions, and calumniated Mephibosheth: David, too slightly trusting to his misrepresentation, and supposing that Mephibosheth was actually such a traitor as Ziba represented him, made him on the spot a grant of his master's land. Now he finds that he has acted too rashly, and therefore confirms the former grant; i.e. that Ziba should cultivate the ground, and still continue to give to Mephibosheth, as the lord, the half of the produce. This was merely placing things in statu quo, and utterly annulling the gift that he had made to Ziba. But why did he leave this treacherous man any thing? Answer,

1. He was one of the domestics of Saul, and David wished to show kindness to that house.

2. He had supplied him with the necessaries of life when he was in the greatest distress; and he thinks proper to continue him in his old office, by way of remuneration.

But it was certainly too great a compensation for his services, however then important, when all the circumstances are considered.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 you to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.


Deuteronomy 19:17-19 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges...

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 that has an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

National Sorrows and National Lessons
On the illness or the Prince of Wales. Chapel Royal, St James's, December 17th, 1871. 2 Sam. xix. 14. "He bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man." No circumstances can be more different, thank God, than those under which the heart of the men of Judah was bowed when their king commander appealed to them, and those which have, in the last few days, bowed the heart of this nation as the heart of one man. But the feeling called out in each case was the same--Loyalty,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Cross References
2 Samuel 9:2
Now there was a servant of Saul's household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" "At your service," he replied.

2 Samuel 9:9
Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul's steward, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.

2 Samuel 19:28
All my grandfather's descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?"

2 Samuel 19:30
Mephibosheth said to the king, "Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has returned home safely."

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