Ziba
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Ziba

army; fight; strength

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Ziba

(statue), a servant of Saul whom David made steward of Saul's son Mephibosheth. (2 Samuel 9:2-18; 16:1-4; 19:17,29) [MEPHIBOSHETH] (B.C. 1023.)

ATS Bible Dictionary
Ziba

A rich steward of Saul, whom David charged with similar duties towards Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan, 2 Samuel 9:2-10. By a false representation David was induced to transfer to Ziba the lands he had given to Mephibosheth, but afterwards divided them between the two, being convinced that he had acted hastily, and unable to decide with certainty for either, 2 Samuel 16:1-4; 19:24-30.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Post; statue, "a servant of the house of Saul" (2 Samuel 9:2), who informed David that Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan, was alive. He afterwards dealt treacherously toward Mephibosheth, whom he slanderously misrepresented to David.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ZIBA

zi'-ba (tsibha', tsibha' (2 Samuel 16:4 a), meaning unknown; Seiba): A former servant or probably dependent of Saul's house (2 Samuel 9:1), who was brought to David when the king inquired if there was not a member of Saul's family that he could show kindness to (compare David's oath to Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20:14;). Ziba tells David of Mephibosheth (Meribbaal), Jonathan's son, who is thereupon taken to the king from Lodebar, East of the Jordan, and given Saul's estate. Ziba is also bidden to till the land and bring in its produce, and "it shall be food for thy master's son," according to Massoretic Text in 2 Samuel 9:10 b; but the Septuagint and Lucian have a better reading, "thy master's household." Mephibosheth himself is to eat at David's table. Ziba is to be assisted in this by his sons and servants; he had 15 sons and 20 servants (9:10).

When David has to leave Jerusalem at the time of Absalom's revolt, Ziba (2 Samuel 16:1-4) takes two asses for members of the king's household to ride on, and 200 loaves and 100 clusters of raisins as provisions for the youths. When asked where Mephibosheth is, he accuses his master of remaining behind purposely in hopes that his father's kingdom would be restored to him. David then confers upon Ziba his master's estate.

After Absalom's death, David sets out to return to Jerusalem from Mahanaim, East of Jordan. Ziba with his sons and servants, as we are told in a parenthesis in 2 Samuel 19:17, 18 a (Hebrew verses 18, 19a), by means of a ferry-boat goes backward and forward over Jordan, and thus enables the king's household to cross. But he has wrongly accused his master of treacherous lukewarmness toward David, for Mephibosheth meets the king on his return journey to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 19:24-30 (Hebrew verses 25-31)) with signs of grief. When he is asked why he had not joined the king at the time of the latter's flight, he answers that Ziba deceived him, "for thy servant said to him, Saddle me (so read in 2 Samuel 19:26 (Hebrew text, verse 27) with Septuagint and Syriac for Massoretic Text `I will have saddled me') the ass." He then accuses Ziba of falsehood, and David divides the estate between the two, although Mephibosheth is quite willing that Ziba should retain the whole of it.

David Francis Roberts

Strong's Hebrew
6717. Tsiba -- a servant in Saul's house
... 6716b, 6717. Tsiba or Tsiba. 6718 . a servant in Saul's house. Transliteration:
Tsiba or Tsiba Phonetic Spelling: (tsee-baw') Short Definition: Ziba. ... Ziba. ...
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How David, when He had Recovered his Kingdom, was Reconciled to ...
... How David, When He Had Recovered His Kingdom, Was Reconciled To Shimei, And To Ziba;
And Showed A Great Affection To Barzillai; And How, Upon The Rise Of A ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 11 how david when.htm

Concerning the Insurrection of Absalom against David and ...
... CHAPTER 9. Concerning The Insurrection Of Absalom Against David And Concerning
Ahithophel And Hushai; And Concerning Ziba And Shimei; And How Ahithophel Hanged ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 9 concerning the insurrection.htm

Rash Decisions.
... As David was escaping, there came to him Ziba, a servant of Mephibosheth, with a
couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a ...
/.../the village pulpit volume ii trinity to advent/xli rash decisions.htm

David's Kindness to Jonathan's Son
... Then David asked, "Is any one left of the family of Saul to whom I may show kindness
for Jonathan's sake?" And there was a servant of Saul named Ziba. ...
/.../sherman/the childrens bible/davids kindness to jonathans son.htm

David and Jonathan's Son
... 2. And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they
had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/david and jonathans son.htm

How David Brought under the Philistines, and the Moabites, and the ...
... And when the youth had worshipped him on account of his words and gifts given to
him, he called for Ziba, and told him that he had given the youth his father's ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 5 how david brought.htm

Every Inch a King.
... He called Ziba, who had been Saul's servant and said to him,. ... Then Ziba told him
of a man who was lame in both his feet, who was the son of Jonathan. ...
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The Antiquities of the Jews
... CHAPTER 9. Concerning The Insurrection Of Absalom Against David And Concerning
Ahithophel And Hushai; And Concerning Ziba And Shimei; And How Ahithophel Hanged ...
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The Image of Self.
... Let no man call me a just man, I divided the land of Mephibosheth with his false,
lying slave Ziba, because it went against my pride to go back from what I had ...
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Philippians ii. 4-Jan
... Ziba flattered [591] David out of season, and falsely slandered his master. ... He means
that Ziba had recourse to unworthy means of winning David's favor. ...
/.../homily v philippians ii 4-jan.htm

Thesaurus
Ziba (13 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ZIBA. ...Ziba is to be assisted in this by his
sons and servants; he had 15 sons and 20 servants (9:10). ...
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Ziba's (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance Ziba's (1 Occurrence). ... And all that dwelt in the house
of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. (See RSV NIV). ...
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Mephibosheth (13 Occurrences)
... When David was a fugitive, according to the story of Ziba (2 Samuel 16:1-4)
Mephibosheth proved unfaithful to him, and was consequently deprived of half of ...
/m/mephibosheth.htm - 17k

Mephib'osheth (13 Occurrences)
... in the fruits, that thy master's son may have bread to eat; but Mephibosheth thy
master's son shall eat bread continually at my table.' Now Ziba had fifteen ...
/m/mephib'osheth.htm - 10k

Grandson (14 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 9:9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "All
that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given to your master's son. ...
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Mephibosheth's (2 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 16:1 And when David was a little past the summit, behold, Ziba, Mephibosheth's
servant, met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two ...
/m/mephibosheth's.htm - 7k

Pertained (18 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 9:9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "All
that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given to your master's son. ...
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Summer (28 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 16:1 When David was a little past the top of the ascent, behold, Ziba the
servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, and on ...
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Master's (52 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 9:9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "All
that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given to your master's son. ...
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Saul's (79 Occurrences)
... (BBE). 2 Samuel 9:2 Now there was of Saul's people a servant named Ziba, and they
sent him to David; and the king said to him, Are you Ziba? And he said, I am. ...
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Concordance
Ziba (13 Occurrences)

2 Samuel 9:2
There was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" He said, "Your servant is he."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 9:3
The king said, "Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?" Ziba said to the king, "Jonathan has yet a son, who is lame of his feet."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 9:4
The king said to him, "Where is he?" Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 9:9
Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "All that pertained to Saul and to all his house have I given to your master's son.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 9:10
You shall till the land for him, you, and your sons, and your servants; and you shall bring in the fruits, that your master's son may have bread to eat: but Mephibosheth your master's son shall eat bread always at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 9:11
Then said Ziba to the king, "According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so your shall servant do." So Mephibosheth ate at the king's table, like one of the king's sons.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 9:12
Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. All that lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 16:2
The king said to Ziba, What do you mean by these? Ziba said, The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as are faint in the wilderness may drink.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 16:3
The king said, "Where is your master's son?" Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem; for he said,'Today the house of Israel will restore me the kingdom of my father.'"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 16:4
Then the king said to Ziba, "Behold, all that pertains to Mephibosheth is yours." Ziba said, "I do obeisance. Let me find favor in your sight, my lord, O king."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 19:17
There were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went through the Jordan in the presence of the king.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 19:26
He answered, "My lord, O king, my servant deceived me. For your servant said, I will saddle me a donkey, that I may ride thereon, and go with the king; because your servant is lame.
(See NIV)

2 Samuel 19:29
The king said to him, "Why do you speak any more of your matters? I say, you and Ziba divide the land."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Ziba

Ziba: His Faithfulness to David

Ziba: His Fidelity to Mephibosheth

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Ziba's (1 Occurrence)

Mephibosheth (13 Occurrences)

Mephib'osheth (13 Occurrences)

Grandson (14 Occurrences)

Mephibosheth's (2 Occurrences)

Pertained (18 Occurrences)

Summer (28 Occurrences)

Master's (52 Occurrences)

Saul's (79 Occurrences)

Donkeys (71 Occurrences)

Weariness (44 Occurrences)

Wearied (36 Occurrences)

Fifteen (26 Occurrences)

Ride (31 Occurrences)

Raisins (9 Occurrences)

Refresh (18 Occurrences)

Exhausted (26 Occurrences)

Meanest (4 Occurrences)

Pertains (14 Occurrences)

Prostrate (25 Occurrences)

Pertaineth (18 Occurrences)

Summer-fruit (3 Occurrences)

Fruits (109 Occurrences)

Asses (68 Occurrences)

Obeisance (45 Occurrences)

Faint (76 Occurrences)

Belonged (105 Occurrences)

Zibeon (7 Occurrences)

Beseech (85 Occurrences)

King's (375 Occurrences)

Steward (23 Occurrences)

Favour (171 Occurrences)

Bowed (150 Occurrences)

Humbly (4 Occurrences)

Zi'a (1 Occurrence)

Jug (11 Occurrences)

Lo-debar (4 Occurrences)

Loaded (21 Occurrences)

Lodebar (4 Occurrences)

Grandfather's (1 Occurrence)

Farm (9 Occurrences)

Figs (27 Occurrences)

Forded (3 Occurrences)

Flask (15 Occurrences)

Thinks (20 Occurrences)

Tale (7 Occurrences)

Regularly (30 Occurrences)

Raisin-cakes (7 Occurrences)

Debar (4 Occurrences)

Makir (17 Occurrences)

Mica (5 Occurrences)

Mephib'osheth's (1 Occurrence)

Micha (4 Occurrences)

Prosperously (5 Occurrences)

Bunches (7 Occurrences)

Clusters (12 Occurrences)

Cultivate (11 Occurrences)

Crippled (15 Occurrences)

Affairs (27 Occurrences)

Am'miel (4 Occurrences)

Ammiel (6 Occurrences)

Speakest (30 Occurrences)

Summit (7 Occurrences)

Saddled (11 Occurrences)

String (12 Occurrences)

Stems (31 Occurrences)

Alway (26 Occurrences)

Rushing (61 Occurrences)

Rushed (24 Occurrences)

Couple (19 Occurrences)

Machir (20 Occurrences)

Appear (111 Occurrences)

Mean (93 Occurrences)

Benjamites (24 Occurrences)

Belongs (127 Occurrences)

Damaged (44 Occurrences)

Provided (68 Occurrences)

Favor (184 Occurrences)

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