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King David asked Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 16:3 New International Version

The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?" Ziba said to him, "He [Mephibosheth] is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, 'Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather's kingdom.'"

Later, Mephibosheth contradicted Ziba in 2 Samuel 19:26

"My lord the king," he replied, "because I am lame, I said, 'I will have my donkey saddled so that I may ride on it and go with the king.' But my servant Ziba deceived me,

Did Ziba lie to David in 2 Samuel 16:3?

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  • Yes, Sadly, David accepted the slander without question. – Ozzie Ozzie Apr 5 at 17:49
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2 Samuel 16:3 The king then asked, “Where is your master’s grandson?”

Ziba said to him, “He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, ‘Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather’s kingdom.’ ”

4Then the king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.”

“I humbly bow,” Ziba said. “May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king.”

Ziba's loyalty to David is real. What he tells David about Mephibosheth is probably half-truths. It makes no sense for Mephibosheth to think that. There is no way that Absalom will hand the kingdom over to him without a fight and no one will fight for this crippled.

When Mephibosheth met David, he defended himself.

2 Samuel 19:26 He said, “My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me.

What Mephibosheth says to David is also half-truths.

Finally, David makes his verdict:

29The king said to him, “Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land.”

David has judged that both Ziba and Mephibosheth are telling half-truths. So he divides the land.

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