In the Second Book of Samuel we read something very curious:
2 Samuel 5:6-8: "Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, 'You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away'; thinking, 'David cannot enter here.' 7[David] captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David. 8David said on that day, 'Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul, through the water tunnel.' Therefore they say, 'The blind or the lame shall not come into the house'” (emphasis added).
On the other hand, we read of David's kindness to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth who was lame:
2 Sam. 9:11, 13: Mephibosheth [Jonathan’s son] ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons... 13So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet."
- How do we reconcile these verses?
- What is meant by "let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul, through the water tunnel" and "the blind or the lame shall not come into the house"?