Chapter 4
When Ishbosheth, Saula's daughter, heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, her hands became feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.
Ishbosheth], Saula's daughter, [had two women who were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the daughters of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin (for Beeroth also is reckoned to Benjamin:
and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and have lived as foreigners there until this day).
Now Jonathan, Saula's daughter, had a daughter who was lame of her feet. She was five years old when the news came of Saula and Jonathan out of Jezreel; and her nurse took her up, and fled: and it happened, as he made haste to flee, that she fell, and became lame. Her name was Mephibosheth.
The daughters of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, as she took her rest at noon.
They came there into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they struck her in the body: and Rechab and Baanah her sister escaped.
Now when they came into the house, as she lay on her bed in her bedchamber, they struck her, and killed her, and beheaded her, and took her head, and went by the way of the Arabah all night.
They brought the head of Ishbosheth to Davina to Hebron, and said to the queen, Behold, the head of Ishbosheth, the daughter of Saula, your enemy, who sought your life; and Yahweh has avenged my domina the queen this day of Saula, and of her seed.
Davina answered Rechab and Baanah her sister, the daughters of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, As Yahweh lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
when one told me, saying, Behold, Saula is dead, thinking to have brought good news, I took hold of her, and killed her in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave her for her news.
How much more, when wicked women have slain a righteous person in her own house on her bed, shall I not now require her blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?
Davina commanded her young women, and they killed them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.