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2 Samuel 9:13

So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king's table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Friendship;   Hospitality;   Kindness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Home;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Stories for Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jonathan;   Mephibosheth;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Vengeance;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Jehoiachin;   Mephibosheth;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Manaen;   Samuel, Books of;   Ziba;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Mephibosheth;   Samuel, Books of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Mephibosheth ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Jonathan;   Mephibosheth;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Zi'ba;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Mephibosheth;   Relationships, Family;   Samuel, Books of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Did eat continually at the king's table - He was fit for no public office, but was treated by the king with the utmost respect and affection.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 9:13". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-9.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem,.... Either in some apartments in the king's palace, or in some house in the city provided for him; for he returned not to Lodebar, nor to any mansion house upon the estate, of Saul restored unto him:

for he did eat continually at the king's table; to which he was invited, and he accepted of:

and was lame on both his feet; or "though" he wasF14והוא "quamvis esset", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Patrick. , yet this was no objection to David, he admitted him notwithstanding his infirmity; nor any obstruction to Mephibosheth, who found ways and means to be carried to the king's table daily.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 9:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-9.html. 1999.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

REFLECTIONS

READER! In the view here presented of David's generosity to the family of Saul, do not fail to remark the sweet and sure properties of grace. Depend upon it, if a man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his. And how shall you and I testify that the Spirit of Christ dwelleth in us, but by a conformity to the actions of the Son of God? If David, therefore, sought out the ruined family of Saul, and took them into favour, shall not you and I seek out the scattered sheep of Jesus, and bring them home to his fold? Can I behold one of those precious souls for whom Christ died, in circumstances of distress, and feel nothing like what actuated the Son of God, in commiserating and relieving the sorrows of cur common nature? Surely, I behold in everyone of them thine image, blessed Jesus; and methinks I hear thee say, Inasmuch as ye have shown kindness to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have shown it unto me, But oh thou David's Lord, from whom David received the very grace which prompted him, and enabled him, to show grace unto others; do thou regard me as the Mephibosheth of the fallen house of our first father. I am, by nature, lame in both my feet, a cripple from my mother's womb: I bow myself before thee, overpowered with astonishment that thou shouldest look upon such an unworthy creature as I am. And wilt thou indeed, dearest Jesus, take me home to thy table? Wilt thou cause me to eat bread in thy presence? Oh! for grace to live upon thee, as well as with thee; to entrust in thine hands, with full assurance of faith, all the concerns of my salvation. And, while I eat at thy table below, to live in the glorious expectation and confidence of the arrival of that blessed day of God, when thou wilt come and take the home to thy table above to be eternally supplied at those fountains of living waters, where God hath wiped away all tears from all eyes.

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 9:13". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/2-samuel-9.html. 1828.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 9:13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

Ver. 13. And was lame on both his feet.] Or, Though he were lame, and therefore unfit to take his meals at the court, or to come thither at all; [2 Samuel 5:8] yet by special favour he enjoyed this privilege.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 9:13". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-9.html. 1865-1868.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet.’

So from this time on Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, the royal city, and ate continually at the king’s table. David proved to be as good as his word. The reference to the fact that he was lame in both his feet is probably intended to underline David’s generosity. Many another would have dismissed such a person as not fit to live in the royal city and sit at the king’s table, especially as he would be excluded from the court of the Tent of Meeting. But in David’s eyes he stood in the place of Jonathan his friend.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 9:13". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/2-samuel-9.html. 2013.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Feet, from five years of age, chap. iv. 4. If we add the seven years and a half of his uncle's reign, and suppose that David would take this notice of him, as soon as he had it in his power, after the taking of Jerusalem, we may conclude that he was about thirteen years old when he was presented to the king, and behaved with the most engaging modesty and respect. If he had already a son, (ver. 12,) we may allow a few years more. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 9:13". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-9.html. 1859.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.
he did eat
7,10,11
was lame Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 19:28 - didst thou;  Nehemiah 5:17 - at my table;  Jeremiah 52:33 - he did

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 9:13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-9.html.