The Story of Mephibosheth and Ziba
A Lame Deal

Mephibosheth was the son of David’s best friend Jonathan, so David was good to him and let him live in his palace. When David fled from Absalom, Mephibosheth stayed at the palace, rather than going with David. Mephibosheth’s steward Ziba told David that the reason Mephibosheth had stayed behind was that Mephibosheth was planning to take over the kingdom. So David decided to take away everything he had given to Mephibosheth and give it to Ziba. But Ziba was lying.

Mephibosheth had been worried about David, and had only stayed home because he was disabled and had trouble getting around, and also because Ziba had betrayed him. So David decided to let Mephibosheth have half of the property that he had stolen from him and given to Ziba. But Mephibosheth said Ziba could keep it all.

The end.

The moral of the story

If you slander people, they will let you have all their stuff!

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King Absalom

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The House of Saul

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