16When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, carrying two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred bunches of raisins, one hundred of summer fruits, and one skin of wine. 2The king said to Ziba, Why have you brought these? Ziba answered, The donkeys are for the kings household to ride, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine is for those to drink who faint in the wilderness. 3The king said, And where is your masters son? Ziba said to the king, He remains in Jerusalem; for he said, Today the house of Israel will give me back my grandfathers kingdom. 4Then the king said to Ziba, All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours. Ziba said, I do obeisance; let me find favour in your sight, my lord the king.
5 When King David came to Bahurim, a man of the family of the house of Saul came out whose name was Shimei son of Gera; he came out cursing. 6He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; now all the people and all the warriors were on his right and on his left. 7Shimei shouted while he cursed, Out! Out! Murderer! Scoundrel! 8The Lord has avenged on all of you the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, disaster has overtaken you; for you are a man of blood.
9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head. 10But the king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord has said to him, Curse David, who then shall say, Why have you done so? 11David said to Abishai and to all his servants, My own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord has bidden him. 12It may be that the Lord will look on my distress, and the Lord will repay me with good for this cursing of me today. 13So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went, throwing stones and flinging dust at him. 14The king and all the people who were with him arrived weary at the Jordan; and there he refreshed himself.