24 Mephibosheth grandson of Saul came down to meet the king; he had not taken care of his feet, or trimmed his beard, or washed his clothes, from the day the king left until the day he came back in safety. 25When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king said to him, Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?26He answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said to him, Saddle a donkey for me, so that I may ride on it and go with the king. For your servant is lame. 27He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you. 28For all my fathers house were doomed to death before my lord the king; but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to appeal to the king? 29The king said to him, Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land. 30Mephibosheth said to the king, Let him take it all, since my lord the king has arrived home safely.
31 Now Barzillai the Gileadite had come down from Rogelim; he went on with the king to the Jordan, to escort him over the Jordan. 32Barzillai was a very aged man, eighty years old. He had provided the king with food while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man. 33The king said to Barzillai, Come over with me, and I will provide for you in Jerusalem at my side. 34But Barzillai said to the king, How many years have I still to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? 35Today I am eighty years old; can I discern what is pleasant and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats or what he drinks? Can I still listen to the voice of singing men and singing women? Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king? 36Your servant will go a little way over the Jordan with the king. Why should the king recompense me with such a reward? 37Please let your servant return, so that I may die in my own town, near the graves of my father and my mother. But here is your servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do for him whatever seems good to you. 38The king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do for him whatever seems good to you; and all that you desire of me I will do for you. 39Then all the people crossed over the Jordan, and the king crossed over; the king kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his own home. 40The king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him; all the people of Judah, and also half the people of Israel, brought the king on his way.
41 Then all the people of Israel came to the king, and said to him, Why have our kindred the people of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king and his household over the Jordan, and all Davids men with him? 42All the people of Judah answered the people of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us. Why then are you angry over this matter? Have we eaten at all at the kings expense? Or has he given us any gift? 43But the people of Israel answered the people of Judah, We have ten shares in the king, and in David also we have more than you. Why then did you despise us? Were we not the first to speak of bringing back our king? But the words of the people of Judah were fiercer than the words of the people of Israel.