Mefiboshet is crippled because he fall when Saul's descendants are running away from mass slaughter. Am I correct here?

Also when Abner is killed looks like there is more mass slaughter again.

But who would want to kill Saul's grand children? The only one with interests in their death is David and he doesn't like killing kings. I am not sure about that one.

Others have little incentive to kill Saul because David is not going to reward them anyway.

So who are killing Saul's descendants?

Not sure whether I should ask this in Christian forum (which don't care), history (which don't believe in bible), or here.

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The Giv'onim wanted to kill him as revenge for him having killed them. See the full story in Samuel 2 chapter 21.

  • There is no mention in the bible that Saul is killing Giv'onim (gibeonites). Also gibeonite is a small slave tribe and they're killing descendants of reigning king and the rest of israelites just watch?
    – user4951
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 3:10
  • @JimThio Rashi gives two possibilities: He either actually killed them when killing the kohanim in Nov (Nob), or he killed the kohanim who provided for them which caused their death. Saul was not the reigning king at the time; he was already dead.
    – b a
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 3:38
  • Ishboshet, Saul's descendants were still alive. Ah killing the kohanim... That make sense. Saul did have tons of enemies.
    – user4951
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 3:55
  • Usually when a king died, his sons still have some power, being princes and all. Ishboshet is actually a king, himself, for example.
    – user4951
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 3:56
  • His son reigned for a short while, but after David started ruling the monarchy never returned to him.
    – b a
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 3:56

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