When Absalom rebelled against his father David, Ziba lied about Mephibosheth and stole his inheritance.
Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son. David, as you remember, loved Jonathan. So he had promised to let Mephibosheth eat at his royal table all his life.
Mephibosheth was lame in both feet and could not escape from Jerusalem by himself when David fled from Absalom. Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, told David that Mephibosheth was a traitor.
Without knowing this was a lie, David rewarded Ziba with all of Mephibosheth’s inheritance.
Soon Absalom was dead and the insurrection was quashed. David returned and found Mephibosheth, who had not washed or shaved since David left, because…