Mephibosheth in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. Saul's son by Rizpah (2 Samuel 21:8); "crucified" (yaqah;
not talah, which would mean "hanged up") with six others
before Jehovah by the Gibeonites to avert the famine; from
barley harvest until the rains of October the bodies
remained exposed to the sun (compare Numbers 25:4), but
watched by Rizpah's pious care, and finally were committed
to Kish's sepulchre.
2. Saul's grandson, son of Jonathan. Originally
Merib-baal, an ancestor being named Baal (1 Chronicles 8:30;
1 Chronicles 8:33; 1 Chronicles 8:24; 1 Chronicles 9:36).
(See ISHBOSHETH; JERUBBAAL.) When Saul and Jonathan fell at
Gilboa Mephibosheth was but five years old. His nurse at the
sad tidings took him up and fled; in her haste she let him
fall from her shoulders (Josephus Ant., vii. 5, section 5),
whereon children in the East are carried, and he became lame
of both feet (2 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 9:13). He had been for
a considerable time living in obscurity with Machir in
Lodebar beyond Jordan, near Mahanaim, his uncle Ishbosheth's
seat of government, when David through Ziba heard of him,
and for the sake of Jonathan, and his promise respecting
Jonathan's seed (1 Samuel 20:15; 1 Samuel 20:42), restored
to him all the land of Saul and admitted him to eat bread at
his table at Jerusalem continually. (See MACHIR.)...