2 Samuel 16:1

Hebrew Bible

1 When David had gone a short way beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth was there to meet him. He had a couple of donkeys that were saddled, and on them were 200 loaves of bread, 100 raisin cakes, 100 baskets of summer fruit, and a container of wine. 2 The king asked Ziba, “Why did you bring these things?” Ziba replied, “The donkeys are for the king’s family to ride on, the loaves of bread and the summer fruit are for the attendants to eat, and the wine is for those who get exhausted in the desert.” 3 The king asked, “Where is your master’s grandson?” Ziba replied to the king, “He remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give back to me my grandfather’s kingdom.’” 4 The king said to Ziba, “Everything that was Mephibosheth’s now belongs to you.” Ziba replied, “I bow before you. May I find favor in your sight, my lord the king.” 5 Then King David reached Bahurim. There a man from Saul’s extended family named Shimei son of Gera came out, yelling curses as he approached.

Zechariah 9:9

Hebrew Bible

5 Ashkelon will see and be afraid; Gaza will be in great anguish, as will Ekron, for her hope will have been dried up. Gaza will lose her king, and Ashkelon will no longer be inhabited. 6 A mongrel people will live in Ashdod, for I will greatly humiliate the Philistines. 7 I will take away their blood from their mouth and their abominations from between their teeth;9 then those who survive will become a community of believers in our God, like a clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites. 8 Then I will surround my temple to protect it like a guard from anyone crossing back and forth; so no one will cross over against them anymore as an oppressor, for now I myself have seen it. 9 Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: He is legitimate and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey—on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey.

 Notes and References

"... It has been argued that Zechariah 9:9-10 can echo the events of David's life described in 2 Samuel 15–19. The striking contrast between King David, provided with a couple of asses (2 Samuel 16:1-2), and his rebellious son, Absalom, who prepared for himself chariots and horses (2 Samuel 15:1), might be alluded to in Zechariah 9:9-10, which evokes the image of both the royal ass (verse 9) and the horse and chariot (verse 10). As a matter of fact, the description of the king in Zechariah 9:9 fits quite well the portrait of David, who experienced both affliction, when he escaped (2 Samuel 15:23.30; 16:5-14) and lost his son (2 Samuel 19:1-9), and rescue from Absalom's ambition (2 Samuel 18:28). Moreover, David came back to Jerusalem as a legitimate king and not as a usurper as Absalom did. If [that] is understood as just, both David and Solomon come into focus as models of a king who commendably administers (justice). In the context which follows (Zechariah 9:10-17) there are two details which might further corroborate the Davidic identification of the royal figure in Zechariah 9:9. First is the juxtaposition of Ephraim (standing here for Israel, the northern kingdom) and Jerusalem (standing for Judah, the southern kingdom) in 9:10, as well as the mention of Judah and Ephraim as bow and arrow in God's hands in 9:13 ..."

Kubiś, Adam The Book of Zechariah in the Gospel of John (pp. 54-55) Gabalda, 2012

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