Ziba in Easton's Bible Dictionary
post; statue, "a servant of the house of Saul" (2 Sam. 9:2),
informed David that Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan,
He afterwards dealt treacherously toward Mephibosheth,
slanderously misrepresented to David.
Ziba in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
A servant of Saul's house, according to Josephus (Ant. 7:5,
Section 5) a freedman of Saul. He had 15 sons and 20 servants
(2 Samuel 9:10; 2 Samuel 16:1-4; 2 Samuel 19:17; 2 Samuel
19:29). (For the rest (See MEPHIBOSHETH).
Ziba in Hitchcock's Bible Names
army; fight; strength
Ziba in Naves Topical Bible
-(King Saul's servant)
-His fidelity to Mephibosheth
-His faithfulness to David
2Sa 16:1-4; 19:17,26-29
Ziba in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(statue), a servant of Saul whom David made steward of Saul's
son Mephibosheth. 2Sa 9:2-18; 16:1-4; 19:17,29 [MEPHIBOSHETH]
Ziba in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
zi'-ba (tsibha', tsibha' (2 Sam 16:4a), meaning unknown;
Seiba): A former servant or probably dependent of Saul's
house (2 Sam 9:1 ff), who was brought to David when the king
inquired if there was not a member of Saul's family that he
could show kindness to (compare David's oath to Jonathan in
1 Sam 20:14 ff). Ziba tells David of Mephibosheth
(Meribbaal), Jonathan's son, who is thereupon taken to the
king from Lodebar, East of the Jordan, and given Saul's
estate. Ziba is also bidden to till the land and bring in
its produce, and "it shall be food for thy master's son,"
according to Massoretic Text in 2 Sam 9:10b; but the
Septuagint and Lucian have a better reading, "thy master's
household." Mephibosheth himself is to eat at David's table.
Ziba is to be assisted in this by his sons and servants; he
had 15 sons and 20 servants (9:10).
When David has to leave Jerusalem at the time of Absalom's
revolt, Ziba (2 Sam 16:1-4) takes two asses for members of
the king's household to ride on, and 200 loaves and 100
clusters of raisins as provisions for the youths. When asked
where Mephibosheth is, he accuses his master of remaining
behind purposely in hopes that his father's kingdom would be
restored to him. David then confers upon Ziba his master's
After Absalom's death, David sets out to return to Jerusalem
from Mahanaim, East of Jordan. Ziba with his sons and
servants, as we are told in a parenthesis in 2 Sam 19:17,18a
(Hebrew verses 18,19a), by means of a ferry-boat goes
backward and forward over Jordan, and thus enables the
king's household to cross. But he has wrongly accused his
master of treacherous lukewarmness toward David, for
Mephibosheth meets the king on his return journey to
Jerusalem (2 Sam 19:24-30 (Hebrew verses 25-31)) with signs
of grief. When he is asked why he had not joined the king at
the time of the latter's flight, he answers that Ziba
deceived him, "for thy servant said to him, Saddle me (so
read in 2 Sam 19:26 (Hebrew text, verse 27) with Septuagint
and Syriac for Massoretic Text `I will have saddled me') the
ass." He then accuses Ziba of falsehood, and David divides
the estate between the two, although Mephibosheth is quite
willing that Ziba should retain the whole of it.
David Francis Roberts
Ziba in Wikipedia
Ziba was a servant of Saul and later of Saul's grandson
Mephibosheth. (2 Samuel 9, 16, 19)
Ziba Scripture - 2 Samuel 16:1
And when David was a little past the top [of the hill],
behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a
couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred [loaves] of
bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of
summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
Ziba Scripture - 2 Samuel 9:10
Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the
land for him, and thou shalt bring in [the fruits], that thy
master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy
master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had
fifteen sons and twenty servants.
Ziba Scripture - 2 Samuel 9:11
Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord
the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do.
As for Mephibosheth, [said the king], he shall eat at my
table, as one of the king's sons.