2 Samuel 2

CHAPTER 2

David Dwells in Hebron

And it came to pass after these things, and David asked by the  lord, saying, Shall I ascend unto one of the cities of Judah? And the  lord said to him, Ascend! And David said, Where should I ascend? And he said, Unto Hebron. And [2ascended 3there 1David], and both his wives -- Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And the men were with him, each one and his house. And they dwelt among the cities of Hebron. And [4come 1the 2men 3of Judea] and anoint David there to reign over the house of Judah. And they reported to David, saying, The men of Jabish of the Gileadites entombed Saul. And David sent messengers to the leaders of Jabish of the Gileadites, And he said to them, Being blessed are you to the  lord, that you performed this mercy for your master, for Saul, and you entombed him. And now, may the  lord perform [4with 5you 1mercy 2and 3truth]; and indeed I will do with you this good that you did in this matter. And now strengthen your hands and become as [2sons 1mighty]! for [3has died 1Saul 2your master], and indeed [4has anointed me 1the 2house 3of Judah] over them for king. And Abner son of Ner, commander-in-chief of Saul, took Ishbosheth son of Saul, and brought him from out of the camp into Mahanaim, and gave him to reign over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

Ishbosheth Reigns in Israel

10 [4was forty 5years old 1Ishbosheth 2son 3of Saul] when he reigned over Israel; and [2two 3years 1he reigned]; except for the house of Judah, the ones which were following after David. 11 And became the number of the days which David reigned in Hebron over the house of Judah -- seven years and [2months 1six]. 12 And [4came forth 1Abner 2son 3of Ner], and the servants of Ishbosheth son of Saul, out of Mahanaim unto Gibeon. 13 And Joab son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, came forth out of Hebron, and met them at the fountain of Gibeon. And these sat here on this side, and these others at the fountain here on that side. 14 And Abner said to Joab, Raise up indeed the servant-lads and let them play before us! And Joab said, Let them arise! 15 And they rose up and went by in number -- twelve of the servants of Benjamin of Ishbosheth son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.

Abner Wars with David

16 And they [2held 1each] by their hand the head of his neighbor; and his knife was thrust into the side of his neighbor; and they fell down together. And they called that place, Portion of the Plotters, which is in Gibeon. 17 And [3was 1the 2battle] hard so as to an exceeding degree in that day. And [6failed 1Abner 2and 3the 4men 5of Israel] before the servants of David. 18 And there were there three sons of Zeruiah -- Joab and Abishai and Asahel. And Asahel was light of his feet, as one doe of the ones in the field. 19 And Asahel pursued after Abner, and he did not turn aside to go to the right nor to the left after Abner. 20 And Abner looked to his rear, and said, Are you Asahel himself? And he said, I am.

Abner Kills Asahel

21 And [2said 3to him 1Abner], Turn aside to the right or to the left, and constrain to yourself one of the servant-lads, and take to yourself his full armor! And [2did not 3want 1Asahel] to turn aside from being behind him. 22 And [2added 3yet 1Abner], saying to Asahel, Leave from me! that I should not strike you unto the ground. For how shall I lift my face to Joab your brother? 23 And he was not willing to leave. And [2struck 3him 1Abner] with the rear of the spear upon his flank. And [3went completely through 1the 2spear] out behind him. And he falls there and dies underneath him. And it came to pass every one coming unto the place where [2fell 3there 1Asahel] and died, even stood still. 24 And [4pursued 1Joab 2and 3Abishai] after Abner, and the sun went down. And they entered unto the hill of Ammah, according to the face of Giah, [2way 1the wilderness] of Gibeon. 25 And [4gathered together 1the 2sons 3of Benjamin], the ones following after Abner, and they came to meet as one, and they stood upon the head [2hill 1of one]. 26 And Abner called Joab, and he said, Shall [4in 5victory 3devour 1the 2broadsword], or do you not know that it will be bitter at the last? And for how long [2in no way 1shall you] speak to the people to return from following after their brethren? 27 And Joab said, As the  lord lives, that if you had not spoken, because then from the morning [3ascended 4even 1the 2people] each after his brother. 28 And Joab trumped the trumpet, and [4left 1all 2the 3people], and did not pursue any longer after Israel, and they did not proceed any longer to wage war. 29 And Abner and his men went forth at the descent of the sun, and went all that night, and passed over the Jordan, and they went the entire extent, and they came unto Camp. 30 And Joab returned from following behind Abner, And he gathered together all the people. And they numbered the servants of David, the ones having fallen -- nineteen men and Asahel. 31 And the servants of David struck of the sons of Benjamin, of the men of Abner -- three hundred and sixty men. 32 And they lifted up Asahel, and they entombed him in the burying-place of his father in Beth-lehem. And [4went 5the entire 6night 1Joab 2and 3his men], and light shined through to them in Hebron.
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