2 Samuel 3

CHAPTER 3

The House of Saul Wars with the House of David

And there was war for a long time between the house of Saul, and between the house of David. And the house of David went and strengthened. And the house of Saul went and weakened. And were born to David in Hebron [2sons 1six], and [2was 1his first-born] was Amnon by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; and his second was Chileab of Abigail the Carmelitess; and the third was Absalom son of Maacah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; and the fourth was Adonijah son of Haggith; and the fifth was Shephatiah by Abital; and the sixth was Ithream of Eglah wife of David. These were born to David in Hebron. And it came to pass in the being the war between the house of Saul, and between the house of David, that Abner was holding rule over the house of Saul. And to Saul was a concubine, and the name to her was Rizpah, daughter of Aiah. And [4said 1Ishbosheth 2son 3of Saul] to Abner, Why is it that you enter to the concubine of my father? And [2was enraged 3exceedingly 1Abner] on account of this word by Ishbosheth. And Abner said to him, Am [3head 2a dog's 1I] that I executed today mercy with the house of Saul your father, and with his brethren, and with his acquaintances, and did not desert to the house of David, that you seek anxiously about me concerning injustice to a woman today? Thus may God do to Abner, and thus may he add to him that as the  lord swore by an oath to David, that so I should do the same to him in this day, 10 to remove the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to raise up the throne of David over Israel, and over Judah, from Dan until Beer-sheba. 11 And [2was not 3able 4still 1Ishbosheth] to answer Abner's utterance, because of fearing him.

Abner Ordains a Covenant with David

12 And Abner sent messengers to David in Hebron, saying, [2ordain 3a covenant 1You] with me! And behold, My hand is with you to return to you all Israel. 13 And David said, Well, I shall ordain with you a covenant, except [2word 1one] I ask from you, saying, You shall not see my face, if you do not lead Michal daughter of Saul, in your coming to behold my face. 14 And David sent [2to 3Ishbosheth 4son 5of Saul 1messengers], saying, Give back to me my wife Michal which I took for a hundred foreskins of Philistines. 15 And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, from Phaltiel son of Laish. 16 And [3went 2husband 1her] with her, going and weeping after her unto Behurim. And [2said 3to 4him 1Abner], Go return! And he returned. 17 And the word of Abner came to the elders of Israel, saying, Yesterday and the third day before you sought David to reign over you. 18 And now act! for the  lord spoke concerning David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will deliver my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from the hand of all his enemies. 19 And Abner spoke in the ears of Benjamin. And Abner went to speak into the ears of David in Hebron, all as much as it pleased in the eyes of Israel, and in the eyes of all the house of Benjamin. 20 And Abner came to David in Hebron, and with him twenty men. And David made [2to 3Abner 4and 5the 6men 7with 8him 1a banquet]. 21 And Abner said to David, I will arise indeed and go, and gather together to my master the king all Israel; and I will ordain with you a covenant, and you shall reign over all whom [2desires 1your soul]. And David sent away Abner, and he went in peace. 22 And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from the expedition, and [3spoils 2many 1they brought] with themselves. And Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away, and he went in peace. 23 And Joab, and all the military, the one with him, came. And they reported to Joab, saying, [4comes 1Abner 2son 3of Ner] to David, and he has sent him, and he went forth in peace. 24 And Joab entered to the king, and he said to him, What is this you did? Behold, Abner came to you, and why have you sent him away, and he has gone forth in peace? 25 Or do you not know the evil of Abner son of Ner, that [2to deceive 3you 1he came], and to know your entering and your exiting, and to know all together as much as you do? 26 And Joab went from David, and sent messengers after Abner, and they returned him from the well of Sirah; and David did not know.

Joab Kills Abner

27 And Abner returned to Hebron, and [2turned 3him 1Joab] from the side of the gate to speak to him laying in wait. And he struck him there in the flank, and he died for the blood [2Asahel 1of his brother]. 28 And David heard about these things, and he said, [2am innocent 1I] and my kingdom from the  lord and unto the eon of the blood of Abner son of Ner. 29 Let it arrive upon the head of Joab, and upon all the house of his father! and may there not cease to be one from the house of Joab having gonorrhea, and leprous, and holding a stave, and falling by the broadsword, and lacking bread loaves. 30 For Joab and Abishai his brother observed Abner, because he killed Asahel their brother in Gibeon in the battle. 31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people with him, Tear your clothes, and gird on sackcloths, and lament before Abner! And king David went behind the bier. 32 And they entombed Abner in Hebron, and [3lifted 1the 2king] his voice and wept over the tomb of Abner, and [4wept 1all 2the 3people].

David and Israel Lament Abner's Death

33 And [3lamented 1the 2king] over Abner, and said, Shall [3according to 4the 5death 6of Nabal 2die 1Abner], no. 34  Your hands were not tied, nor your feet not in shackles; you did not lead as Nabal; [2in the presence 3of a son 4of injustice 1you fell]. And [4were brought together 1all 2the 3people] to weep for him. 35 And [4came 1all 2the 3people] to cause [2to eat 4at the wake 1David 3bread loaves] still being day. And David swore by an oath, saying, Thus may [2do 3to me 1God], and thus may he add yet more, that until [3should 4go down 1the 2sun], in no way shall I taste bread nor any thing. 36 And all the people knew. And it was pleasing before them, all as much as [3did 1the 2king] in the presence of all the people. 37 And [4knew 1all 2the 3people], and all Israel in that day, that [6happened not 7by 8the 9king 1the 2putting to death 3of Abner 4son 5of Ner]. 38 And [3said 1the 2king] to his servants, Do you not know that a leader, and a great one has fallen in this day in Israel? 39 And that I am as a relative today, and one being placed for king. But these men, the sons of Zeruiah [2hard 3for me 1are]. The  lord should recompense to the one doing the wicked things according to his evil.
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