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  • When Abner came to Hebron with his twenty men, David entertained them with a great feast. - 2 Samuel 3:20

  • Then Abner said to David, "Let me go and call all the people of Israel to your side. They will make a covenant with you to make you their king. Then you will be able to rule over everything your heart desires." So David sent Abner safely on his way. - 2 Samuel 3:21

  • But just after Abner left, Joab and some of David's troops returned from a raid, bringing much plunder with them. - 2 Samuel 3:22

  • When Joab was told that Abner had just been there visiting the king and had been sent away in safety, - 2 Samuel 3:23

  • he rushed to see the king. "What have you done?" he demanded. "What do you mean by letting Abner get away? - 2 Samuel 3:24

  • Joab then left David and sent messengers to catch up with Abner. They found him at the pool of Sirah and brought him back with them. But David knew nothing about it. - 2 Samuel 3:26

  • When Abner arrived at Hebron, Joab took him aside at the gateway as if to speak with him privately. But then he drew his dagger and killed Abner in revenge for killing his brother Asahel. - 2 Samuel 3:27

  • When David heard about it, he declared, "I vow by the LORD that I and my people are innocent of this crime against Abner. - 2 Samuel 3:28

  • So Joab and his brother Abishai killed Abner because Abner had killed their brother Asahel at the battle of Gibeon. - 2 Samuel 3:30

  • Then David said to Joab and all those who were with him, "Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth. Go into deep mourning for Abner." And King David himself walked behind the procession to the grave. - 2 Samuel 3:31

  • They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king and all the people wept at his graveside. - 2 Samuel 3:32

  • Then the king sang this funeral song for Abner: "Should Abner have died as fools die? - 2 Samuel 3:33

  • Your hands were not bound; your feet were not chained. No, you were murdered-- the victim of a wicked plot." All the people wept again for Abner. - 2 Samuel 3:34

  • So everyone in Judah and Israel knew that David was not responsible for Abner's death. - 2 Samuel 3:37

  • When Ishbosheth* heard about Abner's death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and his people were paralyzed with fear.1 - 2 Samuel 4:1

  • So David ordered his young men to kill them, and they did. They cut off their hands and feet and hung their bodies beside the pool in Hebron. Then they took Ishbosheth's head and buried it in Abner's tomb in Hebron. - 2 Samuel 4:12

  • "And there is something else. You know that Joab son of Zeruiah murdered my two army commanders, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He pretended that it was an act of war, but it was done in a time of peace,* staining his belt and sandals with the blood of war.1 - 1 Kings 2:5
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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