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  • These were the sons who were born to David in Hebron: The oldest was Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam of Jezreel. - 2 Samuel 3:2

  • The sixth was Ithream, whose mother was David's wife Eglah. These sons were all born to David in Hebron. - 2 Samuel 3:5

  • Abner became furious. "Am I a Judean dog to be kicked around like this?" he shouted. "After all I have done for you and your father by not betraying you to David, is this my reward--that you find fault with me about this woman? - 2 Samuel 3:8

  • May God deal harshly with me if I don't help David get all that the LORD has promised him! - 2 Samuel 3:9

  • I should just go ahead and give David the rest of Saul's kingdom. I should set him up as king over Israel as well as Judah, from Dan to Beersheba." - 2 Samuel 3:10

  • Then Abner sent messengers to David, saying, "Let's make an agreement, and I will help turn the entire nation of Israel over to you." - 2 Samuel 3:12

  • "All right," David replied, "but I will not negotiate with you unless you bring back my wife Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come." - 2 Samuel 3:13

  • David then sent this message to Ishbosheth, Saul's son: "Give me back my wife Michal, for I bought her with the lives of one hundred Philistines." - 2 Samuel 3:14

  • Meanwhile, Abner had consulted with the leaders of Israel. "For some time now," he told them, "you have wanted to make David your king. - 2 Samuel 3:17

  • Now is the time! For the LORD has said, `I have chosen David to save my people from the Philistines and from all their other enemies.' " - 2 Samuel 3:18

  • Abner also spoke with the leaders of the tribe of Benjamin. Then he went to Hebron to tell David that all the people of Israel and Benjamin supported him. - 2 Samuel 3:19

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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