The Hebron – 2 Samuel 2

2 Samuel 2:1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired  of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of  Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David  said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.

2 Samuel 2:2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also,  Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal’s wife the  Carmelite. 

2 Samuel 2:3 And his men that were with him did  David bring up, every man with his household: and they  dwelt in the cities of Hebron. 

2 Samuel 2:4 And the men of Judah  came, and there they anointed David king over the house of  Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of  Jabesh-gilead were they that buried Saul.  

2 Samuel 2:5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead,  and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD,  that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even  unto Saul, and have buried him. 

2 Samuel 2:6 And now the LORD  shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite  you this kindness, because ye have done this thing. 

2 Samuel 2:7  Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye  valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of  Judah have anointed me king over them.  

2 Samuel 2:8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul’s host,  took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to  Mahanaim; 

2 Samuel 2:9 And made him king over Gilead, and over  the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over  Benjamin, and over all Israel. 

2 Samuel 2:10 Ish-bosheth Saul’s son  was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel,  and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed  David. 


2 Samuel 2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron  over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.  

2 Samuel 2:12 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth  the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to  Gibeon. 

2 Samuel 2:13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the  servants of David, went out, and met together by the pool of  Gibeon: and they sat down, the one on the one side of the  pool, and the other on the other side of the pool. 

2 Samuel 2:14 And  Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play  before us. And Joab said, Let them arise. 

2 Samuel 2:15 Then there  arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which  pertained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the  servants of David. 

2 Samuel 2:16 And they caught every one his  fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow’s  side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was  called Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon. 

2 Samuel 2:17 And  there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten,  and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.  

2 Samuel 2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab,  and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot  as a wild roe. 

2 Samuel 2:19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and  in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from  following Abner. 

2 Samuel 2:20 Then Abner looked behind him,  and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.  

2 Samuel 2:21 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right  hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young  men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn  aside from following of him. 

2 Samuel 2:22 And Abner said again  to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore    
2 Samuel Page 180   should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold  up my face to Joab thy brother? 

2 Samuel 2:23 Howbeit he refused  to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the  spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came  out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the  same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to  the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.   

2 Samuel 2:24 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the  sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah,  that lieth before Giah by the way of the wilderness of  Gibeon.  

2 Samuel 2:25 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves  together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on  the top of an hill. 

2 Samuel 2:26 Then Abner called to Joab, and  said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that  it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be  then, ere thou bid the people return from following their  brethren? 

2 Samuel 2:27 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless  thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people  had gone up every one from following his brother. 

2 Samuel 2:28  So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and  pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.  

2 Samuel 2:29 And Abner and his men walked all that night  through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through  all Bithron, and they came to Mahanaim. 

2 Samuel 2:30 And Joab  returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered  all the people together, there lacked of David’s servants  nineteen men and Asahel. 

2 Samuel 2:31 But the servants of David  had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner’s men, so that  three hundred and threescore men died.  

2 Samuel 2:32 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the  sepulchre of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And  Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at  break of day.  KJV

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