The Weak and the Strong – 2 Samuel 3

2 Samuel 3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul  and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and  stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.  

2 Samuel 3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his  firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 

2 Samuel 3:3  And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the  Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the  daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 

2 Samuel 3:4 And the fourth,  Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the  son of Abital; 

2 Samuel 3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah  David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.  

2 Samuel 3:6 And it came to pass, while there was war between  the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made  himself strong for the house of Saul. 

2 Samuel 3:7 And Saul had a  concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah:  and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone  in unto my father’s concubine? 

2 Samuel 3:8 Then was Abner very  wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dog’s  head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto  the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his  friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David,  that thou chargest me to day with a fault concerning this  woman? 

2 Samuel 3:9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except,  as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;  

2 Samuel 3:10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul,  and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah,  from Dan even to Beer-sheba. 

2 Samuel 3:11 And he could not  answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.  

2 Samuel 3:12 And Abner sent messengers to David on his  behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy  league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with thee,  to bring about all Israel unto thee.   

2 Samuel 3:13 And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee:  but one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my  face, except thou first bring Michal Saul’s daughter, when  thou comest to see my face. 

2 Samuel 3:14 And David sent  messengers to Ish-bosheth Saul’s son, saying, Deliver me  my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred  foreskins of the Philistines. 

2 Samuel 3:15 And Ish-bosheth sent,  and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the  son of Laish. 

2 Samuel 3:16 And her husband went with her along  weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him,  Go, return. And he returned.  

2 Samuel 3:17 And Abner had communication with the elders of  Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be  king over you: 

2 Samuel 3:18 Now then do it: for the LORD hath  spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I  will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines,  and out of the hand of all their enemies. 

2 Samuel 3:19 And Abner  also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to  speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to  Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of  Benjamin. 

2 Samuel 3:20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and  twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men  that were with him a feast. 

2 Samuel 3:21 And Abner said unto  David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my  lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and  that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And  David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.  

2 Samuel 3:22 And, Behold, the servants of David and Joab came  from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with  them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had  sent him away, and he was gone in peace. 

2 Samuel 3:23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they  told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king,  and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace. 

2 Samuel 3:24  Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done?  behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast  sent him away, and he is quite gone? 

2 Samuel 3:25 Thou knowest  Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to  know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that  thou doest. 

2 Samuel 3:26 And when Joab was come out from  David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him  again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.  

2 Samuel 3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took  him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote  him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of  Asahel his brother.  

2 Samuel 3:28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I  and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever  from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: 

2 Samuel 3:29 Let it rest  on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and let  there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue,  or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on  the sword, or that lacketh bread. 

2 Samuel 3:30 So Joab and  Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their  brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.  

2 Samuel 3:31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that  were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David  himself followed the bier. 

2 Samuel 3:32 And they buried Abner  in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the  grave of Abner; and all the people wept. 

2 Samuel 3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool  dieth? 

2 Samuel 3:34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put  into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest  thou. And all the people wept again over him. 

2 Samuel 3:35 And  when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while  it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and  more also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be  down. 

2 Samuel 3:36 And all the people took notice of it, and it  pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the  people. 

2 Samuel 3:37 For all the people and all Israel understood  that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of  Ner. 

2 Samuel 3:38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye  not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in  Israel? 

2 Samuel 3:39 And I am this day weak, though anointed  king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for  me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his  wickedness.   


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