2And 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.H310H1732H7592H3068H559H5927H259H5892H3063H3068H559H5927H1732H559H5927H559H22752So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite.H1732H5927H8147H802H293H3159H26H5037H802H37613And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.H582H1732H5927H376H1004H3427H5892H22754And 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 Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.H582H3063H935H4886H1732H4428H1004H3063H5046H1732H559H582H3003H1568H6912H75865And 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.H1732H7971H4397H582H3003H1568H559H1288H3068H6213H2617H113H7586H69126And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.H3068H6213H2617H571H6213H2896H6213H16977Therefore 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.H3027H2388H1121H2428H113H7586H4191H1004H3063H4886H4428
Ishbosheth Made King of Israel
8But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;H74H1121H5369H8269H7586H6635H3947H378H1121H7586H5674H42669And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.H4427H1568H805H3157H669H1144H347810Ishbosheth 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.H378H7586H1121H705H8141H1121H4427H3478H4427H8147H8141H1004H3063H310H173211And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.H4557H3117H1732H4428H2275H1004H3063H7651H8141H8337H2320
Israel and Judah at War
12And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.H74H1121H5369H5650H378H1121H7586H3318H4266H139113And 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.H3097H1121H6870H5650H1732H3318H6298H3162H1295H1391H3427H1295H129514And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.H74H559H3097H5288H6965H7832H6440H3097H559H696515Then there arose and went over by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.H6965H5674H4557H8147H6240H1144H378H1121H7586H8147H6240H5650H173216And 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 Helkathhazzurim, which is in Gibeon.H2388H376H7453H7218H2719H7453H6654H5307H3162H4725H7121H2521H139117And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.H3966H7186H4421H3117H74H5062H582H3478H6440H5650H173218And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.H7969H1121H6870H3097H52H6214H6214H7031H7272H259H7704H664319And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.H6214H7291H310H74H3212H5186H3225H8040H310H7420Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.H74H6437H310H559H6214H55921And 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.H74H559H5186H3225H8040H270H259H5288H3947H2488H6214H14H5493H31022And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?H74H559H3254H6214H5493H310H5221H776H5375H6440H3097H25123Howbeit 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.H3985H5493H74H310H2595H5221H413H2570H2595H3318H310H5307H4191H8478H935H4725H6214H5307H4191H597524Joab 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.H3097H52H7291H310H74H8121H935H935H1389H522H6440H1520H1870H4057H139125And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill.H1121H1144H6908H310H74H259H92H5975H7218H138926Then 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?H74H7121H3097H559H2719H398H5331H3045H4751H314H559H5971H7725H310H25127And 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.H3097H559H430H2416H3884H1696H1242H5971H5927H376H310H25128So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.H3097H8628H7782H5971H5975H7291H310H3478H3898H325429And 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.H74H582H1980H3915H6160H5674H3383H3212H1338H935H426630And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David's servants nineteen men and Asahel.H3097H7725H310H74H6908H5971H6908H6485H1732H5650H8672H6240H376H621431But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.H5650H1732H5221H1144H74H582H7969H3967H8346H376H419132And 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.H5375H6214H6912H6913H1H1035H3097H582H3212H3915H2275H215
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