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2Samuel 2
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2After all this, David prayed. He asked God, "Shall I move to one of the cities of Judah?" GOD said, "Yes, move." "And to which city?" "To Hebron."H310H1732H7592H3068H559H5927H259H5892H3063H3068H559H5927H1732H559H5927H559H2275 2So David moved to Hebron, along with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel.H1732H5927H8147H802H293H3159H26H5037H802H3761 3David's men, along with their families, also went with him and made their home in and around Hebron.H582H1732H5927H376H1004H3427H5892H2275 4The citizens of Judah came to Hebron, and then and there made David king over the clans of Judah. A report was brought to David that the men of Jabesh Gilead had given Saul a decent burial.H582H3063H935H4886H1732H4428H1004H3063H5046H1732H559H582H3003H1568H6912H7586 5David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead: "GOD bless you for this—for honoring your master, Saul, with a funeral.H1732H7971H4397H582H3003H1568H559H1288H3068H6213H2617H113H7586H6912 6GOD honor you and be true to you—and I'll do the same, matching your generous act of goodness.H3068H6213H2617H571H6213H2896H6213H1697 7Strengthen your resolve and do what must be done. Your master, Saul, is dead. The citizens of Judah have made me their king."H3027H2388H1121H2428H113H7586H4191H1004H3063H4886H4428 8In the meantime, Abner son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Saul's son Ish-Bosheth to MahanaimH74H1121H5369H8269H7586H6635H3947H378H1121H7586H5674H4266 9and made him king over Gilead, over Asher, over Jezreel, over Ephraim, over Benjamin—king, as it turns out, over all Israel.H4427H1568H805H3157H669H1144H3478 10Ish-Bosheth, Saul's son, was forty years old when he was made king over Israel. He lasted only two years. But the people of Judah stuck with David.H378H7586H1121H705H8141H1121H4427H3478H4427H8147H8141H1004H3063H310H1732 11David ruled the people of Judah from Hebron for seven and a half years.H4557H3117H1732H4428H2275H1004H3063H7651H8141H8337H2320 12One day Abner son of Ner set out from Mahanaim with the soldiers of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, headed for Gibeon.H74H1121H5369H5650H378H1121H7586H3318H4266H1391 13Joab son of Zeruiah, with David's soldiers, also set out. They met at the Pool of Gibeon, Abner's group on one side, Joab's on the other.H3097H1121H6870H5650H1732H3318H6298H3162H1295H1391H3427H1295H1295 14Abner challenged Joab, "Put up your best fighters. Let's see them do their stuff." Joab said, "Good! Let them go at it!"H74H559H3097H5288H6965H7832H6440H3097H559H6965 15So they lined up for the fight, twelve Benjaminites from the side of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, and twelve soldiers from David's side.H6965H5674H4557H8147H6240H1144H378H1121H7586H8147H6240H5650H1732 16The men from each side grabbed their opponents' heads and stabbed them with their daggers. They all fell dead—the whole bunch together. So, they called the place Slaughter Park. It's right there at Gibeon.H2388H376H7453H7218H2719H7453H6654H5307H3162H4725H7121H2521H1391 17The fighting went from bad to worse throughout the day. Abner and the men of Israel were beaten to a pulp by David's men.H3966H7186H4421H3117H74H5062H582H3478H6440H5650H1732 18The three sons of Zeruiah were present: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Asahel, as fast as a wild antelopeH7969H1121H6870H3097H52H6214H6214H7031H7272H259H7704H6643 19on the open plain, chased Abner, staying hard on his heels.H6214H7291H310H74H3212H5186H3225H8040H310H74 20Abner turned and said, "Is that you, Asahel?" "It surely is," he said.H74H6437H310H559H6214H559 21Abner said, "Let up on me. Pick on someone you have a chance of beating and be content with those spoils!" But Asahel wouldn't let up.H74H559H5186H3225H8040H270H259H5288H3947H2488H6214H14H5493H310 22Abner tried again, "Turn back. Don't force me to kill you. How would I face your brother Joab?"H74H559H3254H6214H5493H310H5221H776H5375H6440H3097H251 23When he refused to quit, Abner struck him in the belly with the blunt end of his spear so hard that it came out his back. Asahel fell to the ground and died at once. Everyone who arrived at the spot where Asahel fell and died stood and gaped—Asahel dead!H3985H5493H74H310H2595H5221H413H2570H2595H3318H310H5307H4191H8478H935H4725H6214H5307H4191H5975 24But Joab and Abishai kept up the chase after Abner. As the sun began to set, they came to the hill of Ammah that faced Giah on the road to the backcountry of Gibeon.H3097H52H7291H310H74H8121H935H935H1389H522H6440H1520H1870H4057H1391 25The Benjaminites had taken their stand with Abner there, deployed strategically on a hill.H1121H1144H6908H310H74H259H92H5975H7218H1389 26Abner called out to Joab, "Are we going to keep killing each other till doomsday? Don't you know that nothing but bitterness will come from this? How long before you call off your men from chasing their brothers?"H74H7121H3097H559H2719H398H5331H3045H4751H314H559H5971H7725H310H251 27"As God lives," said Joab, "if you hadn't spoken up, we'd have kept up the chase until morning!"H3097H559H430H2416H3884H1696H1242H5971H5927H376H310H251 28Then he blew the ram's horn trumpet and the whole army of Judah stopped in its tracks. They quit chasing Israel and called off the fighting.H3097H8628H7782H5971H5975H7291H310H3478H3898H3254 29Abner and his soldiers marched all that night up the Arabah Valley. They crossed the Jordan and, after a long morning's march, arrived at Mahanaim.H74H582H1980H3915H6160H5674H3383H3212H1338H935H4266 30After Joab returned from chasing Abner, he took a head count of the army. Nineteen of David's men (besides Asahel) were missing.H3097H7725H310H74H6908H5971H6908H6485H1732H5650H8672H6240H376H6214 31David's men had cut down three hundred and sixty of Abner's men, all Benjaminites—all dead.H5650H1732H5221H1144H74H582H7969H3967H8346H376H4191 32They brought Asahel and buried him in the family tomb in Bethlehem. Joab and his men then marched all night, arriving in Hebron as the dawn broke.H5375H6214H6912H6913H1H1035H3097H582H3212H3915H2275H215


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