THE SECOND BOOK OF
2 Samuel 2 ©
David, at God’s command, removes with his household and people to Hebron, v. 1, etc. Where those of Judah anoint him king over them, 4. He commends and comforts the citizens of Jabesh in Gilead for burying Saul, 5. On the contrary Abner installs Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, king over Israel, 8. And leads forth the armed men against David men at Gibeon, 12. Where, after a terrible and bloody fight of four and twenty young champions, he is put to flight by Joab, 17. Asahel pursues Abner, and is thrust through by him, 19. Abner and Joab at length part again one from another, 26. Asahel is buried, 32.
AND it came to pass after this, that David 1enquired 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 2he said, Unto 3Hebron.
So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail 4Nabal’s wife the Carmelite.
And his men that were 5with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the 6cities of Hebron.
And the men of Judah came, and there they 7anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told 8David, saying, That the men of Jabesh-gilead were they that 9buried Saul.
¶And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and 10said unto them, 11Blessed be ye of the LORD, 12that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.
And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will 13requite you this kindness, 14because ye have done this thing.
Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye 15valiant: 16for your master Saul is dead, and 17also the house of Judah have anointed me 18king over them.
¶But 19Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took 20Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him 21over to Mahanaim;
And made him 22king over 23Gilead, and over the 24Ashurites, and over 25Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over 26all Israel.
Ish-bosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he 27began to reign over Israel, and 28reigned two years. But the house of Judah 29followed David.
And the timea that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
¶And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went 30out from Mahanaim to 31Gibeon.
And 32Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out, and met together by the 33pool 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.
And Abner said to Joab, Let the 34young men now arise, and 35play 36before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
Then there arose and went 37over 38by number twelve of Benjamin, which pertained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
And they caught every 39one his fellow by the head, and thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they 40fell down together: wherefore that place was called 41Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon.
And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
¶And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as 42light of foot as a wild roe.
And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.
Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.
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 43armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.
And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from following me: 44wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?
Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the 45hinder end of the spear smote him 46under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same 47place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.
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.
¶And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one 48troop, and stood on the top of an hill.
Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour 49for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness 50in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return 51from following their brethren?
And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst 52spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following 53his brother.
So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.
And Abner and his men walked all that night through the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all 54Bithron, and they came to 55Mahanaim.
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.
But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin, and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men died.
¶And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father, which was in Beth-lehem. And Joab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.