2 Samuel 3 ©
During the course of the war David still groweth stronger. The six sons which were born to him in Hebron. Abner, offended by Ish-bosheth, threateneth to revolt to David; to whom he sendeth to offer his service. David refuseth to treat, till he hath first received back his wife Michal; who on his demand is restored to him. Abner having communed with the Israelites goeth to David, by whom he is feasted, and sent away in peace. Joab returning from battle is displeased with the king, and following Abner murdereth him treacherously. David curseth Joab, and mourneth for Abner.
And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.
Then was Abner lvery *wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a mdog'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?
And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.
And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from 3Phaltiel the son of Laish.
¶And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David 5in times past to be king over you:
¶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.
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.
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?
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.
Let hit rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let there not 8fail from the house of Joab one ithat hath an issue, or jthat is a leper, or that leaneth on ka staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
And all the people took notice of it, and it 11pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.
For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.
And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
And I am this day 12weak, though anointed king; and these men uthe sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD vshall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.