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1 After this David consulted Yahweh, asking, 'Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?' Yahweh replied, 'Go up!' 'Which one shall I go to?' David asked. 'To Hebron,' was the reply.
1Sam 23:2  1Sam 30:31  1Sam 23:4  1Sam 23:9-12  1Chr 29:7  1Kgs 2:11  1Sam 30:7-8 

2 So David went up, with his two wives Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail widow of Nabal of Carmel.
1Sam 25:42-43  1Sam 30:5  Luke 22:28-29 

3 In addition David brought up the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in the towns of Hebron.
1Chr 12:1-7  1Sam 27:2-3  1Sam 30:1  1Sam 22:2  1Sam 30:9-10  Josh 21:11-12 

4 The men of Judah came, and there they anointed David as king of the House of Judah. They told David that the people of Jabesh in Gilead had given Saul burial,
1Sam 31:11-13  2Sam 5:5  2Sam 5:3  1Sam 16:13  1Chr 11:3  2Sam 2:7  2Sam 2:11 

5 so David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh in Gilead. 'May you be blessed by Yahweh,' he said, 'for showing this faithful love to Saul your lord, and for burying him.
1Sam 23:21  Ps 115:15  Ruth 2:20  1Sam 24:19  1Sam 25:32-33  Ruth 1:8  Ruth 3:10 

6 And now may Yahweh show faithful love and constancy towards you! I too shall treat you well because you have done this.
2Sam 9:3  2Sam 9:7  2Sam 10:2  2Sam 15:20  2Tim 1:16-18  Exod 34:6  Matt 5:7 

7 And now take courage and be men of valour. Saul your lord is dead, but the House of Judah has anointed me to be their king.'
1Cor 16:13  1Sam 4:9  1Sam 31:7  1Sam 31:12  2Sam 10:12  Eph 6:10  Gen 15:1 

8 Abner son of Ner, Saul's army commander, had taken Ishbaal son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.
1Sam 14:50  Gen 32:2  1Chr 8:33  1Chr 9:39  1Sam 17:55  1Sam 26:14  2Sam 3:7-8 

9 He had made him king of Gilead, of the Asherites, of Jezreel, of Ephraim, of Benjamin and indeed of all Israel.
Gen 30:13  Josh 13:8-11  Josh 19:18  Judg 1:32  Num 1:40  Num 32:1-42  Ps 108:8 

10 Ishbaal son of Saul was forty years old when he became king of Israel, and he reigned for two years. Only the House of Judah supported David.

11 The length of David's reign over Judah in Hebron was seven years and six months.
1Kgs 2:11  1Chr 3:4  1Chr 29:27  2Sam 5:4-5 

12 Abner son of Ner, with the retainers of Ishbaal son of Saul, marched out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
Josh 9:3  Josh 10:2  Josh 10:4  Josh 18:25  2Sam 17:14  Gen 32:2  Josh 10:12 

13 Joab son of Zeruiah, with David's retainers, also took the field, encountering them at the pool of Gibeon. There they halted, one party on one side of the pool, and the other opposite.
1Chr 2:16  2Sam 8:16  Jer 41:12  1Chr 11:6  1Kgs 1:7  1Kgs 2:28-35  2Sam 2:18 

14 Abner then said to Joab, 'Let the men come forward and fight it out between us!' Joab replied, 'Let them come forward.'
2Sam 2:17  2Sam 2:26-27  Prov 10:23  Prov 17:14  Prov 20:18  Prov 25:8  Prov 26:18-19 

15 So they came forward and were numbered off, twelve from Benjamin for Ishbaal son of Saul, and twelve of David's retainers.

16 Each caught his opponent by the head and drove his sword into his side; and thus they all fell together. Hence the place was called the Field of Sides; it is at Gibeon.

17 That day a very fierce battle took place, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten by David's retainers.
2Sam 3:1 

18 The three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel could run like a wild gazelle.
1Chr 12:8  Hab 3:19  Ps 18:33  Song 2:17  Song 8:14  1Chr 2:15-16  1Chr 11:26 

19 Asahel chased Abner, not swerving to the right or left from pursuing him.
2Kgs 22:2  2Sam 2:21  Josh 1:7  Josh 23:6  Prov 4:27 

20 Abner turned and said, 'Asahel, is that you?' He replied, 'It is.'

21 Abner said, 'Turn to your right or your left, catch one of the men and take his spoil!' But Asahel would not break off the pursuit.
Judg 14:19 

22 Again Abner spoke to Asahel, 'Stop following me, unless you want me to strike you to the ground; and then how could I look your brother Joab in the face?'
2Sam 3:27  2Kgs 14:10-12  Eccl 6:10  Prov 29:1 

23 But he refused to be diverted, so Abner struck him in the belly with the butt of his spear so that the shaft came out through his back; and he fell at his feet and died on the spot. On coming to the place where Asahel had fallen and died, everyone halted.
2Sam 3:27  2Sam 4:6  2Sam 20:10  2Sam 5:6  2Sam 20:12-13 

24 Joab and Abishai took up the pursuit of Abner and at sunset reached the Hill of Ammah, which is to the east of Giah on the road through the desert of Gibeon.

25 The Benjaminites gathered in close formation behind Abner and halted on the top of a hill.

26 Abner called out to Joab, 'Is the sword to go on devouring for ever? Surely you see that this can only end in bitterness? How long will it be before you order those people to stop pursuing their brothers?'
Jer 46:14  Acts 7:26  Jer 46:10  2Sam 2:14  2Sam 2:16  2Sam 11:25  Hos 11:6 

27 Joab replied, 'As Yahweh lives, if you had not spoken, these men would not have given up the pursuit of their brothers until morning.'
2Sam 2:14  Prov 17:14  1Sam 25:26  Isa 47:7  Job 27:2  Luke 14:31-32  Prov 15:1 

28 Joab then sounded the trumpet and all the troops halted; they pursued Israel no further and fought no more.

29 All that night Abner and his men made their way through the Arabah; they crossed the Jordan and, marching throughout the morning, came to Mahanaim.
2Sam 2:8  Song 2:17 

30 Joab, having stopped pursuing Abner, mustered the whole contingent; David's retainers had lost nineteen men in addition to Asahel,

31 but had killed three hundred and sixty of Benjamin, Abner's men.
1Kgs 20:11  2Sam 3:1 

32 They took up Asahel and buried him in his father's tomb, which is at Bethlehem. Joab and his men then marched throughout the night, reaching Hebron at daybreak.
1Chr 2:13-16  1Sam 17:58  2Chr 16:14  2Chr 21:1  2Sam 5:1  Prov 22:29