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1 So the war dragged on between the House of Saul and the House of David, but David grew steadily stronger and the House of Saul steadily weaker.
1Kgs 14:30  2Sam 2:17  Gal 5:17  1Kgs 15:16  1Kgs 15:32  Dan 2:34-35  Dan 2:44-45 

2 The sons born to David at Hebron were: his first-born Amnon, by Ahinoam of Jezreel;
1Chr 3:1-4  1Sam 25:42-43  2Sam 13:1-29  Gen 49:3-4 

3 his second Chileab, by Abigail widow of Nabal of Carmel; the third Absalom son of Maacah, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
1Sam 27:8  1Sam 25:42  2Sam 13:37-38  1Chr 3:1  1Sam 25:3  2Sam 2:2  2Sam 13:20-28 

4 the fourth Adonijah son of Haggith; the fifth Shephatiah son of Abital;
1Kgs 1:5-18  1Kgs 2:13-25 

5 the sixth Ithream, by David's wife, Eglah. These were born to David at Hebron.

6 This is what took place during the war between the House of Saul and the House of David. Abner took complete control in the House of Saul.
2Sam 2:8-9  2Chr 25:8  2Kgs 10:23  Isa 8:9-10  Joel 3:9-13  Matt 12:30  Prov 21:30 

7 Now, there was a concubine of Saul's called Rizpah daughter of Aiah, and Abner took her. Ishbaal said to Abner, 'Why have you slept with my father's concubine?'
2Sam 21:8-11  2Sam 16:21-22  1Kgs 2:17  1Kgs 2:21-22  2Sam 12:8 

8 At these words of Ishbaal, Abner flew into a rage. 'Am I a dog's head?' he shouted. 'Here am I, full of faithful love towards the House of Saul your father, his brothers and his friends, not leaving you to the hands of David, and now you find fault with me over a woman!
2Sam 9:8  2Sam 16:9  1Sam 15:28  1Sam 24:14-15  2Kgs 8:13  2Sam 3:9  2Sam 3:18 

9 May God bring unnameable ills on Abner, and worse ones, too, if I do not bring about what Yahweh has sworn to David:
1Sam 15:28  1Kgs 19:2  1Chr 12:23  1Sam 28:17  2Sam 3:35  Ruth 1:17  1Sam 3:17 

10 to take the sovereignty from the House of Saul, and establish David's throne over Israel as well as Judah, from Dan to Beersheba!'
1Sam 3:20  Judg 20:1  1Kgs 4:25  2Sam 17:11  2Sam 24:2 

11 Ishbaal dared not say a single word to Abner in reply, as he was afraid of him.

12 Abner sent messengers on his own behalf to say to David, '. . . and furthermore, come to an agreement with me and I will give you my support to win all Israel over to you.'
1Chr 11:1-3  1Chr 12:38-40  2Sam 3:21  2Sam 3:27  2Sam 5:1-3  2Sam 19:6  2Sam 19:14 

13 'Very well,' David said, 'I will come to an agreement with you. I impose one condition however; you will not be admitted to my presence unless you bring me Michal, Saul's daughter, when you come to see me.'
Gen 43:3  1Chr 15:29  1Sam 18:20-28  1Sam 19:11-17  2Sam 3:20-23  Gen 44:23  Gen 44:26 

14 David then sent messengers to say to Ishbaal son of Saul, 'Give me back my wife Michal, whom I acquired for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.'
1Sam 18:27  1Sam 18:25  2Sam 2:10 

15 So Ishbaal sent for her to be taken from her husband Paltiel son of Laish.
1Sam 25:44 

16 Her husband set off with her and followed her, weeping as he went, as far as Bahurim; but Abner said to him, 'Go back!' and he went.
2Sam 16:5  2Sam 19:16  1Kgs 2:8  2Sam 17:18  Prov 9:17-18 

17 Now Abner conferred with the elders of Israel. 'For a long time now,' he said, 'you have wanted David as your king.

18 Now you must take action, since Yahweh has said of David, "By the hand of my servant David I shall deliver my people Israel from the clutches of the Philistines and all their enemies." '
1Sam 15:28  2Sam 3:9  1Sam 9:16  1Sam 13:14  1Sam 16:1  1Sam 16:12-13  John 12:42-43 

19 Abner also spoke to the men of Benjamin and then went to Hebron to tell David everything that had been agreed by Israel and the House of Benjamin.
1Chr 12:29  1Sam 10:20-21  Ps 68:27 

20 Abner, accompanied by twenty men, came to David at Hebron, and David held a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.
Esth 1:3  Gen 26:30  Gen 31:54 

21 Abner then said to David, 'I must get up and go. I am going to rally all Israel to my lord the king, so that they will make an alliance with you, and you will reign over all that you desire.' So David allowed Abner to go, and he went unmolested.
1Kgs 11:37  2Sam 3:12  2Sam 3:10  2Sam 2:9  Phil 2:21  Ps 20:4 

22 David's retainers were just then coming back with Joab from a raid, bringing a great quantity of booty with them. Abner was no longer with David at Hebron, since David had allowed him to go, and he had gone unmolested.

23 When Joab and the whole company with him had arrived, Joab was told, 'Abner son of Ner has been to the king, and the king has allowed Abner to go away unmolested.'

24 Joab then went to the king and said, 'What have you done? Abner comes to you and you let him go away and now he has gone-why?
2Sam 3:8  2Sam 3:39  2Sam 19:5-7  John 18:35  Num 23:11 

25 You know Abner son of Ner! He came to trick you, to discover your every move, to find out what you are doing.'
Deut 28:6  Isa 37:28  1Sam 29:4-6  2Kgs 18:32  2Sam 3:27  2Sam 10:3  Gen 42:9 

26 Joab left David's presence and sent messengers after Abner and these, unknown to David, brought him back from the storage-well at Sirah.
Prov 26:23-26  Prov 27:4-6 

27 When Abner reached Hebron, Joab took him aside in the town-gate, as if to have a quiet word with him, and there struck him a mortal blow in the belly to avenge the blood of his brother Asahel.
1Kgs 2:5  2Sam 20:9-10  1Kgs 2:32  2Sam 2:19-23  Deut 27:24  Jer 41:2  Jer 41:6-7 

28 Afterwards, when David heard of this, he said, 'I and my kingdom are for ever innocent before Yahweh of the blood of Abner son of Ner;
Deut 21:1-9  Exod 21:12  Gen 4:10  Gen 9:6  Matt 27:24  Num 35:33 

29 may it fall on the head of Joab and on all his family! May the House of Joab never be free of men afflicted with haemorrhage or a virulent skin-disease, whose strength is in the distaff, who fall by the sword, who lack food.'
2Sam 1:16  Ps 109:8-19  1Kgs 2:31-34  1Sam 2:32-36  2Kgs 5:1  2Kgs 5:27  Acts 28:4 

30 (Joab and his brother Abishai had murdered Abner because he killed their brother Asahel at the battle of Gibeon.)
2Sam 2:19-23  Acts 28:4  Prov 28:17 

31 David then said to Joab and the whole company with him, 'Tear your clothes, put on sackcloth, and mourn over Abner,' and King David walked behind the bier.
Gen 37:34  2Sam 1:2  2Sam 1:11  Josh 7:6  Judg 11:35  2Kgs 19:1  Gen 37:29 

32 They buried Abner at Hebron, and the king wept aloud on his grave, and the people all wept too.
Prov 24:17  Job 31:28  1Sam 30:4  2Sam 1:12  2Sam 18:33  Luke 19:41-42 

33 The king made this lament over Abner: Should Abner have died as a brute dies?
2Sam 1:17  2Sam 13:12-13  2Chr 35:25  2Sam 13:28-29  Eccl 2:15-16  Jer 17:11  Luke 12:19-20 

34 Your hands were not tied, your feet not chained; you fell as a man falls at the hands of criminals. And all the people wept for him louder than ever.
2Sam 1:12  Hos 6:9  Job 24:14  Judg 16:21  Ps 107:10-11 

35 The people then all tried to persuade David to have some food while it was still daylight, but David swore this oath, 'May God bring unnameable ills on me, and worse ills, too, if I taste bread or anything whatever until the sun is down!'
2Sam 1:12  2Sam 12:17  Ruth 1:17  Jer 16:7  1Sam 3:17  2Sam 3:9  Ezek 24:17 

36 All the people took note of this and it pleased them; indeed, everything the king did pleased the people.
2Sam 15:6  2Sam 15:13  Mark 7:37  Mark 15:11-13  Ps 62:9 

37 That day, all the people and all Israel understood that the king had had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.

38 The king said to his retainers, 'Do you not realise that a prince, a great man, has fallen in Israel today?
1Sam 14:50-51  2Sam 2:8  2Sam 3:12  Job 32:9 

39 I, though anointed king, am weak at present, and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too strong for me. May Yahweh repay the criminal as his crime deserves!'
1Kgs 2:33-34  1Kgs 2:5-6  2Tim 4:14  Ps 28:4  Ps 101:8  1Chr 2:15-16  1Chr 22:5