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2 Samuel 2 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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David Anointed King of Judah

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:1 -

Now it happened afterwards that David asked of Yahweh, saying, “Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?” And Yahweh said to him, “Go up.” So David said, “Where shall I go up?” And He said, “To Hebron.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:2 - So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:3 - And David brought up his men who were with him, each with his household; and they lived in the cities of Hebron.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:4 - Then the men of Judah came and there anointed David king over the house of Judah.

And they told David, saying, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:5 - And David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, “May you be blessed of Yahweh because you have [fn]shown this lovingkindness with your lord, with Saul, and have buried him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:6 - “So now, may Yahweh [fn]show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will [fn]show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:7 - “So now, let your hands be strong and be [fn]valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”

Ish-bosheth Made King over Israel

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:8 -

Now Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul’s army, had taken [fn]Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:9 - And he made him king over Gilead, over the Ashurites, over Jezreel, over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, even over all Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:10 - Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he was king for two years. The house of Judah, however, followed David.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:11 - And the [fn]time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.

Abner Defeated Before David

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Now Abner the son of Ner, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon with the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:13 - And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went out and met [fn]them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, [fn]one on the one side of the pool and [fn]the other on the other side of the pool.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:14 - Then Abner said to Joab, “Now let the young men arise and [fn]hold a contest before us.” And Joab said, “Let them arise.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:15 - So they arose and went over by count, twelve for Benjamin and Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:16 - And each one of them seized his [fn]opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his [fn]opponent’s side; so they fell down together. Therefore that place was called [fn]Helkath-hazzurim, which is in Gibeon.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:17 - And that day the battle was very severe, and Abner and the men of Israel were [fn]defeated before the servants of David.
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Now the three sons of Zeruiah were there, Joab and Abishai and Asahel; and Asahel was as [fn]swift-footed as one of the gazelles which is in the field.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:19 - And Asahel pursued Abner and did not [fn]turn to the right or to the left from following Abner.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:20 - Then Abner turned to look behind him and said, “Is that you, Asahel?” And he answered, “It is I.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:21 - So Abner said to him, “[fn]Turn to your right or to your left, and seize one of the young men for yourself, and take for yourself his spoil.” But Asahel was not willing to turn aside from following him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:22 - And Abner repeated again to Asahel, “Turn [fn]aside from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then could I lift up my face to your brother Joab?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:23 - However, he refused to turn aside; therefore Abner struck him in the belly with the butt end of the spear, so that the spear came out at his back. And he fell there and died on the spot. And it happened that all who came to the place where Asahel had fallen and died, stood still.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:24 -

But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner. Now the sun was going down, and they came to the hill of Ammah, which is in front of Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:25 - And the sons of Benjamin gathered together behind Abner and became one band, and they stood on the top of a certain hill.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:26 - Then Abner called to Joab and said, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the end? How long will you [fn]refrain from telling the people to turn back from following their brothers?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:27 - And Joab said, “As God lives, if you had not spoken, surely then the people would have only gone away in the morning, each from following his brother.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:28 - So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people stood still and pursued Israel no longer, nor did they continue to fight anymore.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:29 - But Abner and his men then went through the Arabah all that night; so they crossed the Jordan, walked all morning, and came to Mahanaim.
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Now Joab returned from following Abner. And he had gathered all the people together, and [fn]nineteen of David’s servants besides Asahel were missing.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:31 - But the servants of David had struck down many of Benjamin and Abner’s men, so that 360 men died.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 2:32 - And they took up Asahel and buried him in his father’s tomb which was in Bethlehem. Then Joab and his men went all night until the day [fn]dawned at Hebron.
LSB Footnotes
Lit done
Lit do
Lit do
Lit sons of valor
Lit man of shame, also known as Eshbaal, cf. 1 Chr 8:33
Lit number of days
Lit them together
Lit these
Lit these
Lit make sport
Lit fellow
Lit fellow’s
Lit the field of sword-edges
Lit smitten
Lit light in his feet
Lit turn to go to
Lit Turn for yourself
Lit aside for yourself
Lit not tell the people
Lit nineteen men
Lit lighted on them

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