Abner called out to Joab, "Must the sword devour1 forever? Don't you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their brothers?"
Joab answered, "As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued the pursuit of their brothers until morning.a "
So Joab2 blew the trumpet,3 and all the men came to a halt; they no longer pursued Israel, nor did they fight anymore.
All that night Abner and his men marched through the Arabah.4 They crossed the Jordan, continued through the whole Bithronb and came to Mahanaim.530
Then Joab returned from pursuing Abner and assembled all his men. Besides Asahel, nineteen of David's men were found missing.
But David's men had killed three hundred and sixty Benjamites who were with Abner.
They took Asahel and buried him in his father's tomb6 at Bethlehem. Then Joab and his men marched all night and arrived at Hebron by daybreak.