Abner conferred with the elders1 of Israel and said, "For some time you have wanted to make David your king.
Now do it! For the LORD promised David, 'By my servant David I will rescue my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines2 and from the hand of all their enemies.3' "
Abner also spoke to the Benjamites in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything that Israel and the whole house of Benjamin4 wanted to do.
When Abner, who had twenty men with him, came to David at Hebron, David prepared a feast5 for him and his men.
Then Abner said to David, "Let me go at once and assemble all Israel for my lord the king, so that they may make a compact6 with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires."7 So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.