The king sang this lament1 for Abner: "Should Abner have died as the lawless die?
Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered.2 You fell as one falls before wicked men." And all the people wept over him again.
Then they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still day; but David took an oath, saying, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely,3 if I taste bread4 or anything else before the sun sets!"
All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them.
So on that day all the people and all Israel knew that the king had no part5 in the murder of Abner son of Ner.
Then the king said to his men, "Do you not realize that a prince and a great man has fallen6 in Israel this day?