Afterward, when David heard of it, he said, "I and my kingdom are forever guiltless before the LORD for the blood of Abner the son of Ner.
291May it fall upon the head of Joab and upon all his father's house, and may the house of Joab never be without 2one who has a discharge or who is 3leprous or who holds a spindle or who falls by the sword or who lacks bread!"
So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because 4he had put their brother Asahel to death in the battle at Gibeon.
Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, 5"Tear your clothes and 6put on sackcloth and mourn before Abner." And King David followed the bier.
They buried Abner at Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept.
And the king 7lamented for Abner, saying, 8"Should Abner die 9as a fool dies?
Your hands were not bound; your feet were not fettered; as one falls before the wicked you have fallen."And all the people wept again over him.
Then all the people came 10to persuade David to eat bread while it was yet day. But David swore, saying, 11"God do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else 12till the sun goes down!"
And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them, as everything that the king did pleased all the people.
So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king's will to put to death Abner the son of Ner.
And the king said to his servants, "Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?
And I was gentle today, though anointed king. 13These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I. 14The LORD repay the evildoer according to his wickedness!"