And afterward when Davidheard it, he said , I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORDforever from the blooda of Abner the son of Ner:29
Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father'shouse; and let there not failb from the house of Joab one that hath an issue , or that is a leper , or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lackethbread.30
So Joab and Abishai his brotherslewAbner, because he had slain their brotherAsahel at Gibeon in the battle.31
And Davidsaid to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mournbeforeAbner. And kingDavid himself followed the bier.c32
And they buriedAbner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the peoplewept .
And the kinglamented over Abner, and said , DiedAbner as a fooldieth?34
Thy hands were not bound , nor thy feetput into fetters: as a man fallethbeforewickeddmen, so fellest thou. And all the peopleweptagain over him.
And when all the peoplecame to causeDavid to eatmeat while it was yetday,Davidsware , saying , So doGod to me, and more also , if I tastebread, or ought else, till the sun be down .
And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the kingedidpleasedall the people.37
For all the people and all Israelunderstood that day that it was not of the king to slayAbner the son of Ner.38
And the kingsaid unto his servants,Know ye not that there is a prince and a great manfallen this day in Israel?39
And I am this dayweak,f though anointedking; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.