Now Saul had had a concubine1 named Rizpah2 daughter of Aiah. And Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, "Why did you sleep with my father's concubine?"
Abner was very angry because of what Ish-Bosheth said and he answered, "Am I a dog's head3--on Judah's side? This very day I am loyal to the house of your father Saul and to his family and friends. I haven't handed you over to David. Yet now you accuse me of an offense involving this woman!
May God deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David what the LORD promised4 him on oath
and transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish David's throne over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beersheba."511
Ish-Bosheth did not dare to say another word to Abner, because he was afraid of him.
Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to say to David, "Whose land is it? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you bring all Israel over to you."
"Good," said David. "I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you: Do not come into my presence unless you bring Michal daughter of Saul when you come to see me."614
Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, "Give me my wife Michal,7 whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins."
So Ish-Bosheth gave orders and had her taken away from her husband8 Paltiel9 son of Laish.
Her husband, however, went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim.10 Then Abner said to him, "Go back home!" So he went back.
Abner conferred with the elders11 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 Philistines12 and from the hand of all their enemies.13' "
Abner also spoke to the Benjamites in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything that Israel and the whole house of Benjamin14 wanted to do.
When Abner, who had twenty men with him, came to David at Hebron, David prepared a feast15 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 compact16 with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires."17 So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.