Now may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you! And I too will reward you because you have done this thing.
Therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them."
But Abner son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ishbaal a son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim.
He made him king over Gilead, the Ashurites, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, and over all Israel.
Ishbaal, b Saul's son, was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.
The time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
Abner son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbaal c son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
Joab son of Zeruiah, and the servants of David, went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat on one side of the pool, while the other sat on the other side of the pool.
Abner said to Joab, "Let the young men come forward and have a contest before us." Joab said, "Let them come forward."
So they came forward and were counted as they passed by, twelve for Benjamin and Ishbaal d son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
Each grasped his opponent by the head, and thrust his sword in his opponent's side; so they fell down together. Therefore that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, e which is at Gibeon.
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