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2 Samuel 3:28-39 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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28 Afterward, when David heard of it, he said, "I and my kingdom are for ever guiltless before the LORD for the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 28 Later, when David heard about this, he said, "I and my kingdom are forever innocent before the LORD concerning the blood of Abner son of Ner.
29 May it fall upon the head of Jo'ab, and upon all his father's house; and may the house of Jo'ab never be without one who has a discharge, or who is leprous, or who holds a spindle, or who is slain by the sword, or who lacks bread!" 29 May his blood fall upon the head of Joab and upon all his father's house! May Joab's house never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosy or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food."
30 So Jo'ab and Abi'shai his brother slew Abner, because he had killed their brother As'ahel in the battle at Gibeon. 30 (Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.)
31 Then David said to Jo'ab and to all the people who were with him, "Rend your clothes, and gird on sackcloth, and mourn before Abner." And King David followed the bier. 31 Then David said to Joab and all the people with him, "Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and walk in mourning in front of Abner." King David himself walked behind the bier.
32 They buried Abner at Hebron; and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. 32 They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner's tomb. All the people wept also.
33 And the king lamented for Abner, saying, "Should Abner die as a fool dies? 33 The king sang this lament for Abner: "Should Abner have died as the lawless die?
34 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. 34 Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. You fell as one falls before wicked men." And all the people wept over him again.
35 Then all the people came to persuade David to eat bread while it was yet day; but David swore, saying, "God do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down!" 35 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, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun sets!"
36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them; as everything that the king did pleased all the people. 36 All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them.
37 So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king's will to slay Abner the son of Ner. 37 So on that day all the people and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.
38 And the king said to his servants, "Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? 38 Then the king said to his men, "Do you not realize that a prince and a great man has fallen in Israel this day?
39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; these men the sons of Zeru'iah are too hard for me. The LORD requite the evildoer according to his wickedness!" 39 And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!"