17 The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David’s men.

Read 2 Samuel 2:17 Using Other Translations

And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
And the battle was very fierce that day. And Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.
A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David.