17 Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king.

Read 2 Samuel 3:17 Using Other Translations

And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you:
And Abner conferred with the elders of Israel, saying, "For some time past you have been seeking David as king over you.
Meanwhile, Abner had consulted with the elders of Israel. “For some time now,” he told them, “you have wanted to make David your king.