2 Samuel 3:17

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.

What does 2 Samuel 3:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 3:17

And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel
Had a conference with the chiefs of the several tribes about the affairs of the kingdom:

saying, ye sought for David in time past [to be] king over you;
that is, at the death of Saul, and not before; for it was pretty generally known throughout the kingdom that David was anointed by Samuel and Saul himself had declared that he knew the kingdom would come to him; so that upon his death it was the general expectation and desire of the people that the government would devolve upon him, as it doubtless would, if Abner had not set up one of Saul's house, and persuaded the Israelites to own him their king.

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