2 Samuel 3:9

9 May God deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David what the LORD promised him on oath

Read 2 Samuel 3:9 Using Other Translations

So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;
God do so to Abner and more also, if I do not accomplish for David what the LORD has sworn to him,
May God strike me and even kill me if I don’t do everything I can to help David get what the LORD has promised him!

What does 2 Samuel 3:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 3:9

So do God to Abner, and more also
He wishes the worst of evils to himself, such as he cared not to name; but left them to be supposed what he meant as utter ruin and destruction of himself, soul and body:

except as the Lord hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;
meaning if he did not do that David, which God had sworn should be done, namely, what follows, the translation of the kingdom to him; by which it appears that Abner knew of the promise and oath of God respecting this matter; and therefore acted against his conscience, in setting up Ishbosheth on the throne; which he knew would not prosper, and that he was fighting against God; which shows what a hardened wicked creature he was, and how far ambition, and being thought to be of consequence, will carry a man.

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