2 Samuel 2:27

Overview - 2 Samuel 2
David, by God's direction, with his company goes up to Hebron, where he is made king of Judah.
He commends them of Jabesh-gilead for their kindness to Saul.
Abner makes Ishbosheth king of Israel.
12 A mortal skirmish between twelve of Abner's and twelve of Joab's men.
18 Asahel is slain.
25 At Abner's motion, Joab sounds a retreat.
32 Asahel's burial.
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2 Samuel 2:27  (King James Version)
And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother.

As God
This was spoken in allusion to the proposal of Abner, (ver. 14,) which led to the slaughter of twelve young men of each
party, and thus provoked the battle. It is probable, that Joab had orders simply to act on the defensive, and would not have attacked the Israelites that day unless compelled; therefore the blame lay upon Abner and Israel. 1 Samuel 25:26 ; Job 27:2

14 ; Proverbs 15:1 ; 17:14 20:18 25:8 Isaiah 47:7 ; Luke 14:31 Luke 14:32

in the morning
Hebrew from the morning. gone up. or, gone