2 Samuel 3:27

Overview - 2 Samuel 3
During the war David still waxes stronger.
Six sons are born to him in Hebron.
Abner, displeased with Ish-bosheth,
revolts to David.
13 David requires as a condition to bring him his wife Michal.
17 Abner, having communed with the Israelites, is feasted by David, and dismissed.
22 Joab returning from battle, is displeased with the king, and kills Abner.
28 David curses Joab;
31 and mourns for Abner.
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2 Samuel 3:27  (King James Version)
And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

took him
2 Samuel 20:9 2 Samuel 20:10 Deuteronomy 27:24 ; 1 Kings 2:5 1 Kings 2:32

or, peaceably.
Jeremiah 41:2 Jeremiah 41:6 Jeremiah 41:7

and smote
Joab was afraid that Abner, after rendering such essential service to David, would be made the general of the army; and therefore, under pretence of avenging the death of his brother, he treacherously assassinated the unsuspecting and too-confiding Abner: and such was the power of this cool-blooded and nefarious murderer, that the king dared not bring him to justice for his crime. But, while Joab's conduct cannot be too severely reprobated, the justice of God is apparent in Abner's punishment; who, from ambition, had pertinaciously, against his conscience, opposed the declared will of God; and was induced by base resentment to desert Ish-bosheth, and offer his services to David: see ver. 6-10; 4:6 .

for the blood