2 Samuel 3:34

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 3:34  (King James Version)
Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him.

The hand of malefactors were usually secured with cords, and their feet with fetters; a custom to which David affectingly alludes in his lamentation over the dust of Abner. Thy hands, O Abner, were not bound, as found to be a malefactor, nor thy feet put in fetters; thou was treated with honour by him whose business it was to judge thee, and thy attachment to the house of Saul was esteemed rather generous than culpable: as the best of men may fall, so thou fellest by the sword of treachery, not of justice.
Judges 16:21 ; Psalms 107:10 Psalms 107:11

wicked men
Hebrew children of iniquity.
Job 24:14 ; Hosea 6:9