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2 Samuel 2

GNTA 1 After this, David asked the Lord, "Shall I go and take control of one of the towns of Judah?" "Yes," the Lord answered. "Which one?" David asked. "Hebron," the Lord said. NIV 1 In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The LORD said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the LORD answered. GNTA 2 So David went to Hebron, taking with him his two wives: Ahinoam, who was from Jezreel, and Abigail, Nabal's widow, who was from Carmel. NIV 2 So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. GNTA 3 He also took his men and their families, and they settled in the towns around Hebron. NIV 3 David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns. GNTA 4 Then the men of Judah came to Hebron and anointed David as king of Judah. When David heard that the people of Jabesh in Gilead had buried Saul, NIV 4 Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah. When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, GNTA 5 he sent some men there with the message: "May the Lord bless you for showing your loyalty to your king by burying him. NIV 5 he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The LORD bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him. GNTA 6 And now may the Lord be kind and faithful to you. I too will treat you well because of what you have done. NIV 6 May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. GNTA 7 Be strong and brave! Saul your king is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me as their king." NIV 7 Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.” GNTA 8 The commander of Saul's army, Abner son of Ner, had fled with Saul's son Ishbosheth across the Jordan to Mahanaim. NIV 8 Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-Bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim. GNTA 9 There Abner made Ishbosheth king of the territories of Gilead, Asher, Jezreel, Ephraim, and Benjamin, and indeed over all Israel. NIV 9 He made him king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel. GNTA 10 He was forty years old when he was made king of Israel, and he ruled for two years. But the tribe of Judah was loyal to David, NIV 10 Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David. GNTA 11 and he ruled in Hebron over Judah for seven and a half years. NIV 11 The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months. GNTA 12 Abner and the officials of Ishbosheth went from Mahanaim to the city of Gibeon. NIV 12 Abner son of Ner, together with the men of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon. GNTA 13 Joab, whose mother was Zeruiah, and David's other officials met them at the pool, where they all sat down, one group on one side of the pool and the other group on the opposite side. NIV 13 Joab son of Zeruiah and David’s men went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat down on one side of the pool and one group on the other side. GNTA 14 Abner said to Joab, "Let's have some of the young men from each side fight an armed contest." "All right," Joab answered. NIV 14 Then Abner said to Joab, “Let’s have some of the young men get up and fight hand to hand in front of us.” “All right, let them do it,” Joab said. GNTA 15 So twelve men, representing Ishbosheth and the tribe of Benjamin, fought twelve of David's men. NIV 15 So they stood up and were counted off—twelve men for Benjamin and Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, and twelve for David. GNTA 16 Each man caught his opponent by the head and plunged his sword into his opponent's side, so that all twenty-four of them fell down dead together. And so that place in Gibeon is called "Field of Swords." NIV 16 Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his dagger into his opponent’s side, and they fell down together. So that place in Gibeon was called Helkath Hazzurim. GNTA 17 Then a furious battle broke out, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David's men. NIV 17 The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David’s men. GNTA 18 The three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Asahel, who could run as fast as a wild deer, NIV 18 The three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai and Asahel. Now Asahel was as fleet-footed as a wild gazelle. GNTA 19 started chasing Abner, running straight for him. NIV 19 He chased Abner, turning neither to the right nor to the left as he pursued him. GNTA 20 Abner looked back and said, "Is that you, Asahel?" "Yes," he answered. NIV 20 Abner looked behind him and asked, “Is that you, Asahel?” “It is,” he answered. GNTA 21 "Stop chasing me!" Abner said. "Run after one of the soldiers and take what he has." But Asahel kept on chasing him. NIV 21 Then Abner said to him, “Turn aside to the right or to the left; take on one of the young men and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel would not stop chasing him. GNTA 22 Once more Abner said to him, "Stop chasing me! Why force me to kill you? How could I face your brother Joab?" NIV 22 Again Abner warned Asahel, “Stop chasing me! Why should I strike you down? How could I look your brother Joab in the face?” GNTA 23 But Asahel would not quit; so Abner, with a backward thrust of his spear, struck him through the stomach so that the spear came out at his back. Asahel dropped to the ground dead, and everyone who came to the place where he was lying stopped and stood there. NIV 23 But Asahel refused to give up the pursuit; so Abner thrust the butt of his spear into Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He fell there and died on the spot. And every man stopped when he came to the place where Asahel had fallen and died. GNTA 24 But Joab and Abishai started out after Abner, and at sunset they came to the hill of Ammah, which is to the east of Giah on the road to the wilderness of Gibeon. NIV 24 But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner, and as the sun was setting, they came to the hill of Ammah, near Giah on the way to the wasteland of Gibeon. GNTA 25 The men from the tribe of Benjamin gathered around Abner again and took their stand on the top of a hill. NIV 25 Then the men of Benjamin rallied behind Abner. They formed themselves into a group and took their stand on top of a hill. GNTA 26 Abner called out to Joab, "Do we have to go on fighting forever? Can't you see that in the end there will be nothing but bitterness? We are your relatives. How long will it be before you order your men to stop chasing us?" NIV 26 Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?” GNTA 27 "I swear by the living God," Joab answered, "that if you had not spoken, my men would have kept on chasing you until tomorrow morning." NIV 27 Joab answered, “As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning.” GNTA 28 Then Joab blew the trumpet as a signal for his men to stop pursuing the Israelites; and so the fighting stopped. NIV 28 So Joab blew the trumpet, and all the troops came to a halt; they no longer pursued Israel, nor did they fight anymore. GNTA 29 Abner and his men marched through the Jordan Valley all that night; they crossed the Jordan River, and after marching all the next morning, they arrived back at Mahanaim. NIV 29 All that night Abner and his men marched through the Arabah. They crossed the Jordan, continued through the morning hours and came to Mahanaim. GNTA 30 When Joab gave up the chase, he gathered all his men and found that nineteen of them were missing, in addition to Asahel. NIV 30 Then Joab stopped pursuing Abner and assembled the whole army. Besides Asahel, nineteen of David’s men were found missing. GNTA 31 David's men had killed 360 of Abner's men from the tribe of Benjamin. NIV 31 But David’s men had killed three hundred and sixty Benjamites who were with Abner. GNTA 32 Joab and his men took Asahel's body and buried it in the family tomb at Bethlehem. Then they marched all night and at dawn arrived back at Hebron. NIV 32 They took Asahel and buried him in his father’s tomb at Bethlehem. Then Joab and his men marched all night and arrived at Hebron by daybreak.

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