Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered; as one falls before the wicked you have fallen." And all the people wept again over him.
Then all the people came to persuade David to eat bread while it was yet day; but David swore, saying, "God do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down!"
And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them; as everything that the king did pleased all the people.
So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king's will to slay Abner the son of Ner.
And the king said to his servants, "Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?
And I am this day weak, though anointed king; these men the sons of Zeru'iah are too hard for me. The LORD requite the evildoer according to his wickedness!"