But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for (A)who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be without guilt?”

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28 Afterward when David heard it, he said, “I and my kingdom are innocent before the Lord forever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 29 (A)May it [a]fall on the head of Joab and on all his father’s house; and may there not fail from the house of Joab (B)one who has a discharge, or who is a leper, or who takes hold of a distaff, or who falls by the sword, or who lacks bread.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 3:29 Lit whirl

32 (A)The Lord will return his blood on his own head, (B)because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he and killed them with the sword, while my father David did not know it: (C)Abner the son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and (D)Amasa the son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah.

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