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11 and he ruled from Hebron for seven and a half years.

The War between David and Ishbosheth

12 One day, Abner and the soldiers of Ishbosheth[a] left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon. 13 Meanwhile, Joab the son of Zeruiah[b] was leading David’s soldiers, and the two groups met at the pool in Gibeon.[c] Abner and his men sat down on one side of the pool, while Joab and his men sat on the other side.

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Footnotes

  1. 2.12 Ishbosheth: See the note at 2.8.
  2. 2.13 the son of Zeruiah: Zeruiah was David’s older sister, so Joab was David’s nephew (see 1 Chronicles 2.12-17 and the note at 2 Samuel 17.25).
  3. 2.13 pool in Gibeon: This pool was located just inside the city wall and was used for storing water. It was in the shape of a circle and was 36 feet wide and 36 feet deep.

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