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25 The descendants[a] of Benjamin rallied after Abner, and they became as one fighting group and stood on the top of a certain hill. 26 Then Abner called to Joab and said, “Will the sword devour forever? Do you not know that there will be bitterness in the end? How long[b] will you not tell the people to turn away from pursuing[c] their brothers?” 27 Joab said, “As God lives,[d] for if you had not spoken, the people would surely have gone up in the morning, each one of them from following after[e] his brother.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 2:25 Or “sons”
  2. 2 Samuel 2:26 Literally “And up to when”
  3. 2 Samuel 2:26 Literally “from after”
  4. 2 Samuel 2:27 Literally “The life of God”
  5. 2 Samuel 2:27 Literally “from after”

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