26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the [a]sword devour forever? knowest thou not, that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long then shall it be, or thou bid the people return from following their brethren?

27 And Joab said, As God liveth, if thou hadst not [b]spoken, surely even in the morning the people had departed every one back from his brother.

28 ¶ So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they anymore.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 2:26 Shall we not make an end of murdering?
  2. 2 Samuel 2:27 If thou hadst not provoked them to battle, as verse 14.

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