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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[a] will you not tell the people to turn away from pursuing[b] their brothers?” 27 Joab said, “As God lives,[c] for if you had not spoken, the people would surely have gone up in the morning, each one of them from following after[d] his brother.” 28 Then Joab blew on the trumpet and all the people stopped, and they no longer pursued after Israel, and they did not fight with them again.

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