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26 And when Joab had gone from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the well of Sirah. But David did not know it. 27 Now when Abner had returned to Hebron, Joab (A)took him aside in the gate to speak with him privately, and there [a]stabbed him (B)in the stomach, so that he died for the blood of (C)Asahel his brother.

28 Afterward, when David heard it, he said, “My kingdom and I are [b]guiltless before the Lord forever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 3:27 Lit. struck
  2. 2 Samuel 3:28 innocent

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