27 And when Abner was come again to Hebron, (A)Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him [a]peaceably, and smote him under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of (B)Asahel his brother.

28 ¶ And when afterward it came to David’s ear, he said, I and my Kingdom are [b]guiltless before the Lord forever, concerning the blood of Abner the son of Ner.

29 Let the blood fall on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house, that the house of Joab be never without some that have running issues, or leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that doeth fall on the sword, or that lacketh bread.

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  1. 2 Samuel 3:27 Or, secretly.
  2. 2 Samuel 3:28 The Lord knoweth that I did not consent to his death.

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