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27 When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab brought him aside within the gateway to talk to him alone and then stabbed him in the abdomen.[a] So he died for shedding[b] the blood of Joab’s[c] brother Asahel.

28 Later on, David found out about it and proclaimed, “Let me and my kingdom remain guiltless forever in the Lord’s presence for the death[d] of Ner’s son Abner. 29 May judgment[e] rest on Joab’s head and on his father’s entire household. May Joab’s dynasty never be without one who has a discharge,[f] who is a leper, who walks with a cane,[g] who commits suicide,[h] or who lacks food!”

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  1. 2 Samuel 3:27 Lit. him there the fifth; i.e., below the fifth rib
  2. 2 Samuel 3:27 The Heb. lacks shedding
  3. 2 Samuel 3:27 Lit. his
  4. 2 Samuel 3:28 Lit. blood
  5. 2 Samuel 3:29 Lit. guilt
  6. 2 Samuel 3:29 I.e. one who is ceremonially unfit to serve God; cf. Lev 13:46
  7. 2 Samuel 3:29 Lit. who needs a staff
  8. 2 Samuel 3:29 Lit. who falls on a sword

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