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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. 29 (D)Let it rest on the head of Joab and on all his father’s house; and let there never fail to be in the [c]house of Joab one (E)who has a discharge or is a leper, who leans on a staff or falls by the sword, or who lacks bread.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 3:27 Lit. struck
  2. 2 Samuel 3:28 innocent
  3. 2 Samuel 3:29 family