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27 When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gateway to speak with him privately, and there he stabbed him in the stomach. So he died for shedding[a] the blood of Asahel, Joab’s[b] brother. 28 Afterward, when David heard of it, he said, “I and my kingdom are forever guiltless before the Lord for the blood of Abner son of Ner. 29 May the guilt[c] fall on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and may the house of Joab never be without one who has a discharge, or who is leprous,[d] or who holds a spindle, or who falls by the sword, or who lacks food!”

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  1. 2 Samuel 3:27 Heb lacks shedding
  2. 2 Samuel 3:27 Heb his
  3. 2 Samuel 3:29 Heb May it
  4. 2 Samuel 3:29 A term for several skin diseases; precise meaning uncertain