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Abner’s Funeral

28 David heard how Joab had killed Abner, and he said, “I swear to the Lord that I am completely innocent of Abner’s death! 29 Joab and his family are the guilty ones. I pray that Joab’s family will always be sick with sores and other skin diseases. May they all be cowards,[a] and may they die in war or starve to death.”

30 Joab and his brother Abishai killed Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.

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  1. 3.29 cowards: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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