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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[a] of Ner’s son Abner. 29 May judgment[b] rest on Joab’s head and on his father’s entire household. May Joab’s dynasty never be without one who has a discharge,[c] who is a leper, who walks with a cane,[d] who commits suicide,[e] or who lacks food!” 30 He said this[f] because Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner after he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.

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  1. 2 Samuel 3:28 Lit. blood
  2. 2 Samuel 3:29 Lit. guilt
  3. 2 Samuel 3:29 I.e. one who is ceremonially unfit to serve God; cf. Lev 13:46
  4. 2 Samuel 3:29 Lit. who needs a staff
  5. 2 Samuel 3:29 Lit. who falls on a sword
  6. 2 Samuel 3:30 The Heb. lacks He did this