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28 When David heard this afterwards, he said: “I and my kingdom are innocent before Yahweh[a] forever for the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 29 May the blood come down on the head of Joab and all the house of his father. May the house of Joab never lack[b] one with a bodily discharge or one with leprosy or one who grasps the distaff or one who falls by the sword or one who is lacking food.”

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

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  1. 2 Samuel 3:28 Literally “from with Yahweh”
  2. 2 Samuel 3:29 Literally “May there not be cut off from the house of Joab”