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28 Later David heard of it and said: “Before the Lord, I and my kingdom are forever innocent.(A) 29 May the blood of Abner, son of Ner, be on the head of Joab and all his family. May Joab’s family never be without one suffering from a discharge, or one with a skin disease, or a man who holds the distaff, or one falling by the sword, or one in need of food!”[a] 30 Joab and Abishai his brother had been lying in wait for Abner because he killed Asahel their brother in battle at Gibeon.

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  1. 3:29 An assortment of imprecations, consisting of physical ailments, weakness, violent death, and poverty.

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