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28 When David heard about it, he declared, “I vow by the Lord that I and my kingdom are forever innocent of this crime against Abner son of Ner. 29 Joab and his family are the guilty ones. May the family of Joab be cursed in every generation with a man who has open sores or leprosy[a] or who walks on crutches[b] or dies by the sword or begs for food!”

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

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Footnotes

  1. 3:29a Or or a contagious skin disease. The Hebrew word used here can describe various skin diseases.
  2. 3:29b Or who is effeminate; Hebrew reads who handles a spindle.

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