12 Abner sent messengers as his representatives to say to David, “Whose land is it? Make your covenant with me, and you can be certain I am on your side to turn all Israel over to you.”

13 David replied, “Good, I will make a covenant with you. However, there’s one thing I require of you: You will not see my face unless you first bring Saul’s daughter Michal(A) when you come to see me.”

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21 Abner said to David, “Let me now go and I will gather all Israel to my lord the king. They will make a covenant with you,(A) and you will reign over all you desire.” So David dismissed Abner, and he went in peace.

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