2 Samuel 1-4
1[1-10] After the death of Saul when David had gone back from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag; on the third day, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes torn, and earth on his head; and when he came to David, he fell to the earth, and showed him respect. David said to him, “From where do you come?” He said to him, “I’ve escaped out of the camp of Israel.” David said to him, “How did it go? Please tell me.” He answered, “The people ran from the battle, and many of them have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.David said to the young man who told him this, “How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?” The young man who told him said, “As I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, Saul was leaning on his spear; and the war vehicles and the riders chased hard after him.When he looked behind him and saw me, he called to me. I answered, ‘Here I am.’He said to me, ‘Who are you?’ I answered, ‘I’m an Amalekite.’ He said, ‘Stand, I ask, beside me, and kill me because I am suffering, yet am still alive.’ So I stood beside him, and killed him, because I was sure that he couldn’t live after he was wounded; and I took the crown that was on his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to you.’
[11-16] Then David grabbed his clothes, and tore them; and also all the men who were with him; and they mourned, and cried, and fasted until even, for Saul and Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel; because they had fallen in war.David said to the young man who had told him, “Where are you from?” He answered, “I’m a foreigner, an Amalekite.” David said to him, “How were you not afraid to kill Yahweh’s anointed?” David called one of the soldiers, saying, “Go and kill him. He killed him, so that he died.” David said to him, “Your blood be on your head because your mouth has testified against you, saying, I’ve killed Yahweh’s anointed.”
[17-21] David cried with this mourning song over Saul and Jonathan his son (and he told them to teach the people of Judah the song of the bow (It’s written in The Book of Jashar); Your glory, Israel, has fallen on your mountains! How the strong have fallen!Don’t tell it in Gath. Don’t publish it in the streets of Ashkelon, in case the daughters of the Philistines are happy, in case the daughters of the unbelievers triumph. You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain on you, nor fields of harvests because there the shield of the strong was evilly thrown away, the shield of Saul wasn’t anointed with oil.
[22-27] From the blood of the dead, from the fat of the strong, Jonathan’s bow didn’t turn back. Saul’s sword didn’t go back clean. Saul and Jonathan were loved and enjoyed in their lives. In their death, they weren’t seperated. They were faster than eagles. They were stronger than lions.You daughters of Israel cry over Saul who clothed you in scarlet delicately, who put ornaments of gold on your clothing.How the strong are fallen in the middle of the battle! Jonathan is killed on the mountain. I’m so upset for you, my brother Jonathan. You’ve been very enjoyable to me. Your love was more amazing to me than the love of women. How the strong are fallen, and the weapons of war gone!
2[1-3] After this, David asked of Yahweh, saying, “Should I go into any of the cities of Judah?” Yahweh said to him, “Go up.” David said, “Where should I go?” God said, “To Hebron.”So David went there with his two wives, Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite.David also broughthis men who were with him, and everyone with his household; and they lived in the cities of Hebron.
[4-7] The people of Judah came there, and they anointed David ruler over the house of Judah. They told David, “The people of Jabesh Gilead were those who buried Saul.” David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh Gilead, saying to them, “You are blessed of Yahweh, that you’ve shown this kindness to your leader, Saul, and have buried him.Now may Yahweh show loving kindness and truth to you; and I also will repay you this kindness, because you’ve done this.So now, be strong and brave, because Saul, your leader, is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me ruler over them.”
[8-11] Now Abner of Ner, captain of Saul’s troops, had taken Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, and brought him over to Mahanaim; and he made him ruler over Gilead, Ashur, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, and over all Israel.Ishbosheth, Saul’s son was 40 years old when he began to rule over Israel, and ruled two years. But the house of Judah followed David.David ruled in Hebron over the house of Judah seven years and six months.
[12-17] Abner of Ner, and the soldiers of Ishbosheth, of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to Gibeon.Joab, of Zeruiah, and the soldiers of David went out and met them by the pool of Gibeon; and they sat down, one on each side of the pool.Abner said to Joab, “Please let the soldiers get up and fight before us. Joab said, “Let them fight.” Then they got up and went over by number; 12 soldiers for Benjamin, and for Ishbosheth of Saul, and 12 of the soldiers of David.They caught eachother by the head, and stabed eachother in the side; so they died together; so that place was called The Field of Sarp Swords (Helkath Hazzurim), which is in Gibeon.The battle was very severe that day; and Abner was beaten, and the people of Israel, before the soldiers of David.
[18-23] Joab, Abishai, and Asahel, the three sons of Zeruiah, were there; and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild gazelle.Asahel chased after Abner; and he didn’t turn right nor left as he went chasing Abner.Then Abner looked behind him, saying, “Is it you, Asahel?” He answered, “It’s me.” Abner said to him, “Turn around, and take hold of one of the soldiers, and take his armor.” But Asahel wouldn’t stop chasing him.Abner said again to Asahel, “Stop chasing me; why should I kill you? How could I hold up my head to Joab, your brother?But he refused to turn around; so Abner with the back end of the spear hit him in the stomach, so that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down and died there; and whoever came to the place where Asahel fell down and died, stood still.
[24-26] Joab and Abishai chased after Abner; and the sun went down when they had come to the hill of Ammah, that is near Giah by the road to the countryside of Gibeon.The people of Benjamin gathered together to follow Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of a hill. Then Abner called to Joab, saying, “Will we continue to fight and die? Don’t you know that this fighting won’t end well? How long will it be then, before you tell your people to stop chasing their brothers?”
[27-32] Joab said, “As God lives, if you hadn’t said it, truly then, by morning the people would have gone away, and not continued chasing them. So Joab blew the horn; and all the people stood still, and stoped chasing after Israel, nor fought them anymore. Abner and his men went that night through the Arabah desert and crossed over the Jordan, and went through all Bithron, and came to Mahanaim.Joab stoped chasing Abner; and when he had gathered all the people together, David has lost 19 soldiers and Asahel.But the soldiers of David had killed of Benjamin, and of Abner’s men, 360 soldiers. They took Asahel, and buried him in the tomb of his father, which was in Bethlehem. Joab and his men walked all night, and the day broke on them at Hebron.
3[1-5] Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. David had children in Hebron; and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess; and his second was Chileab, of Abigail, the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite; and the third was Absalom, of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, ruler of Geshur; and the fourth was Adonijah, of Haggith; and the fifth was Shephatiah, of Abital; and the sixth was Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife. These were born to David in Hebron.
[6-11] While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner became strong in the house of Saul. Now Saul had a mistress, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah; and Ishbosheth said to Abner, “Why have you had sex with my father’s mistress?” Then Abner was very angry for the words of Ishbosheth, saying, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul, your father, to his family and friends, and haven’t handed you over to David; and still you charge me today with a fault about this woman.God do so to Abner, and more also, if, as Yahweh has promised to David, I don’t turn over the rule from the house of Saul to set up the throne of David over Israel and Judah, from Dan all the way to Beersheba.” He couldn’t say another word to Abner, because he feared him.
[12-16] Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, “Whose is the land? Make an agreement with me, and my hand will be with you, to hand all Israel to you.He said, “Good, I’ll make a agreement with you; but one thing I want from you; that is, you won’t see my face, except you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see me.”David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I pledged to be married to me for 100 foreskins of the Philistines. Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, from Paltiel of Laish.Her husband went with her crying as he went, and followed her to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go back; and he went back.”
[17-21] Abner had communicated with the elders of Israel, saying, “In the past you wanted David to be ruler over you; now then do it because Yahweh has said of David, “By the hand of my follower, David, I’ll save My people Israel out of the hands of the Philistines, and all their enemies.”Abner also said this to Benjamin; and then Abner went also to speak to David in Hebron what seemed good to Israel, and to those of whole house of Benjamin.So Abner came to David to Hebron with 20 soldiers. David made Abner and the men who were with him a celebration.Abner said to David, I’ll get up and go, and gather all Israel to you sir, the ruler, that they may make an agreement with you, and that you may rule over all that you want. David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
[22-25] Then the soldiers of David and Joab came in from a attack, and brought in a a lot of stuff with them; but Abner wasn’t with David in Hebron because he had sent him away, and he had left in peace. When Joab and all the troops who were with him had come, they told Joab, saying, Abner of Ner, came to the ruler, and he has sent him away, and he has left in peace. Then Joab came to the ruler, saying, “What have you done? Abner came to you; why have you sent him away, and now he’s gone?You know Abner of Ner, that he came to mislead you, and to know when you go and when you come, and to know whatever you do.”
[26-30] When Joab had come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David didn’t know it. When Abner had gone back to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him quietly, and stabbed him there in the stomach, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel, his brother. Afterward, when David heard it, he said, I and my rule are guiltless before Yahweh forever of the blood of Abner of Ner; let it be on the head of Joab, and all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one who has a disease, or is a leper, or leans on a staff, or falls in war, or lacks bread. So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner, because he had killed their brother Asahel, at Gibeon, in the battle.
[31-39] David said to Joab, and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes, and put on mourning clothes, and mourn for Abner. Ruler David followed the casket. They buried Abner in Hebron; and the ruler lifted up his voice, and cried at the grave of Abner; and all the people cried. The ruler cried for Abner, saying, “Should Abner die as a ungodly person dies? Your hands weren’t tied, nor your feet put into fetters. You fell as someone falls before a sinner.” All the people cried again over him. All the people tried to get David to eat while it was yet day; but David promised, saying, “God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or anything else, until the sun goes down.” All the people took notice, and it pleased them; as whatever the ruler did pleased all the people. So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it wasn’t the ruler who had Abner of Ner killed. The ruler said to his workers, “Don’t you know that a leader and a great man has fallen today in Israel ? I’m today weak, though anointed ruler; and these men, the descendants of Zeruiah, are too hard for me. May Yahweh reward the evil-doer according to his evil thing.”
4[1-4] When Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands became weak, and all the Israelites were troubled. Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, had two men, who were captains of the troops; one was Baanah, and the other was Rechab, the descendants of Rimmon, the Beerothite, of the people of Benjamin (for Beeroth also is part of Benjamin, as the Beerothites ran to Gittaim, and have lived as foreigners there until today). Now Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the news came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel; and his nurse took him up, and ran; and as she hurried to run, he fell, and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth.
[5-8] The descendants of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went about midday to the house of Ishbosheth, as he took his rest at noon. They came there into the house, as though they wanted some wheat; and they stabbed him in the stomach; and Rechab and Baanah, his brother, escaped. Now when they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedroom, they stabbed him, and killed him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and went by the road of the Arabah all night. They brought the head of Ishbosheth to David to Hebron, saying to the ruler, “See, the head of Ishbosheth, of Saul, your enemy, who tried to take your life; and Yahweh has avenged the ruler today of Saul, and of his descendants.”
[9-12] David answered Rechab and Baanah, his brother, the descendants of Rimmon the Beerothite, saying to them, “As Yahweh lives, who has saved me out of all difficulty, when one told me, “See, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good news, I took hold of him, and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. How much more, when sinners have killed a good person in his own house on his bed, won’t I now require his blood of your hand, and take you from the earth?” David told his soldiers to kill them, and they cut off their hands and feet, and hanged them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.