2 Samuel 2
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2 Samuel 2
David Anointed King Over Judah...
And it came to be afterwards that Dawid inquired of YHWH, saying, `Do I go up to any of the cities of Yehudah?` And YHWH said to him, `Go up.` And Dawid said, `Where should I go up?` And He said, `To Hebron.`
And Dawid went up there, as well as his two wives, Ahino'am the Yizre'elitess, and Abigayil the widow of Nabal the Karmelite.
And Dawid brought up the men who were with him, each man with his household, and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
And the men of Yehudah came, and anointed Dawid sovereign over the house of Yehudah there. They also reported to Dawid, saying, 'The men of Yabesh Gil'ad are they who buried Sha'ul.'
Dawid then sent messengers to the men of Yabesh Gil'ad, and said to them, 'You are blessed of YHWH, for you have shown this kindness to your master, to Sha'ul, that you buried him.
'And now, YHWH show kindness and truth to you, and I am also going to do you good, because you have done this deed.
'And now, let your hands be strengthened and be brave, for your master Sha'ul is dead, and also the house of Yehudah has anointed me sovereign over them.'
War Between the Houses of David and Saul...
But Abner son of Ner, commander of the army of Sha`ul, took Ishbosheth the son of Sha`ul, and brought him over to Mahanayim,
and set him up to reign over Gil'ad, and over the Asherites, and over Yizre'el, and over Ephrayim, and over Binyamin, and over all Yisra'el.
Ishbosheth, son of Sha'ul, was forty years old when he began to reign over Yisra'el, and he reigned two years. Only the house of Yehudah followed Dawid.
And the time that Dawid was sovereign in Hebron over the house of Yehudah was seven years and six months.
And Abner son of Ner, and the servants of Ishbosheth son of Sha'ul, went out from Mahanayim to Gib'on.
And Yo'ab son of Tseruyah, and the servants of Dawid, went out and met them by the pool of Gib'on. And they sat down, one on one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool.
And Abner said to Yo'ab, 'Let the young men now rise and compete before us.' And Yo'ab said, 'Let them rise.'
And they rose and went over by number, twelve from Binyamin, followers of Ishbosheth son of Sha'ul, and twelve from the servants of Dawid.
And each one grasped his opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his opponent's side, and they fell down together. So that place was called the Field of Sharp Swords, which is in Gib'on.
And the battle was fierce that day, and Abner and the men of Yisra'el were smitten before the servants of Dawid.
And there were three sons of Tseruyah there, Yo'ab and Abishai and Asah'el. And Asah'el was light on his feet, as one of the gazelles in the field.
And Asah'el pursued Abner, and in going he did not turn aside to the right or to the left from following Abner.
And Abner looked behind him and said, 'Are you Asah'el?' And he answered, 'I am.'
And Abner said to him, 'Turn aside to your right hand or to your left, and lay hold on one of the young men and take his armour for yourself.' But Asah'el would not turn aside from following him.
And Abner again said to Asah'el, 'Turn aside from following me. Why should I smite you to the ground? How then could I face your brother Yo'ab?'
But he refused to turn aside, and Abner smote him with the blunt end of the spear in the stomach, so that the spear came out of his back. And he fell down there and died on the spot. And it came to be that as many as came to the place where Asah'el fell down and died, stood still.
And Yo'ab and Abishai pursued Abner. And the sun was going down and they came to the hill of Ammah, which overlooks Giyah by the way to the Wilderness of Gib'on.
And the children of Binyamin gathered together behind Abner and became a single company, and took their stand on top of a hill.
And Abner called to Yo'ab and said, 'Should the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it is bitter in the latter end? And when are you going to say to the people to turn back from pursuing their brothers?'
And Yo'ab said, 'As Elohim lives, if you had not spoken, then all the people would have given up pursuing their brothers only the next morning.'
Yo'ab then blew a ram's horn, and all the people halted and pursued Yisra'el no further, nor did they fight any more.
And Abner and his men went on all that night through the desert plain, and passed over the Yarden, and went through all Bithron. And they came to Mahanayim.
And Yo'ab turned back from pursuing Abner. And when he had gathered all the people together, there were missing of Dawid's servants nineteen men and Asah'el.
But the servants of Dawid had smitten, of Binyamin and Abner's men, three hundred and sixty men who died.
And they brought Asah'el and buried him in his father's tomb, which was in Beyth Lehem. And Yo'ab and his men went all night, and they came to Hebron at daybreak.
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