1 Facta est ergo longa concertatio inter domum Saul et inter do mum David: David semper invalescens, domus autem Saul decrescens cotidie.
2 Nati quoque sunt filii David in Hebron. Fuitque primogenitus eius Amnon de Achinoam Iezrahelitide,
3 et post eum Cheleab de Abigail uxore Nabal de Carmel, porro tertius Absalom filius Maacha filiae Tholmai regis Gesur,
4 quartus autem Adonias filius Haggith et quintus Saphatia filius Abital,
5 sextus quoque Iethraam de Egla uxore David. Hi nati sunt David in Hebron.
6 Cum ergo esset proelium inter domum Saul et domum David, Abner filius Ner regebat domum Saul.
7 Fuerat autem Sauli concubina nomine Respha filia Aia. Dixitque Isbaal ad Abner:
3:8" Quare ingressus es ad concubinam patris mei?". Qui iratus nimis propter verba Isbaal ait: "Numquid caput canis ego sum de Iuda? Hodie facio misericordiam super domum Saul patris tui et super fratres et proximos eius et non tradidi te in manu David. Et tu requisisti in me quod argueres pro muliere hodie.
9 Haec faciat Deus Abner et haec addat ei, nisi, quomodo iuravit Dominus David, sic faciam cum eo,
10 ut transferatur regnum de domo Saul, et confirmetur thronus David super Israel et super Iudam a Dan usque Bersabee".
11 Et non potuit respondere ei quidquam, quia metuebat illum.
12 Misit ergo Abner nuntios ad David pro se dicentes: "Cuius est terra?", et ut loquerentur: "Fac mecum amicitias, et erit manus mea tecum, et reducam ad te universum Israel".
13 Qui ait: "Optime, ego faciam tecum amicitias, sed unam rem peto a te dicens: Non videbis faciem meam, nisi prius adduxeris Michol filiam Saul; et sic venies et videbis me".
14 Misit autem David nuntios ad Isbaal filium Saul dicens: "Redde uxorem meam Michol, quam despondi mihi centum praeputiis Philisthim".
15 Misit ergo Isbaal et tulit eam a viro suo Phaltiel filio Lais.
16 Sequebaturque eam vir suus plorans usque Bahurim; et dixit ad eum Abner: "Vade, revertere". Qui reversus est.
17 Sermonem quoque intulit Abner ad seniores Israel dicens: "Tam heri quam nudiustertius quaerebatis David, ut regnaret super vos;
18 nunc ergo facite, quoniam Dominus locutus est ad David dicens: "In manu servi mei David salvabo populum meum Israel de manu Philisthim et omnium inimicorum eius" ".
19 Locutus est autem Abner etiam ad Beniamin; et abiit, ut loqueretur ad David in Hebron omnia, quae placuerant Israel et universo Beniamin.
20 Venitque ad David in Hebron cum viginti viris, et fecit David Abner et viris eius, qui venerant cum eo, convivium.
21 Et dixit Abner ad David: "Surgam, ut congregem ad te dominum meum regem omnem Israel, et ineant tecum foedus, et imperes omnibus, sicut desiderat anima tua". Cum ergo deduxisset David Abner, et ille isset in pace,
22 pueri David et Ioab venerunt ab expeditione cum praeda magna. Abner autem non erat cum David in Hebron, quia iam dimiserat eum, et profectus fuerat in pace,
23 et Ioab et omnis exercitus, qui erat cum eo, postea venerant. Nuntiatum est itaque Ioab a narrantibus: "Venit Abner filius Ner ad regem, et dimisit eum, et abiit in pace".
24 Et ingressus est Ioab ad regem et ait: "Quid fecisti? Ecce venit Abner ad te; quare dimisisti eum, et abiit et recessit?
25 Ignoras Abner filium Ner? Certe ad hoc venit, ut deciperet te et sciret exitum tuum et introitum tuum et nosset omnia quae agis".
26 Egressus itaque Ioab a David misit nuntios post Abner, et reduxerunt eum a cisterna Sira, ignorante David.
27 Cumque redisset Abner in Hebron, seorsum abduxit eum Ioab ad medium portae, ut loqueretur ei quiete, et percussit illum ibi in inguine, et mortuus est in ultionem sanguinis Asael fratris eius.
28 Quod cum audisset David rem iam gestam, ait: "Mundus ego sum et regnum meum apud Dominum usque in sempiternum a sanguine Abner filii Ner;
29 et veniat super caput Ioab et super omnem domum patris eius, nec deficiat de domo Ioab fluxum morbidum sustinens, leprosus et tenens fusum et cadens gladio et indigens pane".
30 Igitur Ioab et Abisai frater eius interfecerunt Abner, eo quod occidisset Asael fratrem eorum in Gabaon in proelio.
31 Dixit autem David ad Ioab et ad omnem populum, qui erat cum eo: "Scindite vestimenta vestra et accingimini saccis et plangite ante exequias Abner". Porro rex David sequebatur feretrum.
32 Cumque sepelissent Abner in Hebron, levavit rex David vocem suam et flevit super tumulum Abner; flevit autem et omnis populus.
33 Plangensque rex et lugens Abner ait: "Numquid, ut mori solent insensati, mori debuit Abner?
34 Manus tuae ligatae non erant, et pedes tui non erant compedibus aggravati; sed, sicut solent cadere coram filiis iniquitatis, corruisti". Congeminansque omnis populus flevit super eum.
35 Cumque venisset universa multitudo reficere David pane clara adhuc die, iuravit David dicens: "Haec faciat mihi Deus et haec addat, si ante occasum solis gustavero panem vel aliud quidquam".
36 Omnisque populus audivit; et placuit eis, sicut cuncta, quae fecit rex, bona erant in conspectu totius populi.
37 Et cognovit omne vulgus et universus Israel in die illa quoniam non actum fuisset a rege, ut occideretur Abner filius Ner.
38 Dixit quoque rex ad servos suos: "Num ignoratis quoniam princeps et maximus cecidit hodie in Israel?
39 Ego vero adhuc debilis sum, quamvis sim unctus rex; viri autem isti filii Sarviae duriores sunt quam ego. Retribuat Dominus facienti malum iuxta malitiam suam".
King James Version
1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
2 ¶ And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;
5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.
6 ¶ And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.
7 And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's concubine?
8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Am I a dog's head, which against Judah do shew kindness this day unto the house of Saul thy father, to his brethren, and to his friends, and have not delivered thee into the hand of David, that thou chargest me to day with a fault concerning this woman?
9 So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;
10 To translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beer-sheba.
11 And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.
12 ¶ And Abner sent messengers to David on his behalf, saying, Whose is the land? saying also, Make thy league with me, and, behold, my hand shall be with thee, to bring about all Israel unto thee.
13 ¶ And he said, Well; I will make a league with thee: but one thing I require of thee, that is, Thou shalt not see my face, except thou first bring Michal Saul's daughter, when thou comest to see my face.
14 And David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines.
15 And Ish-bosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish.
16 And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.
17 ¶ And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you:
18 Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.
19 And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.
20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.
21 And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go, and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee, and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away; and he went in peace.
22 ¶ And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop, and brought in a great spoil with them: but Abner was not with David in Hebron; for he had sent him away, and he was gone in peace.
23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace.
24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone?
25 Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know all that thou doest.
26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not.
27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
28 ¶ And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
31 ¶ And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the bier.
32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept.
33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?
34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him.
35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me, and more also, if I taste bread, or ought else, till the sun be down.
36 And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.
37 For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.
38 And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
39 And I am this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.