Chapter 3: The Long War
1 Now there was a long war between the house of Shaul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger and the house of Shaul grew weaker and weaker.
The Sons of David Born in Hebron
2 Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam the Yezeylitess (3rd wife). 3 His second, Chileab (called Daniyah in 1 Chronicles 3:1), by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmylite (2nd wife). The third, Abishalom (also spelled Absalom) the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur (4th wife). 4 The fourth, Adoniyah, the son of Haggith (5th wife). Shephaitiyah, the son of Abital (6th wife). 5 And the sixth, Ithream, by David’s wife Eglah (7th wife). These were born to David in Hebron.
*See 1 Chronicles 3:1-4
Ishbosheth Finds Fault with Abner Laying With Shaul’s Concubine Rizpah: Abner Gets Angry and Reminds Ishbosheth that He Protects Him and Also Reminds Him of the Prophesy Yah said Concerning David
6 Now it was so, while there was war between the house of Shaul and the house of David, that Abner was strengthening his hold on the house of Shaul. 7 And Shaul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiyah. So Ishbosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone into my father’s concubine”? 8 Then Abner became very angry at the words of Ishbosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Yahudah? Today I show loyalty to the house of Shaul your father, to his brothers and to his friends and have not delivered you into the hand of David and you charge me today with a fault concerning this woman? 8 May Yah do so to Abner and more also, if I do not do for David as Yah has sworn to him—10 To transfer the kingdom from the house of Shaul and set up the throne of David over Ysrayl and over Yahudah, from Dan to Beersheba”. 11 And he could not answer Abner another word because he feared him.
Abner Joins Forces with David in Return For Michyl David’s First Wife Being Returned to Him: Paltiyah Weeps Behind Michyl
12 Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to David saying, “Whose is the land? Saying also, ‘Make your covenant with me and indeed my hand shall be with you to bring all Ysrayl to you’.” 13 And David said, “Good, I will make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you. You shall not see my face unless you first bring Michyl, Shaul’s daughter, when you come to see my face”. 14 So David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, Shaul’s son saying, “Give me my wife Michyl, whom I bethrothed to myself for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines”.15 And Ishbosheth sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiyah the son of Laish. (Remember Shaul gave her away in 1 Shemuyah 25:44). 16 Then her husband went along with her to Bahurim, weeping behind her. So Abner said to him, “Go, return”! And he returned.
Abner Speaks to the Elders of Ysrayl and the Tribe of Benyamin: Abner Promises to Bring Ysrayl to David
17 Now Abner had communicated with the elders of Ysrayl saying, “In time past you were seeking for David to be king over you. 18 Now then, do it! For Yah has spoken of David saying, ‘By the hand of My servant David, I will save My people Ysrayl from the hand of the Philistines and the hand of all their enemies”. 19 And Abner also spoke in the hearing of Benyamin. Then Abner also went to speak in the hearing of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Ysrayl and the whole house of Benyamin. 20 So Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron. And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him. 21 Then Abner said to David, “I will arise and go and gather all Ysrayl to my master the king, that they may make a covenant with you and that you may reign over all that your heart desires”. So David sent Abner away and he went in peace.
Yoab hears the Report About Abner: Yoab Does Not Trust Abner: Yoab Sends For Abner Behind David’s Back: Yoab Kills Abner Because Abner Killed His Brother Asahyl
22 At that moment the servants of David and Yoab came from a raid and brought much spoil with them. But Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away and he had gone in peace. 23 When Yoab and all the troops that were with him had come, they told Yoab saying, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king and he sent him away and he has gone in peace”. 24 Then Yoab came to the king and said, “What have you done? Look, Abner came to you. Why is it that you sent him away and he has already gone? 25 Surely you realize that Abner the Ben of Ner came to deceive you, to know your going out and your coming in and to know all that you are doing”. 26 And when Yoab had gone from David’s presence, he sent messengers after Abner, who brought him back from the well of Sirah. But David did not know it. 27 Now when Abner had returned to Hebron, Yoab took him aside in the gate to speak with him privately and there stabbed him in the stomach, so that he died for the blood of Asahyl his brother.
David Puts a Curse on Yoab Because of Abner
28 Afterward, when David heard it, he said, “My kingdom and I are guiltless before Yah forever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner. 29 Let it rest on the head of Yoab and on all his father’s house and let there never fail to be in the house of Yoab one who has a discharge or is a leper, who leans on a staff or falls by the sword or who lacks bread”. 30 So Yoab and Abishai his brother killed Abner because he had killed their brother Asahyl at Gibeon in the battle.
David Mourns For Abner: The Children of Ysrayl See that David Had Nothing to Do With Abner Being Murdered: David Asks Yah to Repay the Evildoer
31 Then David said to Yoab and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes, gird yourselves with sackcloth and mourn for Abner”. And king David followed the coffin. 32 So 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 sang a lament over Abner and said: “Should Abner die as a fool dies? 34 Your hands were not bound nor your feet put into fetters as a man falls before wicked men, so you fell”. Then all the people wept over him again. 35 And when all the people came to persuade David to eat food while it was still day, David took an oath saying, “Yah do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down”! 36 Now all the people took note of it and it pleased them, since whatever the king did pleased the people. 37 For all the people and all Ysrayl understood that day that it had not been the king’s intent to kill Abner the son of Ner. 38 Then the king said to his servants, “Do you know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Ysrayl? 39 And I am weak today, though anointed king and these men, the sons of Zeruiyah are too harsh for me. Yah shall repay the evildoer according to his wickedness.
Chapter 4: Ishbosheth Hears the Report About Abner’s Death and Becomes Disheartened: Two Brothers in Ishbosheth’s Army Baanah and Rechab Make Plans
1 When Shaul’s son (that is, Ishbosheth) heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost heart and all Ysrayl was troubled. 2 Now Shaul’s son had two men who were captains of troops. The name of one was Baanah and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite of the children of Benyamin. For Beeroth also was part of Benyamin–3 Because the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and have been sojourners there until this day.
Mephibosheth Yahanathan’s Son Falls Down and Becomes Lame as a Small Child as He Flees With His Nurse To Safety After His Dad Died (So he is hidden from Baanah and Rechab)
Yahanathan, Shaul’s son had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Shaul and Yahanathan came from Yezreyl and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened as she made haste to flee that he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth (called Merib-baal in 1 Chronicles 8:34 and 9:40).
Baanah and Rechab Stab Ishbosheth in the Stomach Just Like the Sons of Zeruiyah Stabbed Abner in the Stomach: Baanah and Rechab Behead Ishbosheth
5 Then the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out and came at about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who was lying on his bed at noon. 6 And they came there, all the way into the house, as though to get wheat and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7 For when they came into the house, he was lying on his bed in his bedroom. Then they struck him and killed him, beheaded him and took his head and were all night escaping through the plain.
Baanah and Rechab Take Ishbosheth’s Head to David at Hebron Thinking They Will Be Rewarded: David Has His Young Men to Cut off Baanah and Rechab’s Hands and Feet and They are Hung: Ishbosheth is Buried Next to Abner
8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of Shaul your enemy who sought your life and Yah has avenged my master the king this day of Shaul and his descendants”. 9 But David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite and said to them, “As Yah lives, who has redeemed my life from all adversity–10 When someone told me saying ‘Look, Shaul is dead’ thinking to have brought good news, I arrested him and had him executed in Ziklag, the one who thought I would give him a reward for his news. 11 How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous person in his own house on his bed? Therefore, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and remove you from the earth”? 12 So David commanded his young men and they executed them, cut off their hands and feet and hanged them by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth and buried it in the tomb of Abner in Hebron.