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David asks God "Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?" and God replies: "Go up... Unto Hebron" (v. 1). David goes to Hebron and the men of Judah "anointed David king over the house of Judah" (v. 4). "But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul ... And made him king ... over all Israel" (v. 8-9). Joab and the servants of David meet Abner with Benjamites and servants of Ish-bosheth in Gibeon where they fight each other with Joab's men taking the upper hand and pusuing Abner's men (v. 12-23). Abner and the Benjamites retreat to positions on a hill and appeal to Joab to cease fighting as they are "brethren" (v. 25-26). Joab blows a trumpet and "and pursued after Israel no more" v. 28). The men walk their separate ways through the night with Joab losing 20 men and Abner losing "three hundred and threescore men" which is 300 plus 3 times 20, or 360 men.

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