Chapter Summary

"Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David" as David became stronger, having six sons, and the house of Saul grew weaker (v. 1-5). After Ish-bosheth questions Abner's relationship with one of Saul's concubines, they have falling out. Abner approaches David to side with him rather than the house of Saul. David agrees if Abner "bring Michal Saul's daughter" along (v. 13). He also sent messages to Ish-bosheth saying, "Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines" (v. 14). So Michal was taken from her husband to go with Abner. Abner confers with the elders and speaks with the Benjamites about David's ascendancy.Joab kills Abner to avenge the death of his brother Asahel who Abner killed in the battle at Gibeon. David curses Joab and mourns Abner's death (v. 29-39).

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