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2 Samuel Chapter 3

2 Samuel 3:1
3:1 Now there was {a} 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.

    (a) That is, without intermission enduring two years, which
        was the whole reign of Ishbosheth.

2 Samuel 3:3
3:3 And his second, {b} Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal
    the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the
    daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;

    (b) Who is also called Daniel, 1 Chronicles 3:1.

2 Samuel 3:5
3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were
    born to David in {c} Hebron.

    (c) Within seven years and six months.

2 Samuel 3:8
3:8 Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, and
    said, [Am] I a {d} 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?

    (d) Do you esteem me no more than a dog, for all my service
        done to your father's house?

2 Samuel 3:9
3:9 {e} So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD
    hath sworn to David, even so I do to him;

    (e) We see how the wicked cannot abide being admonished
        about their faults, but seek their displeasure, who go
        about to bring them from their wickedness.

2 Samuel 3:17
3:17 And Abner had {f} communication with the elders of Israel,
     saying, Ye sought for David in times past [to be] king over

     (f) Rather for malice that he bore toward Ishbosheth, than
         for love he bore to David.

2 Samuel 3:19
3:19 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
     {g} house of Benjamin.

     (g) Who challenged the kingdom, because of their father

2 Samuel 3:22
3:22 And, behold, the servants of David and Joab came {h} 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.

     (h) From war against the Philistines.

2 Samuel 3:24
3:24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, {i} What hast thou
     done?  behold, Abner came unto thee; why [is] it [that]
     thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone?

     (i) Here appears the malicious mind of Joab, who would have
         had the king slay Abner for his private grudge.

2 Samuel 3:28
3:28 And afterward when David heard [it], he said, I and my
     kingdom [are] {k} guiltless before the LORD for ever from
     the blood of Abner the son of Ner:

     (k) the Lord knows that I did not consent to his death.

2 Samuel 3:30
3:30 So Joab and {l} Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he
     had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

     (l) Abishai is said to slay him with Joab, because he
         consented to the murder.

2 Samuel 3:31
3:31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that [were]
     with him, Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth,
     and mourn {m} before Abner. And king David [himself]
     followed the bier.

     (m) Meaning before the corpse.

2 Samuel 3:33
3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner {n}
     as a fool dieth?

     (n) He declares that Abner died not as a wretch or vile
         person, but as a valiant man might do, being
         traitorously deceived by the wicked.

2 Samuel 3:35
3:35 And when all the people came to cause David to eat {o} 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.

     (o) According to their custom, which was to feast at

2 Samuel 3:36
3:36 And all the people took notice [of it], and it {p} pleased
     them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.

     (p) It is expedient sometimes not only to conceive inward
         sorrow, but also that it may appear to others, so that
         they may be satisfied.

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