2 Samuel 3
David impregnates six women
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 unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of
Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
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;
And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the
son of Abital;
And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.
During the "long war" between David and Saul's son, Ishbosheth, David impregnates six women and has six
Abner revolts against Ishbosheth
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.
And Saul had a concubine, whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah: and
Ishbosheth said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou gone in unto my father's
During the war between Ishbosheth and David, Ishbosheth said to his captain, Abner,
Why did you have sex with my father's concubine?
Then was Abner very wroth for the words of Ishbosheth, 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?
So do God to Abner, and more also, except, as the LORD hath sworn to
David, even so I do to him;
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 Beersheba.
And he could not answer Abner a word again, because he feared him.
Abner answered, saying:
Am I a dog's head?
I've been loyal to you and protected you from David. Why do you accuse me of this?
But now I'm going to help David steal your kingdom. He will become king over both Judah and Israel.
David steals Michal from her husband
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.
Abner sent a message to David, saying,
I will help you become king of Israel.
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.
David said to Abner,
That sounds great, but only if you can do one thing for me: bring Michal to me when you come.
And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal,
which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines.
Then David sent messengers to Ishbosheth, saying,
Bring me my wife Michal, who I bought for 100 Philistine foreskins. 
And Ishbosheth sent,
and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of
And her husband went
with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him,
Go, return. And he returned.
So Ishbosheth took Michal from her husband, Phaltiel.
Poor Phatiel must have loved her dearly since he "went along weeping behind her."
And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought
for David in times past to be king over you:
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.
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.
Abner lobbies the leaders of Israel to make David their king.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David and Abner meet to discuss their plans to steal Israel from Ishbosheth.
They have a big feast, then Abner leaves for
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
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.
When David's captain, Joab, heard about the agreement between David and Abner, he was angry.
He didn't trust Abner and thought he was trying to deceive David.
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.
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
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:
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.
Joab sent messengers to Abner asking him to return to Hebron.
When he did, Joab took him aside to speak to him quietly.
Then Joab smote him under the fifth rib.
When David heard about it, he proclaimed himself guiltless and condemned
Let the blame rest on the head of Joab, and on his whole family, and on all of his descendants forever.
May all of his descendants have discharges from their penises, be lepers, lean on a staff ,
commit suicide, or starve to death.
So Joab, and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their
brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.
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.
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.
And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?
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.
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.
And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever
the king did pleased all the people.
For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of
the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.
And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince
and a great man fallen this day in Israel?
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.
All the people brought David meat to eat.
But David said,
I swear to God that I won't eat bread until the son goes down.
This pleased the people, as everything that David did pleased all of
- Unto David were sons born in Hebron. (v.2)
The Bible doesn't say (or care) whether he had any daughters.
Up to now, we've known about three of David's wives: Michal, who Saul sold to David
for 200 Philistine foreskins, but who was later given by Saul to another man;
Abigail, who became David's wife after God killed her husband,
Nabal; and Ahinoam, who David just somehow collects when he took Abigail.
But now, David collects four more wives: Maacah, Haggith, Abital, and Eglah.
Who were the sons of David born in Hebron
- Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines. (v.14)
How many Philistine foreskins did David buy his first wife with?
- Leaneth on a staff (v.29)
The Revised Standard Version translates "leaneth on a staff" as "holds a spindle," apparently
meaning effeminate -- real men don't spin or weave.
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