August 21, 2022 – 2 Samuel 3 – Abner joins David but is murdered by Joab

Violence and revenge are byproducts as David consolidates his kingdom. Ishboshth accuses Abner of sleeping with Saul’s concubine. The charge angers Abner, who defects to support David. But while in Hebron, Joab murders Abner as revenge for killing his brother Asahel. David mourns Abner but refrains from punishing Joab as he tries to bring all the tribes into unity under his reign.

Notes on 2 Samuel 3:1-39

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