New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 2:1-32

David Is Anointed to Be King Over Judah

1After Saul and Jonathan died, David asked the Lord for advice. “Should I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.

The Lord said, “Go up.”

David asked, “Where should I go?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

2So David went up there with his two wives. Their names were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail from Carmel. Abigail was Nabal’s widow. 3David also took his men and their families with him. They made their homes in Hebron and its towns. 4Then the men of Judah came to Hebron. There they anointed David to be king over the people of Judah.

David was told that the men from Jabesh Gilead had buried Saul’s body. 5So he sent messengers to them to speak for him. The messengers said, “You were kind to bury the body of your master Saul. May the Lord bless you for that. 6And may he now be kind and faithful to you. David will treat you well for being kind to Saul’s body. 7Now then, be strong and brave. Your master Saul is dead. And the people of Judah have anointed David to be king over them.”

The Armies of David and Saul Fight Each Other

8Abner, the son of Ner, was commander of Saul’s army. Abner had brought Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth to Mahanaim. 9There Abner made Ish-Bosheth king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel. He also made him king over Ephraim, Benjamin and other areas of Israel.

10Ish-Bosheth was 40 years old when he became king over Israel. He ruled for two years. But the people of Judah remained faithful to David. 11David was king in Hebron over the people of Judah for seven and a half years.

12Abner, the son of Ner, left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon. The men of Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul, went with him. 13Joab, the son of Zeruiah, and David’s men also went out. All of them met at the pool in Gibeon. One group sat down on one side of the pool. The other group sat on the other side.

14Then Abner said to Joab, “Let’s have some of the young men get up and fight. Let’s tell them to fight hand to hand in front of us.”

“All right. Let them do it,” Joab said.

15So the young men stood up and were counted off. There were 12 on the side of Benjamin and Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth. And there were 12 on David’s side. 16Each man grabbed one of his enemies by the head. Each one stuck his dagger into the other man’s side. And all of them fell down together and died. So that place in Gibeon was named Helkath Hazzurim.

17The fighting that day was very heavy. Abner and the Israelites lost the battle to David’s men.

18The three sons of Zeruiah were there. Their names were Joab, Abishai and Asahel. Asahel was as quick on his feet as a wild antelope. 19He chased Abner. He didn’t turn to the right or the left as he chased him. 20Abner looked behind him. He asked, “Asahel, is that you?”

“It is,” he answered.

21Then Abner said to him, “Turn to the right or the left. Fight one of the young men. Take his weapons away from him.” But Asahel wouldn’t stop chasing him.

22Again Abner warned Asahel, “Stop chasing me! If you don’t, I’ll strike you down. Then how could I look your brother Joab in the face?”

23But Asahel refused to give up the chase. So Abner drove the dull end of his spear into Asahel’s stomach. The spear came out through his back. He fell and died right there on the spot. Every man stopped when he came to the place where Asahel had fallen and died.

24But Joab and Abishai chased Abner. As the sun was going down, they came to the hill of Ammah. It was near Giah on the way to the dry and empty land close to Gibeon. 25The men of Benjamin gathered in a group around Abner. They took their stand on top of a hill.

26Abner called out to Joab, “Do you want our swords to keep on killing us off? Don’t you know that all this fighting will end in bitter feelings? How long will it be before you order your men to stop chasing their fellow Israelites?”

27Joab answered, “It’s a good thing you spoke up. If you hadn’t, the men would have kept on chasing them until morning. And that’s just as sure as God is alive.”

28So Joab blew a trumpet. All the troops stopped. They didn’t chase Israel anymore. They didn’t fight anymore either.

29All that night Abner and his men marched through the Arabah Valley. They went across the Jordan River. All morning long they kept on going. Finally, they came to Mahanaim.

30Then Joab stopped chasing Abner. He gathered together the whole army. Besides Asahel, only 19 of David’s men were missing. 31But David’s men had killed 360 men from Benjamin who were with Abner. 32They got Asahel’s body and buried it in his father’s tomb at Bethlehem. Then Joab and his men marched all night. They arrived at Hebron at sunrise.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

2 Samũeli 2:1-32

Daudi Gũitĩrĩrio Maguta Athamakĩre Juda

12:1 Kĩam 13:18Na rĩrĩ, thuutha wa ihinda rĩu, Daudi agĩtuĩria ũhoro harĩ Jehova, akĩũria atĩrĩ, “Nyambate thiĩ itũũra-inĩ rĩmwe rĩa matũũra ma Juda?”

Jehova akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Ambata.”

Nake Daudi akĩũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ rĩrĩkũ ngũthiĩ?”

Nake Jehova akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Thiĩ Hebironi.”

2Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Daudi akĩambata agĩthiĩ Hebironi na atumia ake eerĩ, Ahinoamu ũrĩa Mũjezireeli, na Abigaili ũrĩa warĩ mũtumia wa ndigwa wa Nabali ũrĩa woimĩte Karimeli. 32:3 1Maũ 12:22; Kĩam 13:18Ningĩ Daudi agĩthiĩ hamwe na andũ arĩa aarĩ nao, o mũndũ na andũ a nyũmba yake, nao magĩtũũra Hebironi, na matũũra-inĩ makuo. 42:4 2Sam 5:3-5; Atiir 21:8Hĩndĩ ĩyo andũ a Juda magĩũka Hebironi, magĩitĩrĩria Daudi maguta kuo, atuĩke mũthamaki wa nyũmba ya Juda.

Rĩrĩa Daudi eerirwo atĩ andũ a Jabeshi-Gileadi nĩo maathikire Saũlũ-rĩ, 52:5 1Sam 23:21; 2Tim 1:16agĩtũma andũ kũrĩ andũ a Jabeshi-Gileadi makameere atĩrĩ, “Jehova aromũrathima nĩ ũndũ nĩmuonanĩtie ũtugi kũrĩ mwathi wanyu Saũlũ na ũndũ wa kũmũthika. 62:6 Thaam 34:6Jehova aromuonia ũtugi na wĩhokeku wake, o na niĩ nĩngũmwĩka maũndũ mega ta macio nĩ ũndũ nĩmwĩkĩte ũndũ ũcio. 72:7 Josh 1:6; Atiir 5:21Na rĩrĩ, ũmĩrĩriai mũtuĩke njamba, nĩgũkorwo Saũlũ mwathi wanyu nĩakuĩte, nao andũ a nyũmba ya Juda nĩmanjitĩrĩirie maguta nduĩke mũthamaki wao.”

Mbaara Gatagatĩ ka Nyũmba ya Daudi na ya Saũlũ

82:8 1Sam 14:50Mahinda macio, Abineri mũrũ wa Neri, mũnene wa mbũtũ cia ita cia Saũlũ, nĩoete Ishi-Boshethu mũrũ wa Saũlũ akamũtwara Mahanaimu. 92:9 Ndar 32:26; Josh 19:24-31Akĩmũtua mũthamaki wa Gileadi, na wa Aashuri, na Jezireeli, na wa Efiraimu, na Benjamini, na wa Isiraeli guothe.

10Nake Ishi-Boshethu mũrũ wa Saũlũ aarĩ wa mĩaka mĩrongo ĩna hĩndĩ ĩrĩa aatuĩkire mũthamaki wa Isiraeli, agĩthamaka mĩaka ĩĩrĩ. No rĩrĩ, nyũmba ya Juda yarũmĩrĩire Daudi. 112:11 2Sam 5:5Ihinda rĩrĩa Daudi aarĩ mũthamaki kũu Hebironi agĩthamakĩra nyũmba ya Juda, rĩarĩ mĩaka mũgwanja na mĩeri ĩtandatũ.

12Abineri mũriũ wa Neri, hamwe na andũ a Ishi-Boshethu mũrũ wa Saũlũ, makiuma Mahanaimu magĩthiĩ Gibeoni. 132:13 1Maũ 2:16Joabu mũrũ wa Zeruia na andũ a Daudi makiumagara, magĩtũngana nao karia-inĩ ka Gibeoni. Gĩkundi kĩmwe gĩgĩikara thĩ mwena ũmwe wa Karia kau na gĩkundi kĩu kĩngĩ gĩgĩikara mwena ũcio ũngĩ.

14Hĩndĩ ĩyo Abineri akĩĩra Joabu atĩrĩ, “Nĩ tuoe aanake amwe mokĩre marũe marĩ mbere iitũ.”

Joabu agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Ũguo nĩ wega, nĩ meeke ũguo.”

15Nĩ ũndũ ũcio makĩrũgama magĩtarwo, andũ ikũmi na eerĩ a Abenjamini na Ishi-Boshethu mũrũ wa Saũlũ, na ikũmi na eerĩ a Daudi. 162:16 Atiir 3:21Hĩndĩ ĩyo o mũndũ akĩnyiita mũndũ ũrĩa merekanĩire mũtwe, akĩmũtheeca na rũhiũ mbaru-inĩ ciake, nao makĩgũanĩra thĩ o ro hamwe. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio kũndũ kũu gũgĩĩtwo Helikathu-Hazurimu, na gwĩ kũu Gibeoni.

172:17 2Sam 3:1; 1Sam 17:8Mbaara ĩkĩrũra mũno mũthenya ũcio, nake Abineri na andũ a Isiraeli makĩhootwo nĩ andũ a Daudi.

182:18 1Maũ 2:16; Thim 6:5Nao ariũ atatũ a Zeruia maarĩ ho: Nao nĩ Joabu, na Abishai, na Asaheli. Na rĩrĩ, Asaheli aarĩ mũhũthũ magũrũ, akagĩa ihenya o ta thwariga. 19Nake agĩtengʼeria Abineri atekũgarũrũka na mwena wa ũrĩo kana wa ũmotho, amũingatithĩtie. 20Nake Abineri akĩrora na thuutha wake, akĩũria atĩrĩ, “Asaheli, kaarĩ we?”

Nake agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Ĩĩ nĩ niĩ.”

21Nake Abineri akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Garũrũka na mwena wa ũrĩo kana wa ũmotho; ũnyiite mwanake ũmwe na ũmũtunye indo ciake cia mbaara.” No Asaheli ndaigana gũtiga kũmũhanyũkia.

222:22 2Sam 3:27O rĩngĩ, Abineri agĩkaania Asaheli, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Tiga kũndengʼeria! Kĩrĩa kĩngĩtũma ngũũrage, nĩ kĩĩ? Ingĩhota atĩa kũngʼethanĩra na mũrũ wa nyũkwa Joabu?”

232:23 2Sam 3:27; 2Sam 20:12No Asaheli ndaatigire kũmũhanyũkia; nĩ ũndũ ũcio Abineri agĩtheeca Asaheli nda na mũthia wa itimũ rĩake, narĩo itimũ rĩkiumanĩra na mũgongo. Nake akĩgũa hau agĩkua o hĩndĩ ĩyo. Na mũndũ o wothe aakinya hau Asaheli aagwĩte akuĩte, akarũgama ho.

24No Joabu na Abishai magĩtengʼeria Abineri, narĩo riũa rĩgĩthũa-rĩ, magĩkinya kĩrĩma-inĩ kĩa Ama, kĩrĩa kĩrĩ hakuhĩ na Gia, njĩra ya gũthiĩ werũ-inĩ wa Gibeoni. 25Hĩndĩ ĩyo andũ a Benjamini magĩcookanĩrĩra hamwe, makĩrũmĩrĩra Abineri. Nao magĩthondeka gĩkundi thĩinĩ wao, makĩrũgama igũrũ rĩa kĩrĩma.

262:26 Gũcook 32:42; Jer 46:10, 14Abineri agĩĩta Joabu aanĩrĩire, akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Rũhiũ rwa njora rũgũtũũra rũniinanaga nginya tene? Anga ndũramenya atĩ ũhoro ũyũ ũkaarigĩrĩria na ũrũrũ? Ũgũikara nginya rĩ ũterĩte andũ aku matige gũtengʼeria ariũ a ithe wao?”

27Joabu agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Ti-itherũ o ta ũrĩa Ngai atũũraga muoyo, korwo ndũnaaria-rĩ, andũ aya mangĩathiĩ o na mbere gũtengʼeria ariũ a ithe wao nginya rũciinĩ.”

282:28 2Sam 18:16; Atiir 3:27Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Joabu akĩhuha karumbeta,2:28 Karumbeta kaahuhagwo kuonania kwambĩrĩria kwa haaro kana kũrĩĩka kwayo. nao andũ othe makĩrũgama; matiacookire kũhanyũkia Isiraeli kana kũrũa rĩngĩ.

292:29 Gũcook 3:17; Kĩam 32:2Ũtukũ ũcio wothe Abineri na andũ ake magĩtuĩkanĩria Araba. Makĩringa Jorodani, magĩthiĩ na mbere matuĩkanĩirie Bithironi guothe, na magĩkinya Mahanaimu.

30Nake Joabu agĩtiga gũtengʼeria Abineri, akĩhũndũka agĩcookanĩrĩria andũ ake othe. Andũ ikũmi na kenda a Daudi makĩoneka matiarĩ ho, Asaheli atatarĩtwo. 31No andũ a Daudi nĩmooragĩte andũ a Benjamini magana matatũ ma mĩrongo ĩtandatũ arĩa maarĩ na Abineri. 322:32 Kĩam 49:29Nao makĩoya Asaheli, makĩmũthika mbĩrĩra-inĩ ya ithe kũu Bethilehemu. Ningĩ Joabu na andũ ake magĩthiĩ ũtukũ wothe, magĩkinya Hebironi gũgĩkĩa.