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.

Luganda Contemporary Bible

2 Samwiri 2:1-32

Dawudi Afukibwako Amafuta Okuba Kabaka wa Yuda

12:1 a 1Sa 23:2, 11-12 b Lub 13:18; 1Sa 30:31Oluvannyuma lw’ebyo Dawudi ne yeebuuza ku Mukama nti, “Nyambuke mu kimu ku bibuga bya Yuda?”

Mukama n’amuddamu nti, “Yambuka.”

N’abuuza nate nti, “Ŋŋende mu kiruwa?”

Mukama n’amuddamu nti, “E Kebbulooni.”

22:2 a 1Sa 25:43; 30:5 b 1Sa 25:42Awo Dawudi n’agenda eyo ne bakyala be bombi, Akinoamu Omuyezuleeri ne Abbigayiri nnamwandu wa Nabali ow’e Kalumeeri. 32:3 1Sa 27:2; 30:9Dawudi n’atwala n’abasajja abaali naye, buli muntu n’amaka ge, ne basenga mu Kebbulooni ne mu byalo byakyo. 42:4 a 1Sa 30:31 b 1Sa 2:35; 2Sa 5:3-5 c 1Sa 31:11-13Awo abantu ba Yuda ne bajja mu Kebbulooni, ne bafukirako eyo Dawudi amafuta okuba kabaka w’ennyumba ya Yuda.

Dawudi n’ategeezebwa nti abantu ab’e Yabesugireyaadi be baaziika Sawulo, 52:5 1Sa 23:21n’abatumira ababaka okubagamba nti, “Mukama abawe omukisa olw’ekisa n’ekitiibwa bye mwalaga Sawulo mukama wammwe ne mumuziika. 62:6 Kuv 34:6; 1Ti 1:16Mukama abalage ekisa n’okwagala, nange ndibalaga ky’ekimu olw’ekyo kye mukoze. 7Noolwekyo kyemunaava mubeera ab’amaanyi era abavumu, kubanga oluvannyuma olw’okufa kwa Sawulo mukama wammwe, ennyumba ya Yuda enfuseeko amafuta okubeera kabaka waabwe.”

Olutalo Olwabaawo Wakati w’Ennyumba ya Dawudi n’Ennyumba ya Sawulo

82:8 a 1Sa 14:50 b Lub 32:2Mu biro ebyo, Abuneeri2:8 Abuneeri yalina oluganda ku Sawulo, era yafuba nnyo okulwanirira obwakabaka bwa Sawulo. mutabani wa Neeri, omuduumizi w’eggye lya Sawulo, n’atwala Isubosesi mutabani wa Sawulo e Makanayimu. 92:9 a Kbl 32:26 b Bal 1:32 c 1By 12:29N’amufuula kabaka w’e Gireyaadi, ow’Abasuuli2:9 Abasuuli ba mu kika kya Aseri., ow’e Yezuleeri, owa Efulayimu, owa Benyamini era owa Isirayiri yenna.

10Isubosesi, mutabani wa Sawulo yali wa myaka amakumi ana we yatandika okufuga Isirayiri, era n’afugira emyaka ebiri. Naye ennyumba ya Yuda ne bagoberera Dawudi. 112:11 2Sa 5:5Ebbanga Dawudi lye yabeerera kabaka mu Kebbulooni ng’afuga ennyumba ya Yuda lyali emyaka musanvu n’emyezi mukaaga.

122:12 Yos 18:25Abuneeri mutabani wa Neeri n’abasajja ba Isubosesi mutabani wa Sawulo, ne bava e Makanayimu ne bagenda e Gibyoni. 132:13 2Sa 8:16; 1By 2:16; 11:6Yowaabu2:13 Yowaabu ye ne Abisaayi ne Asakeri baali batabani ba Dawudi (nny. 8). Mwannyina Dawudi, Zeruyiya ye yali nnyabwe mutabani wa Zeruyiya n’abasajja ba Dawudi ne bagenda okubasisinkana ku kidiba eky’e Gibyoni. Ekibinja ekimu ne kituula ku luuyi olumu olw’ekidiba, n’ekirala ne kituula ku luuyi olulala.

14Awo Abuneeri n’agamba Yowaabu nti, “Abamu ku basajja bagolokoke beegezeemu mu maaso gaffe.” Yowaabu n’amuddamu nti, “Kale bagolokoke.” 15Ne bagolokoka, kkumi na babiri ne babalibwa okuva ku ludda lwa Benyamini ne Isubosesi mutabani wa Sawulo, n’ababala kkumi na babiri okuva ku ludda lwa Dawudi. 16Buli omu n’akwatagana ne gwe yali atunuuliganye naye, ne banyolegana emitwe, ne bafumitigana amafumu, ne bagwira wamu. Era ekifo ekyo mu Gibyoni ne kituumibwa Kerukasu-Kazzulimu.

172:17 2Sa 3:1Olutalo ne lweyongerera ddala, Abuneeri n’abasajja be ne bawangulwa abasajja ba Dawudi. 182:18 a 2Sa 3:39 b 2Sa 3:30 c 1Sa 26:6 d 1By 2:16 e 1By 12:8Batabani ba Zeruyiya abasatu Yowaabu, Abisaayi, ne Asakeri baaliyo, era Asakeri yali muwenyusi wa misinde ng’empeewo ey’omu ttale. 19Asakeri n’agoba Abuneeri emisinde, obutatunula ku mukono ogwa ddyo wadde ogwa kkono. 20Awo Abuneeri bwe yatunula emabega we, n’abuuza nti, “Ye ggwe Asakeri?”

N’addamu nti, “Ye nze.”

21Abuneeri n’amugamba nti, “Tunula ku mukono gwo ogwa ddyo oba ku mukono gwo ogwa kkono ogye ku omu ku bavubuka akuli okumpi ekyokulwanyisa kye.” Naye Asakeri n’atalekaayo kumugoba. 222:22 2Sa 3:27Abuneeri n’addamu okumulabula ng’agamba nti, “Bw’oleka okungoba! Lwaki ondeetera okukutta? Muganda wo Yowaabu nnaamudda wa?”

232:23 a 2Sa 3:27; 4:6 b 2Sa 20:12Naye Asakeri ne yeeyongera bweyongezi okumugoba; Abuneeri kwe kumufumita mu lubuto n’omuwunda gw’effumu, effumu ne liggukira mu mugongo, n’agwa wansi era n’afiirawo.

24Naye Yowaabu ne Abisaayi ne bagoba Abuneeri. Enjuba bwe yali eneetera okugwa, ne batuuka ku lusozi Amma, oluliraanye Giya mu kkubo ery’eddungu ery’e Gibyoni. 25Awo abasajja b’e Benyamini ne beekola ekibinja kimu, ne badda ku luuyi lwa Abuneeri, ne bayimirira ku lusozi olumu.

262:26 Ma 32:42; Yer 46:10, 14Abuneeri n’akoowoola Yowaabu n’ayogera nti, “Ekitala kirirya ennaku zonna? Tolaba nti enkomerero ya byonna buliba bukyayi bwereere? Kale kiki ekikulobera okulagira abantu bo balekeraawo okucocca baganda baabwe?”

27Yowaabu n’addamu nti, “Katonda nga bw’ali omulamu, ne bwe watandikyogedde, obudde bwe bwandikeeredde ng’abasajja balekeddaawo okugoba baganda baabwe.” 282:28 a 2Sa 18:16 b Bal 3:27Awo Yowaabu n’afuuwa ekkondeere2:28 Okufuuwa ekkondeere kaali kabonero kakutandika lutalo oba kulokomya, abasajja bonna ne bayimirira, ne balekeraawo okugoba Isirayiri, era n’okubalwanyisa.

292:29 nny 8Ekiro ekyo kyonna Abuneeri n’abasajja be ne batambula ne bayita mu Alaba, ne basomoka Yoludaani, ne batambula mu kiseera eky’oku makya kyonna ne batuuka e Makanayimu.

30Awo Yowaabu n’addayo ng’alese okugoba Abuneeri, n’akuŋŋaanya abasajja be. Bwe baababala, ne basanga ng’abasajja kkumi na mwenda be baali bafudde, okwo nga tobaliddeeko Asakeri. 31Naye abasajja ba Dawudi baali basse Ababenyamini ebikumi bisatu mu nkaaga ku abo abaali ne Abuneeri. 322:32 Lub 49:29Ne batwala omulambo gwa Asakeri ne bamuziika ku biggya bya kitaawe e Besirekemu. N’oluvannyuma Yowaabu n’abasajja be ne batambula ekiro kyonna, ne batuuka e Kebbulooni enkeera.