1The war between Saul’s royal house and David’s royal house lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger. But the royal house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.
2Sons were born to David in Hebron.
His first son was Amnon. Amnon’s mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel.
3His second son was Kileab. Kileab’s mother was Abigail. She was Nabal’s widow from Carmel.
The third son was Absalom. His mother was Maakah. She was the daughter of Talmai, the king of Geshur.
4The fourth son was Adonijah. His mother was Haggith.
The fifth son was Shephatiah. His mother was Abital.
5The sixth son was Ithream. His mother was David’s wife Eglah.
Those sons were born to David in Hebron.
Abner Goes Over to David’s Side
6The fighting continued between David’s royal house and Saul’s royal house. Abner gained more and more power in the royal house of Saul. 7While Saul was still alive, he had a concubine named Rizpah. She was the daughter of Aiah. Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, “Why did you sleep with my father’s concubine?”
8Abner was very angry because of what Ish-Bosheth said. So Abner answered, “Do you think I’m only a dog’s head? Am I on Judah’s side? To this day I’ve been faithful to the royal house of your father Saul. I’ve been faithful to his family and friends. I haven’t handed you over to David. But now you claim that I’ve sinned with this woman! 9I will do for David what the Lord promised him. If I don’t, may God punish me greatly. 10I’ll take the kingdom away from Saul’s royal house. I’ll set up the throne of David’s kingdom over Israel and Judah. He will rule from Dan all the way to Beersheba.” 11Ish-Bosheth didn’t dare to say another word to Abner. He was much too afraid of him.
12Then Abner sent messengers to David to speak for him. They said, “Who will rule over this land? Make a covenant with me. Then I’ll help you bring all the Israelites over to your side.”
13“Good,” said David. “I will make a covenant with you. But there’s one thing I want you to do. Bring Saul’s daughter Michal to me. Don’t come to see me unless she’s with you.” 14Then David sent messengers to Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth. He ordered them to say, “Give me my wife Michal. She was promised to me. I paid for her the price that was demanded. I paid for her with the skins of 100 circumcised Philistines.”
15So Ish-Bosheth gave the order. He sent men who took Michal away from her husband Paltiel. Paltiel was the son of Laish. 16But her husband followed her to Bahurim. He was crying all the way. Then Abner said to him, “Go back home!” So he did.
17Abner talked with the elders of Israel. He said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king. 18Now do it! The Lord made a promise to David. He said, ‘I will rescue my people Israel from the power of the Philistines. I will also rescue them from all their enemies. I will rescue them through my servant David.’ ”
19Abner also spoke to the people of Benjamin in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything. He told him what Israel and all the people of Benjamin wanted to do. 20Abner had 20 men with him. They came to David at Hebron. So David prepared a feast for Abner and his men. 21Then Abner said to David, “Let me go right now. I’ll gather together all the Israelites for you. After all, you are now my king and master. The people can make a covenant with you. Then you can rule over everyone you want to.” So David sent Abner away. And he went in peace.
Joab Murders Abner
22Just then David’s men and Joab came back from attacking their enemies. They brought with them the large amount of goods they had taken. But Abner wasn’t with David in Hebron anymore. That’s because David had sent him away, and he had gone in peace. 23Joab and all the soldiers with him arrived. Then he was told that Abner, the son of Ner, had come to see the king. He was told that the king had sent Abner away. He was also told that Abner had gone in peace.
24So Joab went to the king. He said, “What have you done? Abner came to you. Why did you let him get away? Now he’s gone! 25You know what Abner, the son of Ner, is like. He came to trick you. He wanted to watch your every move. He came to find out everything you are doing.”
26Then Joab left David. He sent messengers to get Abner. They brought Abner back from the well of Sirah. But David didn’t know about it. 27When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him to one side. He brought him into an inside room. Joab acted as if he wanted to speak to him in private. But he really wanted to get even with him. That’s because Abner had spilled the blood of Joab’s brother Asahel. So Joab stabbed Abner in the stomach, and he died.
28Later on, David heard about it. He said, “I and the people of my kingdom aren’t guilty of spilling the blood of Abner, the son of Ner. We are free of blame forever in the sight of the Lord. 29May Joab and his whole family line be held accountable for spilling Abner’s blood! May Joab’s family never be without someone who has an open sore or skin disease. May his family never be without someone who has to use a crutch to walk. May his family never be without someone who gets killed by a sword. And may his family never be without someone who doesn’t have enough to eat.”
30Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner. They did it because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.
31David spoke to Joab and all the people with him. He said, “Tear your clothes. Put on the rough clothing people wear when they’re sad. Mourn when you walk in front of Abner’s body.” King David himself walked behind it. 32Abner’s body was buried in Hebron. The king wept out loud at Abner’s tomb. So did the rest of the people.
33King David sang a song of sadness over Abner. He said,
“Should Abner have died as sinful people do?
34His hands were not tied.
His feet were not chained.
He died as if he had been killed by evil people.”
All the people mourned over Abner again.
35Then all of them came and begged David to eat something. They wanted him to eat while it was still day. But David made a promise. He said, “I won’t taste bread or anything else before the sun goes down. If I do, may God punish me greatly!”
36All the people heard his promise and were pleased. In fact, everything the king did pleased them. 37So on that day all the people there and all the Israelites understood. They knew that the king didn’t have anything to do with the murder of Abner, the son of Ner.
38The king spoke to his men. He said, “Don’t you realize that a great commander has died in Israel today? 39I’m the anointed king. But today I’m weak. These sons of Zeruiah are too powerful for me. May the Lord pay back the one who killed Abner! May he pay him back for the evil thing he has done!”
13:1 1Ath 14:30; Esit 9:4Na rĩrĩ, mbaara gatagatĩ ka nyũmba ya Saũlũ na nyũmba ya Daudi nĩyatũũrire ihinda iraaya. Daudi agĩkĩrĩrĩria kũgĩa hinya; nayo nyũmba ya Saũlũ ĩgĩkĩrĩrĩria kwaga hinya.
23:2 1Sam 25:43Nake Daudi nĩagĩire na ciana cia aanake arĩ kũu Hebironi:
Mũriũ wake wa irigithathi eetagwo Amunoni ũrĩa waciarĩtwo nĩ Ahinoamu ũrĩa Mũjezireeli;
33:3 2Sam 13:37Mũriũ wa keerĩ eetagwo Kileabu ũrĩa waciarĩtwo nĩ Abigaili ũrĩa warĩ mũtumia wa ndigwa wa Nabali ũrĩa Mũkarimeli;
na wa gatatũ aarĩ Abisalomu ũrĩa waciarĩtwo nĩ Maaka mwarĩ wa Talimai mũthamaki wa Geshuru;3:3 Geshuru warĩ ũthamaki mũnini wa Ashuri, na nĩkuo Abisalomu oorĩire (13:37, 38; 14:23).
43:4 1Ath 1:5, 11wa kana aarĩ Adonija ũrĩa waciarĩtwo nĩ Hagithu;
wa gatano aarĩ Shefatia ũrĩa waciarĩtwo nĩ Abitali;
5na wa gatandatũ aarĩ Ithireamu mũrũ wa Egila mũtumia wa Daudi.
Acio nĩo maaciarĩirwo Daudi kũu Hebironi.
Abineri Gũthiĩ kũrĩ Daudi
63:6 1Sam 14:50Hĩndĩ ya mbaara ya nyũmba ya Saũlũ na nyũmba ya Daudi, Abineri no kũgĩa aagĩaga na hinya arĩ thĩinĩ wa nyũmba ya Saũlũ. 73:7 Kĩam 22:24; 2Sam 21:8-11Na rĩrĩ, Saũlũ nĩ arĩ na thuriya yetagwo Rizipa mwarĩ wa Aia. Nake Ishi-Boshethu akĩũria Abineri atĩrĩ, “Wakomire na thuriya ya baba nĩkĩ?”
83:8 2Sam 9:8; 2Ath 8:13Abineri nĩarakarire mũno tondũ wa kwĩrwo ũguo nĩ Ishi-Boshethu, nake akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Kaĩ ndĩkĩrĩ mũtwe wa ngui mwena-inĩ wa Juda? Ũmũthĩ ũyũ niĩ ndĩ rũmwe na nyũmba ya thoguo Saũlũ na andũ a nyũmba yake na arata. Niĩ ndirĩ ndaamũneana kũrĩ Daudi. No rĩu ũranjĩĩra atĩ nĩhĩtĩtie ihĩtia ũhoro-inĩ ũkoniĩ mũndũ-wa-nja ũyũ! 93:9 1Sam 15:28Ngai arothũũra, niĩ Abineri, na anjĩke ũũru makĩria, ingĩaga kũhingĩria Daudi ũrĩa Jehova aamwĩrĩire na mwĩhĩtwa, 103:10 Atiir 20:1na ndute ũthamaki nyũmba-inĩ ya Saũlũ, na ndũgamie gĩtĩ kĩa Daudi kĩa ũnene igũrũ wa Isiraeli na Juda, kuuma Dani nginya Birishiba.”3:10 Kuuga “kuuma Dani nginya Birishiba” nĩ kuuga bũrũri wothe wa Isiraeli (Atiir 20:1). 11Ishi-Boshethu ndaigana kwĩra Abineri ũndũ ũngĩ tondũ nĩamwĩtigĩrĩte.
12Ningĩ Abineri agĩtũma andũ kũrĩ Daudi makamwĩre atĩrĩ, “Bũrũri ũyũ nĩ waũ? Nĩtũgĩe na kĩrĩkanĩro nawe, na nĩngũgũteithia ngũrehere andũ a Isiraeli othe mwena waku.”
133:13 Kĩam 43:5Nake Daudi akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ũguo nĩ wega. Nĩtũkũgĩa na kĩrĩkanĩro nawe. No nĩ harĩ ũndũ ũmwe ngwenda wĩke: ndũkanooke mbere yakwa angĩkorwo ndũkarehe Mikali mwarĩ wa Saũlũ hĩndĩ ĩrĩa ũgooka kũnyona.” 143:14 1Sam 18:27Ningĩ Daudi agĩtũma andũ kũrĩ Ishi-Boshethu mũrũ wa Saũlũ makamwĩre atĩrĩ, “Nengera mũtumia wakwa Mikali, ũrĩa ndagũrire na ikonde igana rĩmwe cia Afilisti.”
153:15 Gũcook 24:1-3; 1Sam 25:44Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Ishi-Boshethu agĩathana Mikali agĩĩrwo kuuma kũrĩ mũthuuriwe Palitieli mũrũ wa Laishi. 163:16 2Sam 16:5No rĩrĩ, mũthuuriwe, agĩtwarana nake, agĩthiĩ amũrũmĩrĩire akĩrĩraga nginya Bahurimu. Hĩndĩ ĩyo Abineri akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Cooka mũciĩ!” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio agĩcooka mũciĩ.
173:17 Atiir 11:11Nake Abineri akĩaranĩria na athuuri a Isiraeli akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Kwa ihinda nĩmũkoretwo mwĩrirĩirie gũtua Daudi mũthamaki wanyu. 183:18 1Sam 9:16; 2Sam 8:6Mũtigĩĩke ũguo rĩu! Nĩgũkorwo Jehova nĩerire Daudi atĩrĩ, ‘Na ũndũ wa ndungata yakwa Daudi nĩngahonokia andũ akwa a Isiraeli kuuma guoko-inĩ kwa Afilisti na kuuma guoko-inĩ gwa thũ ciao ciothe.’ ”
193:19 1Maũ 12:2, 16, 29Nake Abineri nĩacookire akĩaranĩria na andũ a Benjamini. Agĩcooka agĩthiĩ Hebironi akeere Daudi maũndũ mothe marĩa Isiraeli na nyũmba yothe ya Benjamini meendaga gwĩka. 20Rĩrĩa Abineri, ũrĩa warĩ na andũ mĩrongo ĩĩrĩ ookire kũrĩ Daudi kũu Hebironi, Daudi akĩmũrugithĩria iruga hamwe na andũ ake. 213:21 2Sam 5:3; 1Ath 11:37Hĩndĩ ĩyo Abineri akĩĩra Daudi atĩrĩ, “Reke thiĩ o ro rĩu ngacookanĩrĩrie andũ a Isiraeli othe nĩ ũndũ wa mũthamaki mwathi wakwa, nĩgeetha marĩkanĩre nawe, na nĩguo ũthamakagĩre o kũrĩa guothe ngoro yaku ĩĩrirĩirie.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Daudi agĩtũma Abineri athiĩ, nake agĩthiĩ na thayũ.
Joabu Kũũraga Abineri
22Hĩndĩ o ĩyo andũ a Daudi, na Joabu magĩcooka kuuma mbaara-inĩ, na magĩũka na indo nyingĩ iria maatahĩte. No Abineri ndaarĩ hamwe na Daudi kũu Hebironi, tondũ Daudi nĩamwĩrĩte athiĩ, nake agĩthiĩ na thayũ. 23Rĩrĩa Joabu na thigari ciothe iria ciarĩ hamwe nake maakinyire-rĩ, akĩĩrwo atĩ Abineri mũrũ wa Neri nĩokĩte kũrĩ mũthamaki, na atĩ mũthamaki nĩarekire athiĩ, nake agĩthiĩ na thayũ.
24Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Joabu agĩthiĩ kũrĩ mũthamaki akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ atĩa ũguo weka? Ta kĩone, Abineri nĩokire kũrĩ wee. Ũrekire athiĩ nĩkĩ? Rĩu nĩagĩthiire! 25Wee nĩũũĩ atĩ Abineri mũrũ wa Neri egũũkĩte gũkũheenia na gũthigaana mĩthiĩre yaku, na amenye maũndũ marĩa mothe ũreka.”
26Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Joabu oimire harĩ Daudi, agĩtũma andũ makinyĩre Abineri, nao makĩmũcookia kuuma gĩthima-inĩ gĩa Sira. No Daudi ndaigana kũmenya ũhoro ũcio. 273:27 1Ath 2:5, 32; Thaam 21:14Na rĩrĩ, rĩrĩa Abineri aacookire Hebironi, Joabu akĩmũtwara keheri-inĩ kĩhingo-inĩ, ta ekwenda kwaria nake na hitho. Na marĩ hau, akĩmũtheeca nda agĩkua, nĩguo arĩhĩrie thakame ya mũrũ wa nyina Asaheli.
28Thuutha ũcio, rĩrĩa Daudi aiguire ũhoro ũcio, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Niĩ na ũthamaki wakwa tũtirĩ na ihĩtia nginya tene mbere ya Jehova ũhoro-inĩ wa thakame ya Abineri mũrũ wa Neri. 293:29 1Ath 2:31-33; Alaw 15:2Thakame yake ĩrocookerera Joabu na nyũmba ya ithe yothe! Nayo nyũmba ya Joabu ndĩkanaage mũndũ ũmwe ũrĩ na kĩronda gĩkuura thakame, kana mangũ, kana mũndũ ũrĩthiiaga na mĩtĩ, kana mũndũ ũũragĩtwo na rũhiũ rwa njora, kana mũndũ wagĩte irio.”
30(Joabu na Abishai mũrũ wa nyina mooragire Abineri tondũ nĩooragĩte Asaheli mũrũ wa nyina wao mbaara-inĩ kũu Gibeoni.)
313:31 Thab 30:11; Kĩam 37:34Hĩndĩ ĩyo Daudi akĩĩra Joabu na andũ othe arĩa aarĩ nao atĩrĩ, “Tembũrangai nguo cianyu na mwĩhumbe makũnia, na mũthiĩ mũgĩcakayaga mbere ya Abineri.” Nake Daudi ũcio mũthamaki agĩthiĩ arũmĩrĩire ndayaya ĩrĩa yakuuĩte kĩimba. 323:32 Thim 24:17; Ndar 14:1Nao magĩthika Abineri kũu Hebironi, nake mũthamaki akĩrĩra aanĩrĩire hau mbĩrĩra-inĩ ya Abineri. O nao andũ othe makĩrĩra.
333:33 Kĩam 50:10Mũthamaki akĩina icakaya rĩĩrĩ nĩ ũndũ wa Abineri:
“Abineri nĩaragĩrĩirwo nĩgũkua ta andũ arĩa moinaga watho?
34Moko maku matiarĩ moohe,
namo magũrũ maku matiarĩ moohe na nyororo.
Wagũire o ta mũndũ ũrĩa ũgũũaga mbere ya andũ arĩa aaganu.”
Nao andũ othe makĩrĩra rĩngĩ nĩ ũndũ wake.
353:35 Ruth 1:17; 2Sam 12:17Ningĩ andũ othe magĩũka na makĩringĩrĩria Daudi arĩe irio gũtanatuka, no Daudi akĩĩhĩta na mwĩhĩtwa, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ngai arothũũra, o na anjĩke ũũru makĩria, ingĩcama irio kana kĩndũ kĩngĩ riũa rĩtanathũa!”
36Nao andũ acio othe maakĩona ũrĩa gwathiĩ magĩkena; ti-itherũ, maũndũ mothe marĩa mũthamaki eekire nĩmamakenirie. 37Nĩ ũndũ ũcio andũ othe na Isiraeli guothe makĩmenya mũthenya ũcio atĩ mũthamaki ndaarĩ na itemi ũhoro-inĩ wa gĩkuũ kĩa Abineri mũrũ wa Neri.
383:38 2Sam 2:18Ningĩ mũthamaki akĩĩra andũ ake atĩrĩ, “Kaĩ mũtaramenya atĩ mũndũ mũnene na ũrĩ igweta mũno nĩarĩkĩtie gũkua ũmũthĩ thĩinĩ wa Isiraeli? 393:39 Atiir 18:26; 1Ath 2:32Na rĩrĩ, ũmũthĩ, o na gũkorwo ndĩmũitĩrĩrie maguta nduĩke mũthamaki, ndirĩ na hinya, nao ariũ aya a Zeruia marĩ na hinya mũno kũngĩra. Jehova arorĩhia mwĩki ũũru kũringana na ciĩko ciake njũru!”