Bible, King James Version
 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of
the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?
And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall
I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
 So David went up thither, and his two wives also,
Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the
 And his men that were with him did David bring up,
every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of
 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed
David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying,
That the men of Jabesh-gilead were they that buried Saul.
 And David sent messengers unto the men of
Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD,
that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul,
and have buried him.
 And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and
I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this
 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be
ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of
Judah have anointed me king over them.
 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took
Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to
 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites,
and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over
 Ish-bosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he
began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house
of Judah followed David.
 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the
house of Judah was seven years and six months.
 And Abner the son of Ner, and the servants of
Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, went out from Mahanaim to
 And Joab the son of Zeruiah, and the servants of
David, went out, and met together by the pool of Gibeon: and they
sat down, the one on the one side of the pool, and the other on
the other side of the pool.
 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise,
and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
 Then there arose and went over by number twelve of
Benjamin, which pertained to Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and
twelve of the servants of David.
 And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and
thrust his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down
together: wherefore that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, which
is in Gibeon.
 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner
was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of
 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and
Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild
 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he
turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following
 Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou
Asahel? And he answered, I am.
 And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right
hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men,
and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from
following of him.
 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn thee aside from
following me: wherefore should I smite thee to the ground? how
then should I hold up my face to Joab thy brother?
 Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner
with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib,
that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and
died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came
to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.
 Joab also and Abishai pursued after Abner: and the
sun went down when they were come to the hill of Ammah, that
lieth before Giah by the way of the wilderness of Gibeon.
 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves
together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top
of an hill.
 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword
devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in
the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the
people return from following their brethren?
 And Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst
spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every
one from following his brother.
 So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood
still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any
 And Abner and his men walked all that night through
the plain, and passed over Jordan, and went through all Bithron,
and they came to Mahanaim.
 And Joab returned from following Abner: and when he
had gathered all the people together, there lacked of David's
servants nineteen men and Asahel.
 But the servants of David had smitten of Benjamin,
and of Abner's men, so that three hundred and threescore men
 And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the
sepulchre of his father, which was in Bethlehem. And Joab and his
men went all night, and they came to Hebron at break of day.