2 SAMUEL 2:1-23
2:1 And after this David inquired of Jehovah, saying, Shall I go up into one of the cities of Judah? And Jehovah said to him, Go up. And David said, Where shall I go up? And He said, To Hebron.
2:2 So David went up there, as well as his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
2:3 And David brought up his men who were with him, each man with his household; and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, It is the men of Jabesh-gilead who have buried Saul.
2:5 And David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, Blessed are you of Jehovah, because you have shown this kindness to your master, to Saul, and buried him.
2:6 And now may Jehovah show kindness and faithfulness to you; and I also will repay you for this good, because you have done this thing.
2:7 And now may your hands be strong, and you be valiant; for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.
2:8 But Abner the son of Ner, the captain of Saul’s army, took Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.
2:9 And he made him king over Gilead and over the Ashurites and over Jezreel and over Ephraim and over Benjamin and over all Israel.
2:10 Ish-bosheth the son of Saul was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and he reigned two years. However the house of Judah followed David.
2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
2:12 And Abner the son of Ner and the servants of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul went forth from Mahanaim to Gibeon.
2:13 And Joab the son of Zeruiah and the servants of David went forth and met them at the pool of Gibeon. And they sat down, these on the one side of the pool and those on the other side of the pool.
2:14 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men arise and compete before us. And Joab said, Let them arise.
2:15 And they arose and went over by number, twelve for Benjamin and for Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, and twelve of the servants of David.
2:16 And each seized his opponent by the head, and his sword went into his opponent’s side; and they fell down together. And that place was called Helkath-hazzurim, which is at Gibeon.
2:17 And the battle was very severe that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were routed before the servants of David.
2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab and Abishai and Asahel. Now Asahel was swift of foot, like one of the gazelles which are in the field.
2:19 And Asahel pursued after Abner; and as he went, he did not turn to the right hand or to the left from behind Abner.
2:20 Then Abner looked behind him and said, Is that you, Asahel? And he said, It is I.
2:21 And Abner said to him, Turn away to your right or to your left, and seize one of the young men, and take his armor for yourself. But Asahel would not turn away from following him.
2:22 And Abner said again to Asahel, Turn away from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then could I lift up my face to Joab your brother?
2:23 But he refused to turn away, so Abner struck him in the stomach with the end of his spear; and the spear came out behind him. And he fell down there and died in that place. And everyone who came to the place where Asahel fell down and died stood still.