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2 Samuel 3:33-38

3:33 The king chanted the following lament for Abner:

“Should Abner have died like a fool?

3:34 Your hands 1  were not bound,

and your feet were not put into irons.

You fell the way one falls before criminals.”

All the people 2  wept over him again. 3:35 Then all the people came and encouraged David to eat food while it was still day. But David took an oath saying, “God will punish me severely 3  if I taste bread or anything whatsoever before the sun sets!”

3:36 All the people noticed this and it pleased them. 4  In fact, everything the king did pleased all the people. 3:37 All the people and all Israel realized on that day that the killing of Abner son of Ner was not done at the king’s instigation. 5 

3:38 Then the king said to his servants, “Do you not realize that a great leader 6  has fallen this day in Israel?

1 tc The translation follows many medieval Hebrew manuscripts and several ancient versions in reading “your hands,” rather than “your hand.”

2 tc 4QSama lacks the words “all the people.”

3 tn Heb “Thus God will do to me and thus he will add.”

4 tn Heb “it was good in their eyes.”

5 tn Heb “from the king.”

6 tn Heb “a leader and a great one.” The expression is a hendiadys.

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