3:7 Now Saul had a concubine named Rizpah daughter of Aiah. Ish-bosheth 1 said to Abner, “Why did you have sexual relations with 2 my father’s concubine?” 3
3:8 These words of Ish-bosheth really angered Abner and he said, “Am I the head of a dog that belongs to Judah? This very day I am demonstrating 4 loyalty to the house of Saul your father and to his relatives 5 and his friends! I have not betrayed you into the hand of David. Yet you have accused me of sinning with this woman today! 6
1 tc The Hebrew of the MT reads simply “and he said,” with no expressed subject for the verb. It is not likely that the text originally had no expressed subject for this verb, since the antecedent is not immediately clear from the context. We should probably restore to the Hebrew text the name “Ish-bosheth.” See a few medieval Hebrew
2 tn Heb “come to”; KJV, NRSV “gone in to”; NAB “been intimate with”; NIV “sleep with.”
3 sn This accusation against Abner is a very serious one, since an act of sexual infringement on the king’s harem would probably have been understood as a blatant declaration of aspirations to kingship. As such it was not merely a matter of ethical impropriety but an act of grave political significance as well.
4 tn Heb “I do.”
5 tn Heb “brothers.”
6 tn Heb “and you have laid upon me the guilt of the woman today.”