II SAMUEL 2:24
"Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why
is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone? 25 Thou knowest Abner the son of
Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to know thy going out and thy coming in, and to know
all that thou doest. 26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner,
which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not. 27 And when Abner was
returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him
there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. 28 And afterward
when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the
blood of Abner the son of Ner: 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's
house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper,
or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.
30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at
Gibeon in the battle. 31 And David said to Joab, and to all the people that were with him,
Rend your clothes, and gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David himself
followed the bier. 32 And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and
wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. 33 And the king lamented over Abner, and
said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? 34 Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters:
as a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him."
We read in II Samuel, chapter 2, about the death of Joab's
brother. He had been chasing Abner, the captain of Saul's army (and his cousin), during a
battle. Abner had tried to persuade the young man to turn aside but he would not relent.
Abner finally got weary of the chase and killed him. Joab vow revenge against his brother's
murderer. In the scripture above Abner had been to see King David to form an alliance with
him against the house of Saul. When Joab found out, he was angry. He followed Abner to the
gates of the city and called after him. Abner should have known Joab was his enemy. He had
slain Joab's brother. He should have known even being near him was dangerous. He wasn't
paying attention. He wasn't being aware. He died as a fool!
Don't die as a fool...being ignorant is one thing but being unaware is foolish!
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