The two armies then began to fight each other, and by the end of the day Abner and the men of Israel had been defeated by the forces of David.
1 After this, David asked the LORD, "Should I move back to Judah?" And the LORD replied, "Yes." Then David asked, "Which town should I go to?" And the LORD replied, "Hebron."
3 and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled near the town of Hebron.
5 he sent them this message: "May the LORD bless you for being so loyal to your king and giving him a decent burial.
6 May the LORD be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done.
7 And now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king."
9 There he proclaimed Ishbosheth king over Gilead, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, the land of the Ashurites, and all the rest of Israel.
10 Ishbosheth was forty years old when he became king, and he ruled from Mahanaim for two years. Meanwhile, the tribe of Judah remained loyal to David.
11 David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years.
15 So twelve men were chosen from each side to fight against each other.
17 The two armies then began to fight each other, and by the end of the day Abner and the men of Israel had been defeated by the forces of David.
19 and he began chasing Abner. He was relentless and single-minded in his pursuit.
20 When Abner looked back and saw him coming, he called out, "Is that you, Asahel?Yes, it is," he replied.
21 "Go fight someone else!" Abner warned. "Take on one of the younger men and strip him of his weapons." But Asahel refused and kept right on chasing Abner.
22 Again Abner shouted to him, "Get away from here! I will never be able to face your brother Joab if I have to kill you!"
24 When Joab and Abishai found out what had happened, they set out after Abner. The sun was just going down as they arrived at the hill of Ammah near Giah, along the road to the wilderness of Gibeon.
28 So Joab blew his trumpet, and his men stopped chasing the troops of Israel.
29 All that night Abner and his men retreated through the Jordan Valley. They crossed the Jordan River, traveling all through the morning, and they did not stop until they arrived at Mahanaim.
30 Meanwhile, Joab and his men also returned home. When Joab counted his casualties, he discovered that only nineteen men were missing, in addition to Asahel.