David Mourns Abner
Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, c "Tear your clothes, d gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn for Abner." And King David followed the coffin.
So they buried Abner in Hebron; and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept.
And the king sang a lament over Abner and said:
"Should Abner die as a e fool dies?
Your hands were not bound
Nor your feet put into fetters;
As a man falls before wicked men, so you fell."
Then all the people wept over him again.
And when all the people came f to persuade David to eat food while it was still day, David took an oath, saying, g "God do so to me, and more also, if I taste bread or anything else h till the sun goes down!"
Now all the people took note of it, and it pleased them, since whatever the king did pleased all the people.
For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the king's intent to kill Abner the son of Ner.
Then the king said to his servants, "Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?
"And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, i are too harsh for me. j The LORD shall repay the evildoer according to his wickedness."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
2 Samuel 2:23
However, he refused to turn aside. Therefore Abner struck him in the stomach with the blunt end of the spear, so that the spear came out of his back; and he fell down there and died on the spot. So it was that as many as came to the place where Asahel fell down and died, stood still.
Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.
2 Samuel 1:2
On the third day, behold, it happened that a man came from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. So it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.
2 Samuel 1:11
Therefore David took hold of his own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him.
Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days.
2 Samuel 13:12
But she answered him, "No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing!
2 Samuel 13:13
"And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you."
2 Samuel 12:17
So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
Nor shall men break bread in mourning for them, to comfort them for the dead; nor shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or their mother.
"Also you shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink."
Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.
Then all the children of Israel, that is, all the people, went up and came to the house of God and wept. They sat there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
2 Samuel 1:12
And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
2 Samuel 19:5 - 7
Then Joab came into the house to the king, and said, "Today you have disgraced all your servants who today have saved your life, the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines.