A man comes from the battle after Saul is dead and tells David what happened. The only problem is that he twists the story a bit and tells David that HE killed Saul on his request....David doesn't like that this man is boasting to kill God's anointed and has him killed for essentially blaspheming. Saul's body is finally laid to rest in the ground and David is anointed as king.
A son of Saul is made king over another part of the land and a bitter war ensues between David and his followers and the son of Saul and his followers. A high man in the house of Saul (Abner) defects and goes to David's side--proving to be a powerful ally in securing David's position as king. After Abner leaves, David's right-hand man (Joab) is angry that David just let Abner go (believing he was full of bad intentions) and kills Abner against David's will. David curses Joab--his household will never be without someone ill , hurt or hungry.
Abner's death sends Sauls house into a frenzy and Saul's son's own men kill him while he's taking a nap. They bring his head to David as a "hey lookit what I did for you!". But David is even more displeased at this than the man who claimed to kill Saul. He has them killed and strung up as an example and gives Saul's son a proper burial.
Poor David... people are just killing people for him left and right and bringing him their heads... so faithful, yet so disgusting!
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