* took him.
20:9,10 De 27:24 1Ki 2:5,32
* quietly. or, peaceably.
* and smote.
Joab was afraid that Abner, after rendering such essential
service to David, would be made the general of the army; and
therefore, under pretence of avenging the death of his
brother, he treacherously assassinated the unsuspecting and
too-confiding Abner: and such was the power of this
cool-blooded and nefarious murderer, that the king dared not
bring him to justice for his crime. But, while Joab's conduct
cannot be too severely reprobated, the justice of God is
apparent in Abner's punishment; who, from ambition, had
pertinaciously, against his conscience, opposed the declared
will of God; and was induced by base resentment to desert
Ish-bosheth, and offer his services to David: see ver. 6-10;
* for the blood.