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.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)In Hebron.—The family home, and therefore the natural burial-place, of Abner was at Gibeon (1Chronicles 8:29; 1Chronicles 8:33; 1Chronicles 9:33); but this may have been now under Ish-bosheth’s control, and, at all events, a burial in the royal city of Hebron was more honourable and a more marked testimony to the grief of David.2 Samuel 3:27 in taking away Abner's life.
That leaneth on a staff - Rather, a crutch. The phrase denotes one lame or infirm. For similar instances of hereditary disease and poverty as a punishment of great sin, see 1 Samuel 2:31-33, 1 Samuel 2:36; 2 Kings 5:27; John 9:2.
King David himself followed the bier—a sort of wooden frame, partly resembling a coffin, and partly a hand-barrow.
and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner; made a great outcry, a loud lamentation, so as to be heard by all the people; and which no doubt was real and hearty, and not done merely with political views:
and all the people wept; through concern for the death of Abner, especially on account of the manner in which it was, and in imitation of the king, and being affected with his tears and cries.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.
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