New Living Translation
A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David.
King James Bible
And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
Darby Bible Translation
And the battle that day was very severe; and Abner and the men of Israel were routed before the servants of David.
World English Bible
The battle was very severe that day: and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
Young's Literal Translation
and the battle is very hard on that day, and Abner is smitten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
2 Samuel 2:17 Parallel
Commentary2 Samuel 2:17 Parallel Commentaries
2 Samuel 2:14
Then Abner suggested to Joab, "Let's have a few of our warriors fight hand to hand here in front of us." "All right," Joab agreed.
2 Samuel 2:16
Each one grabbed his opponent by the hair and thrust his sword into the other's side so that all of them died. So this place at Gibeon has been known ever since as the Field of Swords.
2 Samuel 3:1
That was the beginning of a long war between those who were loyal to Saul and those loyal to David. As time passed David became stronger and stronger, while Saul's dynasty became weaker and weaker.
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