To show his appreciation to Abner for helping unite Israel and for bringing Michal to Hebron, David prepared a feast for him and his men. Thus David's first wife was at long last given back to him, and at the same time Abner had the vengeful satisfaction of ruining lsh-bosheth's chances of becoming a leader of Israel. "All I ask is that you allow me to continue in Israel as an ambassador of good will for you,"Abner told David, Abner, former captain of the Ten Tribes, made the mistake of depending more on politics than on God, "I want to make up for any harm I've caused you, now that I realize how wrong I have been in supporting Ish-bosheth. If you will allow me, I can do much to cement good relations between you and the people who have inclined to look to Ish-bosheth as king." David approved of this suggestion, and sent Abner and his men out on what was proposed to be a sort of campaign trip in David's behalf, (II Samuel 3:17-21.)
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