Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

2 Samuel 2:17

That day the battle was very severe, and Abner and the men of Israel were beaten before the servants of David.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Abner;   Armies;   Championship;   David;   Israel;   Joab;   War;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Abner;   Joab;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Israel;   Joab;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - War;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Helkath-Hazzurim;   Samuel, Books of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abner;   Joab;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Abner ;   Ishbosheth ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Joab;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Gibeon;  
Encyclopedias:
The Jewish Encyclopedia - Abner;   Ish-Bosheth;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Neither side had the advantage in the combat of twelve a side; hence, the quarrel was fought out with great fierceness by the two armies, and the victory was won by David.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:17". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-2.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And there was a very sore battle that day,.... When the twenty four men fell together, and no decision could be made thereby, or any triumph on either side, both armies drew up in battle array, and fought very furiously:

and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David; the army under him had the worst of it, and were routed, and obliged to flee before the army of David under the command of Joab.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-2.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, k before the servants of David.

(k) After that these four and twenty were slain.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:17". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-2.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 2:17 And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

Ver. 17. And there was a very sore battle.] Ecce hic duellum transit in acre bellum totale. "Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!" [James 3:5] It is far easier to stir strife, than to stint it; to begin a war, than to end it.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-2.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

17.There was a very sore battle — The bloody combat just described brought on a general engagement between the two armies, in which David and his men were victorious.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:17". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-2.html. 1874-1909.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) A very sore battle.—The combat of the twelve on each side having decided nothing, the two hosts joined battle. Abner and the Israelites were worsted. The numbers engaged were probably not large, as the whole number of the slain was nineteen on David’s side, and 360 on that of Israel (2 Samuel 2:30-31). It was, however, a turning-point in the struggle.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:17". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-2.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And there was a very sore battle that day; and Abner was beaten, and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.
Abner
3:1
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 2:14 - play before;  2 Samuel 18:7 - the people

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 2:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-2.html.