And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men give a test of their strength before us. And Joab said, Let them do so.
And there was hard fighting that day; and Abner and the men of Israel gave way before the servants of David.
Then crying out to Joab, Abner said, Are fighting and destruction to go on for ever? do you not see that the end will only be bitter? how long will it be before you send the people back and make them give up attacking their countrymen?
It is sport to the foolish man to do evil, but the man of good sense takes delight in wisdom.
The start of fighting is like the letting out of water: so give up before it comes to blows.
Do not be quick to go to law about what you have seen, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbour has put you to shame?
As one who is off his head sends about flaming sticks and arrows of death,