Then all the people came to provide food for David in his distress
while it was still day; but David vowed, saying, 'May God do so to me, and more so, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun goes down.'
Now all the people took note of David’s vow,
and it pleased them, just as everything that the king did pleased all the people.
So all the people and all Israel understood on that day that it had not been the desire
of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death.
Then the king said to his servants, 'Do you not know that a leader and a great man has fallen in Israel this day?
And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer in proportion to his evil.'