2:2 “I am about to die. 1 Be strong and become a man! 2:3 Do the job the Lord your God has assigned you 2 by following his instructions 3 and obeying 4 his rules, commandments, regulations, and laws as written in the law of Moses. Then you will succeed in all you do and seek to accomplish, 5 2:4 and the Lord will fulfill his promise to me, 6 ‘If your descendants watch their step 7 and live faithfully in my presence 8 with all their heart and being, 9 then,’ he promised, 10 ‘you will not fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ 11
2:5 “You know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me – how he murdered two commanders of the Israelite armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. 12 During peacetime he struck them down like he would in battle; 13 when he shed their blood as if in battle, he stained his own belt and the sandals on his feet. 14 2:6 Do to him what you think is appropriate, 15 but don’t let him live long and die a peaceful death. 16
2:7 “Treat fairly 17 the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and provide for their needs, 18 because they helped me 19 when I had to flee from your brother Absalom.
2:8 “Note well, you still have to contend with Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, 20 who tried to call down upon me a horrible judgment when I went to Mahanaim. 21 He came down and met me at the Jordan, and I solemnly promised 22 him by the Lord, ‘I will not strike you down 23 with the sword.’ 2:9 But now 24 don’t treat him as if he were innocent. You are a wise man and you know how to handle him; 25 make sure he has a bloody death.” 26