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What was the king's name (missing from the riddle),
but more interestingly, what was the king trying to hide?

Slay me now, and take a solemn vow,
Men can't say I might have died this way,
Thrust me through, and make it strong and true.
I'm a wreck, but long live the king __________.

HINT 1:

The kings name is more than one syllable.

HINT 2:

The riddle is in reference to an event described in an old famous book.

HINT 3:

The title contains an alliteration for his name: Abysmal ________

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I think the answer is

Abimelech

What was the king trying to hide?

At the Battle of Thebaz, Abimelech comes upon a heavily fortified tower. The civilians head towards the top of a tower while he fights his way through. Abimelech successfully fights most of the way towards the tower, however, a woman struck his head with a stone above. Realizing the wound was mortal, he ordered his armour-bearer to thrust him through with his sword, so nobody would know he was killed by a woman.

Also,

It rhymes with wreck.

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  • $\begingroup$ I was trying for way to long to try and get it to rhyme with "way" because I didn't recognize the rhyming scheme XD $\endgroup$ – samm82 Jan 29 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ @samm82 Yeah the third and ninth syllables rhyme of each line. I was hoping it still read well though. Obviously an exception was made for the king's name, but I thought that was acceptable considering it was a last word and missing... hence the puzzle. :-) $\endgroup$ – Hawkeye Jan 29 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ I tried to make Shrek work, not even close 😥 $\endgroup$ – happystar Jan 29 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ Dumb question from a newb, how do you go about solving this sort of thing if you lack biblical knowledge? $\endgroup$ – user73499 Jan 29 at 21:16
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    $\begingroup$ @personaelit It is knowledge puzzle as well which means it does rely on external knowledge. So anything with that tag implies it is targeted to anyone who happens to have knowledge in that area. $\endgroup$ – Hawkeye Jan 29 at 21:48

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