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1Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led out and brought in Israel; and the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’ ” 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

6And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebʹusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8And David said on that day, “Whoever would smite the Jebʹusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” 9And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built the city round about from the Millo inward. 10And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.

11And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

13And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shamʹmu-a, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15Ibhar, Eliʹshu-a, Nepheg, Japhiʹa, 16Elishʹama, Eliʹada, and Eliphʹelet.

17When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; but David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the valley of Rephʹaim. 19And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt thou give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up; for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20And David came to Baʹal-peraʹzim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a bursting flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baʹal-peraʹzim. 21And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.

22And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread out in the valley of Rephʹaim. 23And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come upon them opposite the balsam trees. 24And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then bestir yourself; for then the Lord has gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines.” 25And David did as the Lord commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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