In the course of time, David inquired1 of the LORD. "Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?" he asked. The LORD said, "Go up." David asked, "Where shall I go?" "To Hebron,"2 the LORD answered.
So David went up there with his two wives,3 Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail,4 the widow of Nabal of Carmel.
David also took the men who were with him,5 each with his family, and they settled in Hebron6 and its towns.
Then the men of Judah came to Hebron7 and there they anointed8 David king over the house of Judah. When David was told that it was the men of Jabesh Gilead9 who had buried Saul,
he sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead to say to them, "The LORD bless10 you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.
May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness,11 and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.
Now then, be strong12 and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them."