Then the men of Judah came to Hebron1 and there they anointed2 David king over the house of Judah. When David was told that it was the men of Jabesh Gilead3 who had buried Saul,
he sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead to say to them, "The LORD bless4 you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.
May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness,5 and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.
Now then, be strong6 and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them."