All Israel1 came together to David at Hebron2 and said, "We are your own flesh and blood.
In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns.3 And the LORD your God said to you, 'You will shepherd4 my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.5' "
When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a compact with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed6 David king over Israel, as the LORD had promised through Samuel.
David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusites7 who lived there
said to David, "You will not get in here." Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.
David had said, "Whoever leads the attack on the Jebusites will become commander-in-chief." Joab8 son of Zeruiah went up first, and so he received the command.
David then took up residence in the fortress, and so it was called the City of David.
He built up the city around it, from the supporting terracesa9 to the surrounding wall, while Joab restored the rest of the city.
And David became more and more powerful,10 because the LORD Almighty was with him.