Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, "We are all members of your family.
For a long time, even while Saul was our king, you were the one who really led Israel. And the LORD has told you, 'You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be their leader.'"
So there at Hebron, David made a covenant with the leaders of Israel before the LORD. And they anointed him king of Israel.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all.
He had reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.
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