Then all the tribes of Israel 1came to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, 2we are your bone and flesh.
In times past, when Saul was king over us, 3it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD said to you, 4'You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.'"
So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, 5and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron 6before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and 7he reigned forty years.
58At Hebron he reigned over Judah 9seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.a610And the king and his men went to Jerusalem 11against the Jebusites, 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."
Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, 12that is, the city of David.
And David said on that day, "Whoever would strike the Jebusites, 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."
And David lived in the stronghold and called it 13the city of David. And David built the city all around from the 14Millo inward.
And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.
1115And 16Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house.
And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
And David took more 17concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David.
1418And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went down 19to the stronghold.
Now the Philistines had come and spread out in 20the Valley of Rephaim.
And David 21inquired of the LORD, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?" And the LORD said to David, "Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand."
And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, "The LORD has burst through my enemies before me like a bursting flood."22Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.b21
And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.
And the Philistines came up yet again 23and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.
2324And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, "You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees.
And 25when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, 26for then the LORD has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines."
And David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba 27to Gezer.