11Then all the tribes of Israelcame to David at Hebron and asaid, "Behold, we are 2your bone and your flesh.
2Previously, when Saul was kingover us, 3you were the one who ledIsrael out and in. And the LORDsaid to you, '4You will shepherd My peopleIsrael, and you will be 5a ruleroverIsrael.' "
So all the elders of Israelcame to the king at Hebron, and KingDavid6made a covenant with them before the LORD at Hebron; then 7they anointedDavidkingoverIsrael.
4David was 8thirtyyearsold when he becameking, and 9he reignedfortyyears.
At Hebron10he reignedoverJudahsevenyears and sixmonths, and in Jerusalem he reignedthirty-threeyearsoverallIsrael and Judah.
611Now the king and his menwent to 12Jerusalemagainst the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to bDavid, "You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away "; cthinking, "Davidcannotenterhere."
Nevertheless, Davidcaptured the stronghold of Zion, that is 13the city of David.
8Davidsaid on that day, "Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David'ssoul, through the watertunnel." Therefore they say, "The blind or the lame shall not come into the house."
So Davidlived in the stronghold and called it 14the city of David. And Davidbuiltallaround from the d15Millo and inward.
1016Davidbecamegreater and greater, for the LORDGod of hosts was with him.
1117Then Hiramking of Tyresentmessengers to David with cedartrees and carpenters and stonemasons ; and 18they built a house for David.
And Davidrealized that the LORD had established him as kingoverIsrael, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His peopleIsrael.
Meanwhile 19Davidtookmoreconcubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and moresons and daughters were born to David.
Now 20these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
16Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.
When the Philistinesheard that they had anointedDavidkingoverIsrael, 21all the Philistineswent up to seek out David; and when Davidheard of it, he wentdown to the 22stronghold.
Now the Philistinescame and spread themselves out in 23the valley of Rephaim.
Then 24Davidinquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into my hand?" And 25the LORDsaid to David, "Go up, for I will certainlygive the Philistines into your hand."
So Davidcame to 26Baal-perazim and edefeated them there; and he said, "The LORD has brokenthrough my enemiesbefore me like the breakthrough of waters." Therefore he named that placefBaal-perazim.
They abandoned their idolsthere, so 27David and his mencarried them away.
Now 28the Philistinescame up onceagain and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.
When 29Davidinquired of the LORD, He said, "You shall not go directly up; circlearoundbehind them and come at them in front of the gbalsamtrees.
"It shall be, when 30you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the hbalsamtrees, then you shall actpromptly, for then31the LORD will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines."
Then Daviddidso, just as the LORD had commanded him, and struckdown the Philistines from i32Gebajas far as 33Gezer.