After this, David asked the LORD, "Should I move back to Judah?"And the LORD replied, "Yes."Then David asked, "Which town should I go to?"And the LORD replied, "Hebron."
David's wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives
and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled near the town of Hebron.
Then Judah's leaders came to David and crowned him king over the tribe of Judah.When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul,
he sent them this message: "May the LORD bless you for being so loyal to your king and giving him a decent burial.
May the LORD be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done.
And now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king."
But Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul's army, had already gone to Mahanaim with Saul's son Ishbosheth. a9
There he proclaimed Ishbosheth king over Gilead, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, the land of the Ashurites, and all the rest of Israel.
Ishbosheth was forty years old when he became king, and he ruled from Mahanaim for two years. Meanwhile, the tribe of Judah remained loyal to David.
David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)