After this David inquired of the Lord, "Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?" The Lord said to him, "Go up." David said, "To which shall I go up?" He said, "To Hebron."
So David went up there, along with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel.
David brought up the men who were with him, every one with his household; and they settled in the towns of Hebron.
Then the people of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. When they told David, "It was the people of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,"
David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, "May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord, and buried him!
Now may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you! And I too will reward you because you have done this thing.
Therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them."
But Abner son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ishbaal a son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim.
He made him king over Gilead, the Ashurites, Jezreel, Ephraim, Benjamin, and over all Israel.
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