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2 Samuel 5 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Before long all the tribes of Israel approached David in Hebron and said, "Look at us - your own flesh and blood! 1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "We are your own flesh and blood.
2 In time past when Saul was our king, you're the one who really ran the country. Even then God said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel and you'll be the prince.'" 2 In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.' "
3 All the leaders of Israel met with King David at Hebron, and the king made a treaty with them in the presence of God. And so they anointed David king over Israel. 3 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a compact with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and ruled for forty years. 4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.
5 In Hebron he ruled Judah for seven and a half years. In Jerusalem he ruled all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
6 David and his men immediately set out for Jerusalem to take on the Jebusites, who lived in that country. But they said, "You might as well go home! Even the blind and the lame could keep you out. You can't get in here!" They had convinced themselves that David couldn't break through. 6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, "You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off." They thought, "David cannot get in here."
7 But David went right ahead and captured the fortress of Zion, known ever since as the City of David. 7 Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.
8 That day David said, "To get the best of these Jebusites, one must target the water system, not to mention this so-called lame and blind bunch that David hates." (In fact, he was so sick and tired of it, people coined the expression, "No lame and blind allowed in the palace.") 8 On that day, David said, "Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those 'lame and blind' who are David's enemies. " That is why they say, "The 'blind and lame' will not enter the palace."
9 David made the fortress city his home and named it "City of David." He developed the city from the outside terraces inward. 9 David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the supporting terraces inward.
10 David proceeded with a longer stride, a larger embrace since the God-of-the-Angel-Armies was with him. 10 And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him.
11 It was at this time that Hiram, king of Tyre, sent messengers to David, along with timbers of cedar. He also sent carpenters and masons to build a house for David. 11 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David.
12 David took this as a sign that God had confirmed him as king of Israel, giving his kingship world prominence for the sake of Israel, his people. 12 And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
13 David took on more concubines and wives from Jerusalem after he left Hebron. And more sons and daughters were born to him. 13 After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.
14 These are the names of those born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 14 These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
16 Elishama, Eliada, Eliphelet. 16 Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.
17 When the Philistines got word that David had been made king over all Israel, they came on the hunt for him. David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold.
18 When the Philistines arrived, they deployed their forces in Raphaim Valley. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;
19 Then David prayed to God: "Shall I go up and fight the Philistines? Will you help me beat them?" 19 so David inquired of the LORD, "Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?" The LORD answered him, "Go, for I will surely hand the Philistines over to you."
20 "Go up," God replied. "Count on me. I'll help you beat them." 20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, "As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my enemies before me." So that place was called Baal Perazim.
21 The retreating Philistines dumped their idols, and David and his soldiers took them away. 21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.
22 Later there was a repeat performance. The Philistines came up again and deployed their troops in the Rephaim Valley. 22 Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;
23 David again prayed to God. 23 so David inquired of the LORD, and he answered, "Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the balsam trees.
24 When you hear the sound of shuffling in the trees, get ready to move out. It's a signal that God is going ahead of you to smash the Philistine camp." 24 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean the LORD has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army."
25 David did exactly what God told him. He routed the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer. 25 So David did as the LORD commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.