2 Samuel 5:4

4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.

Read 2 Samuel 5:4 Using Other Translations

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all.

What does 2 Samuel 5:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Samuel 5:4

David [was] thirty years old when he began reign
Over Judah, which was the age of his antitype Christ, when he entered upon his public ministry, ( Luke 3:23 ) ;

[and] he reigned forty years;
and six months, as appears by ( 2 Samuel 5:5 ) ; but the months are not mentioned, only the round number of years given: two reasons the Jews F1 give for this; the one, that he fled six months from Absalom; the other is, that he was ill in Hebron so long, and therefore are not reckoned.


FOOTNOTES:

F1 Hieron. Trad. Heb. in lib. Reg. fol. 77. I.
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