2 Samuel 5:1-5

David Becomes King Over Israel

1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood.
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 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant 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 he reigned forty 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.

2 Samuel 5:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
ESV
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, we are your bone and flesh.
NLT
1 Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood.
MSG
1 Before long all the tribes of Israel approached David in Hebron and said, "Look at us - your own flesh and blood!
CSB
1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, "Here we are, your own flesh and blood.

2 Samuel 5:1-5 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO SECOND SAMUEL 5

In this chapter we have an account of all the tribes of Israel coming to Hebron, and anointing David king over them, 2Sa 5:1-5; of his expedition against the Jebusites in Jerusalem, and taking from them the strong hold of Zion, 2Sa 5:6-10; of his building an house for himself, and of his building up his family, by taking more wives and concubines, and having more children, whose names are given, 2Sa 5:11-16; and of an invasion of the land by the Philistines, and David's victory over them, 2Sa 5:17-25.

2 Samuel 5:1-5 In-Context

1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood.
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 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant 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 he reigned forty 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 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 Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
8 On that day David had 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 then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward.

Cross References 12

  • 1. 2 Samuel 19:43
  • 2. S Genesis 29:14; Genesis 35:26; 1 Chronicles 11:1
  • 3. 1Sa 18:5,13,16
  • 4. S 1 Samuel 11:6
  • 5. S Genesis 48:15; S 1 Samuel 16:1; 2 Samuel 7:7; Matthew 2:6; John 21:16
  • 6. S 1 Samuel 12:12; S 1 Samuel 13:14; S 2 Samuel 6:21; 1 Samuel 25:30
  • 7. 2 Samuel 3:21
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 17:15; 2 Samuel 2:4
  • 9. S Genesis 37:2; Luke 3:23
  • 10. 1 Kings 2:11; 1 Chronicles 3:4
  • 11. 1 Chronicles 26:31; 1 Chronicles 29:27
  • 12. 2 Samuel 2:11; 1 Kings 2:11; 1 Chronicles 3:4
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