- Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spoke, saying: "Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
- In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was thou that didst lead out and bring in Israel;
and the LORD said to thee: Thou shalt feed My people Israel, and thou shalt be prince over Israel."
- So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron;
and king David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD;
and they anointed David king over Israel.
- David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
- In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months;
and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.
- And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke unto David, saying: "Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither";
thinking: "David cannot come in hither."
- Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion;
the same is the city of David.
- And David said on that day: "Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites, and getteth up to the gutter, and taketh away the lame and the blind, that are hated of David"s soul - ." Wherefore they say: "There are the blind and the lame;
he cannot come into the house."
- And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David.
And David built round about from Millo and inward.
- And David waxed greater and greater;
for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.
- And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and carpenters, and masons;
and they built David a house.
- And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for His people Israel"s sake.
- And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron;
and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
- And these are the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon;
- and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia;
- and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.
- And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David;
and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.
- Now the Philistines had come and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
- And David inquired of the LORD, saying: "Shall I go up against the Philistines?
wilt Thou deliver them into my hand?" And the LORD said unto David: "Go up;
for I will certainly deliver the Philistines into thy hand."
- And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there;
and he said: "The LORD hath broken mine enemies before me, like the breach of waters." Therefore the name of that place was called Baal-perazim.
- And they left their images there, and David and his men took them away.
- And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
- And when David inquired of the LORD, He said: "Thou shalt not go up;
make a circuit behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees.
- And it shall be, when thou hearest the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself;
for then is the LORD gone out before thee to smite the host of the Philistines."
- And David did so, as the LORD commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gezer.