2 Samuel 5

1And all the tribes of Israel came to David to Hebron, and they said to him, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2And before, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lord said to you, You shall feed My people Israel, and you shall be for a leader to My people Israel. 3And all the elders of Israel come to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over all Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5Seven years and six months he reigned in Hebron over Judah, and thirty-three years he reigned over all Israel and Judah in Jerusalem. 6And David and his men departed to Jerusalem, to the Jebusite that inhabited the land. And it was said to David, You shall not come in here (for the blind and the lame withstood him, saying, David shall not come in here). 7And David first took hold of Zion (that is, the City of David). 8And David said on that day, Everyone that smites the Jebusite, let him attack with the dagger both the lame and the blind, and those that hate the soul of David. Therefore they say, The lame and the blind shall not enter into the house of the Lord. 9And David dwelt in the stronghold, and it was called the City of David, and he built the city itself round about from the citadel, and he built his own house. 10And David advanced and became great, and the Lord Almighty was with him. 11And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar wood, and carpenters, and stone masons; and they built a house for David. 12And David knew that the Lord had prepared him to be king over Israel, and that his kingdom was exalted for the sake of His people Israel. 13And David took again wives and concubines out of Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron: and David had still more sons and daughters born to him. 14And these are the names of those that were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet. 17And the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel; and all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went down to the stronghold. 18And the Philistines came, and assembled in the Valley of Giants. 19And David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You deliver them into my hands? And the Lord said to David, Go up, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands. 20And David came from the Upper Breaches, and attacked the Philistines there. And David said, The Lord has destroyed the hostile Philistines from before me, as water is dispersed; therefore the name of that place was called Over Breaches. 21And they left their gods there, and David and his men took them. 22And the Philistines came up yet again, and assembled in the Valley of Giants. 23And David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord said, You shall not go up to meet them: turn from them, and you shall meet them near the Place of Weeping. 24And it shall come to pass when you hear the sound of a clashing together from the Grove of Weeping, then you shall go down to them, for then the Lord shall go forth before you to create havoc in the battle with the Philistines. 25And David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck the Philistines from Gibeon as far as the land of Gezer.
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