David Reigns over All Israel
1Then all the tribes of Israel ⚓came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed ⚓we are your bone and your flesh.
2Also, in time past, 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 shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’ ”
3⚓Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, ⚓and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron ⚓before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel.
4David was⚓thirty years old when he began to reign, and⚓he reigned forty years.
5In Hebron he reigned over Judah ⚓seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
The Conquest of Jerusalem
6⚓And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against ⚓the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, “You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,” thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
7Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion ⚓(that is, the City of David).
8Now David said on that day, “Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul), ⚓he shall be chief and captain.” Therefore they say, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.”
9Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it ⚓the City of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward.
10So David went on and became great, and ⚓the Lord God of hosts was with ⚓him.
11Then ⚓Hiram ⚓king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters and masons. And they built David a house.
12So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had ⚓exalted His kingdom ⚓for the sake of His people Israel.
13And ⚓David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David.
14Now ⚓these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, ⚓Solomon,
15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
16Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
The Philistines Defeated
17⚓Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it⚓and went down to the stronghold.
18The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in ⚓the Valley of Rephaim.
19So David ⚓inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?”
And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.”
20So David went to ⚓Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
21And they left their images there, and David and his men ⚓carried them away.
22⚓Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.
23Therefore ⚓David inquired of the Lord, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.
24And it shall be, when you ⚓hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then ⚓the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”
25And David did so, as the Lord commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from ⚓Geba as far as ⚓Gezer.