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2 Samuel 5

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5:1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said, Truly, we are your bone and your flesh.

5:2 In the past when Saul was king over us, it was you who went at the head of Israel when they went out or came in: and the Lord said to you, You are to be the keeper of my people Israel and their ruler.

5:3 So all the responsible men of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made an agreement with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they put the holy oil on David and made him king over Israel.

5:4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he was king for forty years,

5:5 Ruling over Judah in Hebron for seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem, over all Israel and Judah, for thirty-three years.

5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the people of the land: and they said to David, You will not come in here, but the blind and the feeble-footed will keep you out; for they said, David will not be able to come in here.

5:7 But David took the strong place of Zion, which is the town of David.

5:8 And that day David said, Whoever makes an attack on the Jebusites, let him go up by the water-pipe, and put to death all the blind and feeble-footed who are hated by David. And this is why they say, The blind and feeble-footed may not come into the house.

5:9 So David took the strong tower for his living-place, naming it the town of David. And David took in hand the building of the town all round, starting from the Millo.

5:10 And David became greater and greater; for the Lord, the God of armies, was with him.

5:11 And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent men to David, with cedar-trees and woodworkers and stoneworkers: and they made David a house.

5:12 And David saw that the Lord had made his position safe as king over Israel, and that he had made his kingdom great because of his people Israel.

5:13 And David took more women and wives in Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron: and he had more sons and daughters.

5:14 These are the names of those whose birth took place in Jerusalem: Shammua and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon

5:15 And Ibhar and Elishua and Nepheg and Japhia

5:16 And Elishama and Eliada and Eliphelet.

5:17 And when the Philistines had news that David had been made king over Israel, they all went up in search of David; and David, hearing of it, went down to the strong place.

5:18 And when the Philistines came, they went in every direction in the valley of Rephaim.

5:19 And David, desiring directions from the Lord, said, Am I to go up against the Philistines? will you give them up into my hands? And the Lord said, Go up, for I will certainly give up the Philistines into your hands.

5:20 And David went to Baal-perazim, and overcame them there; and he said, The Lord has let the forces fighting against me be broken before me as a wall is broken by rushing waters. So that place was named Baal-perazim.

5:21 And the Philistines, when they went in flight, did not take their images with them, and David and his men took them away.

5:22 And the Philistines came up again, and went in every direction in the valley of Rephaim.

5:23 And when David went for directions to the Lord, he said, You are not to go up against them in front; but make a circle round them from the back and come on them opposite the spice-trees.

5:24 Then at the sound of footsteps in the tops of the trees, go forward quickly, for the Lord has gone out before you to overcome the army of the Philistines.

5:25 And David did as the Lord had said; and he overcame the Philistines, attacking them from Gibeon to near Gezer.