5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David to Hebron, and
spoke, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.
5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he
that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to
thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a
captain over Israel.
5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and
king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD:
and they anointed David king over Israel.
5:4 David [was] thirty years old when he began to reign, [and]
he reigned forty years.
5:5 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.
5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem to the Jebusites,
the inhabitants of the land: who spoke to David, saying, Except
thou shalt take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not
come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
5:7 Nevertheless, David took the strong hold of Zion: the same
[is] the city of David.
5:8 And David said on that day, Whoever getteth up to the
gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind,
[that are] hated by David's soul, [he shall be chief and
captain]: Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not
come into the house.
5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David.
And David built around from Millo and inward.
5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of
hosts [was] with him.
5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and
cedar-trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David a
5:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king
over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people
5:13 And David took [him] more concubines and wives out of
Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron: and there were yet
sons and daughters born to David.
5:14 And these [are] the names of those that were born to him in
Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
5:15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
5:16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.
5:17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David
king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David;
and David heard [of it], and went down to the hold.
5:18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the
valley of Rephaim.
5:19 And David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to
the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into my hand? And the
LORD said to David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the
Philistines into thy hand.
5:20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there,
and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon my enemies before me,
as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that
5:21 And there they left their images, and David and his men
5:22 And the Philistines came yet again, and spread themselves
in the valley of Rephaim.
5:23 And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt
not go up: [but] fetch a compass behind them, and come upon
them over against the mulberry-trees.
5:24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in
the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt bestir
thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite
the host of the Philistines.
5:25 And David did so as the LORD had commanded him; and smote
the Philistines from Geba until thou comest to Gazer.