2 Samuel 5
David Is Anointed King Over Israel
5:1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron saying, “Look, we are your very flesh and blood!1
5:2 In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the real leader in Israel.2 The
5:3 When all the leaders3 of Israel came to the king at Hebron, King David made an agreement with them4 in Hebron before the
David Occupies Jerusalem
5:6 Then the king and his men advanced to Jerusalem7 against the Jebusites who lived in the land. The Jebusites8 said to David, “You cannot invade this place! Even the blind and the lame will turn you back, saying, ‘David cannot invade this place!’”
5:7 But David captured the fortress of Zion (that is, the city of David). 5:8 David said on that day, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites must approach the ‘lame’ and the ‘blind’ who are David’s enemies9 by going through the water tunnel.”10 For this reason it is said, “The blind and the lame cannot enter the palace.”11
5:9 So David lived in the fortress and called it the City of David. David built all around it, from the terrace inwards.
5:10 David’s power grew steadily, for the
5:11 King Hiram of Tyre15 sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, carpenters, and stonemasons. They built a palace16 for David.
5:12 David realized that the
Conflict with the Philistines
5:17 When the Philistines heard that David had been designated17 king over Israel, they all18 went up to search for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the fortress.
5:18 Now the Philistines had arrived and spread out in the valley of Rephaim.
5:19 So David asked the
5:20 So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there. Then he said, “The
5:22 The Philistines again came up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim.
5:23 So David asked the