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  • David had refused to eat anything the day of the funeral, and now everyone begged him to eat. But David had made a vow, saying, "May God kill me if I eat anything before sundown." - 2 Samuel 3:35

  • So everyone in Judah and Israel knew that David was not responsible for Abner's death. - 2 Samuel 3:37

  • Then King David said to the people, "Do you not realize that a great leader and a great man has fallen today in Israel? - 2 Samuel 3:38

  • They arrived at Hebron and presented Ishbosheth's head to David. "Look!" they exclaimed. "Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you. Today the LORD has given you revenge on Saul and his entire family!" - 2 Samuel 4:8

  • But David said to Recab and Baanah, "As surely as the LORD lives, the one who saves me from my enemies, I will tell you the truth. - 2 Samuel 4:9

  • So David ordered his young men to kill them, and they did. They cut off their hands and feet and hung their bodies beside the pool in Hebron. Then they took Ishbosheth's head and buried it in Abner's tomb in Hebron. - 2 Samuel 4:12

  • Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, "We are all members of your family. - 2 Samuel 5:1

  • So there at Hebron, David made a covenant with the leaders of Israel before the LORD. And they anointed him king of Israel. - 2 Samuel 5:3

  • David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all. - 2 Samuel 5:4

  • David then led his troops to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites. "You'll never get in here," the Jebusites taunted. "Even the blind and lame could keep you out!" For the Jebusites thought they were safe. - 2 Samuel 5:6

  • But David captured the fortress of Zion, now called the City of David. - 2 Samuel 5:7

  • When the insulting message from the defenders of the city reached David, he told his own troops, "Go up through the water tunnel into the city and destroy those `lame' and `blind' Jebusites. How I hate them." That is the origin of the saying, "The blind and the lame may not enter the house."*1 - 2 Samuel 5:8

  • So David made the fortress his home, and he called it the City of David. He built additional fortifications around the city, starting at the Millo* and working inward.2 - 2 Samuel 5:9

  • And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him. - 2 Samuel 5:10

  • Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with carpenters and stonemasons to build him a palace. Hiram also sent many cedar logs for lumber. - 2 Samuel 5:11

  • And David realized that the LORD had made him king over Israel and had made his kingdom great for the sake of his people Israel. - 2 Samuel 5:12

  • After moving from Hebron to Jerusalem, David married more wives and concubines, and he had many sons and daughters. - 2 Samuel 5:13
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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