1Then all the tribes of Israel came to David to Hebron and spoke, saying, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
2In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. Yahweh said to you, ‘You will be shepherd of my people Israel and you will be ruler 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 33 years over all Israel and Judah.
6The king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land who spoke to David, saying, “Unless you take away the blind and the lame, you will not come in here,” thinking, “David cannot come in here.”
7Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, which is the City of David.
8David said on that day, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites, let him get up to the water shaft and strike the lame and the blind who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore they say, “The blind and the lame cannot come into the house.”
9David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built the city all around from the Millo and inward.
10David grew greater and greater, for Yahweh, the God of Armies, was with him.
11Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees and carpenters and masons, and they built David a house.
12And David knew that Yahweh had established him king over Israel and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.
13And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem after he had come from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David.
14These are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
15and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
16and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.
17When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold.
18Now the Philistines had come and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.
Yahweh said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly deliver the Philistines into your hand.”
20David came to Baal Perazim, and David struck them there, and he said, “Yahweh has broken my enemies before me like the breach of waters.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
21And they abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.
22And the Philistines came up yet again and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.
23And when David inquired of Yahweh, he said, “Do not go directly up. Circle around behind them and come against them in front of the balsam trees.
24When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you are to move quickly; for then Yahweh has gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.”