2 Samuel 5-8

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2 Samuel 5

Then came all the tribes of Israel to David to Hebron, and spoke, saying, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led out and brought in Israel: and Yahweh said to you, You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel. 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a covenant with them in Hebron before Yahweh: and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 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.

6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, Except you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in here; thinking, David cannot come in here. 7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. 8 And David said on that day, Whoever strikes the Jebusites, let him get up to the watercourse, and take the lame and the blind, that are hated of David’s soul. Therefore they say, There are the blind and the lame; he cannot come into the house. 9 And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built all around from Millo and inward. 10 And David became greater and greater; for Yahweh, the Elohim of hosts, was with him.

11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house. 12 And David perceived that Yahweh had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.

13 And David took for himself more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron; and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. 14 And these are the names of those that were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, 15 and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Jephia, 16 and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.

17 And when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 19 And David inquired of Yahweh, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand? And Yahweh said to David, Go up; for I will certainly deliver the Philistines into your hand. 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated 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. 21 And they left their images there; and David and his men took them away.

22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 23 And when David inquired of Yahweh, he said, You shall not go up: make a circuit behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 24 And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees that then you shall stir yourself; for then is Yahweh gone out before you to strike the host of the Philistines. 25 And David did so, as Yahweh commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba all the way to Gezer.


2 Samuel 6

And David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him, from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of Elohim which is called by the Name, even the name of Yahweh of hosts that sits above the cherubim. 3 And they set the ark of Elohim upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in the hill: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was in the hill, with the ark of Elohim: and Ahio went before the ark. 5 And David and all the house of Israel played before Yahweh with all manner of instruments made of fir-wood, with harps, with psalteries, with timbrels, with castanets, and cymbals.

6 And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of Elohim, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled. 7 And the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Uzzah; and Elohim struck him down there for his error; and there he died by the ark of Elohim. 8 And David was displeased, because Yahweh had broken forth upon Uzzah; and he called that place Perez-uzzah, to this day. 9 And David was afraid of Yahweh that day; and he said, How shall the ark of Yahweh come to me? 10 So David would not remove the ark of Yahweh unto him in the city of David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of Yahweh remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and Yahweh blessed Obed-edom, and all his house.

12 And it was told to king David, saying, Yahweh has blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertains to him, because of the ark of Elohim. And David went and brought up the ark of Elohim from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with joy. 13 And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of Yahweh had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 And David danced before Yahweh with all his might; and David was clothed with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of Yahweh with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet

16 And it was so, as the ark of Yahweh came into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window and saw king David leaping and dancing before Yahweh; and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of Yahweh, and set it in its place, in the middle of the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before Yahweh. 18 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt-offering and the peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh of hosts. 19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, both to men and women, to each one a cake of bread, and a portion of flesh, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed each one to his house.

20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself! 21 And David said to Michal, It was before Yahweh, who chose me above your father, and above all his house, to appoint me prince over the people of Yahweh, over Israel: therefore will I play before Yahweh. 22 And I will be yet more vile than this, and will be base in my own sight: but of the handmaids of whom you have spoken, of them shall I be had in honor. 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.


2 Samuel 7

And it came to pass, when the king dwelt in his house, and Yahweh had given him rest from all his enemies all around. 2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of Elohim dwells within curtains. 3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart; for Yahweh is with you. 4 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of Yahweh came to Nathan, saying, 5 Go and tell my servant David, In this manner says Yahweh, Shall you build me a house for to dwell in? 6 For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all places in which I have walked with all the children of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people Israel, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? 8 Now therefore thus shall you say to my servant David, In this manner says Yahweh of hosts, I took you from the sheep fold, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people, over Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you sent and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the name of the great ones that are in the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as at the first, 11 and as from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel; and I will cause you to rest from all your enemies. Moreover Yahweh tells you that Yahweh will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, that shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: if he commits iniquity, I will punish him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; 15 but my lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before you: your throne shall be established forever. 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

18 Then David the king went in, and sat before Yahweh; and he said, Who am I, O Sovereign Yahweh, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19 And this was yet a small thing in your eyes, O Sovereign Yahweh; but you have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come; and this too Yahweh after the manner of men, O Sovereign Yahweh! 20 And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign Yahweh. 21 For your word’s sake, and according to your own heart, have you worked all this greatness, to make your servant know it. 22 Therefore you are great, O Yahweh Elohim: for there is none like you, neither is there any Elohim besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom Elohim went to redeem to himself for a people, and to make himself a name, and to do great things for you, and terrible things for your land, before your people, whom you redeemed to yourself out of Egypt, from the nations and their elohim? 24 And you established to yourself your people Israel to be a people to you forever; and you, Yahweh, became their Elohim. 25 And now, O Yahweh Elohim, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, confirm it forever, and do as you have spoken. 26 And let your name be magnified forever, saying, Yahweh of hosts is Elohim over Israel; and the house of your servant David shall be established before you. 27 For you, O Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Israel, have revealed to your servant, saying, I will build you a house: therefore has your servant found in his heart to pray this prayer to you. 28 And now, O Sovereign Yahweh, you are Elohim, and your words are truth, and you have promised this good thing to your servant: 29 now therefore let it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you; for you, O Sovereign Yahweh, have spoken it: and with your blessing let the house of your servant be blessed forever.


2 Samuel 8

And after this it came to pass, that David defeated the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took the bridle of the mother city out of the hand of the Philistines.

2 And he defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them to lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute.

3 David also fought Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king to Zobah, as he went to recover his dominion at the River. 4 And David took from him a thousand seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for a hundred chariots. 5 And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand men of the Syrians. 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought tribute. And Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went. 7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David took very much bronze.

9 And when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, 10 then Toi sent Joram his son to king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of bronze: 11 these also did king David dedicate to Yahweh, with the silver and gold that he dedicated of all the nations which he subdued; 12 of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the plunder of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 And David made a name for himself when he returned from striking down the Syrians in the Valley of Salt, even eighteen thousand men. 14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became servants to David. And Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went.

15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed justice and righteousness to all his people. 16 And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 17 and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Seraiah was scribe; 18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were chief ministers.

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