1 And when Saul's
son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble,
and all the Israelites were troubled.
2 And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the
name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab,
the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin:
(for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin:
3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there
until this day.)
4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet.
He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan
out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it
came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became
lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
5 And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah,
went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ish-bosheth,
who lay on a bed at noon.
6 And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though
they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the
fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.
7 For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his
bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him,
and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.
8 And they brought the head of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron,
and said to the king, Behold the head of Ish-bosheth the son
of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath
avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.
9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons
of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth,
who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking
to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him
in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward
for his tidings:
11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person
in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require
his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?
12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and
cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over
the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth, and
buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
1 Then came all
the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying,
Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
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.
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.
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 unto the Jebusites,
the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying,
Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not
come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same
is the city of David.
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter,
and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that
are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore
they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David.
And David built round about from Millo and inward.
10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God 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 an house.
12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king
over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people
13 And David took him 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 be the names of those that were born unto him in
Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.
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.
18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley
19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to
the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And
the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver
the Philistines into thine hand.
20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there,
and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before
me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of
that place Baal-perazim.
21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned
22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves
in the valley of Rephaim.
23 And when David enquired 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.
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.
25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote
the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.
1 Again, David
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 of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of
God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that
dwelleth between the cherubims.
3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it
out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and
Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was
at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before
5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD
on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps,
and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth
his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen
7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God
smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark
8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach
upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah
to this day.
9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall
the ark of the LORD come to me?
10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into
the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house
of Obed-edom the Gittite.
11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed-edom
the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obed-edom, and
all his household.
12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed
the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because
of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God
from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.
13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD
had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and
David was girded with a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of
the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal
Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David
leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in
17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his
place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched
for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings
before the LORD.
18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings
and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the
LORD of hosts.
19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude
of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake
of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So
all the people departed every 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 to day, who uncovered himself to day
in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the
vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which
chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint
me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore
will I play before the LORD.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in
mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken
of, of them shall I be had in honour.
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the
day of her death.