David The King
AND it came to pass that, after the death of Abner and Ishbosheth,
all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and spoke saying: "Behold, we are
your bone and your flesh.
Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us,
you were our leader in Israel,
and the Lord said to you: 'You shall feed my people Israel and you shall be a captain over Israel."'
So king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord,
and they anointed David king over Israel.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign,and he reigned forty years.
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.
DAVID CAPTURES JERUSALEM
David and his men went to Jerusalem, to the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land,
who spoke to him, saying:
"Except that you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in here."
Nevertheless, David encircled and overtook the stronghold of Zion.
He dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David.
And he built round about from Millo and inward.
And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
THE HOUSE OF JUDAH SPREADS
After this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines and subdued them.
And he smote Moab, and the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.
David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah,
as he went to regain his border at the river Euphrates.
David took from him a thousand chariots and seven hundred horsemen and twenty thousand footmen.
And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer,
David slew twentytwo thousand of the Syrians.
David put garrisons in Syria and the Syrians became David's servants and brought
And the Lord preserved David wherever he went.
DAVID FINDS JONATHAN'S SON
But after all his victories David said,
"Is there any that is left of the house of Saul,
that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?"
A servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba was called unto David.
And the king asked him, "Is there not any still of the house of Saul that I may show
kindness unto him?"
And Ziba said unto the king, "Jonathan has a son who is lame on his feet."
So the king gave orders to fetch the son.
Now when the son of Jonathan, whose name was Mephibosheth,
had come unto David, he fell on his face and did reverence.
And David said, "Mephibosheth!" And he answered,
"Behold your servant!"
David said unto him, "Fear not: for I will show you kindness for Jonathan,
your father's sake and I will restore to you all the lands of Saul your grandfather;
and you shall eat with me at my table continually."
And Mephibosheth said, "Why should you be so kind unto such a dead dog as I am?"
Then the king called to Ziba,
and said unto him, "I have given to your master's grandson all that belonged to Saul. You and your sons, and your servants, shall till the land for him,
and shall bring in fruits that your master's son may have food to eat:
but Mephibosheth your master's son shall eat bread always at my table."
So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem and dined,
always at David's table and was lame on both his feet.
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