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David Goes to Hebron, Where He Is Made King of Judah1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I...

During the War David Still Waxes Stronger1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon,...

News of Saul’s Overthrow Is Brought to David1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came...

The Tribes Come to Hebron to Anoint David King over Israel1 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...

David Forces Joab to Number the People1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all...

David Professes His Faith in God’s Promises1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,2 The Spirit of the LORD spake...

A Psalm of Thanksgiving1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:2 And he said, The LORDis my rock, and my fortress, and...

God Calls David to Avenge the People of Gibeon1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.2 And the...

Sheba Incites a Rebellion against King David1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every...

Joab Causes the King to Cease His Mourning1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.3 And...

David Sets out to Defeat Absalom, but Charges His Army to Be Kind1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them.2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a...

Ahithophel’s Counsel Is Overthrown by Hushai’s1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the...

Ziba Brings Presents to David and Secures His Master’s Inheritance1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins,...

Absalom Wins the Affection of Israel1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had...

David Allows Absalom to Return to Jerusalem1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was toward Absalom.2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning...

Amnon Defiles Tamar1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin;...

Nathan Reveals David’s Sin with a Parable1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:3 But the poor man...

David Commits Adultery with Bath-sheba1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still...

David’s Messengers Are Treated Shamefully1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead.2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And...

David Keeps His Promise to Jonathan1 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose namewas Ziba. And when they had called him unto...

David’s Successes over Various Kings and Nations1 And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even...

David Desires to Build a Temple for God but Is Forbidden1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an...

David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem on a New Cart1 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...

Ish-bosheth Is Murdered and His Head Is Brought to David1 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...