5 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron saying, “Look, we are your very flesh and blood! 1 2 In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the real leader in Israel. 2 The Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel; you will rule over Israel.’”
3 When all the leaders 3 of Israel came to the king at Hebron, King David made an agreement with them 4 in Hebron before the Lord. They designated 5 David as king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign and he reigned for forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah for seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem 6 he reigned for thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
6 Then the king and his men advanced to Jerusalem 7 against the Jebusites who lived in the land. The Jebusites 8 said to David, “You cannot invade this place! Even the blind and the lame will turn you back, saying, ‘David cannot invade this place!’”
7 But David captured the fortress of Zion (that is, the city of David). 8 David said on that day, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites must approach the ‘lame’ and the ‘blind’ who are David’s enemies 9 by going through the water tunnel.” 10 For this reason it is said, “The blind and the lame cannot enter the palace.” 11
9 So David lived in the fortress and called it the City of David. David built all around it, from the terrace inwards. 10 David’s power grew steadily, for the Lord God 12 who commands armies 13 was with him. 14
11 King Hiram of Tyre 15 sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, carpenters, and stonemasons. They built a palace 16 for David. 12 David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that he had elevated his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 13 David married more concubines and wives from Jerusalem after he arrived from Hebron. Even more sons and daughters were born to David. 14 These are the names of children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been designated 17 king over Israel, they all 18 went up to search for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the fortress. 18 Now the Philistines had arrived and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord said to David, “March up, for I will indeed 19 hand the Philistines over to you.”
20 So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there. Then he said, “The Lord has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. 20 21 The Philistines 21 abandoned their idols 22 there, and David and his men picked them up.
22 The Philistines again came up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 23 So David asked the Lord what he should do. 23 This time 24 the Lord 25 said to him, “Don’t march straight up. Instead, circle around behind them and come against them opposite the trees. 26 24 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively. For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army 27 of the Philistines.” 25 David did just as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Gibeon all the way to Gezer. 28
6 David again assembled 1 all the best 2 men in Israel, thirty thousand in number. 2 David and all the men who were with him traveled 3 to 4 Baalah 5 in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the name 6 of the Lord of hosts, who sits enthroned between the cherubim that are on it. 3 They loaded the ark of God on a new cart and carried it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart. 4 They brought 7 it with the ark of God up from the house of Abinadab on the hill. Ahio was walking in front of the ark, 5 while David and all Israel 8 were energetically celebrating before the Lord, singing 9 and playing various stringed instruments, 10 tambourines, rattles, 11 and cymbals.
6 When they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, 12 Uzzah reached out and grabbed hold of 13 the ark of God, 14 because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord was so furious with Uzzah, 15 he 16 killed him on the spot 17 for his negligence. 18 He died right there beside the ark of God.
8 David was angry because the Lord attacked 19 Uzzah; so he called that place Perez Uzzah, 20 which remains its name to this very day. 9 David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How will the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 So David was no longer willing to bring the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. David left it in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months. The Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his family. 21 12 David was told, 22 “The Lord has blessed the family of Obed-Edom and everything he owns because of the ark of God.” So David went and joyfully brought the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David. 13 Those who carried the ark of the Lord took six steps and then David 23 sacrificed an ox and a fatling calf. 14 Now David, wearing a linen ephod, was dancing with all his strength before the Lord. 24 15 David and all Israel 25 were bringing up the ark of the Lord, shouting and blowing trumpets. 26
16 As the ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked out the window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him. 27 17 They brought the ark of the Lord and put it in its place 28 in the middle of the tent that David had pitched for it. Then David offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 When David finished offering the burnt sacrifices and peace offerings, he pronounced a blessing over the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 19 He then handed out to each member of the entire assembly of Israel, 29 both men and women, a portion of bread, a date cake, 30 and a raisin cake. Then all the people went home. 31 20 When David went home to pronounce a blessing on his own house, 32 Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to meet him. 33 She said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished 34 himself this day! He has exposed himself today before his servants’ slave girls the way a vulgar fool 35 might do!”
21 David replied to Michal, “It was before the Lord! I was celebrating before the Lord, who chose me over your father and his entire family 36 and appointed me as leader over the Lord’s people Israel. 22 I am willing to shame and humiliate myself even more than this! 37 But with the slave girls whom you mentioned let me be distinguished!” 23 Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, had no children to the day of her death.
7 The king settled into his palace, 1 for the Lord gave him relief 2 from all his enemies on all sides. 3 2 The king said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a palace made from cedar, while the ark of God sits in the middle of a tent.” 3 Nathan replied to the king, “You should go 4 and do whatever you have in mind, 5 for the Lord is with you.” 4 That night the Lord told Nathan, 6 5 “Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord says: Do you really intend to build a house for me to live in? 6 I have not lived in a house from the time I brought the Israelites up from Egypt to the present day. Instead, I was traveling with them and living in a tent. 7 7 Wherever I moved among all the Israelites, I did not say 8 to any of the leaders 9 whom I appointed to care for 10 my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house made from cedar?”’
8 “So now, say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord of hosts says: I took you from the pasture and from your work as a shepherd 11 to make you leader of my people Israel. 9 I was with you wherever you went, and I defeated 12 all your enemies before you. Now I will make you as famous as the great men of the earth. 13 10 I will establish a place for my people Israel and settle 14 them there; they will live there and not be disturbed 15 any more. Violent men 16 will not oppress them again, as they did in the beginning 11 and during the time when I appointed judges to lead my people Israel. Instead, I will give you relief 17 from all your enemies. The Lord declares 18 to you that he himself 19 will build a dynastic house 20 for you. 12 When the time comes for you to die, 21 I will raise up your descendant, one of your own sons, to succeed you, 22 and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He will build a house for my name, and I will make his dynasty permanent. 23 14 I will become his father and he will become my son. When he sins, I will correct him with the rod of men and with wounds inflicted by human beings. 15 But my loyal love will not be removed from him as I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will stand before me 24 permanently; your dynasty 25 will be permanent.’” 17 Nathan told David all these words that were revealed to him. 26
18 King David went in, sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, 27 that you should have brought me to this point? 19 And you didn’t stop there, O Lord God! You have also spoken about the future of your servant’s family. 28 Is this your usual way of dealing with men, 29 O Lord God? 20 What more can David say to you? You have given your servant special recognition, 30 O Lord God! 21 For the sake of your promise and according to your purpose 31 you have done this great thing in order to reveal it to your servant. 32 22 Therefore you are great, O Lord God, for there is none like you! There is no God besides you! What we have heard is true! 33 23 Who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation 34 on the earth? Their God 35 went 36 to claim 37 a nation for himself and to make a name for himself! You did great and awesome acts for your land, 38 before your people whom you delivered for yourself from the Egyptian empire and its gods. 39 24 You made Israel your very own people for all time. 40 You, O Lord, became their God. 25 So now, O Lord God, make this promise you have made about your servant and his family a permanent reality. 41 Do as you promised, 42 26 so you may gain lasting fame, 43 as people say, 44 ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel!’ The dynasty 45 of your servant David will be established before you, 27 for you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have told 46 your servant, ‘I will build you a dynastic house.’ 47 That is why your servant has had the courage 48 to pray this prayer to you. 28 Now, O sovereign Lord, you are the true God! 49 May your words prove to be true! 50 You have made this good promise to your servant! 51 29 Now be willing to bless your servant’s dynasty 52 so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O sovereign Lord, have spoken. By your blessing may your servant’s dynasty be blessed on into the future!” 53