2 Samuel 4-7 Revised Standard Version

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The Assassination of Ish-bosheth

4 1  When Ish-bo'sheth, Saul's son, heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed. 2  Now Saul's son had two men who were captains of raiding bands; the name of the one was Ba'anah, and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon a man of Benjamin from Be-er'oth (for Be-er'oth also is reckoned to Benjamin; 3  the Be-er'othites fled to Gitta'im, and have been sojourners there to this day). 4  Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up, and fled; and, as she fled in her haste, he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephib'osheth. 5  Now the sons of Rimmon the Be-er'othite, Rechab and Ba'anah, set out, and about the heat of the day they came to the house of Ish-bo'sheth, as he was taking his noonday rest. 6  And behold, the doorkeeper of the house had been cleaning wheat, but she grew drowsy and slept; so Rechab and Ba'anah his brother slipped in. 7  When they came into the house, as he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him. They took his head, and went by the way of the Arabah all night, 8  and brought the head of Ish-bo'sheth to David at Hebron. And they said to the king, "Here is the head of Ish-bo'sheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life; the Lord has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and on his offspring."

9  But David answered Rechab and Ba'anah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Be-er'othite, "As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity, 10  when one told me, 'Behold, Saul is dead,' and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and slew him at Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. 11  How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous man in his own house upon his bed, shall I not now require his blood at your hand, and destroy you from the earth?" 12  And David commanded his young men, and they killed them, and cut off their hands and feet, and hanged them beside the pool at Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bo'sheth, and buried it in the tomb of Abner at Hebron.

David Made King over Israel

5 1  Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, "Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2  In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led out and brought in Israel; and the Lord 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 at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at 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  At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

David Captures Zion

6  And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jeb'usites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, "You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off" --thinking, "David cannot come in here." 7  Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8  And David said on that day, "Whoever would smite the Jeb'usites, let him get up the water shaft to attack the lame and the blind, who are hated by David's soul." Therefore it is said, "The blind and the lame shall not come into the house." 9  And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built the city round about from the Millo inward. 10  And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.

Hiram's Recognition of David

11  And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12  And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

David's Children Born at Jerusalem

13  And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14  And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Sham'mu-a, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15  Ibhar, Eli'shu-a, Nepheg, Japhi'a, 16  Eli'shama, Eli'ada, and Eliph'elet.

David Defeats the Philistines

17  When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; but David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18  Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the valley of Reph'aim. 19  And David inquired of the Lord, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt thou give them into my hand?" And the Lord said to David, "Go up; for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand." 20  And David came to Ba'al-pera'zim, and David defeated them there; and he said, "The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a bursting flood." Therefore the name of that place is called Ba'al-pera'zim. 21  And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away. 22  And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread out in the valley of Reph'aim. 23  And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, "You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come upon them opposite the balsam trees. 24  And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then bestir yourself; for then the Lord has gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines." 25  And David did as the Lord commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.

David Goes to Bring the Ark

6 1  David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2  And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Ba'ale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. 3  And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abin'adab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahi'o, the sons of Abin'adab, were driving the new cart 4  with the ark of God; and Ahi'o went before the ark. 5  And David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

6  And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7  And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there because he put forth his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God. 8  And David was angry because the Lord had broken forth upon Uzzah; and that place is called Pe'rez-uz'zah, to this day. 9  And David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the Lord come to me?" 10  So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David; but David took it aside to the house of O'bed-e'dom the Gittite. 11  And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of O'bed-e'dom the Gittite three months; and the Lord blessed O'bed-e'dom and all his household.

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

12  And it was told King David, "The Lord has blessed the household of O'bed-e'dom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of O'bed-e'dom to the city of David with rejoicing; 13  and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 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 horn. 16  As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17  And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18  And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, 19  and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people departed, each to his house.

20  And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants' maids, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!" 21  And David said to Michal, "It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father, and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord--and I will make merry before the Lord. 22  I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor." 23  And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

God's Covenant with David

7 1  Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies round about, 2  the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent." 3  And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart; for the Lord is with you."

4  But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5  "Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6  I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7  In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"' 8  Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel; 9  and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of 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 disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11  from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12  When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14  I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men; 15  but I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16  And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.'" 17  In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

18  Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, "Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me thus far? 19  And yet this was a small thing in thy eyes, O Lord GOD; thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast shown me future generations, O Lord GOD! 20  And what more can David say to thee? For thou knowest thy servant, O Lord GOD! 21  Because of thy promise, and according to thy own heart, thou hast wrought all this greatness, to make thy servant know it. 22  Therefore thou art great, O Lord God; for there is none like thee, and there is no God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23  What other nation on earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name, and doing for them great and terrible things, by driving out before his people a nation and its gods? 24  And thou didst establish for thyself thy people Israel to be thy people for ever; and thou, O Lord, didst become their God. 25  And now, O Lord God, confirm for ever the word which thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house, and do as thou hast spoken; 26  and thy name will be magnified for ever, saying, 'The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,' and the house of thy servant David will be established before thee. 27  For thou, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, hast made this revelation to thy servant, saying, 'I will build you a house'; therefore thy servant has found courage to pray this prayer to thee. 28  And now, O Lord GOD, thou art God, and thy words are true, and thou hast promised this good thing to thy servant; 29  now therefore may it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken, and with thy blessing shall the house of thy servant be blessed for ever."

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