5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we [are] thy a bone and thy flesh.
(a) We are of your kindred and closely related to
5:3 So all the elders of
Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in
Hebron b before the LORD: and they
anointed David king over Israel.
(b) That is, taking the Lord to witness: for the
ark was still in Abinadab's house.
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 c
blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come
(c) The children of God called idols blind and
lame guides: therefore the Jebusites meant that they should prove that their
gods were neither blind nor lame.
5:8 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 d
come into the house.
(d) The idols should no longer enter into that
5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it
the city of David. And David built round about from e
Millo and inward.
(e) He built from the town house round about to
his own house (1 Chronicles
And David f 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.
(f) By Abiathar the priest.
And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of g
(g) Meaning the valley of giants, which David
called Baalperazim, because of his victory.
And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from
Geba until thou come to h Gazer.
(h) Which was in the tribe of Benjamin, but the
Philistines possessed it.