2 Samuel 5 Bible Commentary

The Geneva Study Bible

(Read all of 2 Samuel 5)
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 you.

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.

5:6 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 in hither.

(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 place.

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 11:8).

5:19 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.

5:22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of g Rephaim.

(g) Meaning the valley of giants, which David called Baalperazim, because of his victory.

5:25 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.