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2 Samuel Chapter 5 | Parsha:

1All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2Long before now, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led Israel in war; and the Lord said to you: You shall shepherd My people Israel; you shall be ruler of Israel.” 3All the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a pact with them in Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel.

4David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

6The king and his men set out for Jerusalem against the Jebusites who inhabited the region. David was told, “You will never get in here! Even the blind and the lame will turn you back.” (They meant: David will never enter here.) 7But David captured the stronghold of Zion; it is now the City of David. 8On that occasion David said, “Those who attack the Jebusites shall reach the water channel and [strike down] the lame and the blind, who are hateful to David.” That is why they say: “No one who is blind or lame may enter the House.”

9David occupied the stronghold and renamed it the City of David; David also fortified the surrounding area, from the Millo inward. 10David kept growing stronger, for the Lord, the God of Hosts, was with him.

11King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David with cedar logs, carpenters, and stonemasons; and they built a palace for David. 12Thus David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingship for the sake of His people Israel.

13After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon; 15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, and Japhia; 16Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

17When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, the Philistines marched up in search of David; but David heard of it, and he went down to the fastness. 18The Philistines came and spread out over the Valley of Rephaim. 19David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hands?” And the Lord answered David, “Go up, and I will deliver the Philistines into your hands.” 20Thereupon David marched to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me as waters break through [a dam].” That is why that place was named Baal-perazim. 21The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.

22Once again the Philistines marched up and spread out over the Valley of Rephaim. 23David inquired of the Lord, and He answered, “Do not go up, but circle around behind them and confront them at the baca trees. 24And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the baca trees, then go into action, for the Lord will be going in front of you to attack the Philistine forces.” 25David did as the Lord had commanded him; and he routed the Philistines from Geba all the way to Gezer.

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