5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spoke, saying: 'Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
5:2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was thou that didst lead out and bring in Israel; and the Lord said to thee: Thou shalt feed My people Israel, and thou shalt be prince over Israel.'
5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel.
5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.
5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke unto David, saying: 'Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither'; thinking: 'David cannot come in hither.'
5:7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David.
5:8 And David said on that day: 'Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites, and getteth up to the gutter, and taketh away the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul--.' Wherefore they say: 'There are the blind and the lame; he cannot come into the house.'
5:9 And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward.
5:10 And David waxed greater and greater; for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.
5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house.
5:12 And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for His people Israel's sake.
5:13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron; and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
5:14 And these are the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon;
5:15 and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia;
5:16 and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.
5:17 And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.
5:18 Now the Philistines had come and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
5:19 And David inquired of the Lord, saying: 'Shall I go up against the Philistines? wilt Thou deliver them into my hand?' And the Lord said unto David: 'Go up; for I will certainly deliver the Philistines into thy hand.'
5:20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David smote them there; and he said: 'The the Lord hath broken mine enemies before me, like the breach of waters.' Therefore the name of that place was called Baal-perazim.
5:21 And they left their images there, and David and his men took them away.
5:22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
5:23 And when David inquired of the Lord, He said: 'Thou shalt not go up; make a circuit behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees.
5:24 And it shall be, when thou hearest the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself; for then is the Lord gone out before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.'
5:25 And David did so, as the Lord commanded him, and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gezer.