1Then the leaders of all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said to him, “Listen, we have the same ancestors IDM that you do.
2In the past, when Saul was our king, it was you who led our Israeli soldiers in our battles. You are the one to whom Yahweh promised, ‘You will be the leader MET of my people; you will be their king.’ ”
3So while Yahweh was listening, all those leaders of the people of Israel declared there at Hebron that David would be their king. And David made a sacred agreement with them. They anointed him with olive oil to set him apart to be the king of the Israeli people.
4David was 30 years old when he became their king. He ruled them for 40 years.
5In Hebron he ruled over the tribe of Judah for seven and a half years, and in Jerusalem he ruled over all the people of Judah and Israel for 33 years.
6One day King David and his soldiers went to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebus people-group who lived there. The people there thought that David's army would not be able to capture the city, so they sent a message to David, saying “Your army will never be able to get inside our city! Even the blind and crippled people will be able to chase you away!”
7But David's army captured the fortress on Zion Hill, and later it was known as David's City.
8On that day, David said to his soldiers, “Those who want to get rid of the Jebus people-group should go through the water tunnel to enter the city. Then they can attack those people whom I SYN detest—and we will find out if any blind and crippled people will be able to stop them!” That is why people say, “Blind and crippled people cannot enter Yahweh's temple.”
9After David and his soldiers captured the city with its strong walls around it, he lived there, and they named it ❛David's City❜. David and his soldiers built the city around the fortress, starting where the land was ◄filled in/terraces► on the east side of the hill.
10David continued to become more and more powerful/influential, because the Almighty Commander of the armies of angels was with/helping him.
11One day Hiram, the king of Tyre city, sent ambassadors/messengers to David to talk about making agreements between their countries. Hiram agreed to provide cedar trees to make lumber, and also that he would send carpenters and masons, to build a palace for David.
12His doing that caused David to realize that Yahweh truly had appointed him to be the king of Israel, and that Yahweh was going to cause his kingdom to prosper, because Yahweh loved the Israeli people, whom he had chosen to belong to him.
13After David moved from Hebron to Jerusalem, he took more slave women to be his second-class wives, and he also married other women. All of those women gave birth to more sons and daughters.
14The names of the sons who were born in Jerusalem were Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,
16Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
17When the Philistia people heard that David had been appointed to be the king of Israel, their army went up toward Jerusalem to try to capture David. But David heard that they were coming, so he went down to another fortified place.
18The army of Philistia arrived at Rephaim Valley southwest of Jerusalem and spread all over the valley.
19David asked Yahweh, “Should my men and I attack the Philistia army? Will you enable us to defeat them IDM?” Yahweh replied, “Yes, attack them, because I will certainly enable your army to defeat them. IDM”
20So David and his army went to where the Philistia army was, and there they defeated them. Then David said, “Yahweh has burst through my enemies like a flood.” SIM So that place is called ❛Lord of Bursting-through❜.
21The Philistia men left their idols there; so David and his soldiers took them away.
22Then the Philistia army returned to Rephaim Valley and spread all over the valley.
23So again David asked Yahweh if his army should attack them. But Yahweh replied, “Do not attack them from here. Tell your men to go around them and attack them from the other side, near the balsam trees.
24When you hear something in the tops of the balsam trees that sounds like an army marching, attack them, because I will have gone ahead of you to enable your army to defeat their army.”
25So David did what Yahweh told him to do, and his army defeated the Philistia army from Geba city all the way west to Gezer city.