|And all the tribes of Israel went to David in Hebron, saying: “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
|Moreover, yesterday and the day before, when Saul was king over us, you were the one leading out and leading back Israel. Then the Lord said to you, ‘You shall pasture my people Israel, and you shall be the leader over Israel.’ ”
|Also, the elders of Israel went to the king at Hebron, and king David struck a pact with them at Hebron in the sight of the Lord. And they anointed David as king over Israel.
|David was a son of thirty years, when he had begun to reign, and he reigned for forty years.
|In Hebron, he reigned over Judah for seven years and six months. Then in Jerusalem, he reigned for thirty-three years over all of Israel and Judah.
|And the king, and all the men who were with him, went away to Jerusalem, to the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land. And it was said to David by them, “You shall not enter here, unless you will take away the blind and the lame, who say, ‘David shall not enter here.’ ”
|But David seized the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David.
|And he advanced, prospering and increasing, and the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.