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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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2 Samuel 5:1-25

5  And all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said “Here we are, your flesh and blood. 2  Even formerly, when Saul was king over us, it was you that led Israel out and in; and Jehovah said to you ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you shall be warden over Israel.’” 3  And all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David gave pledges to them at Hebron before Jehovah, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4  David was thirty years old when he became king, and reigned forty years: 5  at Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah. 6  And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the country; and they said to David “You will not get in here unless you clear away the blind and the lame”—that is to say “David will not get in here.” 7  And David took the fastness of Sion, what is now David’s City; 8 * and David said that day “Anyone who strikes down a Jebusite and gets to the conduit; and the lame and the blind, hateful to David’s soul—.” For this reason they say “One blind or lame shall not come into the house.” 9  And David fixed his residence in the fastness, and called it David’s City, and built the fortifications of the city from the Millo inward. 10  And David grew greater and greater, and Jehovah the God of Armies was with him. 11  And King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David, and cedar timber and carpenters and masons, and they built a house for David. 12  And David knew that Jehovah had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his empire for the sake of his people Israel. 13  And David took more concubines and wives at Jerusalem after he had come from Hebron, and more children were born to David. 14  And these are the names of the sons that were born at Jerusalem: Shammuaʽ and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon 15  and Ibhar and Elishuaʽ and Nepheg and Japhiaʽ 16  and Elishamaʽ and Eljadaʽ and Eliphelet. 17  And the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel; and all the Philistines came up to look for David; and David heard of it and went down to the fastness. 18  And the Philistines had come and were foraying in Ghost Hollow; 19  and David put the question to Jehovah “Shall I go up to the Philistines? will you give them into my hands?” And Jehovah said to David “Go up, for I will positively give the Philistines into your hands.” 20  And David came in at Baal-Perasim; and David defeated them there, and said “Jehovah burst my enemies before me like a bursting dam”; hence the place is named Baal-Perasim, “Baal of bursts.” 21  And they left their gods there, and David and his men took them up. 22  And again the Philistines came up and were foraying in Ghost Hollow, 23 ** and David questioned Jehovah, and he said “Do not go up; make a circuit to the rear and come to them opposite the pear-trees, 24  so that when you hear a sound of stepping in the tops of the pear-trees, then you may strike in: for then Jehovah has gone out before you to slay in the Philistine army.” 25  And David did so, as Jehovah bade him, and slew the Philistines from Gibeon till you come to Gezer.


5:8 Unc.; susp.
5:23 Var. go up to meet them
5:23 (pear-trees) Unc.