2:1 Afterward David inquired of the Lord, “Should I go up to one of the cities of Judah?” The Lord told him, “Go up.” David asked, “Where should I go?” The Lord replied,1 “To Hebron.” 2:2 So David went up, along with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail, formerly the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 2:3 David also brought along the men who were with him, each with his family. They settled in the cities2 of Hebron. 2:4 The men of Judah came and there they anointed David as king over the people3 of Judah.
David was told,4 “The people5 of Jabesh Gilead are the ones who buried Saul.” 2:5 So David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh Gilead and told them, “May you be blessed by the Lord because you have shown this kindness6 to your lord Saul by burying him. 2:6 Now may the Lord show you true kindness!7 I also will reward you,8 because you have done this deed. 2:7 Now be courageous9 and prove to be valiant warriors, for your lord Saul is dead. The people of Judah have anointed me as king over them.”
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