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David Occupies Jerusalem

5:6 Then the king and his men advanced to Jerusalem7 against the Jebusites who lived in the land. The Jebusites8 said to David, “You cannot invade this place! Even the blind and the lame will turn you back, saying, ‘David cannot invade this place!’ ”

5:7 But David captured the fortress of Zion (that is, the city of David). 5:8 David said on that day, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites must approach the ‘lame’ and the ‘blind’ who are David’s enemies9 by going through the water tunnel.”10 For this reason it is said, “The blind and the lame cannot enter the palace.”11

5:9 So David lived in the fortress and called it the City of David. David built all around it, from the terrace inwards. 5:10 David’s power grew steadily, for the Lord God12 who commands armies13 was with him.14

5:11 King Hiram of Tyre15 sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, carpenters, and stonemasons. They built a palace16 for David. 5:12 David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that he had elevated his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 5:13 David married more concubines and wives from Jerusalem after he arrived from Hebron. Even more sons and daughters were born to David. 5:14 These are the names of children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5:15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 5:16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.


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