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The Creation Genesis 1:1-2:7
Adam and Eve Genesis 2:8-3:24
Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16
The Great Flood Genesis 6:1-9:17
The Tower of Babel Genesis 11:1-9
God Calls Abraham Genesis 12:1-9
Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 18:16-19:29
Abraham's Obedience Genesis 22:1-19
Isaac Marries Rebekah Genesis 24:1-67
Esau's Birthright Genesis 25:19-34
Isaac Blesses Jacob Genesis 27:1-40
Jacob and Laban Genesis 29:1-31:55
Jacob Wrestles Genesis 32:1-33:20
Revenge against Shechem Genesis 34:1-31; Genesis 49:5-7
Joseph Sold into Slavery Genesis 37:1-36
Judah and Tamar Genesis 38:1-30
Joseph in Prison Genesis 39:1-40:23
Joseph As a Ruler Genesis 41:1-57
Family Reunion Genesis 42-45; Genesis 46:28-30
Moses' Birth Exodus 1:1-2:10
The Burning Bush Exodus 3:1-22
The Ten Plagues Exodus 7:14-12:30
The Exodus Exodus 12:31-51
The Red Sea Exodus 14:5-31
The Golden Calf Exodus 32:1-29
Exploring the Land Numbers 13:1-14:38
Rebellion in the Ranks Numbers 16:1-17:13
Balak and Balaam Numbers 22:1-24:25
Rahab and the Spies Joshua 2:1-24
Jericho Falls Joshua 6:1-27
Gibeon's Con Artists Joshua 9:1-27
Deborah and Barak Judges 4:1-24
Gideon as Judge Judges 6:1-7:25
Abimelech's Ambition Judges 9:1-57
Samson as Judge Judges 13:1-16:31
Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz Ruth 1:1-4:22
Samuel Is Born 1 Samuel 1:1-28
Samuel the Prophet 1 Samuel 3:1-4:22
Saul Becomes King 1 Samuel 9:1-10:27
Jonathan's Bravery 1 Samuel 14:1-46
Saul's Disobedience 1 Samuel 15:1-35
David Kills Goliath 1 Samuel 17:1-51
David and Jonathan 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Nabal and Abigail 1 Samuel 25:1-44
Saul's Death 1 Samuel 28:1-25; 1 Samuel 30:1-13
David's Success 2 Samuel 5:1-6:23
David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
Amnon and Tamar 2 Samuel 13:1-22
Absalom 2 Samuel 13:23-19:8
Solomon's Wisdom 1 Kings 3:1-28
Jeroboam and Rehoboam 1 Kings 11:26-14:31
Elijah's Challenge 1 Kings 17:1-18:46
God Speaks to Elijah 1 Kings 19:1-21
Micaiah the Prophet 1 Kings 22:1-40
Chariot of Fire 2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Elisha Heals Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-27
Famine and Unbelief 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
Joash and Jehoiada 2 Kings 11:1-21
Hezekiah Trusts God 2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Josiah's Reign 2 Kings 22:1-23:30
Fall of Jerusalem 2 Kings 24:18-25:30
David's Power 1 Chronicles 11:1-25
David's Census 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1
Jehoshaphat and Ahab 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:11
Ezra Rebuilds the Altar Ezra 3:1-13
Nehemiah Builds the Wall Nehemiah 2:1-20
Enemy Opposition Nehemiah 4:1-23
Nehemiah's Justice Nehemiah 5:1-19
Esther Saves the Jews Esther 1:1-10:3
Job Is Tested Job 1:1-22
Ezekiel's Vision Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Fiery Furnance Daniel 3:1-30
The Lions' Den Daniel 6:1-28
Jonah Jonah 1:1-4:11
Jesus Is Born Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-40
Wise Men and King Herod Matthew 2:1-23
Jesus Is Tempted Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
Jesus Feeds 5,000 Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15
The Bread of Life John 6:1-71
Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21
The Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
The Lost Son Luke 15:1-32
Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11:1-44
Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19
The Last Supper Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30
Jesus' Trial Matthew 26:47-27:31
Jesus' Crucifixion Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-42
Jesus' Resurrection Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-34; John 20:1-10
Jesus' Ascension Luke 24:35-53; Acts 1:6-11
The Holy Spirit Comes Acts 2:1-47
The Apostles' Courage Acts 4:1-31
Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11
Philip and the Eunich Acts 8:26-40
Saul Encounters Jesus Acts 9:1-19
Peter and Cornelius Acts 10:1-11:18
Paul in Corinth Acts 18:1-28
Paul in Ephesus Acts 19:1-41
David's Success
2 Samuel 5:1-6:23

2 Samuel 5

David Becomes King of All Israel
1 Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, "We are your own flesh and blood.2 In the past,* when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the LORD told you, 'You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be Israel's leader.'"
  3 So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant before the LORD with all the elders of Israel. And they anointed him king of Israel.
  4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all.5 He had reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

David Captures Jerusalem
6 David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, "You'll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!" For the Jebusites thought they were safe.7 But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David.
  8 On the day of the attack, David said to his troops, "I hate those 'lame' and 'blind' Jebusites.* Whoever attacks them should strike by going into the city through the water tunnel.*" That is the origin of the saying, "The blind and the lame may not enter the house."*
  9 So David made the fortress his home, and he called it the City of David. He extended the city, starting at the supporting terraces* and working inward.10 And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD God of Heaven's Armies was with him.
  11 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built David a palace.12 And David realized that the LORD had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
  13 After moving from Hebron to Jerusalem, David married more concubines and wives, and they had more sons and daughters.14 These are the names of David's sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

David Conquers the Philistines
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold.18 The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim.19 So David asked the LORD, "Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?"
  The LORD replied to David, "Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you."
  20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. "The LORD did it!" David exclaimed. "He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!" So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means "the Lord who bursts through").21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.
  22 But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim.23 And again David asked the LORD what to do. "Do not attack them straight on," the LORD replied. "Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar* trees.24 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the LORD is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army."25 So David did what the LORD commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon* to Gezer.

Footnotes:

5:2 Or For some time.
5:8a Or Those 'lame' and 'blind' Jebusites hate me. 5:8b Or with scaling hooks. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. 5:8c The meaning of this saying is uncertain.
5:9 Hebrew the millo. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
5:23 Or aspen, or balsam; also in 5:24. The exact identification of this tree is uncertain.
5:25 As in Greek version (see also 1 Chr 14:16); Hebrew reads Geba.
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