David’s kingship established in Jerusalem
1Tyre’s King Hiram sent messengers to David with cedar logs, bricklayers, and carpenters to build David a palace. 2Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingship was held in great honor for the sake of his people Israel. 3David married more secondary wives in Jerusalem and fathered more sons and daughters. 4The names of his children in Jerusalem were as follows: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphelet.
David defeats the Philistines
8When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they all marched up to find him. David heard this and went out to confront them. 9The Philistines had invaded and were plundering the Rephaim Valley. 10David asked God for advice: "Should I attack the Philistines, and will you hand them over to me?"
The Lord answered, "Attack them, and I’ll definitely hand them over to you."
11So they marched up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. "By my strength," David exclaimed, "God has burst out against my enemies, the way water bursts out." That’s why the place is called Baal-perazim.#Or master of outbursts 12The Philistines left their divine images behind, and David ordered them burned.
13When the Philistines plundered the valley a second time, 14David again asked God’s advice, but God answered, "Don’t attack them directly. Circle around behind them and come at them from in front of the balsam trees. 15As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, then attack, for God has attacked in front of you to defeat the Philistine army." 16David followed God’s orders exactly, and they defeated the Philistine army from Gibeon all the way to Gezer. 17David’s fame spread throughout all lands, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.
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