5[1-5Then all the family groups of Israel came to David to Hebron, saying, “We’re your flesh and bone. In the past when Saul was ruler over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel; and Yahweh said to you, “You’ll be shepherd of My people Israel, and you’ll be head over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel came to the ruler to Hebron; and Ruler David made an agreement with them in Hebron before Yahweh; and they anointed David ruler over Israel. David was 30 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled 40 years. In Hebron he ruled over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he ruled 33 years over all Israel and Judah.
[6-9] The ruler and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the people of the land, who said to David, “Unless you take away the lame and the blind, you won’t come in here;” thinking, “David can’t come in here.” But David took the stronghold of Zion, which is the city of David. David said on that day, “Whoever fights, let him go up to the watercourse, and fight those lame and blind Jebusites, who I hate.” So they say, “There are the blind and the lame (Jebusites); he can’t come into the house. So David lived in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. David built around from Millo and inward.
[10-16] David grew greater and greater because Yahweh, the God of all Creation, was with him. Hiram, ruler of Tyre, sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, woodworkers, and stone builders; and they built David a house. David knew that Yahweh had made him ruler over Israel, and that he had uplifted his rule over the people of God, for the sake of Israel. David took more mistresses and wives out of Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron; and had more children.These are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem; Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
[17-20] When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David ruler over Israel, they all went up to look for David; and David heard it, and went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. David asked of Yahweh, saying, “Should I go up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” Yahweh said to David, “Go up; I’ll certainly hand the Philistines over to you.” So David came to Baal Perazim, and fought them there; and he said, “Yahweh has broken my enemies before me, like the division of waters.” So he called that place Baal Perazim.
[21-25They left their false gods there; and David and his men took them away. The Philistines came up still again, and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. When David asked of Yahweh, God said, “You won’t go up; circle behind them, and come up on them next to the mulberry trees. When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you’ll move because then is Yahweh gone out before you to fight the troops of the Philistines. [David did so, as Yahweh told him, and fought the Philistines from Geba until you come to Gezer.
6[1-5] David again gathered together 30,000 of the best soldiers of Israel. David got up, and went with all the people who were with him, from Baale Judah, to bring up from there the Chest of God, which is called by the Name of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, who sits above the cherubim (angelic winged creatures). They set the Chest of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the descendants of Abinadab, drove the new cart. They brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was in the hill with the Chest of God; and Ahio went before the Chest. David and all the house of Israel played before Yahweh with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, with harps, lyres, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.
[6-10] When they came to the place of harvest of Nacon, Uzzah reached out to catch the Chest of God, and grabbed it because the cows stumbled. Yahweh was angry at Uzzah and killed him there for his error; and he died by the Chest of God. David was unhappy, because Yahweh had broken out on Uzzah; and he called that place Perez Uzzah, to today. David was afraid of Yahweh that day; and he said, “How will the Chest of Yahweh come to me?” So David wouldn’t bring the Chest of Yahweh to him into the city of David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
[11-] The Chest of Yahweh was left in the house of Obed-Edom, the Gittite, three months; and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom, and all his house. It was told Ruler David, saying, “Yahweh has blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and everything that belongs to him, because the Chest of God is there.” So David went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom into the city of David with great happiness. When those who had the Chest of Yahweh had gone six paces, he sacrificed a cow and a fattened calf. David danced before Yahweh with all his strength; and David wore a golden linen breastplate. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the Chest of Yahweh with shouting, and with the horn sounding.
[16-19] As the Chest of Yahweh came into the city of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked out the window, and saw Ruler David leaping and dancing before Yahweh; and she hated him in her heart. They brought in the Chest of Yahweh, and set it in its place, in the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before Yahweh. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of Yahweh, the God of All Creation. He gave out to all the people, among the whole number of Israel, both to men and women, a cake of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people left and went home.
[20-23] Then David went back to bless his household. Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet David, saying, “How wonderful was the ruler of Israel today who uncovered himself in front of the young women of his people, as one of the worthless men shamelessly uncovers himself!”David said to Michal, “It was before Yahweh, Who chose me above your father, and above all his house, to appoint me leader over the people of Yahweh, over Israel; so I’ll play before Yahweh.” I’ll be worse than this, and will be evil in my own sight; but of the servants of whom you’ve spoken, they’ll honor me.So Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no child to the day of her death.
7[1-3] When the ruler lived in his house, and Yahweh had given him rest from all his enemies around, the ruler said to Nathan the preacher, “See now, I live in a house of cedar, but the Chest of God lives in nothing but curtains.Nathan said to the ruler, “Go, do what’s in your heart because Yahweh is with you.”
[4-11] That same night, the Word of God came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell my follower David, Yahweh says, “Will you build me a house to live in?I haven’t lived in a house since the day that I brought up the people of Israel out of Egypt, even to today, but have moved around in a tent and a Chest. In all the places I’ve walked with all the people of Israel, did I say a word to any of the family groups of Israel whom I told to be shepherd of My people Israel, saying, ‘Why haven’t you built me a house of cedar?’So now, tell my follower David, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, I took you from the sheep pen, from watching the sheep, that you would be ruler over My people, over all Israel; and I’ve been with you wherever you went, and have removed all your enemies from before you; and I’ll make your name well known, like the names of the great ones who are buried in the earth.I’ll make a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may live in their own place, and never be moved again. Nor will evil people trouble them any more, as at the first, when I told the judges to be over My people Israel; and I’ll cause you to rest from all your enemies. Besides this, Yahweh tells you, ‘I will make you a house.’
[12-17] When your days are over, and you’re buried with your ancestors, I’ll set up your descendant after you, who will come from your body, and I’ll set up his rule. He’ll build a house for My Name, and I’ll set up the throne of his rule forever.I’ll be like a parent to him, and he’ll be my child; if he sins, I’ll use men and peoples to punish him; but my loving kindness won’t leave from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before you.Your house and your rule will be made sure forever before you; your throne will be set up forever.” So Nathan spoke all these words, and all this vision, to David.
[18-25] Then David the ruler went in, and sat before Yahweh; and he said, “Who am I, Yahweh God, and what’s my house, that you’ve brought me this far? This was a small thing in your eyes, Yahweh God; but You’ve spoken also of Your follower’s house for a great while to come; and this too after the way of men, Yahweh God! What can David say more to You? You know Your follower, Yahweh God. For Your Word’s sake, and for Your own heart, You’ve done all this greatness, to make Your follower know it. You’re so great, Yahweh God, there’s none like you, nor is there any God besides You, like what we’ve heard with our ears. What nation in the earth is like Your people, even like Israel, whom You saved for Yourself a people, and to make Yourself a name, and to do great things for You, and awesome things for Your land, before Your people, whom you saved for Yourself out of Egypt, from the nations and their gods? You made Your people Israel to be Your people for You forever; and You, Yahweh, became their God.
[25-29] Now, Yahweh God, the word that You’ve said about Your follower, and about my house, settle it forever, and do as You’ve said. Let Your Name be made well known forever; let the people say, ‘Yahweh, the God of All Creation, is God over Israel;’ and the house of Your follower David will be set up before You. For You, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel, have made it known to Your follower, saying, ‘I’ll build you a house;’ so has Your follower found in his heart to pray this prayer to You. Now, O Yahweh God, You are God, and Your Word is truth, and You’ve promised this good thing to Your follower; so now let it please You to bless the house of Your follower, that it may continue forever before You! You, Yahweh God, have said it; and with Your blessing, let the house of Your follower be blessed forever.
8[1-8] After this, David fought the Philistines, and defeated them; and David took control of the mother city (Metheg Ammah) out of the hand of the Philistines. He fought Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. The Moabites became workers to David, and paid taxes to him.David fought also Hadadezer of Rehob, ruler of Zobah, as he went to recover his rule at the Euphrates River. David took from him 1,000 war vehicles, 700 riders, and 20,000 foot soldiers; and David disabled all the horses, but saved enough of them for 100 war vehicles. When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer ruler of Zobah, David killed 22,000 Syrian soldiers.Then David put protected cities in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became workers to David, and paid taxes. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went. David took the shields of gold that were on the soldiers of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. Ruler David took a great deal of brass from Betah and Berothai, cities of Hadadezer.
[9-18] When Toi, ruler of Hamath heard that David had killed all the troops of Hadadezer,he sent Joram, his son, to Ruler David to meet him, and bless him, because he had killed Hadadezer because Hadadezer had wars with Toi. Joram brought pots of silver, gold, and brass; so Ruler David dedicated them to Yahweh with the silver and gold that he dedicated of all the nations he defeated; of Syria, Moab, Ammon, the Philistines, and Amalek, and of the stuff of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, ruler of Zobah. David became famous when he came back from killing 18,000 Syrian soldiers in the Valley of Salt. He put protected cities throughout all Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s workers. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went, so David ruled over all Israel; and did justice and goodness to all his people. Joab of Zeruiah was over the troops; Jehoshaphat of Ahilud was recorder; Zadok of Ahitub, and Ahimelech of Abiathar were preachers; Seraiah was secretary; and Benaiah of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David’s sons were head ministers.