5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and
spake, saying, Behold, we [are] thy a bone and thy flesh.
(a) We are of your kindred and closely related to you.
5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and
king David made a league with them in Hebron b before the
LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.
(b) That is, taking the Lord to witness: for the ark was
still in Abinadab's house.
5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the
Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto
David, saying, Except thou take away the c blind and the
lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot
come in hither.
(c) The children of God called idols blind and lame guides:
therefore the Jebusites meant that they should prove
that their gods were neither blind nor lame.
5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the
gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the
blind, [that are] hated of David's soul, [he shall be chief
and captain]. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame
shall not d come into the house.
(d) The idols should no longer enter into that place.
5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David.
And David built round about from e Millo and inward.
(e) He built from the town house round about to his own
house (1Ch 11:8).
5:19 And David f enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up
to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand?
And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless
deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
(f) By Abiathar the priest.
5:22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread
themselves in the valley of g Rephaim.
(g) Meaning the valley of giants, which David called
Baalperazim, because of his victory.
5:25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote
the Philistines from Geba until thou come to h Gazer.
(h) Which was in the tribe of Benjamin, but the Philistines