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2Samuel 1:1-17 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag; It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent and earth upon his head. And so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth and did obeisance. And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear and lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again, Stand I pray thee upon me and slay me, for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen. And I took the crown that was upon his head and the bracelet that was on his arm and have brought them hither unto my lord. Then David took hold on his clothes and rent them and likewise all the men that were with him. And they mourned and wept and fasted until even, for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they were fallen by the sword. And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's anointed? And David called one of the young men and said, Go near and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head, for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord's anointed. And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son.

2Samuel 1:18-27 Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow. Behold, it is written in the book of Jasher. The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places. How are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings. For there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, you were slain in thine high places. I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. Very pleasant have you been unto me. Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.(David reflects on the deep concern they had for each other:.Proverbs 18:24). How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished!

2Samuel 2:8-10 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim and made him king over Gilead and over the Ashurites and over Jezreel and over Ephraim and over Benjamin and over all Israel. Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David.

2Samuel 2:17 And there was a very sore battle that day and Abner was beaten and the men of Israel, before the servants of David.

2Samuel 2:25-28 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner and became one troop and stood on the top of an hill. Then Abner called to Joab and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren? And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had not spoken, surely then in the morning the people had gone up every one from following his brother. So Joab blew a trumpet and all the people stood still and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

2Samuel 3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David waxed stronger and stronger and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.

2Samuel 3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron.(an ancient city in Canaan).and his firstborn was Amnon of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess.(she lived in Jezreel)

2Samuel 3:3 And his second, Chileab of Abigail, the wife of Nabal the Carmelite and the third, Absalom.(2Chronicles 11:20).the son of Maacah.(Maacah, also spelt 'Maachah', was a wife of David, by whom was born Absalom).the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur.

2Samuel 3:4,5 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital and the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

2Samuel 3:10 To translate.(to carry away).the kingdom from the house of Saul and to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.

2Samuel 3:20-23 So Abner came to David to Hebron and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast. And Abner said unto David, I will arise and go and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king, that they may make a league with thee and that thou mayest reign over all that thine heart desireth. And David sent Abner away and he went in peace. And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from pursuing a troop and brought in a great spoil with them, but Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away and he was gone in peace. When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king and he hath sent him away and he is gone in peace.

2Samuel 3:24-26 Then Joab came to the king and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away and he is quite gone? Thou knowest Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee and to know thy going out and thy coming in and to know all that thou doest.(Joab was not only cruel, he was also a manipulative). And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah, but David knew it not.

2Samuel 3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.

2Samuel 3:28-30 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the Lord for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner. Let it rest on the head of Joab and on all his father's house and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue or that is a leper or that leaneth on a staff or that falleth on the sword or that lacketh bread. So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

2Samuel 3:31-39 And David said to Joab and to all the people that were with him, Rend your clothes and gird you with sackcloth and mourn before Abner. And king David himself followed the bier. And they buried Abner in Hebron and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner and all the people wept. And the king lamented over Abner and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? Thy hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters. As a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people wept again over him. And when all the people came to cause David to eat meat while it was yet day, David sware, saying, So do God to me and more also, if I taste bread or ought else, till the sun be down. And all the people took notice of it and it pleased them, as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people. For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner. And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel? And I am this day weak, though anointed king and these men the sons of Zeruiah be too hard for me. The Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wickedness.

2Samuel 4:10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings.
David had great respect for Saul, because, the true God of all creation had selected Saul to be king:.1Samuel 10:1,9. Even though Saul become irate with David, David always respected him, because the true God David believed in had chosen Saul as the first king of the Israelite people. But with evil nations, it was a different story. Nations and individuals out to do harm to others and those having no respect for the things of the great God were to be wiped out:.1Samuel 15:18.
2Samuel 4:11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? Shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand and take you away from the earth?

2Samuel 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 you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in hither, thinking, David cannot come in hither.
Barnes Notes on the original: 'and the Jebusite spoke to David, saying You shall not come hither, but the blind and the lame shall keep thee off', i.e. so far shall you be from taking the stronghold from us, that the lame and blind shall suffice to defend the place.
2Samuel 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion; the same is the city of David.

2Samuel 5:13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron. And there were yet sons and daughters born to David.

2Samuel 5:14-16 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammua and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon, Ibhar also and Elishua and Nepheg and Japhia and Elishama and Eliada and Eliphalet.

2Samuel 5:20,21 And David came to Baalperazim and David smote them there and said, The Lord has broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim. And there they left their images and David and his men burned them.

2Samuel 6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

2Samuel 6:2 And David arose and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwells between the cherubims.(the cherubims on the ark were symbolic of the invisible cherubims).

2Samuel 6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah.(Gibeah was probably some hill or eminence near Kirjath-jearim). And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

2Samuel 6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God and Ahio went before the ark.

2Samuel 6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps and on psalteries.(string instruments often used in accompaniment with the harp).and on timbrels.(tambourine).and on cornets.(original 'rattles', somewhat similar to a tambourine; some kind of instrument with bells or rings, which gave a sound by being shaken).and on cymbals.

2Samuel 6:6,7 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it.(as they stumbled:.1Chronicles 13:9). And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah and God smote him there for his error.(his error).and there he died by the ark of God.
When David was bringing up the ark "from the house of Abinadab (see verse 3), that was in Gibeah".and had reached Nachon's threshing floor, he became afraid because of what occurred to Uzzah and carried it aside into the house of Obededom.
2Samuel 6:8-10 And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, How shall the ark of the Lord come to me? So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David, but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. 

2Samuel 6:11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months and the Lord blessed Obededom and all his household.

2Samuel 6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord has blessed the house of Obededom and all that pertains unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom.(1Chronicles 26:4).into the city of David with gladness.

2Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might and David was girded with a linen ephod.

2Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal, Saul's daughter looked through a window and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord and she despised him in her heart.

2Samuel 6:17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it.(2Chronicles 1:4).and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.

2Samuel 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal, the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows.(empty headed lower class).shamelessly uncovers himself!

2Samuel 6:21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel, therefore will I play before the Lord.

2Samuel 6:22 And I will yet be more vile than this and will be base in mine own sight. And of the maidservants which you have spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.

2Samuel 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death..(there's always a price to pay for resentment)
 
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