Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.(A) They told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul.”(B)

David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, “The Lord bless you because you have shown this kindness to Saul your lord when you buried him. Now, may the Lord show kindness and faithfulness to you, and I will also show the same goodness to you because you have done this deed. Therefore, be strong[a] and valiant, for though Saul your lord is dead, the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2:7 Lit Therefore, strengthen your hands

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