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2 Samuel 5:1-5 Common English Bible (CEB)

David becomes king of Israel and Judah

All the Israelite tribes came to David at Hebron and said, “Listen: We are your very own flesh and bone. In the past, when Saul ruled over us, you were the one who led Israel out to war and back. What’s more, the Lord told you, You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will be Israel’s leader.

So all the Israelite elders came to the king at Hebron. King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

David was 30 years old when he became king, and he ruled for forty years. He ruled over Judah for seven and a half years in Hebron. He ruled thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah in Jerusalem.

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2 Samuel 6:1-5 Common English Bible (CEB)

God’s chest is brought to Jerusalem

Once again David assembled the select warriors of Israel, thirty thousand strong. David and all the troops who were with him set out for Baalah, which is Kiriath-jearim of Judah,[a] to bring God’s chest up from there—the chest that is called by the name[b] of the Lord of heavenly forces, who sits enthroned on the winged creatures. They loaded God’s chest on a new cart and carried it from Abinadab’s house, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were driving the new cart. [c] Uzzah was beside God’s chest while Ahio was walking in front of it. Meanwhile, David and the entire house of Israel celebrated in the Lord’s presence with all their strength, with songs,[d] zithers, harps, tambourines, rattles, and cymbals.


  1. 2 Samuel 6:2 DSS (4QSama), 1 Chron 13:6; MT from Baale-judah
  2. 2 Samuel 6:2 MT repeats name, but 1 Chron 13:6 omits one of these and LXX reads the first as there.
  3. 2 Samuel 6:4 LXX, DSS (4QSama), 1 Chron 13:7; MT repeats they carried it from the house of Abinadab on the hill; Uzzah has dropped out and must be restored.
  4. 2 Samuel 6:5 LXX, DSS (4QSama), 1 Chron 13:8; MT with all sorts of pine instruments
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