1 It happened after this that David a inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?" And the LORD said to him, "Go up." David said, "Where shall I go up?" And He said, "To b Hebron." 2 So David went up there, and his c two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite. 3 And David brought up d the men who were with him, every man with his household. So they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
4 e Then the men of Judah came, and there they f anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, g "The men of Jabesh Gilead were the ones who buried Saul." 5 So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and said to them, h "You are blessed of the LORD, for you have shown this kindness to your lord, to Saul, and have buried him. 6 "And now may i the LORD show kindness and truth to you. I also will repay you this kindness, because you have done this thing. 7 "Now therefore, let your hands be strengthened, and be valiant; for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them."New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.