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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

2 Samuel 5

Verse 1

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.

Verse 3

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.

Verse 6

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.

Verse 8

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.

Verse 9

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 1 Chronicles 11:8.

Verse 19

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.

Verse 22

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.

Verse 25

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 possessed it.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 5". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.