The kingdom has become unified, and David has now become king of all Israel, just as God intended. Now he wants Jerusalem, but the Jebusites are in the way, and they do not think David and his army are a threat (verse 6). But his army is victorious, 1 Chronicles 11:6-9 tell us that it was this battle that resulted in Joab becoming his commander. David took the stronghold at Zion, and it became the City of David.
Then David went up against the Philistines, whom he heard were after him (verse 20). He defeated them at Baal-perazim (verse 20), and they left their idols there. This is a bit ironic, as it was the Philistines who had captured the ark of the covenant in 1 Samuel 4:1-11. It is in 1 Chronicles 14:12 that we learn that David had these idols burned.
Verse 11 tells us that “Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house.” It is unsure whether this is the same king Hiram of Tyre that in 1 Kings 5:1–18 provided David’s son, Solomon with the cedars to build the temple – or maybe his son. But David and his kingdom have become greater and greater (verse 10).
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