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David brought his army[a] with him, each soldier accompanied by his household, and they settled in the cities of Hebron. After this, the army of Judah arrived, and they anointed David king over the house of Judah.

There they informed David, “The men of Jabesh-gilead buried Saul.”

So David sent messengers to the people[b] of Jabesh-gilead and told them, “May the Lord bless you, because you showed gracious love like[c] this to your lord Saul by burying him.

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  1. 2 Samuel 2:3 Lit. men
  2. 2 Samuel 2:5 Lit. men
  3. 2 Samuel 2:5 The Heb. lacks like

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