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Verses 1-7

The Fame and the Family of David

v. 1. Now, Hiram, king of Tyre, sent messengers to David, a special embassy bearing his congratulations, and timber of cedars, lumber in the shape of beams, with masons and carpenters, to build him an house, the first royal palace built in Jerusalem.

v. 2. And David perceived that the Lord had confirmed him king over Israel, this fact being brought out by the unsolicited friendship of this powerful neighboring king; for his kingdom was lifted up on high, the Lord having exalted him, bringing out the impression of power more fully, because of His people Israel. Since Jehovah had chosen Israel for His people, therefore He gave it this conspicuous, powerful position among the nations.

v. 3. And David took more wives at Jerusalem; and David begat more sons and daughters, in addition to those born to him in Hebron.

v. 4. Now, these are the names of his children which he had in Jerusalem: Shammua and Shobab, Nathan and Solomon,

v. 5. and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpalet,

v. 6. and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

v. 7. and Elishama, and Beeliada (or Eliada ), and Eliphalet. Cf 2 Samuel 3:5; 2 Samuel 5:14-Nehemiah :. God's treatment of David, given as a reward for the king's faithfulness, was at the same time an act of His wonderful kindness and mercy, as in the case of all His children.

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