David became king and afterwards became greater because of YHWH, not his own skill or might. Though the LORD led him through difficult times on the journey to become king, David then led for a long time. Let us put our trust in the LORD and not ourselves.
I do continue to be baffled at why it seems there is no rebuke about David taking on more wives and concubines. At some point I may come back to study that in more detail. We must remember that when YHWH made a helper and wife for Adam, He made Eve. He did not make a group of women to complete and partner with Adam. There was only one. That is how it was before sin entered the world.
David King over All Israel
1Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2“Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.’” 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them before the LORD at Hebron; then they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
6Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, “You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away”; thinking, “David cannot enter here.” 7Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David. 8David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul, through the water tunnel.” Therefore they say, “The blind or the lame shall not come into the house.” 9So David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward. 10David became greater and greater, for the LORD God of hosts was with him.
11Then Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David with cedar trees and carpenters and stonemasons; and they built a house for David. 12And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.
13Meanwhile David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14Now these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.
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