The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 11:1–3

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Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying: 'Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

And all Israel came to David in Chebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bones and thy flesh.

Then all of Israel was gathered to David at Hebron, saying: “We are your bone and your flesh.

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In times past, even when Saul was king, it was thou that didst lead out and bring in Israel; and YHWH thy God said unto thee: Thou shalt feed My people Israel, and thou shalt be prince over My people Israel.'

And heretofore when Saul was king, thou wast he that led Israel in and out, and the Lord of Israel said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be for a ruler over Israel.

Also, yesterday and the day before, when Saul still reigned, you were the one who led out and brought in Israel. For the Lord your God said to you: ‘You shall pasture my people Israel, and you shall be the leader over them.’ ”

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So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before YHWH; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the YHWH by the hand of Samuel.

Therefore, all those greater by birth of Israel went to the king at Hebron. And David formed a pact with them before the Lord. And they anointed him king over Israel, in accord with the word of the Lord, which he spoke by the hand of Samuel.