Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 and Psalm 48
Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said,
"Look, we are your bone and flesh.
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led
out Israel and brought it in. The LORD said to you: It is you
who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be
ruler over Israel."
So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King
David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and
they anointed David king over Israel.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned forty years.
At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and
at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three
David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David.
David built the city all around from the Millo inward.
And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of
hosts, was with him.
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our
God. His holy mountain,
beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion,
in the far north, the city of the great King.
Within its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense.
Then the kings assembled, they came on together.
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic,
they took to flight;
trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor,
as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of
hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever.
We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your
Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the
earth. Your right hand is filled with victory.
Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because
of your judgments.
Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers,
consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you
may tell the next generation
that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide
I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up
to the third heaven--whether in the body or out of the body I do
not know; God knows.
And I know that such a person--whether in the body or out of the
body I do not know; God knows--
was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be
told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat.
On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I
will not boast, except of my weaknesses.
But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be
speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may
think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me,
even considering the exceptional character of the revelations.
Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given
me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me
from being too elated.
Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would
but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for
power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all
the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ
may dwell in me.
Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships,
persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for
whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples
On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who
heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man
get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him?
What deeds of power are being done by his hands!
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James
and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with
us?" And they took offense at him.
Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor,
except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their
And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his
hands on a few sick people and cured them.
And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among
the villages teaching.
He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and
gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a
staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;
but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.
He said to them, "Wherever you enter a house, stay there
until you leave the place.
If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you,
as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a
testimony against them."
So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.
They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were
sick and cured them.