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The City of David 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

The City of David

Like us sometimes, David was unable to conquer certain strongholds.

At a Glance

The Jebusite town that David conquered was Jerusalem, and he named the citadel after himself. So we begin by looking at a few cities that bear the name David, and others that bear the name of the founder, perhaps. And then we move to a discussion of some fortresses David was unable to conquer. These strongholds seemed impregnable.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Soul-Scrubbing," July 6, 1997, at

The city of David. David's City.

Davidstown. Davidsville. Davidsburg.

You get the idea. David, who had ruled over Judea for about seven years, has recently been anointed king over all of Israel. This is possible because of the death of Saul (see 1 Samuel 31). Now David moves his headquarters from Hebron to the Jebusite city of Jerusalem -- the leaders of which taunt David by saying that even the blind and the lame would repel his troops.

David takes the stronghold and promptly names it after himself. It becomes known as the "City...

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