2 Samuel 5

What application did the assembled tribes make to David after this, and what were the two arguments employed by them to enforce it?

Is it implied, by the expression, that every individual of Israel was present at Hebron on this occasion?

Have we elsewhere a more detailed account of the gathering of the tribes to Hebron at this time? 1 Chron. 12. 23—40. N. B. This "gathering of the people" to submit themselves to David was a partial fulfilment of the ancient prediction of Jacob respecting the "sceptre of Judah," Gen. 49. 10. which was to be more perfectly accomplished in the future flocking of the nations to the standard of the son of David under the Gospel dispensation.

What is said by the Prophet respecting the Messiah's government, which strikingly corresponds with this gradual enlargement of David's kingdom ? Is. 9. 7.

Was David now anointed again?

What is said of his age, reign, &;c. ?

What correspondencies to this may be mentioned? Num. 4. 3. Luke 3. 23.

What expedition did he engage in shortly after his inauguration, and what is said of the progress and result of it? v. 6—8. N. B. It is supposed that the Jebusites had such confidence in their strong-holds, that in derision of their invaders they placed a company of invalids, the blind and the lame, upon the walls, as if to defend the fortress against them !

Did David succeed in taking it, what did he call it, and how did he fortify it?

Did David's greatness increase and from what cause?

What neighboring king sent to congratulate David on his accession to the throne, and in what other way did he shew his regard for him?

Of what is this typical? Is. 60. 10. N. B. It is worthy of consideration whether this and other similar predictions are not beginning to receive an accomplishment at the present day in those munificent donations made for the building up of Zion in the world.

To what firm conclusion did David come in his own mind from his growing experience of the Lord's mercies?

How was his family multiplied and increased?

Does he not appear in this respect to have regarded too little the divine injunction delivered by Moses? Deut. 17. 17.

What new invasion was David now called to oppose, and where did they respectively choose their stations?

What encouragement had David to engage the enemy, and how did the event correspond? V. 19—21.

What did he thence call the place, and what is signified by the name? N. B. Baalperazim signifies, Lord, or Master of Breaches.

Did the Philistines subsequently renew the invasion, and what was there peculiar in the engagement which followed?

Are we taught by this the necessity of our own active concurrence with divine interpositions in our behalf? Phil. 2:12, 13.

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