1. And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also masons and carpenters to build a house for him.

2. And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

3. And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David begot more sons and daughters.

4. These are the names of the children whom he had in Jerusalem: Shammu'a, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,

5. Ibhar, Eli'shu-a, El'pelet,

6. Nogah, Nepheg, Japhi'a,

7. Eli'shama, Beeli'ada, and Eliph'elet.

8. When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; and David heard of it and went out against them.

9. Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Reph'aim.

10. And David inquired of God, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt thou give them into my hand?" And the LORD said to him, "Go up, and I will give them into your hand."

11. And he went up to Ba'al-pera'zim, and David defeated them there; and David said, "God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood." Therefore the name of that place is called Ba'al-pera'zim.

12. And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.

13. And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley.

14. And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, "You shall not go up after them; go around and come upon them opposite the balsam trees.

15. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle; for God has gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines."

16. And David did as God commanded him, and they smote the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.

17. And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.

“Mesmo quando perdemos a consciência deste mundo, quando parecemos já mortos, Deus nos dá ainda uma chance de entender o que é realmente o pecado, antes de nos julgar. E se entendemos corretamente, como podemos não nos arrepender?” São Padre Pio de Pietrelcina