And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That
the men of Jabeshgilead were they
that buried Saul.
And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, Blessed be
ye of the LORD, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even
unto Saul, and have buried him.
And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.
Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.
But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim;
And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.