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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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:4 anointed David king. It is noteworthy that David was actually anointed king on three different occasions. His divine anointing came through Samuel (I Samuel 16:13), but then this was supplemented on the human level—first by David’s own tribe of Judah, and eventually by the other tribes (II Samuel 2:4; 5:3).

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