Workers For Jesus Online Bible Study Table of Contents

About this Bible Study........The King James Version of the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard for modern English readers to understand.  In this study, you will find notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses in their KJV form. 

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. ----  David is Israel's greatest king. -- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- The books of I and II Chronicles start at the beginning of the world and ends at this time When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul write letters to Christians in other places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.


The Book of  1 Chronicles

There are two books of Chronicles: 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles. They contain records from the time of Adam to the time when the Jewish people returned from the Babylonian captivity.

The book of 1 Chronicles starts with Adam and tells the family history (genealogy) of Saul and David.  The second part of 1 Chronicles tells about the time when David was the king of Israel.

The book of 2 Chronicles tells about the time when David's son, Solomon, was the king of Israel.  The second part of 2 Chronicles tells about the other kings who ruled Israel until the Jews were taken away to Babylonia.  The book ends with the Jews returning to Israel.


1 Chronicles 11 - 14

David becomes the king of Israel.
David captures the city of Jerusalem and makes it his capital city.

David's army grows.
David brings back the Ark.
David's kingdom and power grows.


1 Chronicles 11

David becomes king of Israel.

All of the Israelites met together at Hebron.  They said that they are family with David.
[1] Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

Back when Saul was the king, David was a leader. He led them when they were in battles. God told David that he would be the leader over the Israelites. He will feed them and be their leader.
[2] And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.

The elders of Israel came to Hebron. David made a covenant with them in God's presence. They anointed David and made him the king of Israel.  This was according to God's word by Samuel.
[3] Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.


David captures Jerusalem and makes it his city.

David and the Israelite army went to Jerusalem (it was called Jebus then).  At that time, the Jebusites lived in that area.
[4] And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land.

The people in Jebus told David he could not come in.  But David defeated them. He took the castle named Zion. Now, it is called the city of David.
[5] And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.

David told his soldiers that the first one to kill a Jebusite would be his captain. Joab (his father's name was Zeruiah) was the first one, and so he became the captain.

[6] And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.

David lived in the castle. They called it the city of David.
[7] And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David.

David built the city all around. He built it from Millo. Joab built up the rest of the city. (no one knows for sure what Millo was. It may have been a terrace or flat place).
[8] And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city.


This is the land where Jerusalem is built.
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This is how Jerusalem looks now. (Picture from


Jerusalem is a very important city to 3 religions--Judaism (Jewish), Christianity, and Islam.

The city of Jerusalem is built on several mountains. There are valleys that run between the mountains.

The first people who lived in this area lived on the hill named Ophel. There was a spring of water named Gihon Spring near Ophel. People who study very old times (archaeologists), found pieces of pottery. They think people were living in Jerusalem in about 3500 B.C.

Archaeologists have also found writing in Egypt that mentions Jerusalem. About 1900 years before Jesus Christ was born, the Egyptians wrote about a city in that area. The name of the city sounded like "rushalimum". 

In the book of Genesis, Abram (the first name of Abraham) met a man named Melchizedek. He was king of Salem. Salem may have been the name for the area of Jerusalem.

Later in the book of Genesis, Abraham was going to sacrifice his son, Isaac. But the angel told him to stop. This happened on Mount Moriah.

The Jebusite people lived in Jerusalem.  They called the city Jebus. Jebus means "threshing floor". Threshing means stepping on grain or hitting grain to separate the food part from the plant part.

In this book of the Bible, David captures Jerusalem. He makes it the most important city in his kingdom.

These web sites have good information about the early history of Jerusalem.

Good sources: (timeline)


God was with David, and he became greater and greater.
[9] So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.


David's leaders -- Three Mighty Men

These are the leaders of David's army. They made themselves strong with his kingdom. They supported him the same as everyone in Israel did.
[10] These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.

The first leader was Jashobeam. He killed 300 people at one time.
[11] And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, and Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time.

The next leader was Eleazar. His father was named Dodo. He was an Ahohite. He was one of the the Three Mighty Men. He was with David at the place named Pas-dammim.  That was a battle with the Philistines where barley was growing in the ground. The other soldiers ran away, but Eleazar stayed. Eleazar and David killed many Philistines. God saved them and greatly delivered them.
[12] And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties.
[13] He was with David at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and
the people fled from before the Philistines.
[14] And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great deliverance.

The Three Mighty Men were with David in a cave at Adullam. The Philistine army was camped nearby in the valley of Rephaim. The Philistines were in control of Bethlehem. David had to stay where he was and could not leave because of the Philistine army.
[15] Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
[16] And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines' garrison was then at Bethlehem.

David said that he wished he could have some water to drink. The water was from the well of Bethlehem by the city gate.

[17] And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!

The Three Mighty Men broke through the line of the Philistines. They drew water out of the well by the Bethlehem gate. They brought it to David. But David would not drink the water. He poured it out as an offering to God.

[18] And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD,

David said that it was wrong to drink the water. He said it was the same as drinking the blood of the men who risked their lives to get it from the well.
[19] And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.

Joab's brother was named Abishai. He was the leader of the Three. He killed 300 people with his spear He was more honorable than the other 2, but he was not as great as the first 3.
[20] And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for lifting up his spear against three hundred, he slew them, and had a name among the three.
[21] Of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he was their captain: howbeit he attained not to the first three.

More of David's Mighty Men

Benaiah was the son of Jehoida, and Jehoida was the son of a brave man from Kabzeel.  Benaiah killed 2 strong men from Moab. He also killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day.  He also killed a very tall Egyptian who was 5 cubits tall (7 and a half feet).  That Egyptian had a larger spear.  Benaiah went to the Egyptian and used a staff to get the spear out of his hand.  Then he killed him with his own spear.
[22] Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day.
[23] And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.

Benaiah was honorable. He was not one of the 3 Mighty Men but he was one of the 30 Mighty Men.  David put him in charge of his guards.

[24] These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among the three mighties.
[25] Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.


These were other leaders of David's armies:

Asahel -- Joab's brother
Elhanan -- son of Dodo from Bethlehem
Shammoth -- he was a Harorite
Helez -- he was a Pelonite
Ira - his father was Ikkesh who was a Tekoite
Abi-ezer -- he was an Antothite
[26] Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
[27] Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
[28] Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abi-ezer the Antothite,
[29] Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,

Maharai -- he was a Netophathite
Heled -- his father was Baana who was a Netophathite
Ithai -- his father was Ribai who came from Gibeah (area of Benjamin's children)
Benaiah - he was a Pirathonite
Hurai -- he came from the area of the brooks of Gaash
Abiel -- he was an Arbathite
[30] Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
[31] Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
[32] Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,

Azmaveth -- he was a Baharumite
Eliabba -- he was a Shaalbonite
The sons of the man named Hashem who was a Gizonite.
Jonathan -- his father was Shage who was a Haraite
Abiam -- his father was Sacar who was a Hararite
Eliphal -- his father was Ur
Hepher --  he was a Mecherathite
Ahijah -- he was a Pelonite
[33] Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
[34] The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite,
[35] Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,
[36] Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,

Hezro -- he was a Carmelite
Naarai -- his father was Ezbai
Joel -- his brother was Nathan
Mibhar -- his father was Haggeri
Zelek -- he was an Ammonite
Naharai -- he was a Berothite.  He carried the armour for Joab (his father was Zeruiah)
Ira -- he was an Ithrite
Gareb -- he was an Ithrite

[37] Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
[38] Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,
[39] Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
[40] Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

Uriah -- he was a Hittite
Zabad -- his father was Ahlai
Adina -- his father was Shiza who was a Reubenite. He was captain of the Reubenites and had 30 men with him.
Hanan -- his father was Maachah
Joshaphat -- he was a Mithnite
[41] Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
[42] Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with him,
[43] Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,


Uzzia -- he was an Ashterathite
Shama and Jehiel -- their father was Hothan, and he was an Aroerite
Jediael -- his father was Shimri
Jediael's brother, Joha -- he was a Tizite.
Eliel -- he was a Mahavite
Jeribai and Joshaviah -- their father was Elnaam
Ithmah -- he was a Moabite
Eliel and Obel
Jasiel -- the Mesobaite

[44] Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite,
[45] Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
[46] Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
[47] Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.

1 Chronicles 12

Soldiers come to help David.

Some of David's men came to Ziklag while he was hiding there from Saul. They had bows and arrows. They could use both of their hands to throw rocks and shoot arrows.  Some of them were from Saul's family in Benjamin.
[1] Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.
[2] They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.

The leader was Ahiezer.   These were the others with him:
Sons of Shemaah who was from Gibeon.
Jeziel and Pelet -- their father was Azmaveth
Jehu -- he was an Antothite

[3] The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite,

Ismaiah -- from Gibeon, he was one of the leaders of the 30 mighty men
Josabad - he was a Gederathithe

[4] And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite,

Shephatiah -- he was a Haruphite

These were Korhites:

[5] Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite,
[6] Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites,

Joelah and Zebadiah - their father was Jeroham from Gedor
[7] And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

Some of the men were from the tribe of Gad. They were with David in the wilderness. They were strong and ready for war.  They could use shields and spears.  They had faces like lions. They were fast like deer on the mountains.

The names of the Gadites were: 
[8] And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;
[9] Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,
[10] Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
[11] Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
[12] Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
[13] Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh.

These were the leaders who were descendants of Gad.  Some of them were leaders over a hundred soldiers, and some were leaders over a thousand soldiers.
[14] These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.

These are the soldiers that went over the Jordan River the first month when it flooded. They chased away the people that were east and west of the valleys.
[15] These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.

Some soldiers came to David from the tribes of Benjamin and Judah.  David went out to meet them.  He told them that if they were coming to help him, he will be very grateful.  But if they are coming to betray him, God will punish them because he hasn't done anything wrong.
[16] And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.
[17] And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.

The Holy Spirit was on the leader of the captains, Amasai.  He told David that they were on his side.  He prayed for peace to be on David and on David's helpers.  He said that God was helping David.  David welcomed them and made them leaders in his army.
[18] Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

In the past, David and some soldiers from the tribe of Manasseh went to fight with the Philistines against King Saul.  But the Philistines sent them home.  They felt he would help Saul instead of fighting against him. Then David went to Ziklag and the soldiers from Manasseh went with him. These were the leaders of the soldiers from Manasseh: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zilthai.
[19] And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.
[20] As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh.

They helped David against his enemies. They were brave and strong men and leaders of the army.  More and more soldiers came to help David.  He had a big army like the angels of God.
[21] And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.
[22] For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.

These are how many soldiers came to help David at Hebron. They came to make David the king instead of Saul according to God's word.
[23] And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.

Soldiers from the tribe of Judah: 6,800. They were armed with shields and spears.  They were ready for war.
[24] The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.

Brave and strong men from the tribe of Simeon: 7,100

[25] Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.

From the tribe of Levi:  4,600.   Jehoiada was the leader of the group who were descendants of Aaron. He led 3,700 soldiers.  Zadok was a young, strong soldier and had 22 army leaders in his family.
[26] Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.
[27] And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred;
[28] And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two captains.

From the tribe of Benjamin:  3,000.  They were related to Saul. Most of the soldiers from the tribe of Benjamin stayed to help Saul.
[29] And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.

The descendants of Ephraim: 20,800.  They were strong and brave. They were famous in their half-tribe.
[30] And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.

From the half-tribe of Manasseh: 18,000.  They had been specially chosen to come and help make David the king.
[31] And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.

From the tribe of Issachar: 200. They understood what Israel needed to do and the right time to be successful.
[32] And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

From the tribe of Zebulun: 50,000.  They were experts in fighting wars with all weapons.  They were loyal soldiers.  
[33] Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

From the tribe of Naphtali: 1,000 captains and 37,000 soldiers with shields and spears.

[34] And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.

From the tribe of Dan:  28,600. They were experts in war.
[35] And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.

From the tribe of Asher: 40,000. They were experts in war.
[36] And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.

On the other side of the Jordan, there were 120,000 more soldiers with weapons.  They were from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
[37] And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.

These soldiers came to Hebron to make David the king of Israel.  The soldiers came voluntarily because they wanted to come. The rest of the people in Israel wanted David to become king, too.
[38] All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.

For 3 days, they were with David.  They were eating and drinking the food their families had fixed for them.

[39] And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.

The people who were near them (as far as the areas of Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali) brought them bread on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen.  They also brought meat, meal, fig cakes,  bunches of raisins, wine, oil, oxen, and a lot of sheep. There was joy in Israel.
[40] Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.

1 Chronicles 13

David brings back the Ark.

David consulted with his army leaders. Then, he talked to the people in Israel. He said, "If you agree and if it is God's will, we will bring all of the priests and Levites here. We will bring the Ark here.  While Saul was king, we did not ask the Ark about important things."

[1] And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.
[2] And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:
[3] And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we inquired not at it in the days of Saul.

The congregation said they agreed to do that.
[4] And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

David gathered all of Israelites together from the areas of the brook called Shihor to the area of Hamath. They all went together to bring the Ark back from Kirjath-jearim
[5] So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath-jearim.
[6] And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjath-jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.

They carried the Ark of God in a new cart from Abinadab's house.  Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.
[7] And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.


Picture from LaVista Church of Christ

David and all Israel played music and sang for God.  They played harps, psalteries, timbrels, cymbals, and trumpets.
[8] And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

When they got to the place named Chidon (a threshing floor), the oxen stumbled. Uzza put his hand on the ark. God was very angry with Uzza, and He killed him.
[9] And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
[10] And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.

David was not happy that God killed Uzza. The place where Uzza died was called Perez-uzza.
[11] And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-uzza to this day.

Then David was afraid of God that day.  He asked himself if he should take the Ark of God to his city of Jerusalem or not.  He decided to take the Ark to the home of Obed-edom.  He was a Gittite.
[12] And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?
[13] So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

The Ark of God stayed at Obed-edom's house for 3 months. The Lord blessed Obed-edom and all of his family and everything he had.
[14] And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that he had.


1 Chronicles 14

David's kingdom and power grows.

The king of Tyre was Hiram.  Hiram sent messengers to David with cedar wood, masons, and carpenters to build David a house.
[1] Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of cedars, with masons and carpenters, to build him an house.

David understood that God had made him king of Israel.   His kingdom and the people of Israel were getting stronger.
[2] And David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel.

David marries more wives and has more children.

David married more wives at Jerusalem. He had more sons and daughters.
[3] And David took more wives at Jerusalem: and David begat more sons and daughters.

These are the names of David's children that he had in Jerusalem:  Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Elpalet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphalet.
[4] Now these are the names of his children which he had in Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon,
[5] And Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpalet,
[6] And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
[7] And Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphalet.


God helps David defeat the Philistines.

The Philistines heard that David was anointed king of all Israel. They went to look for David.  David heard about it and went out to fight them.

[8] And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them.

The Philistines stopped in the valley named Rephaim.  David asked God if he should go and fight the Philistines.  He asked God if He would help him defeat them.  God told him to go and fight them. He told David He will help him defeat them.
[9] And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
[10] And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand.

David went and defeated the Philistines at the place named Baal-perazim.  David said that God had broken his enemies like water breaks out of a pipe.  That is why he named the place Baal-perazim.  This means "the Lord broke through."
[11] So they came up to Baal-perazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim.

The Philistines had left their statues of gods there when they left. David ordered for them to be burned.  
[12] And when they had left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.

The Philistines spread out again in the valley.  David asked God if he should attack them.  God told him not yet.  He told to turn around and attack them near the mulberry trees.
[13] And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in the valley.
[14] Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.

God told David to wait until he heard sounds in the tops of the mulberry trees.  The sounds would mean that God had gone ahead of them. Then they should attack.
[15] And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.

David obeyed God. He killed many of the Philistines from Gibeon to Gazer.

[16] David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer.

David became more famous in other places.  God made the other countries afraid of him.
[17] And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.