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by Wayne Blank
"David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus"
Even by the time of The Judges, when the Israelites were well established in their Promised Land, Jebus was still held by the Jebusites, and as such, the city that became Jerusalem was avoided by Israelites who called it "the city of a stranger":
"And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it."
By the time of King David however, Jebus, although well fortified, was taken by the people of Israel under the lawful authority of God's command.
"Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 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."
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