David built palaces for himself in the City of David, and he prepared a place for the Ark of God and erected a tent for it.
They brought the Ark of God, placed it within the tent that David had erected, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings in the presence of God.
David assembled all of Israel in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to its proper place that he had prepared for it.
After David had settled down to live in his palace, he spoke with the prophet Nathan. "Look, here I am living in this cedar palace, but the ark of the LORD's covenant remains surrounded by curtains!"
Therefore they say, "The blind and lame are never to come into the house." David occupied the fortress, naming it the City of David. He built up the surroundings from the terrace ramparts inward.
So David sent for Tamar back at the palace, telling her, "Please go to your brother Amnon's home and prepare some food for him."
Nevertheless, the king said, "Let him return to his own home and not show his face to me." So Absalom returned to his own home and did not show his face to the king.