This book continues the history of Israel under David as king. David lamented the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, but there was continual strife between the house of Saul and that of David until David's succession was consolidated.

Stories of intrigue, violence, treachery and bloodshed marred the reign of David. During his reign the ancient city of Jebus was taken and became, with varying fortunes, Jerusalem the capital city of Israel.
II Samuel 5.vv.1-10

Towards the end of his reign it appears that David wished to build a 'dwelling place' for God in Jerusalem, but through the prophet Nathan was dissuaded.
II Samuel 7.vv.1-29

The concluding years of David's reign were bitter for him. His own grievous sin in lusting after Uriah's wife, Bethsheba, and his treachery in encompassing Uriah's death caused him, at the rebuke of Nathan the prophet, to feel remorse for which he repented. Moreover the disorder in his own household, the rivalry of his sons, their indiscipline, scheming and immorality caused David great sorrow, which culminated in the death of Absalom, David's favourite son.
II Samuel 18.v.24 to 19.v.8

David's trust in God, shown in his 'Song of Thanksgiving' (Psalm 18) (whenever or by whomever written) is probably the basis for the ascription of the Psalter (the Psalms of David) to the great king.
II Samuel 22.vv.1-51

Knowing that his end was near, David spoke his 'Last Words', again showing his trust and confidence in God.
II Samuel 23.vv.1-5

A brief anecdote showing David in a very favourable light is given in this final chapter of the book.
II Samuel 23.vv.13-17

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