G10 II SAMUEL
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
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
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