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2 Samuel

Your throne shall be established forever.



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Previous Book: Ruth



Language


Hebrew



People


David

Saul

Jonathan

Nathan

Bathsheba

Uriah

Solomon

Mephibosheth



Chapters

Chapter 1

David Mourns for Saul and Jonathan

​Chapter 2

David Anointed King of Judah

Ish-bosheth King of Israel

The Battle of Gibeon

Chapter 3

Abner Defects to David

Abner Is Killed by Joab

Chapter 4

Ish-bosheth Assassinated

Chapter 5

David Anointed King of All Israel

Jerusalem Made Capital of the United Kingdom

Philistine Attack Repulsed

Chapter 6

David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem

Chapter 7

God’s Covenant with David

David’s Prayer

Chapter 8

David’s Wars

David’s Officers

Chapter 9

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth

Chapter 10

The Ammonites and Arameans Are Defeated

Chapter 11

David Commits Adultery with Bathsheba

David Has Uriah Killed

​Chapter 12

Nathan Condemns David

Bathsheba’s Child Dies

Solomon Is Born

The Ammonites Crushed

​Chapter 13

Amnon and Tamar

Absalom Avenges the Violation of His Sister

​Chapter 14

Absalom Returns to Jerusalem

David Forgives Absalom

Chapter 15

Absalom Usurps the Throne

David Flees from Jerusalem

Hushai Becomes David’s Spy

​Chapter 16

David’s Adversaries

Shimei Curses David

The Counsel of Ahithophel

​Chapter 17

The Counsel of Hushai

Hushai Warns David to Escape

​Chapter 18

The Defeat and Death of Absalom

David Hears of Absalom’s Death

David Mourns for Absalom

​Chapter 19

David Recalled to Jerusalem

David’s Mercy to Shimei

David and Mephibosheth Meet

David’s Kindness to Barzillai

​Chapter 20

The Rebellion of Sheba

​Chapter 21

David Avenges the Gibeonites

Exploits of David’s Men

​Chapter 22

David’s Song of Thanksgiving

​Chapter 23

The Last Words of David

David’s Mighty Men

​Chapter 24

David’s Census of Israel and Judah

Judgment on David’s Sin

David’s Altar on the Threshing Floor




Highlights



David Anointed King of Judah

2 Samuel 2:1-7


1 After this David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” The LORD said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” He said, “To Hebron.” 2 So David went up there, along with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 David brought up the men who were with him, every one with his household; and they settled in the towns of Hebron. 4 Then the people of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.


When they told David, “It was the people of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,” 5 David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, “May you be blessed by the LORD, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord, and buried him! 6 Now may the LORD show steadfast love and faithfulness to you! And I too will reward you because you have done this thing. 7 Therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”




David Anointed King of All Israel

2 Samuel 5:1-5


1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Look, we are your bone and flesh. 2 For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The LORD said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.




Jerusalem Made Capital of the United Kingdom

2 Samuel 5:6


6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, even the blind and the lame will turn you back”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, which is now the city of David. 8 David had said on that day, “Whoever would strike down the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack the lame and the blind, those whom David hates.”a Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” 9 David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.

11 King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar trees, and carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12 David then perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

13 In Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, David took more concubines and wives; and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14 These are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.



God’s Covenant with David

2 Samuel 7:1


1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”

4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: 5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. 7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” 8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; 9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. 15 But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever. 17 In accordance with all these words and with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.






Next Book: 1 Kings




 

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