David counts the Israelites

Chapter 24 David counts the Israelites v1 Again the *Lord was angry with *Israel. He made David cause trouble for the *Israelites. He said to David, ‘Go and count the people of *Israel and *Judah.’ v2 So King David spoke to Joab who was the leader of his army. David said, ‘Go through all the *tribes of *Israel. Travel from Dan to Beersheba and count all the people. Then I will know how many people there are.’ v3 But Joab replied to the king, ‘The *Lord your God can give…

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David’s last words

Chapter 23 David’s last words v1 These are the last words of David.           David was the son of Jesse.           David was the man whom God made great.           David was the person whom the God of Jacob *anointed.           David was the lovely singer of *Israel.           David said,           v2 ‘The Spirit of the *Lord spoke by me.                       I spoke his word.           v3 The God of *Israel spoke.                       He is *Israel’s Rock (*Israel’s security).           He said to me,           “A ruler must rule…

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David praises the Lord

Chapter 22 David praises the Lord v1 The *Lord had saved David from Saul and all his other enemies. So David sang this song to the *Lord. v2 David said,           ‘The *Lord gives me security.                       So, he is like my rock and my strong place.           He saves me.           v3 My God is like a rock to me.           I can run to him and be safe.           He is like my *shield. He keeps me safe and he makes me strong.                       He is like my…

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The Gibeonites punish Saul’s family

Chapter 21 The Gibeonites punish Saul’s family v1 For three years while David was king, the people did not have enough to eat. So David prayed to the *Lord. The *Lord said, ‘This has happened because Saul and his family are murderers. They killed the *Gibeonites.’ v2 (The *Gibeonites were not *Israelites. The *Gibeonites were a small group that remained from the people called Amorites. The *Israelites had promised to protect them but Saul tried to destroy them. Saul had been too eager to help the people of *Israel and…

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Sheba opposes David

Chapter 20 Sheba opposes David v1 Sheba, the son of Bicri, happened to be there. He came from the *tribe of Benjamin. He was a wicked man. He blew a *trumpet and he shouted, ‘We will not join with David. We do not want to associate with the son of Jesse! People of *Israel, prepare to fight!’ v2 So all the *Israelites left David. They followed Sheba, the son of Bicri. But the men of *Judah stayed with the king as he travelled from the river Jordan to Jerusalem. v3…

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Joab speaks to David and David returns to Jerusalem

Chapter 19 Joab speaks to David and David returns to Jerusalem v1 Someone told Joab, ‘The king is crying. He is very sad about Absalom.’ v2 David’s army had won the battle that day. But then they heard that David was very sad about his son. So, it became a sad day for the army too. v3 The men returned to the city quietly that day. They behaved like men who had run away from a battle. They were as quiet as men who felt ashamed. v4 The king covered…

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David’s men defeat and kill Absalom

Chapter 18 David’s men defeat and kill Absalom v1 David counted the soldiers who were with him. He appointed men to command groups of 1000 soldiers. He also appointed other men to command groups of 100 soldiers. v2 David sent his soldiers out in three groups. Joab commanded a third of them. Joab’s brother Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, commanded a third of them. And Ittai from Gath commanded a third of them. The king said to the soldiers, ‘I will go with you myself.’ v3 But they said to…

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Ahithophel and Hushai advise Absalom

Chapter 17 Ahithophel and Hushai advise Absalom v1 Then Ahithophel said to Absalom, ‘Let me choose 12 000 men. I will go and chase David tonight. v2 I will attack him when he is tired and weak. I will frighten him. All the people who are with him will run away. I will kill only the king. v3 Then I will bring all his people back to you. When David is dead, everyone will return to you. Everyone will be safe.’ v4 Absalom and all the leaders in *Israel thought…

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David and Ziba

Chapter 16 David and Ziba v1 David had just passed the top of the hill. Ziba, who was Mephibosheth’s servant, met David. Ziba had a row of *donkeys. There were saddles on the *donkeys. The *donkeys carried 200 loaves of bread and 100 round packs of raisins (a type of dried fruit). They also had 100 packs of figs (fruit) and a leather bag full of wine. v2 The king said to Ziba, ‘Why have you brought these here?’ Ziba answered, ‘Your family can ride on the *donkeys. The men…

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Absalom makes a secret plan against King David

Chapter 15 Absalom makes a secret plan against King David v1 After this, Absalom got a *chariot and some horses. He also got 50 men who ran ahead of him. v2 Absalom used to get up early. He stood by the road that went to the gate of the city. If a person had a problem, that person sometimes went to the king. The king would be the judge. When someone went past Absalom he would say to them, ‘Which town do you come from?’ The man would answer, ‘Your…

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Joab plans to bring Absalom back to Jerusalem

Chapter 14 Joab plans to bring Absalom back to Jerusalem v1 Joab, the son of Zeruiah, knew that King David was constantly thinking about Absalom. v2 So Joab sent for a wise woman from the town called Tekoa. Joab said to her, ‘Pretend that someone has died. And pretend that you are very sad about this. Wear the clothes that you wear at a funeral. Do not put oil on your face to make it look pretty. Behave like a woman who has been sad for a long time. v3…

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Amnon and Tamar

Chapter 13 Amnon and Tamar v1 David had a son called Absalom and another son called Amnon. Absalom had a beautiful sister called Tamar. Amnon loved Tamar. v2 But Amnon loved her so much that he became ill. Tamar was a young unmarried girl. So, Amnon could not do anything to her. v3 But Amnon had a friend called Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimeah. Jonadab was a very clever man. v4 He said to Amnon, ‘You are the king’s son. Why do you look so sad…

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Nathan’s message to David

Chapter 12 Nathan’s message to David v1 The *Lord sent Nathan to David. Nathan went to David and he said, ‘Two men lived in a city. One man was rich. The other man was poor. v2 The rich man had many sheep and cows. v3 But the poor man had only one young sheep, which was female. He had bought it and he looked after it. The little sheep grew up with the man and his children. It ate the same food as the man. It drank from his cup.…

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David and Bathsheba

Chapter 11 David and Bathsheba v1 The next spring came. Kings usually went to fight wars during springtime. David sent Joab out with David’s officers and the *Israelite army. They defeated the *Ammonites and surrounded the city called Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem. (Verse 1 See also 1 Chronicles 20:1.) Kings preferred not to fight wars in the winter. It was wet and often cold. The roads and the land became muddy. The soldiers could not move from one area to another. People would not be able to supply…

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David defeats the Ammonites

Chapter 10 David defeats the Ammonites v1 Some time later, Nahash, the king of the *Ammonites, died. His son Hanun became king. v2 David thought, ‘I will be kind to Hanun because his father Nahash was kind to me.’ So, David sent some of his servants to Hanun. David wanted to show sympathy to Hanun after his father’s death. David’s men came to the country called Ammon. v3 The leaders in Ammon said to the king, ‘Do not imagine that David really feels sympathy for you. He does not really…

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David and Mephibosheth

Chapter 9 David and Mephibosheth v1 One day David asked, ‘Is anyone from Saul’s family still alive? If so, I want to be kind to that person because of the promise that I made to Jonathan.’ v2 Now Saul’s family had a servant called Ziba. David’s officials called Ziba to go to David. Then King David asked him, ‘Are you Ziba?’ Ziba replied, ‘Yes, I am your servant.’ v3 David said, ‘Is there anyone still alive in Saul’s family? I want to show him God’s kindness.’ Ziba replied, ‘Yes, one…

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David wins many wars

Chapter 8 David wins many wars v1 Some time later, David fought the *Philistines. He defeated them and he controlled their chief city. v2 Then David defeated the people from Moab. He made the prisoners lie down on the ground. Then he measured them with a line. David’s army killed the prisoners who were lying by the first and second lines. But they allowed the prisoners who were lying by the third line to live. After that, the people of Moab had to serve David. They paid taxes to him.…

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God makes a promise to David

Chapter 7 God makes a promise to David v1 King David was living in his palace now. The *Lord had given him peace from his enemies. v2 One day, David said to Nathan, the *prophet, ‘I am living in a palace. And my palace has the best wood, from trees called cedars. But the *ark of God is still in a tent.’ v3 Nathan replied to the king, ‘You should do whatever you have decided to do. The *Lord is with you.’ v4 That night the *Lord spoke to Nathan.…

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David brings the ark of God to Jerusalem

Chapter 6 David brings the ark of God to Jerusalem v1 David again gathered all the men that he chose from *Israel. There were 30 000 men. v2 Then David and all his men went to the town called Baalah in *Judah. They went to bring back the *ark of God. The *ark has the name of the most powerful *Lord. The *Lord is present between the cherubim (*angels) on the top of the *ark. v3 They brought the *ark of God out from Abinadab’s house, which was on a…

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David becomes the king of Israel

Chapter 5 This chapter records three very important things that David did: (1)        He united the nation of *Israel. (2)       He made the city of Jerusalem his capital. (This city is still the most important city for the *Jewish people now, almost 3000 years later.) (3)        He defeated the *Philistines. They were never a big problem again for the *Israelites. The author of this book recorded these events. But he did not tell us when they happened. (Verses 1-10 See also 1 Chronicles 11:1-9. Verses 11-16 See also 1 Chronicles…

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The murder of Ish-Bosheth

Chapter 4 The murder of Ish-Bosheth v1 Ish-Bosheth was the son of Saul. He heard that Abner had died in Hebron. So, Ish-Bosheth became afraid. And all the people of *Israel were also worried. v2 Ish-Bosheth had two leaders in his army. The name of one man was Baanah, and the name of the other man was Recab. The name of their father was Rimmon. He came from the town of Beeroth. He was from the *tribe of Benjamin. (The town of Beeroth belonged to the *tribe of Benjamin. v3…

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David becomes the king of Judah

Chapter 2 David becomes the king of Judah v1 After this, David asked the *Lord, ‘Shall I go to a town in *Judah?’ The *Lord said, ‘Yes.’ David asked, ‘Which town shall I go to?’ The *Lord said, ‘Go to Hebron.’ v2 David had two wives. One wife was Ahinoam who came from the town of Jezreel. His other wife was Abigail. She was the widow of Nabal who came from the town of Carmel. David and his two wives went to Hebron. v3 David’s men and their families went…

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David, the Great King of Israel

About the book of 2 Samuel David, the Great King of Israel: The book of 2 Samuel records the life of David as king. There are several accounts of events in 2 Samuel that are also in 1 Chronicles. Some of the accounts are very similar. But some of the accounts are different. The authors wrote these accounts for different reasons. The author of 1 and 2 Samuel wrote about the main events in the lives of Samuel, Saul and David. The author wrote this to record the history of…

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Saul visits a medium at the town of Endor

Chapter 28 v1 Later, the *Philistines gathered their army to fight the *Israelites. Achish said to David, ‘You must realise that you and your men must join my army’. v2 David said, ‘Yes, I am your servant. You will see what I can do’. Achish replied, ‘Good. For the rest of your life you will protect me’. In those days, if people went to live in a different country, they had to fight in the army of that country. So David and his men had to join the *Philistine army.…

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