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Second Samuel:

David moved to Hebron and became king of the Judean groups (this lasted for 7.5 years). King Saul's son, Ish-Bosheth, became king of the rest of Israel. There was constant warring between these groups, until Ish-Bosheth's general Abner was killed. Then, two of Ish-Bosheth's captains killed him, hoping to gain favor with king David. Neither of the deaths of Abner or Ish-Bosheth pleased king David. He had Ish-Bosheth's captains killed for their deed. David was then crowned king of all Israel (2 Samuel 5:3) at the age of 37; he reigned for 30 more years. David led troops to Jerusalem, captured the fortress of Zion, and it became known as the "City of David" (2 Samuel 5:7). The prophet Nathan told David that the Lord was pleased with David and would make his name famous and that one of his sons would build the Lord a temple.

David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11):
King David admired a beautiful married woman, Bathsheba , and got her pregnant. Then, king David instructed his army general Joab to place her husband, "Uriah the Hittite," in the "front line where the fighting is fiercest" and to pull the men back to let him be killed. After Uriah's death, king David married Bathsheba (he already had 7 wives before her). The Lord, through the prophet Nathan, told king David that the Lord forgave him, but that his wives would be given openly to another man and that his son by Bathsheba would die. Thus, the son of Bathsheba died. She soon had another son -- Solomon (2 Samuel 12:24), named also Jedidiah which means "loved by the Lord" (or "Beloved of Jehovah").

Story of Tamar (2 Samuel 13):
David’s daughter, Tamar, was raped by her half-brother, Amnon. Absalom, Amnon's half-brother and Tamar's full-brother, waits two years, then sends his servants to kill Amnon at a feast to which he invited all of king David's sons.

David's son, Absalom, became powerful and eventually challenged king David for the kingdom. King David had to leave Jerusalem and went to the Mount of Olives (2 Samuel 15:30) to mourn. Absalom arrived at Jerusalem and fulfilled the prophesy of Nathan by insulting his father by going into a tent to be "with his father's concubines" (2 Samuel 16:22) -- actually ten of his young wives (thus king David had many wives now); king David later placed these wives into "virtual widowhood" until their deaths. Absalom and king David continued to fight this civil war, until the army leader Joab killed Absalom. King David took a census and found 800,000 men in Israel and 500,000 in Judah. The census was not God's wishes, so David selected plague as his punishment, hoping that God would be merciful; and (2 Samuel 24:16), when the death angel was ready to destroy Jerusalem, God stopped it.


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