2 Samuel 5

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. (2 Samuel 5:4) God fulfills his promises to us, but always on His timetable. He never wastes moments or opportunities. Many years had passed since Samuel had anointed the young shepherd boy of Jesse’s clan....

2 Samuel 4

And they said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life. The LORD has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and his offspring.” (2 Samuel 4:8b) Baanah and Rechab are rebel assassins. Of their own accord...

2 Samuel 3

And when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the midst of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the stomach, so that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. (2 Samuel 3:27) An unforeseen ally in Abner positioned David...

2 Samuel 2

When they told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,” David sent messengers to the men 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. Now may the LORD show steadfast...

2 Samuel 1

And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. (2 Samuel 1:12) One might expect David to rejoice at the death of Saul,...

I Samuel 31

Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me.” But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. (I Samuel 31:4) This final...

I Samuel 30

Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep . . . And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and...

I Samuel 29

Is not this David, of whom they sing to one another in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’? (I Samuel 29:5) David is caught in the middle of a twisted covert operation. The commanders of the Philistine army knew David’s reputation and his record....

I Samuel 28

And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by reams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his...

I Samuel 27

Then David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I...