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The Davidic Kingdom The story of King David is one of the most inspiring, yet tragic one, of all the Old Testament. Reading it, the believers see by themselves how the great glory and devotion may be superseded by haughtiness and fall, if the necessary checks on one’s self-confidence and power are not properly instituted.


At that time, David, who was exiled by Saul due to a perceived threat to the former’s royal authority, fought with the Amalekites after being disqualified by the Philistine commanders from going together with them into the battle against Saul’s Israelites (1 Samuel 29:11 The New International Version). Nevertheless, as he heard of Saul and his son Jonathan’s demise, David took to a real mourning for these two great warriors and statesmen, for Saul was the first God’s anointed in the history of Israel, and Jonathan was his ‘brother’ (2 Samuel 1:26 The New International Version). The death of Saul opened the way to David to return from his exile, so that he and his loyal adherents descended from the mountains they used to hide in, and settled the towns of Hebron and surrounding areas. The tribe of Judah became David’s power basis, as its members supported him as a new king – as opposed to the majority of Israeli tribes (such as Gilead, Ashuri, Jezreel, and Benjamin) that came in favor of Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul. The latter was forty year old at the time of his ascension, and reigned for two years over all of Israel (2 Samuel 2:8 The New International Version). ...
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