2 Samuel Overview

The Plot:
King Saul is dead, but one son remains.  Thus David enters another power struggle for the Kingdom. But after ascending the throne of Judah and then all Israel, David errs greatly. From that point on, the enemies of David are not other people, but his own family. This book is about the rise and fall of Israel’s greatest King, and God’s faithfulness to him.

The Themes:

  • Prosperity and success can be more dangerous than suffering and hardship!
  • God is gracious to make promises and faithful to keep them, in spite of human failure.
  • Human failure does, however, bring consequence.

 The Cast:

  • Two Kings- David, and Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son
  • Two Generals- Joab and Abner
  • Two Princes- Amnon and Absalom
  • Two Counselors- Jonadab and Ahithophel
  • Two Mutinies- Absalom’s and Sheba’s
  • Many female roles including Queens, Princesses, bitter wives, grieving mothers, rape victims, two wise women.

 Key Lines:

  • “When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you…and I will establish his kingdom.” (7:12)
  • “Who am I lord God? And what is my house that you have brought me this far?” (7:18)



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