Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
He named his son Solomon as his successor.. This touching and interesting moment is captured in 1 Kings 2.
Ikkesh. These brave, noble men (and many more!) are listed in 2 Samuel 23.
He purposely fell on his own sword.. "Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me." But his armor-beared was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. (1 Samuel 31:4)
The people sang a song that praised David over Saul.. "As they danced, they sang "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands." Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him." (1 Samuel 18:7-8)
He cut off Goliath's head.. "David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword." (1 Samuel 17:51)
|In one of the most famous scenes in the Bible, David told Saul that he would fight Goliath. Initially, Saul refused. How did David justify his claim to battle the giant?||The Biblical Story of David
He told Saul that he already killed a lion and a bear.. "Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will surely deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:36-37)
|While still a young man, David was called into the service of Saul. He became an armor-bearer and did what other task for the king?||The Biblical Story of David
Played the harp. "Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him." (1 Samuel 16:23)
1,127. David is mentioned in the Bible more than any other person - even Paul or Jesus!
To fulfill his vow to Jonathan. I Samuel 20 is the chapter where Jonathan finds out that Saul really does hate David and is intent on killing him. David and Jonathan make a vow to each other that they will show kindness to each other's families as long as they live. Mephibosheth was Jonathan's son.
|At one time, David went to Achish, king of Gath, for protection from Saul. When Achish's army wanted to kill David, what did David do to get out of the city?||The Life of David
David pretended to be insane so they would let him go. I Samuel 21:12-15 says that David began to act like a madman. Achish said that he didn't need a madman on his hands and let David leave unharmed.
Joab. II Samuel 8:16 says that Joab was over the host. There are also many stories of Joab leading the army. Abner was Saul's general, and Ishbosheth was one of Saul's sons. Abiathar was a priest who traveled with David when he was fleeing from Saul.
Solomon. David asked the Lord in II Samuel 7 if he could build a house for Him. God told him no, but it was at this time that He established David's kingdom forever. Saul was dead at this point, and Absalom died soon after. Solomon began to build the Temple four years after his reign began (I Kings 6:1)
Hebron. II Samuel 2:1-3 tells us it was Hebron. Jerusalem was the capital of the united kingdom. (When David first began to rule, he only ruled over Judah. It was seven years before the nation was united.) Gath was a Philistine city, and Jabesh-gilead was were Saul's bones were buried (I Samuel 31:11-13).
40. I Kings 2:11 - David reigned for seven years in Hebron, and then thirty-three years in Jerusalem.
A man after God's own heart. Acts 13:22 "After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'"
It is interesting how God would call David a man after His own heart even after David's adultery with Bathsheba and his indirect murder of Uriah. Then again, in many parts of the Bible, God has used sinners for his purpose. Moses was a murderer, and yet he led the Israelites out of Egypt. Abraham lied twice that his wife was his sister to get out of trouble, yet God promised him a son through whom Jesus would be born, and he is the one called 'the father of many nations'. Rahab was a prostitute, yet she was the one who hid and thus saved two Israelite spies.
The first son born to David through Bathsheba died.. 2 Samuel 12:14 "But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die."
Although the son born to David did die, we know that this was not Bathsheba's only son. Solomon, a king famous for his wisdom was also brought forth through Bathsheba. Matthew 1:6 says, "David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife." More importantly, Christians believe that one of the greatest men ever known was also born through this bloodline - Jesus. Just goes to show that even through sin God can work wonders.
Nathan - he gave a parable about a rich man and a poor man. Nathan told David a parable about how a rich man with many sheep and cattle once had a traveler visit him. Living next to the rich man was a poor man, who had only one lamb which he had bought. Rather than killing any of his sheep, the rich man took the little ewe lamb and killed it to give to his visitor. David was angry at the rich man when he heard the parable, but it was only when Nathan pointed it out that David realised he had done the same - taking someone else's wife when he had so many. Scripture reference: 2 Samuel 12:1-13
Uriah - he was put in the frontline. 2 Samuel 11:3 "...The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" 2 Samuel 11:15 "In it he wrote, "Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die." When he found out that Uriah the Hittite was her husband and that Bathsheba was pregnant, he ordered uriah to give a note to Joab, David's general, telling him to put Uriah in the frontline and then withdrawing from him so that Uriah would surely die.
All of the other answers (Michal, Bathsheba, Abigail). David was not very scrupulous in his choice of wives. Michal - 1 Sam 18:27c "Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage." Michal was a gift by Saul, in fact Michal was Saul's daughter which was meant to trap David. 2 Samuel 11:27 "After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son." Bathsheba was married, and David indirectly 'killed' her husband to marry her. 1 Sam 25:42 "Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five maids, went with David's messengers and became his wife." As for Abigail, her husband Nabal had insulted David, and Abigail was determined to atone for it. Nabal was struck dead by God, and after that, Abigail married David.
The people said David had killed more enemies than Saul did. 1 Samuel 18:7-9 "As they danced, they sang: 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.' Saul was very angry; this refrain (chorus) galled him. 'They have credited David with tens of thousands,' He thought, 'but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?' And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David."
8 sons, youngest. 1 Samuel 17:12b "Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul's time he was old and well advanced in years." Samuel originally thought that the oldest son, Eliab, would be the one who was to be king, but God replied in 1 Samuel 16:7 "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." Meaning to say God did not choose the oldest, but the most faithful.
The listing in 2 Chronicles implies that David was one of seven sons rather than eight.
|When David fought Goliath, who was the person that rebuked David and told him to leave?||Life of David
Eliab. Eliab, David's older brother, actually told David to go home after accussing David of being prideful. David just wanted to defend the name of the Lord. This story is found in 1 Samuel 17.
|When fleeing from Saul, where was the fourth place David ended up?||Life of David
Philistia. When fleeing from Saul, David went home, then to Ramah, Nob, Adullam, the Forest of Hareth, Keilah, Zipoh, Paran, and then back to Ziph (all in that order).
Ishbosheth. Baanah and Rechab thought this would win favor for them in David's eyes. This actually led to their own deaths because David did not want Ishbosheth dead.
|Who killed Abner out of revenge for his brother's death?||Life of David
Joab. David was willing to work with Abner after Abner murdered Asahel. Joab rebuked David and sought revenge for his brother. Joab killed Abner in a secret meeting outside the city.
Hebron. David was anointed the first time in Bethleham by Samuel before Saul knew about David. The second and third anointings were in Hebron. The second was for part of Israel and the third was for all of Israel.
|When David wanted to move the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem, who was killed for touching the ark?||Life of David
Uzzah. This story is found in 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13. The ark was carried on a cart by oxen and the oxen stumbled as they were pulling the cart.
|What was the name of the beautiful young girl who was brought to take care of David in his old age?||The Wives of King David
Abishag. As an old man David was struggling to keep warm in bed, even when he had plenty of covers on. His servants decided that the best thing to do to help him was to provide him with a human hot water bottle! They searched the land and found a beautiful young woman named Abishag from Shunem who became the king's personal servant. It does make it quite clear though that David had no sexual relations with her (see 1 Kings 1:1-4).
Haggith was one of David's wives, Tamar was his daughter and Rizpah was one of Saul's daughters.
We aren't told. The story of David's adultery with Bathsheba is well known. If you've never read it, you can do so in 2 Samuel 11.
David had hoped that he could keep his liaison with Bathsheba quiet but she became pregnant. After he had had her husband Uriah killed, David brought Bathsheba to be his wife in the palace and in due time the baby, a boy, was born.
Just at that time the prophet Nathan came to see David to chastise him and tell him of God's displeasure with what he had done. He told David in 2 Samuel 12:14 that the baby was going to die. The baby, whose name we are never told, became sick. David pleaded with God for his son's life but after a week the child died.
David later had four more sons with Bathsheba: Solomon (who became king after the death of his father), Shammua, Shobab and Nathan (see 1 Chronicles 3:5).
She became barren. In 2 Samuel 6 we read the story of King David bringing the ark of the Lord back to Jerusalem. It was a real time of joy and celebration for David and his people. Many sacrifices were made and there was music and shouts of praise.
As the procession entered the city, Michal looked out of a window and saw her husband, the king, basically dancing before the Lord in his underclothes! Instead of entering into the spirit of rejoicing that the ark of the Lord was finally home in its rightful place, Michal was appalled at what she considered to be her husband's inappropriate behaviour. When David came home she told him what she thought of him. David wasn't at all bothered about what she thought - he just wanted to praise God!
The chapter simply ends with the statement that Michal never had any children, implying that this was a consequence of her attitude.
Maacah. Absalom was David's third son and Maacah's first. Maacah was the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur (2 Samuel 3:3). (Interestingly, we learn from Joshua 12:4-5 that Geshur was a former territory of Og, King of Bashan whose land was conquered by the Israelites. Og was also king of the people of Maacah.) In 1 Samuel 27:8 it says that David went and raided the Geshurites. One would presume that he brought princess Maacah back with him as a "share of the plunder".
From 2 Chronicles 11:20 we discover that Absalom later named his own daughter after his mother, Maacah.