know God has chosen you to be our ruler." They made him king
over all the land.
wanted to make Jerusalem the chief city. First he drove out the
Jebusites, a strange people who had lived around Jerusalem for
many years. On Mount Zion he had his royal palace built.
Philistines were still ruling many places throughout the land of
Israel. David did exactly as the Lord commanded, and God helped
him drive all the Philistines out of the land. Never again did
they come back to bother Israel while David was king.
wanted to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. He knew about God's
plan for the ark to be kept inside the tabernacle, and so he built
a new tabernacle for it. Then he sent word to the people
throughout the land telling them that the ark was to be moved to
army of thirty thousand men came to see the ark moved. A new cart
had been built to carry the ark. David and a company of musicians
walked in front. They played on harps and other instruments and
sang praises to God. Everyone rejoiced.
time later, one evening, as David was taking a walk on the roof of
his palace, he saw bathing in a neighboring house a beautiful
woman. He inquired after her and found she was Bathsheba, wife of
Uriah, the Hittite. David fell in love with her and wished to
marry her - so he devised a wicked plan whereby he might do so.
sent word to Joab, the captain of his armies, to put Uriah in the
forefront of the hottest battle and leave him there, so that he
might be killed. That very day Uriah was among the valiant slain
When Uriah's wife
heard the news, she mourned for him. When the mourning was past,
David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife
and bore him a son.
But the Lord was
displeased with what David had done and sent Nathan, the prophet,
to him. Nathan told him, "Though God delivered you from the
hand of Saul, gave you his house and wives, you had Uriah killed
so that you could take his wife from him."
David had nothing
to say, for he knew that what he had done was wicked. Nathan said,
"You shall not die. But because by this deed you gave
occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child that
was born shall die."
And the child
which Bathsheba bore him sickened and died. Within the year,
Bathsheba bore him another son, whom they called Solomon; and the
Lord loved Solomon.