The second book of Samuel covers the period of the 40 years
reign of David as King. He reigned 7 years in Hebron and 33
years in Jerusalem. Jerusalem became the capital city of the
kingdom of Israel.
There are two sections to 2 Samuel:
Part 1: - Chapters 1-10
With God's help surrounding nations were subdued and David
is established as King in Israel.
Part 2: - Chapters 11-24
David commits a great sin against God. He repents of what he
has done and God forgives him but great trouble is brought to
David, his family and Israel because of his sin.
Overview of 2 Samuel
1 - David hears of the deaths of Saul and Jonathan.
2 - Ishbosheth (Saul's son) is made king.
3 - Abner, commander of Saul's army, makes peace with David.
4 - Ishbosheth is murdered.
5 - David captures Zion (Jerusalem).
6 - David tries to move the Ark of God to Jerusalem.
7 - David wants to build God a Temple. God promises that
David's "son" (Jesus) would build the Temple and reign
forever as King.
8-10 - Nations round Israel are subdued. David shows kindness
to Mephibosheth, the lame son of Jonathan.
11 - David's sin in the matter of Uriah.
12 - Nathan the prophet show David, by a parable, how great
David's sin was.
13-17 - Absalom murders Amnon and then flees the country.
Later he returns and proclaims himself King in Jerusalem. David
has to flee.
18-19 - Civil war. Absalom is killed. David returns to erusalem.
20 - Rebellion by Sheba who is later killed.
22-23 - David's gratitude to God and faith in His promises.
24 - God sends a plague on Israel. Jerusalem is spared.
David builds an altar there.