2 Samuel 22: Notes from the NRSV version indicate that this chapter is actually a psalm and is essentially the same as Psalm 18. According to the scholars this was actually written “long after David’s time” (p. 478). Interesting little tidbit. Verses 1-20 focus on God rescuing the psalmist (assuming it’s supposed to be David). Verses 21-51 focus on David’s military activities. Overall the psalmist is thanking and praising God for being there to help.
2 Samuel 19: David mourns Absalom. His general, Joab, confronts David telling him he better focus on his soldiers who were willing to die to save him instead of his enemy who did die trying to defeat him. He then returns to Jerusalem. We see some division emerging between Judah and the rest of Israel at the end of this chapter.
2 Samuel 16: More troubles for David. He is cursed by Shimei, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family. Back in Jerusalem, Absalom asks Ahithophel to give him advice. He tells Absalom to have sex with David’s secondary wives that he left behind in the palace when he fled. He has sex with all of them in a tent on the roof so everyone can see them.
2 Samuel 13: The downward spiral in David’s house continues. In this chapter, his son, Amnon, rapes his half-sister Tamar. He does this because he loves her, but after he rapes her, he despises her. She flees back to her brother, Absalom, who takes her in and protects her. David gets angry with Amnon, but doesn’t do anything. Two years later Absalom tricks Amnon into coming to his house and he kills Amnon. The other princes flee. Absalom fled and hides until David forgives him a few years later.
2 Samuel 10: David goes to war with the Ammonites and Arameans after the Ammonites disrespect him. They lose and become servants to David.
2 Samuel 7: The notes in the CEB study bible indicate that verses 1-17 of this book is “the most important theological passage in the books of Samuel. God announces through the prophet Nathan a covenant commitment to the dynasty of David.” The text indicates that David desires to build a temple for God’s chest (the Ark). God talks with the prophet Nathan and tells him to not let David build the temple. Instead his son will do it. I want to also include a picture I took of a little sidebar from the CEB study bible:
2 Samuel 4: Two men who led raiding parties for Ishbosheth end up killing him in his house, chopping off his head, and delivering his head to David thinking this would please David. They were wrong. David gets angry and has them both killed. We also learn that Saul’s son Jonathan had a son, Mephibosheth.