2 Samuel

2 Samuel

First and 2 Samuel were originally one book in the Hebrew Canon, but were divided by the translators of the Septuagint. Originally, 2 Samuel was called 2 Kings, as it is in the Latin Vulgate. The book now bears the name of the first principal character to appear in 1 Samuel. The content of 2 Samuel deals with the life and reign of King David and could have been entitled the Book of David. Second Samuel serves as a transition from the reign of Saul to the reign of David, as it picks up the narration where 1 Samuel left off. The Davidic covenant is clearly set forth, and includes God’s promise to perpetuate the line of David until the coming of the Messiah, as it bears record of God’s providential protection of the dynasty and His covenant people, Israel.

2 Samuel 1

1:1-16 David learns of Saul’s death
1:17-27 David laments over Saul and Jonathan

2 Samuel 2

2:1-7 David made king over Judah
2:8-32 David fights against the house of Saul

2 Samuel 3

3:1-5 Six sons born to David at Hebron
3:6-21 Abner’s desertion to David
3:22-39 Joab kills Abner

2 Samuel 4

4:1-8 Ishbosheth murdered by his brothers
4:9-12 David puts the murderers to death

2 Samuel 5

5:1-5 David made king over Israel
5:6-10 David takes Zion
5:11-12 Hiram’s recognition of David
5:13-16 Eleven sons born to David in Jerusalem
5:17-25 David defeats the Philistines

2 Samuel 6

6:1-11 David brings the ark
6:12-19 The ark brought to Zion
6:20-23 David reproves Michal

2 Samuel 7

7:1-3 David plans to build a temple
7:4-29 God’s covenant with David

2 Samuel 8

8:1-13 David extends his kingdom
8:14-18 David’s officers

2 Samuel 9

9:1-8 David’s kindness to Mephibosheth
9:9-13 David restores Saul’s land to Mephibosheth

2 Samuel 10

10:1-19 The defeat of the Ammonites and Syrians

2 Samuel 11

11:1-27 David and Bathsheba

2 Samuel 12

12:1-12 Nathan rebukes David
12:13-23 David’s repentance and sorrow
12:24-25 The birth of Solomon
12:26-31 David captures Rabbah

2 Samuel 13:

13:1-19 Amnon’s sin against Tamar
13:20-33 Absalom’s revenge
13:34-39 Absalom’s flight

2 Samuel 14

14:1-24 Joab’s scheme for Absalom’s return
14:25-33 Absalom returns to David’s court

2 Samuel 15

15:1-12 Absalom revolts against David
15:13-37 David flees from Jerusalem

2 Samuel 16

16:1-4 Ziba’s deceit
16:5-14 Shimei curses David
16:15-23 Absalom enters Jerusalem

2 Samuel 17

17:1-14 The counsel of Ahithophel and Hushai
17:15-22 Hushai reports secretly to David
17:23-29 Ahithophel hangs himself

2 Samuel 18

18:1-8 Absalom and Israel defeated
18:9-33 Absalom murdered by Joab

2 Samuel 19

19:1-14 Joab causes the king to cease from mourning
19:15-43 David returns to Jerusalem

2 Samuel 20

20:1-13 Sheba revolts against David
20:14-22 Sheba is slain
20:23-26 The officers of David

2 Samuel 21

21:1-14 Seven sons of Saul hanged
21:15-17 Abishai rescues David from the giant
21:18-22 The Philistines giants slain by David’s men

2 Samuel 22

22:1-51 David’s song of deliverance

2 Samuel 23

23:1-7 The last words of David
23:8-39 David’s mighty men

2 Samuel 24

24:1-9 David numbers Israel and Judah
24:10-25 God punishes David