David refused to curse a king and refused to kill someone who cursed him as king

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.28.2018 – Old Testament: 2Sa 19.21–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 19–20 on April 28, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Even when King Saul tried to kill David numerous times, David refused to lift a hand against Saul and refused to speak evil of him. When David became king, a man cursed David, but he would not harm the man,

But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, “Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD’S anointed?” And David said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should be adversaries to me today? Shall any man be put to death today in Israel? For do I not know that today I am king over Israel?” Therefore the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king swore to him (2 Samuel 19.21–23).

For his attitude, David became a type of the Christ.


  • How do you treat leaders of nations?
  • How do you wish to be treated?

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