The Reign of King David

2 Samuel Bible Background

Old Testament: 2Sa 5.4–5

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 5.4–5 on April 22, In the year of our Lord 2020

By Don Ruhl

David reigned as king of Israel for a long time. He made some bad decisions, but he also glorified God, and for the most part, the Bible speaks highly of his reign. Concerning its length, the Bible says,

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.

– 2 Samuel 5.4–5

At the beginning of David’s reign, a son of Saul reigned over Israel, but for only two years and eventually the whole nation submitted itself to David. In America, our president serves for four years, and if the voters reelect him, he will serve another four years, but then that is it. Therefore, to think of David reigning for 40 years amazes us.


  • What do you think it would have been like to be under David’s reign?
  • Who is the king of your heart?

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