Scripture Stories
King David

“King David,” Old Testament Stories (2021)

“King David,” Old Testament Stories

1 Samuel 18–19; 31; 2 Samuel 1; 5; 11–12

King David

The struggles of a king

King Saul and David looking at city

King Saul, the king of Israel, was impressed by David’s victory over Goliath. Saul made David the leader over his armies.

1 Samuel 18:5


David loved the Lord and always wanted to do what was right. The people of Israel loved David.

1 Samuel 18:6–7

Saul looking angry

Saul grew jealous and tried to kill David. But David followed the Lord, and the Lord protected him from Saul.

1 Samuel 18:6–16; 19:1

Israelite funeral

The Israelites fought in many wars. One day Saul and his sons died in battle. David loved them and was very sad to learn of their deaths. Now the Israelites needed a new king. The Lord chose David to be the king. The people were happy.

1 Samuel 31:2–6; 2 Samuel 1:11–12; 5:1–5

David leading army

The Lord blessed King David and guided him. With the Lord’s help, David’s army conquered their enemies.

2 Samuel 5:6–10, 17–25

David eating grapes

One day when David was supposed to go to battle, he stayed home. He saw a beautiful woman. Her name was Bathsheba, and David wanted to marry her. But she was already married to Uriah, a soldier in David’s army.

2 Samuel 11:1–3

David talking to Uriah

David wanted to marry Bathsheba, so he sent her husband Uriah into a dangerous battle so that Uriah would be killed.

2 Samuel 11:4–17

David and Bathsheba

Soon David learned that Uriah died in battle. David sent his servants to bring Bathsheba to his house, and he married her.

2 Samuel 11:24, 26–27

Nathan talking to David

But the Lord was not happy with what David had done. The Lord sent Nathan, a prophet, to tell David how serious his sin was. David grew very sad for what he had done to Uriah and Bathsheba. He prayed and fasted for forgiveness from the Lord.

2 Samuel 11:27; 12:1–13