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2 Samuel

Once upon a time in the land of Israel, there was a mighty king named David. He had defeated the giant Goliath and became the king of Judah. Later, he united all twelve tribes under his rule and was crowned as the king of Israel. But God was displeased with David because he had counted his soldiers instead of trusting in God's provision. As a result, God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David about his sin.

David confessed his wrongdoing and asked for forgiveness. God forgave him, but there were consequences. The child born from David's affair with Bathsheba died. Later, the Babylonians came to Jerusalem and took the Ark of the Covenant as a trophy of war. When David heard this, he was filled with sorrow and went to Baalah, where the Ark was being kept. He brought it back to Jerusalem in a joyful procession.

David's son Absalom rebelled against him and tried to take the throne. Absalom was a handsome man, and many people followed him. David had to flee from Jerusalem and live in the wilderness for a while. Eventually, Joab, one of David's generals, defeated Absalom in battle, and David returned to his kingdom.

David grew old and wanted to make arrangements for his successor. He anointed his son Solomon as the next king. But Adonijah, another son of David, also wanted to be king. Nathan and Bathsheba went to King David and reminded him of his promise to make Solomon the next king. David called for Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the general to anoint Solomon as the king. Adonijah was disappointed and fled to Egypt.

Solomon began his reign wisely and justly. He built the Temple of God in Jerusalem and established a peaceful kingdom. David continued to rule from his palace but handed over the reins of government to Solomon. Eventually, David grew old and weak, and he died at the age of 70. The people mourned for him and buried him in the City of David.

David's legacy lived on through his son Solomon, who ruled wisely and built the magnificent Temple of God. And so, the story of David, the shepherd boy who became a mighty king, came to an end. But his name would be remembered forever as one of the greatest kings in the history of Israel.

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