As First Samuel marks the failure of man in Eli, Saul, and even Samuel, so Second Samuel marks the restoration of order through the enthroning of God's king, David. This book also records the establishment of Israel's political centre in Jerusalem ( 2 Samuel 5:6-12 ), and her religious centre in Zion ( 2 Samuel 5:7 ; 6:1-17 ). When all was thus ordered, Jehovah established the great Davidic Covenant ( 2 Samuel 27:8-17 ) out of which all kingdom truth is henceforth developed. David, in his "last words" ( 2 Samuel 23:1-7 ), describes the millennial kingdom yet to be.
The book is in four parts:
The events recorded in 2 Samuel cover a period of 38 years (Ussher).