Who was King David in the Bible?

David is one of the most referenced people in the Bible with sixty-six chapters dedicated to him. According to scripture, David is a young shepherd who earns recognition initially as a musician and later by defeating the gigantic champion, Goliath. He becomes favored by King Saul and a friend of Saul's son Jonathan. Troubled that David is seeking to obtain his throne, Saul turns on David. After Saul and Jonathan are slain in combat, David is chosen as King. David then captures Jerusalem, bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the city, and securing the kingdom founded by Saul. David engages in adultery with Bathsheba, driving him to order the death of her husband Uriah the Hittite. Because of his sin, God rejects David the possibility of building the temple, and his son Absalom tries to overthrow him. David escapes Jerusalem during Absalom's revolt, but after Absalom's death, he returns to rule Israel. Before his calm death, he anoints his son Solomon as heir.

Discover important Bible verses about David in this collection of scripture quotes.