Character of David

David, although not perfect, is portrayed as a man and a king after God’s own heart.

David’s appearance and attributes
1Sa 16:18 See also 1Sa 16:12

David’s characteristics
His dependence upon God 1Sa 13:14 See also 1Sa 23:2,4,9-13; Ps 23:1-6; 34:1-7; 54:1-4; 62:1-2; 142:1-7

His trust in God 1Sa 17:34-37 See also 1Sa 17:40-51

His loyalty to others 1Sa 20:41-42 See also 2Sa 9:1,6-7

His respect for those in authority 1Sa 24:1-7 See also 1Sa 26:1-25

His deep humanity is evident in his paternal grief 2Sa 18:32-33 See also 2Sa 13:38-39; 18:5; 19:1-7

David’s abilities
He was a strategist and courageous commander 2Sa 8:3-6 See also 1Sa 17:34-47; 2Sa 5:6-10,17-25; 8:1,13-14; 1Sa 27:5-11

He was a musician and poet 2Sa 23:1
He played the harp: 1Sa 16:18,23; 18:10; 19:9-10
2Sa 22:1 pp Ps 18:1 Title He sang; 1Ch 16:7; Ps 3:1 Title; 34:1 Title; 51:1 Title; 52:1 Title; 54:1 Title; 63:1 Title

He was a wise leader 2Sa 8:15 See also 2Sa 7:18-29; 15:14,25-29,32-36; 16:5-12; 19:18-29; 21:1-9

His military activities prevented him from building the temple 1Ki 5:3; 1Ch 22:7-8

David’s sin and repentance
His adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah 2Sa 11:2-4; 12:7-10 See also 2Sa 11:14-17,26-27

His repentance 2Sa 12:13-23; Ps 51:1-19

Martin H. Manser, Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies (London: Martin Manser, 2009).

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