5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About David

King David was one of the most popular kings of the Old Testament, achieving great feats such as defeating Goliath with just a sling and a stone, and killing wild animals that sought to slay his father’s sheep. He is also known for his psalms, some of which spoke of Jesus.

However, here are five things you probably didn’t know about this great king:

1. He was one of the grandsons of Ruth – Matthew 1:5-6

King David’s father, Jesse, was the son of Obed, the son that Ruth had with Boaz.

2. Together with his men, he brought King Saul the foreskins of two hundred Philistines when Saul demanded a hundred from whoever wanted the hands of his daughter, Michal, in marriage. (1 Samuel 18:25-27).

Imagining this is gory enough so I’ll just let it end there.

3. When Saul was after his life, he had the opportunity to take his life twice at En-gedi and at Ziph, but he chose not to. (1 Samuel 24:1-7, 1 Samuel 26:5-12)

He was indeed a loyal follower of his jealous predecessor who doggedly sought to kill him many times.

4. He reigned for 40 years and died at age 70 – (2 Samuel 5:4, 1 Kings 2:10-11)

5. The child he had with Bathsheba as a result of his adultery died, though he fasted and prayed for the healing of the child who took ill shortly after he was born.

Solomon was born after the death of this child. 2 Samuel 12:12-25

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