David's intense mourning over his wicked son totally turns off his men. They wonder if David would be happy if they had died and his son had lived...David returns to the palace, but there is a rift between Israel and Judah. A man (Sheba) begins leading Israel away from David so he has his army pursue him.
The followed him to a fortified city and began battering the walls. A wise woman came out to seek peace and they reached an agreement--they would leave the city alone if they could have Sheba... soon after they threw his head over the city walls.
During David's reign, there was a long famine that was attributed to the Gibeonites (who were disgraced by Saul) not achieving vengeance. David asks them what he can do to make amends and they decide they want to kill 7 of Saul's descendants. Their request is granted and the famine ends.
This reading seems like a "day in the life" kind of thing for David. It goes to show just how much pressure there is on a public leader who has to make decisions that impact an entire nation. He constantly has people rising up against him and has to put his own agendas aside to ensure the longevity of his people.
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