David writes song after God saves him from enemies: the Lord is my rock, fortress and deliverer. David has not departed from God’s statutes.
David’s last words: rulers must be just, like the light of the sun in the morning. Faith is expressed in the Davidic covenant. David’s leading soldiers are listed and briefly recounted. When he was in his cave at Adullam, he expresses a nostalgic wish to drink water from the well of Bethlehem. Three mighty men break through the Philistine camp and take some for him – and he offers it to the Lord.
David conducts a census, and thereby provokes the Lord to wrath. Joab questins the need for a census. David repents. Through the prophet Gad, God gives David three choices: seven years of famine, three months of feeling from enemies, or three days’ plague. An angel kills 70,000 and is restrained at the the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. David offers to buy the floor from Araunah to build an altar. Araunah offers to give it freely, but David insists on buying it so his sacrifice has value. The plague is stopped.