David starts to transport the ark to Jerusalem with 30,000 men. It is carried on a cart, not by the poles. When the oxen stumble, Uzzah touches the ark to steady it, and is struck down dead. The ark is left for three months in the house of Obed-Edom. David sacrifices and dances before the ark in a ephod, then succeeds in bringing it to Jerusalem. There is a fellowship meal. Michal criticises David for his dancing, and is punished with barrenness.
Israel ceases war. David desires to build a temple for God. God tells David through the prophet Nathan that David’s son will build a temple. The Davidic covenant: David’s house will be established forever. If iniquity is committed, punishment will ensue, but the mercy of the Lord will not depart forever. David glorifies God.
David takes over Metheg Ammah from the Philistines, and also rules over Moab, Hadadezer’s territory at the river Euphrates, the Syrians of Damascus and Edom. David reigns over and judges Israel with justice.
David shows kindness to Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan. Saul’s land restored to Mephibosheth, and he is invited always to eat at the king’s table.
David sends ambassadors to Hanun, the new king of Ammon. Hanun shaves the ambassadors’ beards and cuts their garments. Ammon and the Syrians fight against Israel. Israel wins under the generalship of Joab.