Top 7 Bible Verses About David

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Here are seven Bible verses about King David from the Old and New Testament.

1 Chronicles 18:14 “So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people.”

David was Israel’s greatest king.  The nation was at its zenith of power during his reign and “At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years” (1 Sam 5:5). The reason that he reigned so long is given in the verse above; David administered justice and ensured equity to all his people. That is not found in the rulers of this world today. They are more concerned with getting reelected and fixing it so they remain there.

Top 7 Bible Verses About David

Acts 13:22 “And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”

This is one of the greatest reasons that God called and then established King David to reign over Israel but still under God. The Apostle Paul was speaking in the synagogue and telling about how King David was found by God to be “a man after my heart” and “who will do all my will” and that qualified him to be Israel’s king and today, God is still looking for men and women who will “do all [His] will” because they are men and women who are “after [God’s] own heart.”

1 Samuel 18:12 “Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.”

Why did Saul fear David?  It was because “Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him, Saul was even more afraid of David. So Saul was David’s enemy continually” (1 Sam 18:28-29).  Imagine the king of Israel, King Saul, fearing David.  It was because He “knew that the Lord was with David” and not with him and so he “was even more afraid of David” so from that point forward, “Saul was David’s enemy continually.”  I think by now King Saul knew his time as king was done; it was only a matter of time before David took the throne.

1 Chronicles 14:17 “And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.”

King David and Israel was putting the fear of God into the nations around them because God has brought this fear upon the nations around her.  The fame of David was really the fame of God since “David inquired of God, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?’” And the Lord said to him, “Go up, and I will give them into your hand” (1 Chron 14:10), showing that God was not going to act without it being the will of God.  May we should all be like David; a man or woman after God’s own heart.

Ezekiel 34:23 “And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.”

Ezekiel wrote about a time to come but a time that will surely come as God declares and mankind cannot alter it, and where he rebukes the shepherds of Israel (Ezk 34:1-10) and contrasts it with the rule of King David who “shall feed them; he shall feed them and be their shepherd” but of course, under the Great Shepherd Who is also His shepherd (Psalm 32).

2 Chronicles 21:7 “Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.”

Here we get a glimpse of God’s faithfulness in His promise to King David that although the nation of Israel was under King Jehoram was into idolatry, God was not going to forsake His promise to David, and so “Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up a king of their own.  Then Jehoram passed over with his commanders and all his chariots, and he rose by night and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and his chariot commanders” (2 Chron 21:8-9) but it was because Jehoram “had forsaken the Lord, the God of his fathers” (2 Chron 21:10b). Even so, God’s faithful promise to King David was that the house of David will never be utterly destroyed since God had made a covenant with David and “promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.”

1 Samuel 20:41 “as soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most.”

There has hardly been a friendship like David and Jonathan and it may be the benchmark for all such friendships that we will ever have with brothers and sisters in Christ because “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Sam 18:1).  After Jonathan realized that his father, King Saul, was trying to kill David, they knew that David had to escape but not before “Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever’” (1 Samuel 20:42).  Sadly, Jonathan was killed before David began to rule over Israel, but today, King David and Jonathan are reunited once more in the kingdom.


King David was the greatest king Israel ever had but one greater than David is coming and He not only will reign over Israel, He will rule over all of mankind.  Someday, all who are now in their graves and all those alive at Christ’s coming will acknowledge this King of kings and Lord of lords.  We don’t know when Jesus returns but we do know that He will and He desires that none should perish apart from faith in Christ (2 Pet 3:9).  That is God’s will for you; that you believe in the Son of God and that you receive eternal life.  That’s God’s will for everyone.  Has God’s will been fulfilled in your life?

Read more about David in this classic Bible story: David and Goliath

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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