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The first ten chapters in 2 Samuel records David's rise to the peak of his power and popularity and at the same time his struggle to unite Israel and bring it to power as well. Early in David's life he was anxious to do what was right, but as events occurred, David's life takes on a tragic turn.
In listening to the Lord and doing what He asked can bring about more than what we ever thought possible. David had to learn this lesson sometimes with great sacrifice and suffering for himself and for those he loved and cared for.