2 Samuel – Session 12 (2 Samuel 23:1-7)

David’s Last Words

We are nearing the end of David’s life. He gives his summary for how he understands life. Everyone has a theory of life. David summarizes his theory in seven verses in 23:1-7. But we come to find out they’re not just David’s words, they’re God’s Words. God’s theory on how to live life. Better, God’s design.

The Study: As you study this week to prepare for Sunday, use the questions below to help stir reflection:

  • How is David described in 23:1?
  • How is God described in 23:2?
  • What is a key component for living life in 23:3?
  • Who does David use as a case study for a life well lived in 23:5?
  • How does David contrast life when compared to someone who is “worthless” in 23:6?
  • What do you think makes an individual a “worthless” person?
  • Why do you think David gives these final instructions?

The Memory Verse: 2 Samuel 22:31, “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”

The Passage: 2 Samuel 23:1-7

Now these are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, the son of Jesse,
the oracle of the man who was raised on high,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
the sweet psalmist of Israel:

[2] “The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me;
his word is on my tongue.
[3] The God of Israel has spoken;
the Rock of Israel has said to me:
When one rules justly over men,
ruling in the fear of God,
[4] he dawns on them like the morning light,
like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

[5] “For does not my house stand so with God?
For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things and secure.
For will he not cause to prosper
all my help and my desire?
[6] But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away,
for they cannot be taken with the hand;
[7] but the man who touches them
arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear,
and they are utterly consumed with fire.”