The Rise and Failure of David in 1 and 2 Samuel

David’s Rise (1 Samuel 16–2 Samuel 10)David’s Failures (2 Samuel 11–20)
Eager holy warriorRemains in palace
Marries honorablyAdultery with Bathsheba
Protects Saul’s lifePlots Uriah’s death
DecisiveIndecisive
Prayers effectivePrayers ineffective
Fearless when outnumberedFearfully takes census
Attracts thousands of followersLoses thousands of followers