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Chapters 1 and 2
Chapters 3 and 4
Chapters 11 to 13
Chapters 14 to 20
Chapters 22 and 23
The subject of 2 Samuel
The Second Book of Samuel sets before us the definitive establishment of David in the kingdom; and afterwards, the miseries of his house, when prosperity had opened the door to self-will.
Prosperity not the path of faith
The path of faith and its difficulties, is that in which we walk with God, and in which we celebrate the triumph which His presence secures to us. A state of prosperity makes it evident how little man is able to enjoy it without its becoming a snare to him. Prosperity not being the path of faith, that is to say, of strength, the evil of the heart comes out in the walk. Compare 2 Samuel 22 (the psalm by which David closes the path of difficulty) with 2 Samuel 23, which contains his last words, after his experience of the enjoyment of the prosperity and glory in which faith had placed him.