Monday, December 23, 2019

II Samuel 19-20

Sup Bible Benches.

Chapter 19:

David mourns the loss of his son, Absalom, who literally just died.

Joab, who secretly murdered that son, wants David to get over it. 

"'Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the Lord that if you don't go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall.'"

Most of Israel had sided with Absalom because Absalom was objectively better in every way. Now that Absalom is dead and they're stuck with David, things are a little awkward. David tells them no hard feelings and even replaces Joab with Absalom's former commander. 

Suck it Joab.

Shimei, who cursed David's name before, apparently didn't mean it. David is encouraged to put him to death because freedom of speech is not yet a thing. David opts for the forgiveness option instead. Sounds like someone is soft on crime to me.

David divides some land between elderly men. I could go into further detail but we have all suffered enough this year.

Other Israelite regions complain the town of Judah is monopolizing the king. The people of Judah "press their claims more forcefully" ie shout louder, and win.

Chapter 20: 

David returns to the concubines that led to him being eskimo brothers with his own son. Instead of punishing them for something they had no control over, he gives them the palace they were house sitting and never has sex with them again.They are kept in confinement until their death which sounds awful but the entire world of this book sounds awful, so maybe it's not so bad. Is this how sorority houses got their start?

David must face off with another contender named Sheba. David's entire life consists of killing men who think they could be a better king because democracy does not yet exist.

David sends his new commander Amasa after Sheba but he never returns. He then sends Joab and Joab's brother Abishai after them. They find him a few sentences later and Joab gets to partake in his stabbing hobby:

"Joab was wearing his military tunic, and strapped over it at his waist was a belt with a dagger in its sheath. As she stepped forward, it dropped out of its sheath.

Joab said to Amasa, 'How are you, my brother?' Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab's hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground."

They hide his body on the side of the road and continue on their murder trip to find Sheba. When they get to the city of Abel, they are met with an old lady. She does not get a name but she does get the adjective of "old" which is more important to her identity than her name. 

Old lady wants to know why they want to come and threaten a peaceful city. Joab gets very defensive and says he does not wants trouble, he just wants to murder someone. The old lady is very helpful and says he'll get Sheba's head tossed over the wall to him. That is what happens. This mystery woman keeps the peace by decapitating anyone for anyone who asks and Joab gets to lead David's army again. 

So uh...happy holidays. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

II Samuel 17-18

Chapter 17:

Before we get into this chapter, I think we're going to need a character review.

King David: Long backstory. God's #1 ride or die. He was once a humble musician for King Saul. The gig came with more attempted murder than a musician typically expects, but luckily Saul had the aim of a storm trooper.  Eventually the entire Saul family dies without David having to lift a hand against them. Very convenient.

Absalom: King David's son. He once killed his eldest half brother for raping their sister. Israel loves this guy. I love this guy. He has very kissable hands. Now, Absalom is trying to take the throne from his father. This book wants me to root against him but this book and David can suck a pillar of salt because I'm team Absalom all the way baby.

Ahitophel: Once David's counselor, known for giving good advice. Absalom kidnaps him which I'm fine with.

Hushai: David's spy, planted to give Absalom bad advice and ruin his judgment.

Zadok and Abiathar: David's priest spies. Don't get your hopes up. They're not going to be interesting.

Jonathan and Ahimaaz: Zadok's sons. That's not mentioned in the book. I had to look that up. You're welcome.

I recommend you make index cards to quiz yourself on these names before you keep reading.


Ahitophel gives good advice to Absalom because that's his thing. He suggests the way for Absalom to win the throne is by attacking David and his followers while they are tired and unprepared wandering the desert. Everyone agrees this is a very good idea.

For no real reason at all, Absalom wants Hushai's opinion. Hushai, a stranger with no qualifications. Absalom wants to make sure both sides get an equal say despite both sides not having equal qualifications or education in the matter.

Hushai, the human form of a Russian facebook ad, suggests they blow any surprise or advantage. He says not to underestimate David or his men, that they are unstoppable murder machines "'as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs'" and could be hiding in a cave and ambush them.

Hushai's alternative dumb plan is to ruin any element of surprise and alert all of Israel that Absalom needs fighters and attack David later. You know, so he has time to rest, plan, and hear about any attack, and I don't know...ambush them.

Everyone decides Hushai's plan is better because "God made them."

Sometimes people have the freewill to do evil and they face the consequences for that, maybe and sometimes God makes them do things evil things, and they still face consequences for that. I assume this book has a nihilist perspective that good and evil are relative concepts and everything is ultimately meaningless.

Anyway, Hushai passes the inside information to the spy priests, Zadok and Abiathar. He tells them that David and his men should continue on past the fords. You know the fords. Just in case Absalom and his men wisen up and listen to the qualified counselor and send men out right away.

The priests pass this info onto a "female servant" who gets no name. FS is supposed to pass this onto Jonathan and Ahimaaz who for all we would have known are random dudes but thanks to my extra effort which exceeds the effort of the writers of this book, we know they are Zadok's sons. However, while female servant is continuing the endless game of telephone, the sons are spotted. Why is the priest dad trusted but his sons aren't? Reasons.

The sons have to go on the run, they hide in a well to hide from their pursuers and make it out safely. Alls well that ends well.

They pass the info onto David.

Ahitophel is so bummed people don't take his advice, he literally goes home and kills himself. I'm not joking.

"'When Ahitophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself.'"

Chapter 18:

David and Absalom's men are ready to rumble. David wants to go out and fight but his men remind him that his is a politician now and must let other people die for him. David asks that they be gentle with his son Absalom. He has a different approach to fatherhood than Saul did.

There is a forest battle. It is not described because this is not Lord of the Rings but maaaaybe there are still ents?:

". . . the casualties that day were great-twenty thousand men. The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword."

David's men find Absalom and wouldn't you know it, something goes wrong. Absalom's hair gets caught in a tree (fucking ent) and holds him there as his donkey abandons him. Two men argue about what to do. One wants to murder and one wants to listen to their king. Murder wins out as it so often does in this book:

"Joab said, 'I'm not going to wait like this for you.' So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom's heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree. And ten of Joab's armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.'"

And once again a likable character in this book is taken from us too soon.

The soldiers bury his body in the forest. According to this book's logic, they disobeyed the king chosen by God and killed one of the family members of the king chosen by God, both things David avoided doing and punished other people for doing so. Ergo, if this book is consistent, they will definitely be punished. Definitely.

When they deliver the news of victory to David, he asks about this son and a soldier with zero bedside manner breaks the news:

"'May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.'" 

David reacts with emotions instead of stoicism which is refreshing. He goes to his room to cry and wishes he had died instead of his son.

Friday, September 13, 2019

II Samuel 15-16

Happy birthday to me. It's Friday the 13th, a full moon, and I'm 30. Unfortunately there are no blood sacrifices in these chapters to honor my big day but there are hostile political takeovers and orgies so let's party!

Chapter 15:

Absalom's hobbies include riding in a chariot while 50 men run ahead in front of him. Not attached. Unfortunately, he does not use these men like sled dogs. Though it is not specified whether or not the men are riding in chariots or if they are simply made to run ahead in a parade like fashion, with costumes or possibly topless. Feel free to picture what ever version sparks the most joy for you.

It is not explained why Absalom does this, but we already know he sets fires for attention, so this is not out of character.

Absalom also likes to start his day standing by the city gate waiting for someone who needs help. Absalom helps by telling them that there is no representative for the king for them to talk to:

"If only I were appointed judge of the land, I would see they receive justice."

When Absalom walked the streets, people would bow and kiss his hand. He stole the hearts of the people of Israel; his hands were that stunning.

Absalom continues his mysterious antics by telling David he must go to Hebron. He promised God he would worship in Hebron if he was ever able to return to Jerusalem. This reminds me of when Samuel's mother promised God a baby if he got her pregnant then she gave him the thing she wanted in the first place. No one in this book makes sense.

Absalom leaves for Hebron and begins a political coup through the power of lies and gossip.

"'As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, 'Absalom is king in Hebron.'"

Absalom knows that if you keep saying a lie, it will eventually become the truth and literally nothing has changed.

Absalom invites David's best counselors to Hebron, where he holds them captive for their advise. Something to consider doing if you lack mental health insurance.

King David hears that Absalom won all the hearts of Israel. He is king now. Absalom will steal your heart, your girl and your Israel.

David plans an escape and leaves ten concubines in charge of the palace which is the story we would all prefer to read.

Ittai who doesn't matter wants to tag along.

David:  "We're literally just going to wander the desert. This never goes well for our people."

David sends Zadok with God's pokeball back to town, believing if God isn't angry with him, he might see it again one day.

Everyone cries which is a waste of fluids when hiking through the desert.

David sends Hushai to give bad counsel to Absalom.

Could several of these characters have been condensed into one character to save time and energy? Yes, yes they could have.

Chapter 16:

David and his men find help but Shimei liked Saul better and expresses his political opinion by  throwing rocks at David. David allows this so he can indulge in self pity.

"'My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.'"

God's followers do not take his breakups well. God really is a woman.

Hushai pledges to help Absalom. Absalom is skeptical of help from someone who would betray his king. I would argue accepting help from a counselor who betrays David makes more sense than accepting help from the counselor you stole from David but I am a woman and would be stoned to death for giving an opinion.

The stolen counselor gives Absalom some kinky advise that fulfills a prophecy and presumably the counselor's personal fantasy:

"'Sleep with your father's concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute.'"


Monday, July 29, 2019

II Samuel 14

Welcome back Bible Babes. Last time there was incest rape then fratricide. King David's family has very uncomfortable family reunions. 

David's oldest son raped his own sister and faced no consequences until my new fave Absalom threw him a murder party. Absalom fled town, not knowing that David didn't actually miss his rapist son. Anyway, David has spare sons because sibling rivalry often leads to murder in royal families. 

It's just a matter of time. 

Chapter 14:

Joab wants to see King David reunited with his son so he plots a scheme that uses David's biggest weakness against him: metaphors.  He tells a woman to pretend she is grieving over one son murdering another son. She says she doesn't want her other son to die and would like David to pardon him. David agrees to do this and is not reminded of anything in his personal life whatsoever. David was never very good in English class. He does not know how to apply texts to his own life. Again, God likes his kings dumb and pretty. 

Eventually, after many many paragraphs, David starts to catch on. 

"'Isn't the hand of Joab with you in all this?'"

The fake widow pretends that David is a genius and compliments his perceptiveness. Joab comes out and begs David to take Absalom back. David agrees with some conditions:

"'He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.'"

Absalom agrees to avoid his parents which grown children do without having to be told. He lives this way for 2 years. In other news, the writers want you to know that Absalom is hot. Like, super hot. 

"In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him."

Absalom is a rape avenging ally with flawless skin, but wait, there's more. 

"Whenever he cut the hair of his head-he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him-he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels"

And he probably donated it all to cancer patients. 

He has three sons and a daughter. He names his daughter TAMAR which in case you forgot from the last chapter which is reasonable because I haven't written in 3 months, Tamar is the name of his sister who was raped! Who Absalom avenged! Through murder! Remember?!

After 2 years, Absalom is over the silent treatment and sends for Joab so he can see his father. Joab ignores him so Absalom does the reasonable thing and has his field set on fire. 

Joab comes to Absalom and asks: Why? 

Absalom: You ignored me. 

Absalom is perfection. Absalom is the second coming of Samson my hairy murder angel. 

He demands to see his dad or he'll leave again, he accepts the possibility that his father will have him killed but he doesn't care because he misses his dad. 

David summons Absalom: "and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom."

Let's end on the nice note before things get awful again. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

II Samuel 13

Hey Bible Babies. It's been awhile. I actually read this chapter immediately after the last blog and you will see why it's taken me this long to find the energy to write about it.  The following might be in the running for The Worst Chapter Ever and really puts me in another table flipping mood.

Chapter 13:

David's firstborn son Amnon has a crush on his sister Tamar.

Tamar is his half-sister but it is fully disgusting. 

Amnon is so obsessed with his sister that he makes himself sick. His cousin is concerned. They have a heart to heart and the cousin, like a reasonable person, gives Amnon advice on how to rape his own sister. 

The cousin tells Amnon to pretend he's sick, stay in bed, and ask specifically for Tamar to bring him food so that he can "'eat from her hand" like a little birdie rapist. He makes his move. She begs him not to. She suggests that David might let them get married even though that's gross. She tries anything to not be a ruined woman. Rapists don't become ruined men, but raped women are spoiled goods who have to deal with their rapist's consequences. Thank goodness none of the messages of this book are relevant to our modern life. 

Amnon ignores his sisters pleas and rapes her. Instead of hating himself after, he hates her instead. 

"Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, 'Get up and get out.'"

Tamar says kicking her out now would be even worse. She refuses to leave. Amnon doesn't care because Amnon is trash. Amnon has a servant take her away. Do you know how trash you have to be to make Jaime Lannister seem like a more reasonable person?

Tamar tears off her virgin robes, rubs ash on her head, and goes to her full brother, Absalom. She tells him what happened. Absalom's words of comfort are: 

"'Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don't take this thing to heart.'"

Tamar now lives as a "desolate" woman at Absalom's house.  Absalom gives Amnon the silent treatment which I'm sure teaches him a lesson.

Eventually, David finds out. He's angry but does absolutely nothing. Amnon is his first son. He's young. He has a bright future ahead of him. He probably swims well. 

This chapter still isn't over. 

Two years later, Absalom throws a murder party. The number one guest is his rapist brother. Absalom is not trash. 

David gets the wrong info and thinks all his sons are dead now. He is very upset until he finds out he only lost his rapist son. It's a good way to break the death of a child to a parent. Start big so they have some perspective. 

Absalom flees because he mistakenly thinks anyone would care that he murdered his rapist brother:

"King David longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon's death."

A message for Amnon. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

II Samuel 11-12

Things are getting spicy in the bible again and by spicy, I mean horrifying. 

Chapter 11:

David takes a stroll along the palace rooftop because he is Batman now. He just happens to see a woman taking a bath. David likes a clean lady and also voyeurism. He asks around about her and finds out her name is Bathsheba. 



David summons and impregnates her, which is a problem because she is married. It's a problem because she is a married woman. The fact that he is married with multiple wives is not a problem, because he is a man. This is your blogly reminder that in this book, women are property and not people, which is fine. 

David sends for Bathsheba's husband, Uriah. He suggests that Uriah go home and wash his feet. I assume "washing feet" is a euphemism for "go have sex with your wife." Uriah decides to sleep on David's porch like a dog instead, because he is selfless which is no way to stay alive in this book: 

"Uriah said to David, 'The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord's men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!'"

In order to solve the problem, David writes his military guy, Joab, a letter:

"'Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.'"

David even makes Uriah deliver the letter to Joab. David's favorite Game of Thrones character is Littlefinger. 

The plan works. Uriah dies. Bathsheba grieves for two seconds then moves in with David and has a baby boy. David loves a fresh widow

Bible memes are a thing and I'm excited about it. 

The chapter ends with some good old fashioned foreshadowing:

"But the thing David had done displeased the Lord."  


Chapter 12:

Nathan, the Prophet, tells David a story that I'm not going to bother paraphrasing: 

"'There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that had belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him."

David grasps metaphors about as well as hyperbole and says the rich man must die or be made to pay for the lamb four times over. Nathan explains that David is the rich man in the story which is problematic because 

1. The wife is a lamb i.e. property and 

2. The lamb is like a daughter to the poor man 

It is a flawed metaphor. 

Nathan lays down the consequences. At some point in the future, David's wives will be unfaithful to him in broad daylight with someone who is close to David. I'm hoping it's with Nathan. What are your bets? 

David admits he did wrong which is more than Saul ever did, so the Lord decides not to kill David. However, he is still going to kill Bathsheba and David's son because killing babies is the go to teaching tool in this book. 

I'm never going to stop now. 

David and Bathsheba's son gets sick. David fasts and begs the Lord not to kill the baby but the Lord needs that street cred so he's all about the follow through. After the baby dies, David stops fasting and does nothing to grieve the baby, which freaks out his servants. 

David "comforts" Bathsheba by getting her immediately pregnant again, which I'm sure feels really awesome right after giving birth then losing your baby. 

The new baby is named Solomon and God is a big fan of this baby so it gets to live for now

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

II Samuel 7-10

Chapter 7: 

King David feels guilty that God lives in a tent while he lives in a house made of cedar, the most bourgeois of the wood family.

David reaches out to Nathan the Prophet with his concerns. Who is Nathan? A prophet. They just said. Try to keep up.

David tells Nathan the Prophet his concerns so Nathan can pass those concerns onto God. Nathan is God's new receptionist.

Prophets used to seem more important in this book. Not to put down receptionists but starting from freeing slaves and performing miracles to whatever "Nathan" is doing is definitely a demotion. Also what kind of prophet name is Nathan?

Nathan passes on David's concerns about God living in a tent. God assures Nathan that he loves camping. He also passive aggressively points out that he has never needed more than that and if he did, he would have asked.

"'I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, 'Why have you not built me a house of cedar?'"

God does not appreciate David's attempt at anticipating his needs. Say what you will about God but he is pretty good about telling you what he wants exactly when he wants it.

God gets really sentimental and tells Nathan that he will make sure David's descendants are going to have a great kingdom and rule forever (or until democracy becomes a thing).

One of David's descendants will build the God house and God is going to keep a special eye on him:

"I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul'"

David is thrilled to hear God is going to beat his children with a rod and prays later to thank him. It's unclear what Nathan's purpose is if David can still talk directly to God. Maybe they want Nathan to feel like he's participating.

Chapter 8: 

Picture a montage where David fights and defeats various groups of people who do not matter (to me).

Chapter 9:

The biggest plot twist of all. David meets Jonathan's son Mephibosheth who was in the last blog entry. His plot line was actually relevant!

David wants to know if there's anyone left of the Saul family he can help "for the sake of kindness." He finds out about Mephi and his inability to walk. David wants to help him despite his grudge against the disabled community.

They bring Mephi into David's house despite David's "No Cripples" rule. David tells Mephi not to be afraid because he was "friends" with his father. Just a couple of no homo bros who made platonic covenants with each other.

David is going to give Mephi all of his father's land back, someone else will farm it, and Mephi gets to live in his cedar palace. David is finally taking care of the son him and Jonathan should have had together.

Chapter 10:

The Ammonite's King, Nahash, dies. Don't remember him? He had a real thing for eyeballs. In response to this death, David spouts some straight nonsense:

"'I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.'" 

But MJ, you ask, I don't remember David ever meeting Nahash. Didn't Saul defeat Nahash, before he became King Krazy, before David was in the picture at all? Seriously, David never met Nahash in this book right? And to that I say, you know this book better than its own writers do.

David sends a couple of men to pass on his condolences so that he can honor his imaginary memories of Nahash. Unfortunately, Hanun thinks the men are spies because they forgot to bring balloons. He doesn't take their eyeballs but establishes his own kink.  He shaves off half of their beards and cuts off the their clothing "around the buttocks." Now I'm just picturing them in those onesies with butt flaps that grown adults need to stop wearing. 

You sicken me. 

When the men return to David he tells them to "'Stay in Jericho until your beards have grown'" because Jericho is where you go to heal your beard. 

The Ammonites worry that they have pissed off David, so they figure the logical solution is to escalate the situation by sending an army to Jerusalem. There is a war. David wins.

This is why you should always send an edible arrangement.

Monday, March 11, 2019

II Samuel 4-6

Welcome back Bible Babes. I hope you're ready for some BDSM.

I think we need a refresher. There once was a wife who wanted to have kids because breeding is of course her only purpose in life, however she couldn't have one until she made some shady dealings with God to give up her firstborn to priests. God is not unlike Rumpelstiltskin. She named her child Samuel, yeah like the chapter title. Samuel heard God's voice telling him his adopted priest family was going to die and that they did. Instead of this turning into a horror movie situation, Samuel becomes the next diplomat between the Israelites and God. The Israelites wanted a king because they were under the impression that kings care about and fight for their people.

Samuel and God weren't happy because they had seen Game of Thrones so they knew better. God decides to go the "be careful what you wish for route" and gave the people a King anyway and that king was Saul. Saul was very beautiful but also very dumb and later on very unstable. Saul kept messing up and pissing God off so God chose a new king and that king was David. David became Saul's musician and solider i.e. a bard. Saul kept trying to kill David and David kept escaping because everyone loved David, especially Saul's son Jonathan. The two kept queerbaiting the audience and I wrote fanfiction.

David promised not to kill Saul or anyone in his family because he loved Jonathan so much so that he made a covenant before God, which is a big deal. Eventually, not by David's own hand, Saul and Jonathan are murdered. David keeps killing anyone who kills Saul's family because of the God covenant thing and to make sure he has good PR.

Now Saul's other kid Ish-Bosheth is still alive and David can't kill him because of the whole God protection thing, even though God wants David to be king. It is all very stupid. All caught up?

Chapter 4:

Ish-Bosheth is worried someone is going to kill him which is a valid concern because that is what is about to happen. His own men Bannah and Reekab, repeatedly stab him in the stomach while he is sleeping. At least he dies in his sleep. Bannah and Reekab then cut off his head and bring it as evidence to David, expecting to be rewarded. Unfortunately, they didn't get the memo that David does not reward people who make his life more convenient. David kills the men then de-foots and de-hands them and hangs their bodies by a pool which really puts a damper on pool parties.

Then there is an aside about Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth. When Saul and Jonathan were killed, Meph's nurse ran off with him but fell. Now Mephy can't walk. This better be relevant later.

Chapter 5:

David finally completes his successful military coup and now it is time to rule his people for 40 years even though a previous chapter said 7 years, apparently that meant he was going to rule in Judah for 7 years. This book loves math almost as much as it loves plot holes. 

Jerusalem does not want a military leader as their king because they also saw Game of Thrones. The Jebusites of Jerusalem taunt David by saying:

"'You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.'"

David does not understand metaphors or hyperbole and punishes the disabled community after taking over Jerusalem, as a good leader and protagonist does.

"'Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack 'the lame and the blind,' who are hated by David's soul.' Therefore it is said, 'The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.'"

David gives permission for people to commit hate crimes and says the disabled community is not allowed in his home.

Finally, Bible Team Rocket i.e. the Philistines try to mess with David and fail. I'm not getting into it again.

Chapter 6:

David wants to bring the God box to Jerusalem. During the carrying process, one man touches the ark and dies. They decide to leave the God box in storage with a family because risking the lives of your people is what good Kings do. Luckily, the family doesn't die but is actually blessed. Naturally, David wants the box back because being chosen by God isn't enough of a blessing. This time they bring the box back without melting anyone's face off.

There is a celebration and David dances around the ark. I imagine him doing the Snoopy dance.

Michal, David's kidnapped wife, watches him dance:

"And when she saw King David leaping and dancing befroe the Lord, she despised him in her heart."

When David returns home, Michal has some notes on David's dance moves:

""How the king of Isreal has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!""

Apparently David's Snoopy dance got too sexy. David responds in a calm and rational manner as any kidnapping, ableist would:

"'It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me rule over the Lord's people Israel-I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.'"

Let's break that down.

1. Bragging about how the Lord chose him over her dead father. Nice. Also, I knew you didn't care about Saul dying you lying liar.
2. David promises he's going to become even more undignified. He will not be slut shamed.
3. I bet the slave girls would like you even more if you ended slavery, David.

Once again a hero lives long enough to become a villain in this book. Maybe it was for the best that people died young back then.