King David

detail from an illumination on parchment by André Beauneveu, 1402, Bibliothèque Nationale, ParisMemorial


Son of Jesse, and a shepherd in his youth. Anointed by the prophet Samuel. During war with the Philistines, David, relying on God, slew the giant Goliath and won the friendship of Jonathan, son of Saul; courtier. Married to Saul’s daughter Michol. Forced into exile for political reasons. Married to Abigail.When Saul and Jonathan fell in battle, David was chosen King of Judah and Israel; he reigned for 33 years. Founder of the Judean dynasty at Jerusalem. National hero as a youth, soldier, reformer, father, prophet, musician, poet, hymnist, writer, sinner, and penitent. See 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Chronicles.






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MLA Citation

  • “King David“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 August 2021. Web. 26 October 2021. <>