These Bible chapters are essentially the story of a man called David. The whole book of Samuel is mainly a book of individuals, and appropriately its first phrase is “Now there was a man…”. In the case of David we read of his grave sin, his repentance, and his dire punishment. So much is told of David’s tribulations that we begin to wonder whether the scales are not tipped against him. Why is it necessary to emphasize so much failure and weakness of that great and successful king?