Despite his rascally ways, King David holds his place in our tradition as a source of inspiration. Though he is shown in the book of Samuel to be a guerrilla warrior, an uncertain lover, a not entirely loyal friend, and not always a dedicated father, yet he triumphs in establishing his kingdom. The book of Kings tells us David is a model, who was loyal to YHWH. For David’s sake, Solomon and his son are allowed to hold on to the united kingdom. And in the world to come, David’s lineage will once again return. Despite the destruction of the temple, twice, it seems there is an eternal hope that someday the world will again be in good order.