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David can be seen as a warrior-King chosen by God to lead Israel.

In 2 Samuel 8, we see David bringing judgement upon the enemies of Israel in a playful arbitrary manner like a vigilante does in comic books.

2 Samuel 8:1-3

Now after this it came about that David [a]defeated the Philistines and subdued them; and David took control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines.

2 He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.

3 Then David [d]defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his rule at the [f]River.......

Psalm 109 which is well-known for it's imprecatory nature was either directly/indirectly authored by David himself. Psalm 109's verses are very aggressively judgemental and cursing in nature:

Psalm 109:9

Let his children be fatherless And his wife a widow.

Psalm 109:11

Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.

David declares judgment upon the Amalekite who (despite falsely) claiming that he himself killed Saul

13 David said to the young man who told him, “Where are you from?” And he [d]answered, “I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite.” 14 Then David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15 And David called one of the young men and said, “Go, [e]cut him down.” So he struck him and he died. 16 David said to him, “Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

Here is the irony, David even at first unknowingly declares judgment upon himself after Nathan talks about the Traveller's parable to David:

(2 Samuel 12:5-6)

5 Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, surely the man who has done this [a]deserves to die. 6 He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.”

What are the Dangers of the Judgemental side of David's life in the Bible?

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David's life in the Bible serves as an example of how we as Christians should be cautious about being Judgemental and/or being involved in doling/meting out judgements/justice, and the dangers of being judgemental withOut being careful.

David declares judgement upon himself after Nathan talks about the Traveller's parable to David:

(2 Samuel 12:5-6)

5 Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, surely the man who has done this [a]deserves to die. 6 He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.”

It's important to note that David's vigilante playful justice seems come back to haunt his descendant's like Solomon, and the nation Israel which is suggested in 1 Kings 11:15-25 passage

(1 Kings 11:15-25)

15 For it came about, when David was in Edom, and Joab the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, and had struck down every male in Edom 16 (for Joab and all Israel stayed there six months, until he had cut off every male in Edom), 17 that Hadad fled [h]to Egypt, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, while Hadad was a young boy.........................more scripture....scripture........... 21 But when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers and that Joab the commander of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, “Send me away, that I may go to my own country.” 22 Then Pharaoh said to him, “But what have you lacked with me, that behold, you are seeking to go to your own country?” And he answered, “Nothing; nevertheless you must surely [c]let me go.” 23 God also raised up another adversary to him, Rezon the son of Eliada, who had fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah. 24 He gathered men to himself and became leader of a marauding band, after David slew them of Zobah; and they went to Damascus and stayed [d]there, and reigned in Damascus. 25 So he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, along with the evil that Hadad did; and he abhorred Israel and reigned over Aram.

I suppose the following bible passage and scripture verses come to mind as well:

Matthew 7:1-5

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and [a]by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how [b]can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Luke 6:37

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; [a]pardon, and you will be pardoned.

Proverbs 14:29

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is [a]quick-tempered exalts folly.

Proverbs 16:32

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Proverbs 14:17

A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

Psalm 103:8

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

Essentially, passing judgment is Not something we Christians should do lightly or in a willy-nilly manner.

Also, I suppose it's a lesson for Christians to Not speak in a overly sanctimonious, preachy and/or holier-than-thou manner.

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