Recently in the lectionary we use we have been travelling through some of the David material. This is the passage that concludes Davids unjust dealing with Uriah the Hittite and his wife Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 22:7-13a Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.Thus says the Lord: I will raise up trouble against you from within your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbour, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.’ David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ and this week the readings included. 1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. The reading possibly stood in stark highlight, given that we had sermons about the abuse of authority and the corruption involved, and David's complicity in the effective murder of Uriah the Hittite. I guess the ongoing complexity I find in the passages include that Uriah was not a Jew, but a Hittite, and Bathsheba was Solomon's Mother by a later pregnancy. The picture of David cast in Kings on the lips of Solomon simply does not sound like David as discussed in the 2 Samuel passages. I guess one of the things is that I think it gives the text credibility, given the amazing shadow and depth in the characters. I am not altogether certain that David is a particularly good role model, nonetheless.