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After Saul and Jonathan are killed in battle, David is anointed as King.
David conquers Jerusalem, taking the Ark of the Covenant into the city, and establishing the kingdom founded by Saul.
He becomes a favorite of King Saul and a close friend of Saul's son Jonathan.
Worried that David is trying to take his throne, Saul turns on David.
David is discussed in the Quran and figures in Islamic oral and written tradition as well.
The Book of Chronicles lists his sons with his various wives and concubines.
Returning from battle with the Philistines, Saul heads to Ein Gedi in pursuit of David and enters the cave where, as it happens, David and his supporters are hiding, "to attend to his needs".
David realises he has an opportunity to kill Saul, but this is not his intention: he secretly cuts off a corner of Saul's robe, and when Saul has left the cave he comes out to pay homage to Saul as the king and to demonstrate, using the piece of robe, that he holds no malice towards Saul.
It was initially thought that there were no evidence outside of the Bible concerning David, but the Tel Dan Stele, an inscribed stone erected by a king of Damascus in the late 9th/early 8th centuries BCE to commemorate his victory over two enemy kings, contains the phrase in Hebrew: , bytdwd, which most scholars translate as "House of David".
Ancient Near East historians generally doubt that the united monarchy as described in the Bible existed.
David flees Jerusalem during Absalom's rebellion, but after Absalom's death he returns to the city to rule Israel.