I have finally fulfilled my oath. I have been loyal in my promise to Jonathan and found a place for Mephibosheth in my house. I have given him back the land that is his birthright and have seconded Ziga and his household to tend to Mephibosheth’s affairs. He has nothing to fear.

How difficult have the Ammonites been? I offered the hand of friendship to Hanun, as I did with his father Nahash, only to have him refuse and throw the offer of friendship in my face. I showed them great loyalty, but they insist on war. It is always this way it seems. But I tire of war. The blood, the dirt, the screaming in agony. Do they think I enjoy the killing? Am I a murderer? They tried to humiliate my men, indeed they succeeded when shaving off their beards. And where did they get the idea to cut their clothing? Madness…

But my men were not shamed in the sight of the people on their return, and certainly not when faced with war against the Ammonites and those mercenary dogs the Tob. Joab led them with great bravery and cunning and is proving to be a trustworthy general. How the Lord has blessed Israel with such leaders and warriors! Oh how I enjoyed the later battle and securing a great victory, with death of 700 Aramean charioteers, 40,000 of their foot soldiers, and Shobach their commander. I am suspicious of the Ammonites and their new king, and I know they are of me. Now that the rains have stopped it’s time for battle. Joab will lead my men and the Israelite army well. The Lord has given me victory wherever I have gone, and He will do the same for Joab!

I can’t help but praise God. Israel is so blessed. Never before have we been so rich, strong and united. At last the promise the Lord made to Abraham and to Joshua has borne fruit and our nation extends from the Great Sea to the Euphrates! It is time for me to rest, to have peace. I have longed for this moment when the generals can fight the wars and Jerusalem can know safety. As for me, I have led battles, considered strategies, and thwarted plots to kill me for far too long. War just doesn’t excite me anymore. I need a new challenge now that I am king. For once I will relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility. I am king after all…

Things in Jerusalem just couldn’t be more perfect. The people love the Lord so much that last night they were sacrificing bulls on the altar. Whole bulls sacrificed and burnt! Oh how delighted the Lord must be! It was the manner in which they were sacrificed that touched me. The heart of my people is in the right place, they really are giving thanks to the God that makes them righteous and secure within the walls of Jerusalem. I Love this Kingdom, I love my people, and most of all I love the Lord who has made Zion His chosen people…

I saw a beautiful woman today, bathing on a roof. I wonder who she is…?