יד וַיִּמְלֹךְ דָּוִיד עַל־כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיְהִי עֹשֶׂה מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה לְכָל־עַמּוֹ׃
18:14 David executed true justice among all his people
King David’s rule over Israel is defined by justice and righteousness. As emphasized by the prophets, executing justice and righteousness is the charge of the Jewish people and their leaders in the Land of Israel (see Ezekiel 45:9). In this sense, David was an ideal king. While he did conduct several wars, his reign is ultimately defined not by violence, but justice. He was a just king, providing a model for all to follow. Following in King David’s path will bring the ultimate redemption, as the prophet Yeshayahu says, “Tzion shall be saved in the judgment, her repentant ones, in the retribution.” (Isaiah 1:27).