2 Samuel 8-9 Expanding the Kingdom, Faith to Friends. David secures the borders of the nation. He subdues opponents and turns them into either allies or vassals, neither of which continue to be a threat. Building a nation requires wisdom and realism. One cannot establish stability only within one's mind. Stability must be real and this means making real, and hard decisions that will shape the course of the future. David prepares for the Temple that some day will be built by his heir. Established and secure, David seeks out the last remaining son of Saul, who was concealed out of fear of David. There is no more fear, no more reason to hide. The wise king is the righteous and kind king. The grandson of Saul is welcomed by David as is treated as if he is a son of the king.