Colin Adams looks at this rather unexpected ending to this biography of King David. It does not tell of David’s death. Instead it has a tribute to David with a structure much favoured by the ancient Hebrews. The author chose six fragments from David’s life and arranged them. At the most important centre, he put two of David’s poems to show that David was a Praising King. On either side of those he put a story showing David as a Victorious King. Before and after that bundle he adds a story that shows him as an Atoning King.
All this is important for David, but it also points forward to great David’s greater Son.