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Samuel is the last of the prophets who leads Israel. Near his death, the Israelites demand that God give them a king like the other nations have. God allows them to have Saul as their first king.
Scripture References: 1 Samuel; 1 Chronicles 1-10
David follows Saul as king of Israel. David has many great characteristics and talents, but he is beset with character flaws and bad choices.
Scripture References: 1 Samuel 16 - 2 Samuel 12; 1 Chronicles 11-19
David is a man who has a heart like God's. That does not keep him from marrying many wives, having children by those wives, and neglecting their upbringing. The ensuing havoc changes history.
Scripture References: 2 Samuel 13-24
Ruth is the great-grandmother of David. She is from Moab and is included in the family tree of Jesus.
Scripture References: Ruth