“Thou shalt not commit adultery”, says one of the Ten Commandments that God gave to the Israelites through Moses. It also says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife”. King David of the ancient Jewish kingdom of Israel coveted his neighbour’s wife and committed adultery. He followed it up with murder. According to the Mosaic Law, King David should have received the death penalty. But none pulled up the king for his crimes. David thought that he had had his way and escaped without a scratch. But the universal law of Karma would catch up with him.
Religions mostly hold the view that the wages of man’s sins would be settled in the life after death. For instance, the Bible says, “…people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”. Most Indian religious philosophies are of the view that the souls would transmigrate to be reborn based on their ‘karma’ of current lives. But the story of the life of King David seems to suggest that heaven and hell are right here on this earth. Here is his story in brief and you be the judge…
A Great King Caught in the Web of His ‘Karma’
David was also a talented songwriter and musician. Many of the Psalms in the Bible are attributed to David. Most of them reveal the poet’s great commitment to the divine. The Bible describes David as a man ‘after God’s own heart’. Christians believe that Jesus was born in the clan of King David in fulfillment of an Old Testament prophesy.