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1 Kings presents the biblical view of history of ancient Israel and Judah from the death of David to the release of his successor Jehoiachin from imprisonment in Babylon.

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How is it fair for God to punish the prophet for listening to the prophet who deceived him?

A prophet was told not to eat or drink or return by the way he came but another old prophet lied to him saying an angel told him to invite him for food 1 Kings 13:16-18 The man of God said, “I ...
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Why did God blame Ahab for Naboth's death when it was Jezebel who arranged for his murder

1 Kings 21:19 Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s ...
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1 Kings 20:35, 37-40 Isn't God telling the prophet to lie a violation of the commandment you shall not lie

1 Kings 20:35 By the word of the Lord one of the company of the prophets said to his companion, “Strike me with your weapon,” but he refused. 1 Kings 20:37-40 The prophet found another man and said, ...
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Reconciling differences between 1 Kings 6:1 of Hebrew Bible and Septuagint

1 Kings 6:1 Hebrew bible: In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, The footnote says that the Septuagint says: In the four hundred and fortieth year How do you ...
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1 Kings 22 How does Micaiah answer Zedekiah's question?

1 Kings 22 24Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked. 25Micaiah replied, “You ...
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(1 Kings 13) Symbolism of God's command to Unnamed Prophet specifying Not to eat bread Nor drink water nor return by the way which you came?

1 Kings 13:1-8 1 Now behold, there came a man of God from Judah to Bethel by the word of the Lord, while Jeroboam was standing by the altar to burn incense............................................. ...
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Did the Prophet Micaiah really see and hear the Lord and His host (1 Kgs. 22:20-21), and could any angel be a deceiving spirit (22:21)?

The prophet Micaiah related the Word of the Lord to kings Ahab and Jehoshaphat. Did he (Micaiah) really see the Lord and the host of heaven, or was this a vision?: 1 Kings 22:20-21: Micaiah said, “...
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1 Kings 22:7 NIV vs ESV

1 Kings 22: 6 So the king of Israel brought together the prophets—about four hundred men—and asked them, “Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” “Go,” they answered, “for the ...
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Why did Elijah put his face between his knees?

1 Kings 18 41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ...
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How were the poles oriented inside the Most Holy Place?

1 Kings 8: 6 The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 7The ...
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Wouldn't a relative of Naboth inherit his vineyard after he dies?

Numbers 27:8“Say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter. 9If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10If he has no brothers, give ...
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1 Kings 20:36 Is it fair for God to kill the man for refusing to strike the prophet?

1 Kings 20 35Meanwhile, by the word of the LORD, one of the sons of the prophets said to his companion, “Strike me, please!” But the man refused to strike him. 36Then the prophet said to him, “...
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Does Luke 1:17 allude to 1 Kings 18:37?

1 Kings 18 describes a contest between Elijah and Baals' prophets. Elijah prayed: 37 "Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning ...
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My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist

In 1 Kings 12:10 (NASB) And the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “This is what you should say to this people who spoke to you, saying: ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, now ...
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In logical terms, what precisely is Solomon's wise act in 1 Kings 3:16-28?

1 Kings 3 describes the famous story of Whose Baby Is This. It demonstrates the wisdom of King Solomon. Two mothers lay claim on one baby. 23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your ...
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Did the Pharisees' disrespect for Galilee come from 1Kings 9?

The disciples' attitude to Nazareth in Galilee can be gauged from the comment in John 1:46 - And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come ...
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Was the earth split by the sound in 1 Kings 1:40?

1 Kings 1:40 New International Version And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound. Berean Study Bible All the people followed ...
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Are the 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1 wrong?

Here is my particular biblical chronology based on a literalist interpretation of the Bible, the only problem I have is that I cannot fit the 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1 into it: And it came to pass in ...
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Elijah's prayer for the widow's son

Elijah's prayer in 1 Kings 17:20 asks, "Have you ALSO brought tragedy on the widow" (N/KJV), "have you brought calamity EVEN upon the widow" (ESV). Other translations also have ...
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Was Benaiah afraid to kill Joab in the sanctuary in 1 Kings 2:

Solomon instructs Benaiah to kill Joab regardless that he was in the sanctuary holding onto the horns of the Altar.Benaiah seems to hesitate and instead negotiates with him to come out of the ...
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Why is Abiather named as priest after having been removed from office in 1 Kings 4:1-4?

After hiving been removed from office Abiather is mentioned as priest along with Zadok and Benainh as commander in chief. The order of events in the previous chapter is that Benaiah first killed ...
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Why did Elijah run from Jezebel [duplicate]

Edited to make more clearer. In 1 Kings 19, Elijah runs from Jezebel after being threatened by her. I have two questions in relation to this. Would she have carried out that threat on a popular ...
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Did Solomon have 40k or 4k horses/stallls?

Did Solomon have 4k or 40k horses (or stalls for horses)? 2 Chronicles 9:25. And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the ...
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Were the pillars 18 or 35 cubits high?

I don't know if this this is the correct place to ask so please do whatever is necessary. 1 Kings 7:15 says that the pillars are eighteen cubits high. 2 Chronicles 3:15 says a different number. Who is ...
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What was the purpose of the Old Testament prophecies whose contents were not recorded for posterity?

Some examples are: 1) Numbers 11:23-30 (NIV): 23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” 24 So Moses went out and ...
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Did God change his mind concerning the wealth of kings?

Deuteronomy 17:17 NIV 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. Years later king Solomon asks for wisdom and God adds ...
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Angels touching humans in the Bible

How is it possible for angels (heavenly hosts not merely human messengers) to touch humans? Do they have bodies? Are these bodies temporary? What proof is there that they are temporary? New Testament ...
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How did Elijah know the woman of Zarepthath was a widow?

In 1 Kings 17:9-10 Elijah is commanded by God to go to Zarephath where God had commanded a widow to provide for him. When Elijah got there he saw a woman gathering sticks outside the city gates. How ...
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(2 Kings 8:9-12) imagining/visualizing how Elisha's vision/revelation of Hazel's future destiny is gradually revealed in real time

My Assessment here spawns out of this Related Question: In 2 Kings 8:11 was it Hazael or Elisha who settled his countanance stedfastly? I'm trying to imagine/visualize how Elisha's vision of Hazel's ...
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Was it sin for Solomon to sacrifice in the high places?

1 Kings 3:3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given to him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
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Did Jehu put words in Elijah's mouth in 2 Kings 9:37?

Elijah prophecied in 1 Kings 21:23 “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’ 24“Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the ...
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What was David's mindset when Shimei cursed him?

While David was on the run, Shimei cursed him and Abishai son of Zeruiah volunteered to kill him. 2 Samuel 16:10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is ...
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What was the “testimony” that was given to Jehoiada?

2 Kings 11:9-12: The captains did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they each brought his men who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the ...
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Joab was executed inside the temple while Athalia was brought outside to be executed. What's the significance? [closed]

1 Kings 2:30So Benaiah entered the tent of the Lord and said to Joab, “The king says, ‘Come out!’ ” But he answered, “No, I will die here.” Benaiah reported to the king, “This is how Joab answered me.”...
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Were male shrine prostitutes homosexuals?

1 Kings 14:24 (NIV) There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. Did these ...
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How did God expect Jeroboam to obey all His commandments without the territorial control of Jerusalem?

1 Kings 11:30 And Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing, tore it into twelve pieces, 31and said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, ...
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Did Shishak take away the ark of the covenant 1 Kings 14:26?

1 Kings 14:25 In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. 26He carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took ...
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Why was it okay for Solomon to seek wisdom and not for Eve?

1 Kings 3:9 English Standard Version Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great ...
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Are the names Jeroboam and Rehoboam Hebrew puns?

1 Kings 12:12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days." Jeroboam יָרָבְעָ֧ם (yā·rā·ḇə·‘ām) Noun - proper - ...
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What is the meaning of לְתֻמּ֔וֹ (at random) in 1 Kings 22:34?

1 Kings 22:34 New International Version But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, "Wheel around and get ...
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How old was Solomon when he became king?

1 Kings 3:7 New International Version "Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.
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How to reconcile 1 Kings 14:12 and 1 Kings 14:17?

1 Kings 14:12 "As for you, go back home. When you [Jeroboam's wife] set foot in your city, the boy will die. 1 Kings 14:17 Then Jeroboam's wife got up and left and went to Tirzah. As soon as she ...
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How wise was Solomon regarding his accumulations of horses, wives, and gold? [closed]

Moses on his dying day warned future kings in Deuteronomy 17:16 But the king must not acquire many horses for himself or send the people back to Egypt to acquire more horses, for the LORD has said, ‘...
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Was the Shimei mentioned in 1 Kings 1 the same Shimei who cursed David?

1 Kings 1:7-8 (NIV): 7 Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support. 8 But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, ...
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The LORD dwells in a dark cloud or thick cloud in 1 Kings 8:12?

1 Kings 8:12 New International Version Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; dark cloud בָּעֲרָפֶֽל׃ (bā·‘ă·rā·p̄el) Preposition-b, Article | Noun - ...
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Did the psalmist taunt God in Psalm 44:23?

NIV 1 Kings 18:27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must ...
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Did Ahab mislead Jehoshaphat in 1 Kings 22:29?

After persuading Jehoshaphat to go to war against the Arameans Ahab also requests the king to put on his royal garments 1 Kings 22:4 NASB 4 And he said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to battle ...
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Why does the KJV translate בָּאֲפֵ֖ר as ashes in 1 Kings 20:38

וַיֵּ֙לֶךְ֙ הַנָּבִ֔יא וַיַּעֲמֹ֥ד לַמֶּ֖לֶךְ עַל־הַדָּ֑רֶךְ וַיִּתְחַפֵּ֥שׂ בָּאֲפֵ֖ר עַל־עֵינָֽיו׃ 1 Kings 20:38 KJV 38 So the prophet departed, and waited for the king by the way, and disguised ...
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What is the point of the prophet being successfully struck in 1 King 20:35-37?

1 King 20:35 By the word of the Lord one of the company of the prophets said to his companion, “Strike me with your weapon,” but he refused. 36So the prophet said, “Because you have not obeyed the ...
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What is the difference between a man of God and a prophet?

1 Kings 13:1 Suddenly, as Jeroboam was standing beside the altar to burn incense, there came a man of God from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD. 1 Kings 13:11 Now a certain old prophet was ...