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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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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 ...
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How to reconcile 1 Kings 4:30 and 1 Kings 11:3? Did God give Solomon enough wisdom?

1 Kings 4:30 Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. There is no doubt of his great wisdom. Yet in 1 Kings 11:1 King ...
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Is prostitution legal in Solomon's time?

1 Kings 3:16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 1 Kings 11:7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the ...
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Shields of Judah

1 Kings 14:27 and 2 Chronicles 12:10 state that King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace the golden ones that King David had made because the golden ones were taken away. In 2 Kings 11:10 and 2 ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Timothy 6:16 and 1 Kings 8:12?

1 Timothy 6:16 (KJV): Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom {cf15I be} honour and power everlasting. Amen. ...
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Parallelism of names within 1 Kings 14

I was just reading 1 Kings 14, and I noticed two parallels. First of all, Jeroboam and Rehoboam sound similar. Is this due to the Hebrew naming conventions, or is there something more at play here? ...
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Why is 1 Kings 22:47-50 missing in the LXX?

1 Kings 22:47-50 which describes the death of Jehoshaphat is missing in the LXX. What could be the reason for having left out these verses?
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A question about the word שׁוֹשָׁן (lilies) in I Kings 7:22,26

The record in Kings - I Kings 7:22 and 26 - of 'lily work', on the top of the two pillars, Jachin and Boaz, in the temple that Solomon built, uses the Hebrew word shoshan (as noted by Robert Young in ...
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Did King Solomon make the Israelites his servants?

Initial we are told that King Solomon used the descendants of the conquered tribes as his servants to build his cities and other works 1 Kings 9:22 NKJV 22 But of the children of Israel Solomon ...
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Who were these prophets in 1 Kings 18:2-4?

So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there was a severe famine in Samaria. And Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in charge of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly. For so it ...
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Is God guilty of lying in 1 Kings 22?

22And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, ...
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Did David and Solomon rely on a 12-month solar calendar to organize certain functions in the kingdom?

Solomon divided his kingdom into 12 areas and had 12 individuals overseeing those areas. Then he had each area provide food for him for a month: Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who ...
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In 1 Kings 1:33, where was Gihon and why did David instruct Solomon be taken there to be anointed?

1 Kings 1:32-33: "2 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. 33 The king also said unto them, Take ...
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Why are different words for “month” used to when identifying Ziv as the second month, Bul as the eighth month, and Ethanim as the seventh month?

The construction of the Temple began in the month of Ziv, which is identified as the second month: In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in ...
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Interpretation of 1 Kings‬ ‭22:38‬ [closed]

See this: «And one washed the charet in the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood (and they washed his armour) according vnto the word of the Lord which he spake.» ‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭22:38‬ ‭...
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“Blasphemy” in 1 Kings 21:10 [duplicate]

"and cause two men -- sons of worthlessness -- to sit over-against him, and they testify of him, saying, Thou hast blessed God and Melech; and they have brought him out, and stoned him, and he ...
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Building temple in I Kings 6

"The house, while it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being built." 1 Kings 6:7 NASB, ...
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Whom did Baasha kill in 1 Kings 16:7?

1 Kings 16:7 KJV 7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the ...
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“King's friend” in 1 Kings 4

In 1 Kings 4:1–6, a number of titles of officials are mentioned (ESV): King Solomon was king over all Israel, and these were his high officials: Azariah the son of Zadok was the priest; ...
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Harlots before king Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16

Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. Should not the harlots have been killed by law? However, far from executing them, Solomon judged between them! But if this ...
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Why does 1 Kings 15:5 say David did not turn from the commands of the Lord except in the Uriah case?

1 Kings 15:5 NIV 5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite. ...
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Does 1 Kings 8:35-36 and 46-50 teach that, under the Old Covenant, one was able to receive forgiveness without a sacrifice?

When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: 36Then ...
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What are the lameds in the scribal annotations in the Aleppo Codex?

In this comment on History SE, I recalled reading the Biblical book of 1 Kings in the Aleppo Codex (10th century AD). Where Elijah is taunting rival prophets with the suggestion that their god Ba'...
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Who anointed Hazael as king of Aram?

1 Kings 19:15-16 NASB 15 The Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; 16 and Jehu the son of ...
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Are the 7000 in 1 Kings 19:18 all prophets?

[1Ki 19:18 KJV] 18 Yet I have left [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. It seems like only prophets were being ...
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How old was David when he died? Could he have been bedridden at that age?

I observed the Bible is silent over the number of years David lived on earth. Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. And the time that David reigned over Israel ...
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Why אכילה instead of אכל in 1 Kings 19:8?

1 Kings 19:8 ויקם ויאכל וישתה וילך בכח ׀ האכילה ההיא ארבעים יום וארבעים לילה עד הר האלהים חרב (KJV) And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty ...
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Did the sea hold 2000 or 3000 baths?

In 1 Kings 7:26 it is said that it could hold 2000 baths. But in 2 Chronicles 4:5 it is said that it could hold 3000 Baths. Can this be considered as a contradiction?
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Did Jezebel also destroy the sons of Naboth as alluded to in 2 Kings 9?

When Jehu recounts the Naboth incident he seems to insinuate that Naboth died with his sons. 2 Kings 9:25-26 NASB 25 Then Jehu said to Bidkar his officer, “Take him up and cast him into the [z]...
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In 1 Kings 7:25 do the oxen represent the “foundations of the earth”?

KJV 1Ki 7:25  It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was ...
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Were Rahab (Joshua 2) and the two women with the dead baby (1 Kings 3:16) really prostitutes or just inn keepers?

According to the "Treasury of Scripture" the word for "prostitute" and the word for "inn keeper" are the same word: harlots The word {zanoth}, rendered {harlots}, is here translated by the ...