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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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Is 1 Kings 18 talking about the daily evening sacrifice?

1 Kings 18:27-29 "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 be awakened....
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Does 1 Kings 8:27 mean that God cannot dwell on earth?

1 Kings 8:27 (ESV): But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built! It seems like the text is saying ...
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Did King Abijam and King Asa have the same mother? The Bible says their mother is Maacah of Abishalom but says the two kings are father and son?

”Now in the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam the son of Nebat, Abijam began to reign over Judah. He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.“ ‭‭ ”...
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Why did Jezebel opt for a messenger instead of soldiers to revenge for her humiliation, considering her penchant for cruelty?

1 Kings 19:2 recounts how Queen Jezebel threatened the life of the prophet Elijah. Rather than dispatching soldiers immediately, she chose to sent a messenger, granting Elijah a 24 hours advance ...
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Why does Neh. 8:17 say that nobody celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles since Joshua, when Solomon celebrated it in 1 Kgs. 8:65?

When Nehemiah celebrates the Festival of Tabernacles for the first time with the returning exile from Babylon, it is stated that From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had ...
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What is the function of the pericope concerning the unknown man of God in 1 Kings 13?

1 Kings 13 contains the story of the unknown man of God who cries out against the altar Jeroboam had constructed. Although tasked with returning another way and neither eating nor drinking anything, ...
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Is the Sulamitess of Cant. 6:12 & 7:1 a reference to Abisag?

Who is the Sulamitess of Cant. 6:12 & Cant. 7:1? Cant. 6:12: Return, return, O Sulamitess: return, return that we may behold thee. Cant. 7:1: What shalt thou see in the Sulamitess but the ...
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In the lists of kings for both Judah and Israel, is there a way to determine if kings were coregent and how that might effect the Biblical timeline?

For example, King David gave his son Solomon the throne while David was still alive to keep the peace within the kingdom (1 Kings 1:30-39). It was important that the rightful heir to David’s throne be ...
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Hiram: 120 talents of gold for what?

1 Kings 9, 11-14 says: King Solomon gave twenty towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar and juniper and gold he wanted. But when Hiram went from Tyre ...
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Are the Prayer Requests of 1 Kings 8:31-52 grammatically subordinate to the "requests" of 1 Kings 1:25-26

I'm a beginning exegete and I'm trying to determine, are the prayer requests of 1 Kings 8:31-52 grammatically subordinate to the "requests" of 1 Kings 1:25-26? Verses 25-26 where Solomon ...
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What are the Acts of Solomon?

In 1 Kings 11:41, it mentions that all the things Solomon did until he died was written in the acts of Solomon. Is this a non-canonical book? Is this another way of describing Proverbs? Appreciate y'...
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What exactly was Saul's sin that caused God to reject him and punish him?

I see similar questions have already been asked about this passage but there was a lack of definite answer, some see it as a series of mistakes. I have been trying to understand the exact nature of ...
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Don't 1st Kings 15:29 and 16:7 contradict each other?

Don't these two verses contradict? 1st Kings 15:29 (KJV) And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had ...
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Was Rehoboam able to choose good advice if God was leading events?

Was Rehoboam able to choose good advice if "the cause was from the Lord" Here is the complete story at 1 Kings 12:1-15 (KJV): 1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to ...
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Abijah or Abijam? 1 Kings 14-15

The NIV translates Rehoboam's son as Abijah. When you compare it on the Bible app, to all the other translations every other translation calls him Abijam. There was confusion for me because Abijah, ...
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"Him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay" (1 Kings 19:17). Whom did Elisha slay?

We know the prophet Elijah called fire down from heaven, killing bands of soldiers; and we know he slew the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. But his successor, Elisha, who had received the double ...
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Why did Jeroboam make Golden Calves despite knowing what happened during Exodus?

In 1 Kings, King Jeroboam makes not one but two Golden Calves, even repeating the words of Aaron verbatim. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too ...
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In What Sense did King Ahab "Serve Ba'al"? 2 Kings 10:18

I have been trying to understand better the religious attitude of King Ahab. He was famously denounced by the usurper King Jehu, who, in the generation after Ahab, massacred his 60 sons along with his ...
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What was the spiritual significance of one not buried in his father's sepulchre?

On many occasions when one died he was said to be buried in his father's sepulchre: KJV Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his ...
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Why doesn't the widow of Zarephath acknowledge God's commandment in 1 Kings 17?

It is said God had commanded the widow of Zarephath to feed Elijah during the drought KJV 1 Kings 17 : 9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have ...
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1 Kings 20:42 - How would have Ahab known that God wanted the Syrian king dead?

1 Kings 20:42 And he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people ...
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Bad translation in 1 Kings 22:21

Why do all the translations I know of mistranslate 1 Kings 22:21? In Hebrew there is the expression הרוח or ha ruah or “a spirit” in the translations, and in the Hebrew there is the definite article ה ...
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Is Elijah really asking if Baal is "on the porta-potty" in 1 Kings 18:27? [duplicate]

Was Baal in The Loo? This is regarding the following scripture: 1 Kings 18:27 New International Reader's Version (NIRV) At noon Elijah began to tease them. “Shout louder!” he said. “I’m sure Baal is ...
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Why did the woman invoke the name of God over bread? (1st Kings 17:12)

We read: “But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and ...
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Did God repent of the evil he had declared against Ahab in 1 Kings 21?

After having got Naboth killed Ahab is told by the prophet Elijah that in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth they will also lick his KJV 1 Kings 21 : 19 And thou shalt speak unto him, ...
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Did Solomon himself actually offer sacrifices to other gods?

Here are the verses in question: 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been....
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Did Elijah violate the law in 1 Kings 18:19-20?

Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a contest which involves sacrifices at mount Carmel which is somehow outside the jurisdiction of the temple 1 Kings 18:19-20 NASB Now then, send orders and ...
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1 kings 17:7-16 - is this how prophets work?

From this text, I want to know whether this is precisely how God works through prophets, or there’s something that I’m missing? 7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in ...
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How could a beautiful young virgin keep David warm physically?

1 Kings 1: 1When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. 2So his attendants said to him, “Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of ...
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Why did CSB translate H2850 in 1 Kings 11:1 as Hittite while the one in 1 Kings 15:5 as Hethite?

Christian Standard Bible 1 Kings 11:1 King Solomon loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite [H2850] women 1 Kings 15:5 For David ...
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Why would being a "man of war" prevent David from building the temple of God (1 Chron. 22:8, 29:3, 1 Kings 8:18-19)?

There are several instances in the Old Testament (and one or two in the N/T) where we read that David was not allowed to build a temple for God: 1 Chronicles 22:8: "But the word of the LORD came ...
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Has Elijah lied to God (1 Kings 19:10)?

Obadiah tells Elijah in 1 Kings 18:13: Haven’t you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD? I hid a hundred of the LORD’s prophets in two caves, fifty in each, ...
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Why did King Solomon have so many wives and concubines?

Top of the day to everyone. I have been having this concerns for a while so I thought I could ask to get some clarity on it. A wise as King Solomon was in the bible, why did he choose to have so many ...
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1 Kings 19 Has Elijah fasted forty days and forty nights?

1 Kings 19 5 Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6 Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar ...
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1 Kings 2:46 Is Shimei a threat to Solomon's kingdom?

1 Kings 2 46Then the king gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down and he died. The kingdom was now established in Solomon’s hands. Is Shimei a threat to ...
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Does God condone or command that Jephthah sacrifice his daughter? (Judges 11:34-39)

I was reading through Judges yesterday and I came across Judges 11:39-40, where Jephthah makes a promise unto God that if he is successful in warfare he will sacrifice the first thing that comes from ...
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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 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 ... 8 But the man of God said to the king, “...
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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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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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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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