Questions tagged [1-samuel]

The book of 1 Samuel, which chronicles the last days of Israel being ruled by judges and the transition into the monarchy with Saul as the first king.

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1 Samuel 6:19 - Look upon or Look into?

And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the Lord. He struck seventy men of them, and the people mourned because the Lord had struck the people with a great ...
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How to understand 1 Samuel 16:7 in light of Leviticus 21:16-20?

1 Samuel 16:7 NIV 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward ...
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Why did Ahimelech tremble when he saw David?

1 Samuel 21:10 Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And when Ahimelech met David, he trembled and asked him, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?” Did Ahimelech tremble because of ...
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If evil spirits have personhood, does the Holy Spirit also have personhood? 1 Samuel 16:14-16 & Matthew 12:43-45

In 1 Samuel 16:14-16 we see the contrast between the Spirit of the LORD leaving Saul and an evil spirit being sent by God instead to torment him: 14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and ...
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How did NKJV deal with the noun agreement in Samuel 21:4?

This question is inspired by Bach's excellent question. New King James Version 1 Samuel 21:4 And the priest answered David and said, “There is no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread, if the ...
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Jonathan told David that even his father knew that he would be second in command to David. Why?

1 Samuel 23:15 Now David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph, at Horesh. 16And Jonathan, Saul’s son, set out and went to David at Horesh, and ...
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Why should Saul expect David to show up in 1 Samuel 20:26?

1 Samuel 19:1 Then Saul ordered his son Jonathan and all his servants to kill David. 1 Samuel 20:24 So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon had come, the king sat down to eat. 25He sat in his ...
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1 Samuel 15:4 Why did Saul number the soldiers from Judah separately?

1 Samuel 15:4 So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim--two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand from Judah. The kingdom wasn't divided at this time. Why did Saul number the ...
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Why does BSB 1 Samuel 4:21 say Eli was “killed” instead of that he died?

1 Sam 4:18-21 BSB: As soon as the ark of God was mentioned, Eli fell backward from his chair by the city gate, and being old and heavy, he broke his neck and died. And Eli had judged Israel forty ...
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Did Hannah sin and violate Deuteronomy 12:11?

1 Samuel 1:21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, 22Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is ...
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Did David's sling stone sank into Goliath's forehead?

1 Samuel 17:49 New International Version Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on ...
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“Do not stay in the stronghold”

In 1 Samuel 22:5 (NASB) But Gad the prophet said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; leave, and go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went into the forest of Hereth. Why must David ...
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Was David tall?

1 Samuel 9:2 Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else. Saul was unusually tall. David tried on Saul's armor ...
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Matrimonial relationships while in war

In 1 Samuel 21:4-6 (NASB) 4 The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread, if only the young men have kept themselves from women.” 5 David ...
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Why did the Philistines say that the plagues happened in the wilderness?

1 Samuel 4:7 the Philistines were afraid. “A god has a come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before. 8 We’re doomed! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty ...
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What does it mean that God gave Saul “another heart” in 1 Samuel 10:9?

1 Samuel 10:9 (ESV): When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. What does it that "God gave him another heart"? Did ...
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In Samuel 19, is it Naioth or hut of prophets?

In 1 Samuel 19:18 (NASB) So David fled and escaped, and came to Samuel at Ramah; and he informed him of everything that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth According to ...
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God's attributes in the parallels between 1 Samuel and Esther

As Dottard mentions Haman in the Book of Esther was a descendant of the king Agag that Samuel executed (see 4 above). In addition to that, Mordecai is linked with Saul as we read in 1 Samuel 9:1-2 (...
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How many sons did Jesse have?

In 1 Samuel 16:10 (NASB) So Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” The wording in 1 Samuel 16 gives space for Jesse to have had ...
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Elders came trembling to meet Samuel

In 1 Samuel 16:4 (NASB) So Samuel did what the Lord told him, and he came to Bethlehem. Then the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, “Do you come in peace?” Why were they ...
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1 Samuel 15 and the fulfillment of Numbers 24

In 1 Samuel 15:1-3 (NASB) Then Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord of ...
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Did King Saul lose his salvation?

King Saul appeared to have had a "born again" experience: 9 When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came ...
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How long did Saul reign?

In 1 Samuel 13:1 (BPT09) Saul era de meia-idade, quando se tornou rei de Israel e reinou cerca de vinte anos. which translates to Saul was middle-aged when he became king of Israel and reigned for ...
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In 1 Samuel 12, Barak or Bedan?

In 1 Samuel 12:11 NLT Then the LORD sent Gideon, Bedan, Jephthah, and Samuel to save you, and you lived in safety. NIV Then the LORD sent Jerub-Baal, Barak, Jephthah and Samuel, and he delivered ...
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Relation between literary parallelism and Jesus

In Judges 3:7-11 (NASB) 7 So the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth. 8 Then the anger of the Lord was ...
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Does the Holy Spirit produce anger?

In 1 Samuel 11:6 (NASB) Then the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and he became very angry. Is anger a fruit of the Spirit?
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Oak of Tabor VS Mount Tabor?

In 1 Samuel 10:3 (NASB) Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you: one carrying three young ...
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Eli thought Hannah was drunk

In 1 Samuel 1:13 (NASB) As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were quivering, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought that she was drunk. What does this reveal us? (Context,...
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Was Mary inspired by Hannah?

In 1 Samuel 2:1-10 (NASB) 1 Then Hannah prayed and said, “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation....
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חֵי נַפְשְׁךָ and חַי יְהוָה in 1 Samuel 25:26

In 1 Sam. 25:26, there are two English phrases 26 “Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, since the LORD has held you back from coming to bloodshed and from avenging ...
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Does the LXX's Adonai, Lord, Eloai, Sabaoth mean Adonai was understood as the proper form of address for יהוה צבאות?

When Hannah asks for a son, she calls upon the LORD of Hosts: And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget ...
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What does הֵיכַ֥ל mean in 1 Sam. 1:9?

Many translations including the JPS Tanakh translate הֵיכַ֥ל as temple, although the temple wasn't built until Solomon's time. Some translate it tabernacle although that is not a usual word for ...
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What are the interpretations of 1 Sam 11:14 The renewal of Saul's kingship?

Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship." Is it just a description of the event or the book tries to say something about kingship?
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What part of the tabernacle did Hannah pray in 1 Samuel 1:1-20?

Herod's temple had court of women. Where did Hannah go to pray in the tabernacle in Shiloh?
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Where did the witch of Endor bring Samuel from? [duplicate]

Related (but not identical): In 1 Samuel 28:15 did the witch at Endor actually bring up the spirit of Samuel from the land of the dead? In 1 Samuel 28, Saul consults a medium. What view of the ...
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Additional 1 Samuel in the dead sea scrolls

I read 1 Samuel 11 on Bible Gateway. At the end of the chapter was a footnote. 1 Samuel 11:1 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls gifts Now Nahash king of the Ammonites oppressed the Gadites and ...
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How does the symbol of dust modify the poor in 2 Samuel 2:8?

In 1 Samuel 2:8, the scripture says: He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth ...
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Parallels between Samson and David?

There seems to be some alleged parallels in the following stories of Samson and David.The two figures seem to go through similar situations.All texts from the NIV. SAMSON Comes to prominence under ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles say that Saul didn't inquire of God before consulting the medium?

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 records that Saul did not inquire of the Lord before seeing the medium: Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted ...
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What did Samuel do with his hair when it was crazy long? [closed]

1 Samuel 1:11 And she made a vow, saying, "LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to ...
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Has 1 Samuel 2:35 been fulfilled? [closed]

1 Samuel 2:35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed ...
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Did David exaggerate when he said that Jonathan's love was better than that of women?

2 Samuel 1:26: I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women. Was David serious about this even though Michal went ...
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Could Abigail refuse David to be his wife? [closed]

1 Samuel 25:40 His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, "David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife." Could Abigail say "no"?
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What was the significance of Goliath's spear shaft being like a weaver's rod in 1 Samuel 17:7?

1 Samuel 17:7 His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. Why was this simile important?
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What was the point of bringing back a token from David's brothers in 1 Samuel 17:18?

1 Samuel 17:18 English Standard Version Also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See if your brothers are well, and bring some token from them.” Was the token suppose to ...
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Did Samuel actually see David in person when he consecrated him in 1 Samuel 16:5?

1 Samuel 16:5 Samuel replied, "Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and ...
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How to translate “elohim” in 1 Samuel 28:13: “I see a god coming up out of the earth”?

1 Samuel 28:13 New International Version The king said to her, "Don't be afraid. What do you see?" The woman said, "I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth." English ...
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Why did Saul ask David for the name of his father in 1 Samuel 17:58?

1 Samuel 16:19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” 20And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and ...
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What was the indication that God didn't answered Saul in 1 Samuel 14:37?

1 Samuel 14:37 So Saul asked God, “Shall I go down and pursue the Philistines? Will you give them into Israel’s hand?” But God did not answer him that day. These questions can be answered with "...
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Not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear. Really?

1 Samuel 13:22 So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them. Should we interpret this literally?