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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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?
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What happened to the scroll in 1 Samuel 10:25?

1 Samuel 10:25 Samuel explained to the people the rights and duties of kingship. He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the LORD. Samuel wrote the Constitution of Israel. Clearly, it ...
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What is the meaning of “And who is their father?” in 1 Samuel 10:12?

1 Samuel 10:9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the ...
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Was Samuel a descendant of Aaron?

1 Samuel 16:3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate."
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Is the Bible saying that the earth has pillars?

Reading 1 Samuel 2:8, it seems to suggest that the earth has pillars. Can anyone explain please??
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Why did Samuel hack Agag to pieces in 1 Samuel 15:33?

1 Samuel 15:33 Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal. Was it an overkill? Was it in character of Samuel? Did it please the LORD?
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What kind of logic is that in 1 Samuel 14:10?

1 Samuel 14:10 But if they say, 'Come up to us,' we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands." How do you interpret this incidence of Jonathan and his ...
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Did God prefer to view the Israelites as a Simple & humble Shepherded nation, and less about manly macho-ism, manly patriotism?

God and Samuel response to the Ancient Israelites request for a King seem to suggest that God & Samuel preferred the Israelites to be seen in God's eyes as a simple nation of shepherds, fisherman, ...
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Where is the correct number of men were found in Judah in both of below two choices answers?

I come accrossed this contradiction , just to read and I want someone to clarify me that :Five hundred thousand dosn't equal to Four hundred and seventy thousand Such that the given answers of this ...
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Why did David take the livestock of the cities he raided, when Israel was told to devote everything to destruction?

We see in the Old Testament that the Israelites were directed to devote/set aside the cities and everything living in it to destruction. In 1 Samuel 27:9 and 1 Samuel 23:5, David takes the ...
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Why does the 1 Samuel 10:27 paragraph found in 4QSamª not appear in other texts?

I was reading 1 Samuel 10 in the New Living Translation and found that in the verse 27, there is the following paragraph: [Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had been grievously oppressing the people ...
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What is the meaning of “Drawing water and pouring it” before the Lord? [duplicate]

The verse quoted below seems to attach significance to the act of drawing water and pouring it before the Lord. This event repeats during the time of Elijah when the prophet commands the Children of ...
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What are the Emerods of 1 Samuel 5?

I want to know what is the disease portrayed in 1 Samuel 5. There are some details regarding this: Emerods were in the secret parts (v 9) Men either died or had Emerods (v 12) The hand of the Lord ...
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Is there any significance to why God cursed the Philistines with Hemorrhoids? (1 Sam. 5)

I was just reading through 1 Sam. 5 again, and for some reason this time, it struck me as weird. I had never considered just how weird God's curse of hemorrhoids was. Now, it's certainly probably not ...
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Which is correct between NLT and KJV of 1 Samuel 16:12

In describing David's look these Bible versions have different interpretations concerning his skin color. NLT have him as dark, while KJV as ruddy, which though not cleared, some interpreted as ...
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Did Samuel pitch in within seven days as promised in 1 Samuel 10:8?

Samuel promises to meet Saul within seven days at Gilgal 1 Samuel 10:8 NIV 8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, ...
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How did the medium of Endor suddenly realize that Saul had fooled her?

Then the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” “Bring up Samuel,” he said. 12When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you ...
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Is “the bread is in effect common” (1 Samuel 21:5) as translated by the NKJV accurate?

The MT reads: וַיַּ֩עַן֩ דָּוִ֨ד אֶת־הַכֹּהֵ֜ן וַיֹּ֣אמֶר ל֗וֹ כִּ֣י אִם־אִשָּׁ֤ה עֲצֻֽרָה־לָ֙נוּ֙ כִּתְמ֣וֹל שִׁלְשֹׁ֔ם בְּצֵאתִ֕י וַיִּהְי֥וּ כְלֵֽי־הַנְּעָרִ֖ים קֹ֑דֶשׁ וְהוּא֙ דֶּ֣רֶךְ חֹ֔ל ...
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Why was Goliath's sword kept in the tabernacle at Nob?

Then David asked Ahimelech, “Is there not a spear or sword on hand here? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business was urgent.” 9The priest ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Samuel 15:29 and 1 Samuel 15:35?

The same verb root נ-ח-ם conjugated in binyan Nifʿal, referring to the same subject (i.e., God), occurs in both 1 Sam. 15:29 and 1 Sam. 15:35, the first occurrence being a negation, while the second ...
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Why does David describe Saul as pleasant in 2 Samuel 1:23?

2 Samuel 1:23 NASB “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life, And in their death they were not parted; They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions. When Saul is ...
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Is Glen Miller's explanation concerning why the women, children, and animals were killed in 1 Samuel 15 possible based on the text?

Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. 2Thus saith the LORD of ...
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זֶרַע or זְרֹע in 1 Samuel 2:31

The MT 1 Samuel 2:31 reads: הִנֵּה, יָמִים בָּאִים, וְגָדַעְתִּי אֶת-זְרֹעֲךָ, וְאֶת-זְרֹעַ בֵּית אָבִיךָ--מִהְיוֹת זָקֵן, בְּבֵיתֶךָ. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, ...
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1 Samuel 2:33-34 Prophesy about Eli's descendants seem to be Only Partially accurate(and in some ways contradicts) was acutally happens in the future

1 Samuel 2:31-34 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 31 Behold, the days are coming when I will break your [q]strength and the [r]strength of your father’s house so that there will not be an old man in ...
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Could Kng Uzziah's judgement have been more severe than that of King Saul?

After committing more or less similar acts of defiance the two Kings of Israel seem to have been judged differently. 2 Chronicles 26:16-21 NASB 16 But when he became strong, his heart was so [m]...
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To judge by looks and appearances or Not. Choosing King David. (1 Samuel 16:7-14)

1 Samuel 16:7-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for [b]God sees ...
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Was Agag's mother alive during Saul's time?

"And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal."- 1 Samuel 15:33. Was Agag's mother ...
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Why was Samuel reluctant in 1 Samuel 8 to appoint the king when Moses had already spoken about it in Deutoronomy 17:14?

1 Samuel 8:6 NASB 6 But the thing was [a]displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. But Moses had already foretold about this ...
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How was David known as “king of the land” while fleeing from Saul?

In 1 Samuel 21:10, David "flees" to Gath, and King Achish's servants say to him, "Is this not David, the king of the land?" This is positioned immediately after David's goodbye to Jonathan (1 Samuel ...
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Why didn't the Bible mention David's height as it mentioned Goliath's height in 1 Sam. 17:4?

1 Samuel 16:4 (KJV): And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. I just wanna know why the Bible didn't provide ...
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Why did David fear Joab? 2 Sam 3:39

David is a great warrior(no doubt), at a very young age, He killed Goliath, killed a bear and he he generally considered fearless. But, while going through the Bible, I discovered David feared Joab ...
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Does the wording of 1 Samuel 18:21 suggest David was already married to Merab when Saul offered him Michal?

וַיֹּ֨אמֶר שָׁא֜וּל אֶתְּנֶ֤נָּה לֹּו֙ וּתְהִי־לֹ֣ו לְמֹוקֵ֔שׁ וּתְהִי־בֹ֖ו יַד־פְּלִשְׁתִּ֑ים וַיֹּ֤אמֶר שָׁאוּל֙ אֶל־דָּוִ֔ד בִּשְׁתַּ֛יִם תִּתְחַתֵּ֥ן בִּ֖י הַיֹּֽום׃ (WLC) “I will give her [Michal]...
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How is Saul's “בֶן־” (son) in 1 Samuel 20:31b to be understood?

Saul to Jonathan about David: WLC: וְעַתָּ֗ה שְׁלַ֨ח וְקַ֤ח אֹתֹו֙ אֵלַ֔י כִּ֥י בֶן־מָ֖וֶת הֽוּא׃ ס (ESV: Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.) Is it standard and ...
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How would marrying Saul's daughter be a snare/stumbling block to David?

1 Samuel 18:20-21 (KJV): And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand ...
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Why was Ishbosheth absent from the battle that killed Saul and his brothers?

1 Samuel 31:6 states that all of Saul's men died: So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day. So Ishbosheth surviving them would suggest he wasn't ...