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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Did Saul have a legal right to give David's wife away (1 Sam. 25:44)?

From the First Book of Samuel, we are told: 1 Samuel 25:44: "Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim." Was this lawful in ...
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Why did Achish swear in the name of the LORD?

1 Samuel 29: 6 So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me ...
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1 Samuel 20:13b May the LORD be with you as he has been or used to be with my father?

1 Samuel 16: 14  Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. Four chapters later, Jonathan blessed David in 1 Samuel 20:13b, NIV: May the LORD ...
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How old is Saul when he first meets Samuel?

1 Samuel 9 1Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power. 2And he had a son, ...
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Is there any significance between God's order to Saul in 1 Samuel 15:3 and Saul's order in Nob per 1 Samuel 22:19?

I was wondering if there is any parallel between Saul's command by God (which he disobeyed): Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to ...
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What's the significance that Saul knows his earthly father way better than he knows his heavenly Father? [closed]

Saul cannot find the missing donkeys. 1 Samuel 9:5 When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the ...
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Is there a parallel between the Levite cutting up his concubine's body into pieces in Judges and Saul's cutting his oxen in pieces in 1 Samuel?

Judges 19: 29 When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. 1 Samuel 11: 7 He took a pair of oxen, cut ...
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Was Saul's slaughter of the city of Nob a fulfillment of the curse on the House of Eli the priest (1 Samuel 2:27, 31-34)?

In the Book of First Samuel, we read of the brutal slaughter of the people and animals of Nob by order of King Saul: 1 Samuel 22:18-19: "Then [Saul] said to Doeg [the Edomite], 'You turn around ...
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Was David responsible for Saul's insane order to slaughter everyone in the city of Nob (1 Sam. 22:22)?

In the Book of First Samuel, David appears to take the blame for the massacre of the priests (and the entire city) of Nob: 1 Samuel 22:20-23: "But one son of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named ...
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Abner and Saul's Final Battle

Abner is not mentioned in the final battle, (1 Sam. 31) that concluded with the death of Saul and all his sons. Why wouldn't the commander of Saul's forces be leading and involved in that battle? It ...
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What does "I desire Mercy, not Sacrifice" Mean? [duplicate]

Jesus said to go figure out what "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" means, and didn't explain it himself. So, what does this mean? Matthew 9:13, NASB - But go and learn what this means: ‘I ...
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Why did King Saul prophesy w/o clothing all day after pursuing David in 1 Samuel 19:24?

This question is not about the shame of nudity we often read in the Bible. It is a question about why King Saul would ever do this (while prophesying). In I Samuel 10:10 we are told that Saul also ...
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Did Doeg the Edomite kill the whole town of Nob single-handedly as alluded in 1 Samuel 22:19?

1 Samuel 22:19 NASN 19 He also struck Nob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and infants; he also struck oxen, donkeys, and sheep with the edge of the ...
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In 1 Samuel 10:5-6, Music is the ר֣וּחַ יְהֹוָ֔ה Spirit of YHVH?

Harmonious vibrations (Music) from the drum, flute & harp passed over שָׁאוּל֙ Shaul in 1 שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל Shmuel 10:5-6. [1 שְׁמוּאֵ֔ל Shmuel 10:5] "Afterwards, you shall come to the hill of God, ...
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Why were the guards of king Saul not charged for refusing to carry out his order In 1 Samuel 22:16-17?

King Saul orders his guards to kill the priests but somehow the guards refuse to carry out this order which is subsequently carried out by Doeg the Edomite.Under normal circumstances this should have ...
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Why was Israel accused of "evil" by seeking a king (1 Samuel 12, cf. Deu. 17:14-15)?

In the Book of 1st Samuel, Israel looks to Samuel to ask God for a king: 1 Samuel 8:4-7: "Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; 5and they said to him, '...
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What is the meaning of the proverb in 1 Samuel 10:12?

In the Book of 1st Samuel we read: 1 Samuel 10:12: "A man there said, 'Now, who is their father?' Therefore it became a proverb: 'Is Saul also among the prophets?'" (emphasis added). What ...
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Why were the killings of the Gibeonites in 2 Samuel 21:1 noticed more than that of the priests at Nob in 1 Samuel 22:18-19?

1 Samuel 22:18-19 NIV 18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ...
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Why did David take Goliath's head to Jerusalem?

1 Samuel 17:54 New International Version David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent. Was the young David trying to threaten the ...
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Isn't 1 samuel 19:20-21 a violation of freewill

Isn't the Spirit of God coming upon Saul's men to make them prophesy a violation of their freewill 1 Samuel 19:20-21 so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, ...
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How is rebellion likened unto the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as both iniquity & idolatry?

Peace and blessings to all. In 1st Samuel 15:22-23 it states: 1 Samuel 15 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? ...
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Did Hannah pay for Samuel's dedication to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1? [closed]

According to the law in the book of Leviticus one was obliged to pay a certain amount for dedicating someone to the Lord Leviticus 27:1-7 NIV 27 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give the following ...
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1 Corinthians 14:32 says the spirit of prophets are subject to prophets however 1 Samuel 19:20-23 says the men Saul sent couldn't help but prophesy

1 Corinthians 14:32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. But in 1 Samuel 19:20-23 all the men Saul sent including Saul couldn't help but prophesy, doesn't this contradict ...
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Is 1 Samuel 22:1-4 record of David asking King of Moab to look after his parents evidence that David had some affinity towards Moabite ethnic group?

I might be indicating the obvious, but I suppose I say this because I myself come from an ethnic group with an Eastern cultural background, therefore, I am somewhat familiar with close affinities ...
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Did Samuel sleep in the holy of holies at Shiloh?

When God calls Samuel it seems like he sleeping inside the Temple/Tabernacle were the ark of God was 1 Samuel 3:2-3 NASB 2 But it happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his ...
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What exactly happened to Saul when the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him and turned him into "another man"? 1 Samuel 10:6

1 Samuel 10:6-7 (ESV): 6 Then the Spirit of the LORD will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 Now when these signs meet you, do what your hand finds to do,...
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Why did God change Saul's mind immediately after Samuel spoke to him which was prior to the events mentioned in 1 Samuel 10?

After Samuel had anointed Saul it is said God changed his mind which seems to be contrary to what Samuel had told Saul. 1 Samuel 10:9 NIV 9 As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, ...
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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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