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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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Confusion regarding how God punishes sin in light of 1 Samuel 3:11

The main issue I have stems with 1 Samuel 3:11-14 and 1 Samuel 2:31-33 11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about ...
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Was Hannah's offering in 1 Samuel 1:24 a peace offering?

I have been studying the various offerings outlined in Leviticus chapters 1 - 6 (and elsewhere), including the peace offering. In researching the significance of the peace offering I saw a couple of ...
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Apparently contradiction in 1Samuel 28:6 vs 1Chronicles 10:13-14

Can someone explain this apparent contradiction to me? 1Sam 28:6 and Saul inquires of YHWH, and YHWH has not answered him, either by the dreams, or by the Lights, or by the prophets. 1Cr 10:13 And ...
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The Septuagint vorlage in 1 Sam. 14:41 - Give Urim/Give Thumim

The MT text reads thus: וַיֹּאמֶר שָׁאוּל אֶל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הָבָה תָמִים וַיִּלָּכֵד יוֹנָתָן וְשָׁאוּל וְהָעָם יָצָאוּ. Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect ...
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Why did Jonathan attack the Philistines?

In 1 Samuel 13 Jonathan seemingly unprovoked, attacks the Philistines triggering a war. The text does not indicate that Jonathan was told to do this by Saul, Samuel or God. Further on in the chapter ...
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Does the Lord delight in the death of the wicked?

Does 1 Samuel 2:25 contradict with God’s character in Ezekiel 18:23, 33:11? On one hand it says the Lord desired or delighted to kill the wicked sons of Eli. On the other it says he takes no delight ...
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What is the significance of the Greek rendering of Hannah's address to the LORD of Hosts?

When in despair for a son, Hannah prays to YHVH. She begins by addressing יהוה צבאות: 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow 11 and said, “O ...
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Was David called YHWH?

And Jonathan said unto David, O Lord God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee, ...
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How did the writer of 1 Samuel 31 know that Saul committed suicide if his armor bearer also committed suicide?

I know that the explanation of Saul's death from 1 Samuel 31 contradicts what the Amalekite told David in 2 Samuel 1, but how do we even have the first explanation? Both people committed suicide ...
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Is the "root of Jesse" in the LXX, a reference to a divine Messiah?

Isaiah 11-12 is a messianic and eschatological prophecy. It begins by identifying the king.1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. (...
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Did Abiathar die in the flower/prime of his life?

According to the prophecy given to the house of Eli all his descendants will die in the prime of their life KJV 1 Samuel 2 : 31 - 33 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm ...
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Why did Samuel hide the anointing from the servant in 1 Samuel 9:27?

When Samuel is about to anoint Saul he requests that the servant go ahead whilst they remain behind KJV 1 Samuel 9 : 27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid ...
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Was Samuel referring to Saul in 1 Samuel 8:10-17?

After asking for a king Samuel goes on to numerate the rights the king will demand from the Israelites KJV 1 Samuel 8 : 10 - 17 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of ...
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Is Amalek the nephew of Leviathan?

Genesis 36:12 Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah. Genesis 36:22 The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan’s ...
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Were inquiries ever made for ordinary israelite using the Urim and Thummim? [closed]

It seems almost all inquiries made using the Urim and Thummim were made for either kings or leaders of the community Numbers 27:18,21 NASB So the Lord said to Moses, “[g]Take Joshua the son of Nun, a ...
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1 Samuel 14:18 - "Bring the ark of God" or "Bring the ephod"?

Saul was in his earlier reign of Israel and he was in a battle against the Philistines. His son Jonathan and his armor-bearer went into the camp of Philistines and caused a turmoil. Saul discovered it ...
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How do we understand God's rejection of Saul in 1 Sam. 15:23, 28?

The verses in question read as follows: 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also ...
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Based on Jesus' Grainfield Logic in [Mark 2:23-26], what level of hunger permits people (like David/Disciples) to break commandments for food?

Did Jesus claim in Mark 2:23-26 that telling lies to get food is justified when 'hungry' (πεινάω)? He [Jesus] said to them, “Have you never read what David [Δαβίδ] did when he was in need and hungry, ...
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What does 'son of Belial' mean in 1 Sam. 25:17?

I am trying to understand what a 'son of Belial' is in light of the example of Nabal. In 1 Sam. 25:17 it says: Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our ...
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Implications of disregarding Samuel's warnings

Samuel 8:10-18 (KJV): And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your ...
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Was Hannah the first wife of Elkanah?

In the first book of Samuel we are told of a man called Elkanah who had two wives.One wife(Hannah) wss said to be barren whilst the other(Penninah) had children. 1 Samuel 1:2 NIV He had two wives; ...
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Did Saul believe that the spirit of Samuel was in Sheol?

Several questions have already been asked on 1 Samuel 28 (e.g. here, here & here), but none has had a focus on what Saul believed about Sheol. In 1 Samuel 28, the witch of En-dor describes Samuel ...
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What does it mean that the Lord stirs someone up? 1 Chronicles 5:26

We read: So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into ...
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Is there a contradiction between Ecclesiastes 9:5-10 & 1 Samuel 28?

The Passages Ecclesiastes 9:5-10 (ESV): 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Their love and their ...
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What did the medium of En-dor mean by "god(s)" in 1 Samuel 28:13?

1 Samuel 28:12-14: 12 And the woman seeth Samuel, and crieth with a loud voice, and the woman speaketh unto Saul, saying, `Why hast thou deceived me -- and thou Saul?' 13 And the king saith to her, `...
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Is Jonathan the reason why God does not answer Saul in 1 Samuel 14:37?

1 Samuel 14: 37Saul inquired of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You give them into the hand of Israel?” But He did not answer him on that day. 38Saul said, “Draw near here, all you ...
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What's the significance that Goliath defied Israel for forty days?

1 Samuel 17: 16For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand. 22David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his ...
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Is Saul with Samuel in heaven?

1 Samuel 28 15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and ...
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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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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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