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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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, and the ...
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Who is the priest/kohen of 1 Sam 2:35?

Possible answers to this question such as David or Tsadok do not satisfy me because the former was not a priest and the latter didn't remain for ever. NASB, 1 Samuel 2:35 - But I will raise up for ...
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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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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 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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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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1 Samuel 20:18: How was the First of the Month / New Moon Determined?

Closely Related: • Judaism.SE/How was Rosh Chodesh determined, if a New Moon Cannot be Seen? • Calculating months and weeks in the Mosaic Law • Astronomy.SE/How Soon Could a Waxing Crescent Moon Be ...
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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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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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Is Saul's insult intended to be incoherent?

Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of ...
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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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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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How did Saul find out that David had been anointed to be king?

In 1 Samuel 20:31, Saul tells Jonathan that David was a direct, major threat to his reign: For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What was the significance of pouring out water in 1 Samuel 7:6?

1 Samuel 7:6 KJV 6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel ...
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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 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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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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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 ...