Questions tagged [2-samuel]

Questions about the book of 2 Samuel. The book chronicles much of David's reign over the united kingdom of Israel. It was originally the second half of 1 Samuel, but was split when the Septuagint was translated from Hebrew.

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What was David's mindset when Shimei cursed him?

While David was on the run, Shimei cursed him and Abishai son of Zeruiah volunteered to kill him. 2 Samuel 16:10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is ...
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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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How did Amasa wallow in his blood after he died in 2 Samuel 20:12?

NIV 2 Samuel 20:9 Joab said to Amasa, “How are you, my brother?” Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. 10Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab’s hand, and ...
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Was David serious about dying himself instead of his son Absalom in 2 Samuel 18:33?

2 Samuel 18:33 The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: "O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you--O Absalom, ...
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How to explain these two cruelties of David?

David arbitrarily killed 2/3 of the prisoners of war in NIV 2 Samuel 8:2 David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two ...
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What is the meaning of “dog’s head of Judah” in 2 Samuel 3:8?

2 Samuel 3:8 English Standard Version Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah? To this day I keep showing steadfast love to the house of Saul ...
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Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel? This is a contradiction [duplicate]

Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel? God did (2 Samuel 24: 1) Satan did (I Chronicles 21:1)
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Why does God not just permit but seemingly encourage David's polygamy in 2 Samuel 12:8?

I'm hoping you can help. I'm struggling with a verse that seemingly supports God's approval of concubinage and taking of many wives. The context here has to do with David's lust for more women. 2 ...
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David's census of Israel

David ordered Joab to take a census of Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:5 gives 1.1 million as the census results but 2 Samuel 24:9 says 1.3 million. Why the discrepancy
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Confused about David's army

2 Sam 17:25 says "Absalom had appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab." Why wouldn't David have taken that army with him when he fled Absalom and why would they immediately submit to ...
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2 Sam 15:16 Why would David flee a stronghold

Before it was Jerusalem, it was Jebus and had not been conquered in three hundred years. The previous occupants said “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” It was ...
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What kind of bizarre killing was going on in 2 Samuel 2:16?

2 Samuel 2:14-16 Then Abner said to Joab, “Let’s have some of the young men get up and fight hand to hand in front of us.” “All right, let them do it,” Joab said. So they stood up and were counted ...
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What is going on in 2 Samuel 1, when David ordered the death of the Amalekite who kill Saul at Saul's request?

Saul said to the Amalekite in 2 Samuel 1:9 'Stand here by me and kill me! I'm in the throes of death, but I'm still alive.'
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2 Samuel 13:3 why Jonadab is described as “אישׁ חכם מאד׃”?

2 Samuel 13:3 (DRB): Now Amnon had a friend, named Jonadab the son of Semmaa the brother of David, a very wise man: ולאמנון רע ושׁמו יונדב בן־שׁמעה אחי דוד ויונדב אישׁ חכם מאד How does the Hebrew ...
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What does the book of Jasher refer to?

Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of ...
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David as Blameless: 2 Samuel 22:23-25

For all His ordinances were before me, and as for His statues, I did not depart from them. I was also blameless toward Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. (2 Samuel 22:23-24 NASB) We know ...
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How do we justify the transaltion of NIV in 2 Samuel 12:31?

2 Samuel 12:31 reads: וְאֶת-הָעָם אֲשֶׁר-בָּהּ הוֹצִיא, וַיָּשֶׂם בַּמְּגֵרָה וּבַחֲרִצֵי הַבַּרְזֶל וּבְמַגְזְרֹת הַבַּרְזֶל וְהֶעֱבִיר אוֹתָם במלכן (בַּמַּלְבֵּן), וְכֵן יַעֲשֶׂה, לְכֹל ...
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What is the most accurate rendering of the Hebrew of 2 Samuel 7:14?

The ESV translation of 2 Samuel 7:14 is: I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of ...
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Why was Amnon not punished by David for raping Tamar?

David is unwittingly involved in the set-up, by agreeing to Amnon's request to have Tamar make him some cakes. II Samuel 13:6,7. He KNEW what happened next, and was very angry. II Samuel 13:21. He did ...
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Does 2 Samuel 21:1 suggest that Saul's sons who were killed were involved in the massacre of the Gibeonites?

Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the ...
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Did David sacrifice every six steps in 2 Samuel 6:13?

2 Samuel 6:13 NIV 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. In the above text David is said to have offered a sacrifice ...
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Why did David make a sacrifice after six steps in 2 Samuel 6:13?

When bringing the ark to the city David makes a sacrifice after the ark had only traveled about six steps 2 Samuel 6:13 NIV 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, ...
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(Dual application) 2 Samuel 7:12-17 attributed to King David and his earthly descendants, & David's Heavenly & earthly descendant, Jesus Christ

2 Samuel 7:12-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your [c]descendant after you, who will come forth from [d]...
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Why did Jacob and David do nothing when tragedy happened in the family?

The two stories are very disturbing both Jacob (Dinah: Gen 34) and David (Tamar: 2 Sam 13) daughters were violated. In both cases it does not mention that they responded with anything however their ...
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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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What kind of 'women's love' is David reffering to in 2 Samuel 1:26?

Masoretic Text צַר־לִי עָלֶיךָ אָחִי יְהֹונָתָן נָעַמְתָּ לִּי מְאֹד נִפְלְאַתָה אַהֲבָֽתְךָ לִי מֵאַהֲבַת נָשִֽׁים׃ NRSV I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved ...
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In 2 Samuel 11:4, what does it mean by “David slept with Bathsheba because she was pure”?

From 2 Samuel 11:4 (NKJV), Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. This verse ...
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Yom Kippur in the days of David's tent

How was the Yom Kippur ritual performed in the days of King David's tabernacle? Zadock was the high priest in Gibeon, and Abiathar in David's tent. How and where was it performed , when the high ...
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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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Is “Ish-bosheth” a modified form of “Eshbaal?”

A professor of mine made an interesting claim in class today with regard to 2 Samuel 2:8: But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Saul's army, had taken Ish-bosheth the son of Saul and brought him ...
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2 Samuel 1:26 — How does the Vulgate have a sentence not present in the Masoretic text or Septuagint?

I was scrolling through English translations of David's eulogy for Saul and Jonathan and noticed the Douay-Rheims Bible/the Vulgate has an entirely new sentence/thought in verse 26. The Masoretic ...
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In the LXX version of 2 Samuel 1:18, where did the bow go?

Translating 2 Samuel 1:18 seems to be a very difficult task. Could anyone please lay a helping hand? A very accurate solution seems to be: NET: He gave instructions that the people of Judah should ...
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Was king David liked by his people?

His son Solomon was certainly disliked by his own people as the bible attests to, So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel came to Rehoboam and said, 4“Your father put a ...
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Is it possible that God did not actually kill David's son, whom he had gotten from the adulterous intercourse with Bathsheba?

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great ...
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In 2 Samuel 23:20 who were the “Lion Men of Moab”?

I have stumbled upon a passage in Scriptures (KJV) that spoke about a couple of "lion men" of Moab or specifically, "Ariels" that were killed along with a lion in 2 Samuel 23:20: [...
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In 2 Samuel 21:8-10 was Rizpah’s use of the sackcloth a sign that the land had repented of its sin?

[KJV]2 Samuel 21: 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought ...
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Did Absalom have 3 sons (2 Samuel 14:27) or none (2 Samuel 18:18)?

Is there a contradiction between 2 Samuel 14:27 and 18:18? There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman. (2 Samuel 14:27 ESV) Now Absalom in ...
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Textual Criticism of 2 Samuel 23:8 and 1 Chronicles 11:11

2 Samuel 23:8 אלה שמות הגברים אשר לדוד ישב בשבת תחכמני ראש השלשי הוא עדינו העצנו על־שמנה מאות חלל בפעם אחד ס These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, ...
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Why did David flee Absalom?

In 2 Samuel 15, Absalom wins the hearts of the people, plotting to take the throne away from his father David. When David gets the report, he says in verse 14, “Arise, and let us flee; or else none of ...
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How did the philistines move the ark of the covenant into the temple of Dagon in 1 Samuel 5?

1 Samuel 5:1-2 KJV 1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and ...
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Was the use of a measuring line literal or symbolic in 2 Samuel 8:2?

2 Samuel 8:2 NKJV 2 Then he defeated Moab. Forcing them down to the ground, he measured them off with a line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those ...
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Did the custom of mourning change in 2 Samuel 15:30?

According to the Jewish law one was obliged to uncover his head during mourning Leviticus 10:6 (KJV) 6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your ...
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Did God permit David to marry numerous wives in 2 Samuel 12:8?

2 Samuel 12:8-10 New International Version (NIV) 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I ...
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In 2 Samuel 18:5 vs 2 Samuel 18:14, why did Joab kill Absalom?

2 Samuel 18:5 (NIV) The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.” And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the ...
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How does the NKJV apply 2 Samuel 7:14 to 2 Corinthians 6:18?

2 Samuel 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV) 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. 2 ...
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Does David lament the destruction of Saul and Jonathan's weapons or their loss?

In his lament over the death of Saul and Jonathan (2 Samuel 1:27), David ends saying: אֵיךְ נָפְלוּ גִבֹּורִים וַיֹּאבְדוּ כְּלֵי מִלְחָמָֽה׃ פ “How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war ...
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Did David not break his oath when he handed Saul's descendants to the Gibeonites in 2 Samuel 21?

After a severe drought David hands over Saul's descendants to the Gibeonites as an atonement for what Saul had done 2 Samuel 21:1-6 (KJV) 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years,...
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Was Joab making a threat or a prediction in 2 Samuel 19:7?

1Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” 2And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, “The king is ...
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Why does 2 Samuel 24 seem to imply that Gad was David's only seer? Or am I misreading the text?

From 2 Samuel 24:11-12: 11 Before David got up the next morning, the word of the Lord had come to Gad the prophet, David’s seer: 12 “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am giving you ...
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Why did David allow Ziba to inherit Saul's possession after Ziba had lied to him in 2 Samuel 16:3-4?

(KJV) Samuel 16:3-4 3 And the king said, And where is thy master's son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the ...