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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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How would 2 Samuel's census have been recorded (originally)?

By tribe? By city-and-surroundings? By "Israel" and "Judah" as in 2 Samuel? ("There were 800,000 capable warriors in Israel who could handle a sword, and 500,000 in Judah.") With 1 Chronicles 21 ...
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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: [2Sa 23:20 KJV] ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why does the number of Israelites not tally in 2 Samuel 24:9 & 1 Chronicles 21:5?

2 Samuel 24 [9]And Joab gave the number of the registration of the people to the king; and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five ...
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In 2 Samuel did God cause Absalom to sin?

When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband Uriah the Hittite, God said that this would be his punishment: 11Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee ...
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What is the significance of Abijah including a covenant of salt with David and his sons?

Then Abijah stood up on Mount Zemaraim that is in the hill country of Ephraim and said, “Hear me, O Jeroboam and all Israel! Ought you not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingship over ...
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Comparison of different translations of 2 Samuel 12:30–31

In 2 Samuel 12:30–31, the KJV translation suggests David slaughtered the people of Rabbah with iron implements and burning, while the NIV and RSV translations seem to interpret v. 31 as though he put ...
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Did rizpah watch the hanged bodies for five months in 2 Samuel 21?

2 Samuel 21:8-10 (NKJV) 8 So the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, and the five sons of Michal a the daughter of Saul, whom ...
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In light of Deuteronomy 21 & 24, was the hanging of Saul's descendants in 2 Samuel 21 a violation of the law?

Deuteronomy 21:22:23 (NKJV) 22 “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you ...
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How can we reconcile 2 Samuel 6:23 & 2 Samuel 21:7-9?

2 samuel 6:23 (KJV) 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. 2 samuel 21:7-9 (KJV) 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of ...
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Was Tamar's offer to marry Amnon sincere and plausible?

In 2 Sam 13, Tamar attempts to persuade Amnon not to rape her, entreating him (v. 12): Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you. My impression was that Tamar ...
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In the LXX of 2 Samuel 5:18, what is the meaning of the word «τιτάνων»?

In 2 Sam. 5:18, the Hebrew text states, יח וּפְלִשְׁתִּים בָּאוּ וַיִּנָּטְשׁוּ בְּעֵמֶק רְפָאִים which is translated into the Greek Septuagint as, ΙΗʹ καὶ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι παραγίνονται καὶ ...
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How was David's sin possible?

In the book of 2 Samuel, Chapter 11 we see David comitting a great sin which even God found unacceptable. The sin is familiar to us. He saw Bathsheba bathing, had her brought to him, and lay with her ...
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Is the Destroyer of Exodus 12:23 the same as that of Revelation 9:11?

In the Old Covenant narrative of the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, Yahweh tells Moses to instruct each Hebrew to paint the blood of the passover lamb on the doorposts so that the destroying angel ...
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Does the affirmation “Lord is God” in Deut. 4:35 refer to God in the plural or singular sense? [duplicate]

The OT often states; Lord (Jehovah) God (Elohim) in sequence. Deut. 4:35; LORD (Jehovah) he is God (Elohim). Deut. 4:39; that the LORD (Jehovah) he is God (Elohim). 2 Sam. 7:22; LORD (Jehovah) God (...
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The fifth rib in Abner

I noticed the mention of fifth rib in the murder of Abner: 2 Sam 3:27 And when Abner had returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly and smote him there under the ...
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Why did Joab side with Adonijah and not Solomon?

Joab was a loyal captain of King David. However he conspired with Adonijah. (1 Kings 2:28). Was there bitterness in his heart toward David because of the recent killing of Absalom? Or did Joab think ...
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In 2 Samuel 2:9, why did the author use two different prepositions, אֶל and עַל, to express what appears to be the same thought (i.e., “over”)?

The Hebrew text of 2 Sam. 2:9 states, ט וַיַּמְלִכֵהוּ אֶל הַגִּלְעָד וְאֶל הָאֲשׁוּרִי וְאֶל יִזְרְעֶאל וְעַל אֶפְרַיִם וְעַל בִּנְיָמִן וְעַל יִשְׂרָאֵל כֻּלֹּה which is translated into English ...
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Are 2 Samuel 1:25 and 1:27 questions or an exclamations?

In 2 Samuel 1:25 and 1:27 there appears the sentence: אֵיךְ נָפְל֣וּ גִבֹּרִ֔ים Ekh naphelu gibborim How the mighty have fallen! / How have the mighty fallen? Is this meant to be understood as a ...
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Is Michal's childlessness a consequence of her criticism to David's dance (2 Samuel 6:23)?

The statement about Michal's childlessness comes immediately after David's reply to her attack on his behavior (2 Samuel 6:20-23). It seems plausible to read this as a consequence (judgment from God) ...
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Who is the traveler (guest) in Nathan's parable?

After David sinned with Bethsheba the prophet Nathan was sent to him by God, in order that his sin might be exposed unto him. He did so by telling him the parable which we read in 2 Samuel 12:1-6. ...
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“dancing” or “beat time with his feet” in 2 Samuel 6:14?

Frank Garlock says in his The Language of Music that 2 Samuel 6:14: Enthusiasts of contemporary Christian music and Christian Rock sometimes cite the Old Testament scripture where David led the ...
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Why did David think he sinned when numbering the people? [duplicate]

In 2.Samuel 24, the Lord asks David to "Go, number Israel and Judah." However, once David has done this, after nine months of work, he suddenly thinks that he has sinned greatly in numbering the ...
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How does the act of “foot washing” lead to the act of “sexual intercourse”?

In 2 Samuel chapter 11,after King David had slept with Uriah's wife Bathsheba we read in 11:5, The woman conceived and sent word to David,saying,"I am pregnant." David's response to the news from ...
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What is the significance of “naming” descendants after someone else, e.g. Tamar in 2 Samuel 14?

Is there any significance that David's son Absalom names his only daughter "Tamar" after Absalom's sister named "Tamar"? Also, what is the significance of the name "Tamar" meaning "Palm Tree" as it ...
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David's sons served as priests?

2 Samuel 8:18 says: "...and David's sons were priests." How could David's sons be priests if he was a Judahite and priests were Levites?
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Does 2 Samuel 22:27 mean that God can be unrighteous?

With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure ; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury (2 Samuel 22:27) and All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing ...
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To what extent is Psalm 51:4 poetic exaggeration?

The context of Psalm 51 is clear: To the choirmaster. A psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. These events are described in 2nd Samuel 11–12....
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Was Abiathar the son of Ahimelech or was Ahimelech the son of Abiathar?

According to the following three verses, Abiathar was the son of Ahimelech: 1 Samuel 22:20. 1 Samuel 23:6. 1 Samuel 30:7. But a couple other passages down the road claim that in fact Ahimelech ...
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Why did David advise Solomon to kill Joab? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is David the Godfather? Joab was a loyal captain in charge for King David and he won lot of battles for his king. He had also risked his life in many occasions for the sake of ...