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 is the job description of an armor bearer?

2 Samuel 23:37 Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah, What exactly does an armor-bearer do? How can he be a mighty man?
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When did the house of Joseph begin to be used to refer to other tribes or all Israel?

In 2 Samuel 19:16, Shimei is known as a Benjaminite. But later in verse 20, he says "I have been the first of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king." Gill's ...
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What does “bones” mean in Hebrew?

2 Samuel 21:7 The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the Lord between David and Jonathan son of Saul. 8But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the ...
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Was Tamar complicit in her rape case in 2 Samuel 13?

2 Samuel 13:12-14 NASB 12 But she said to him, “No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this disgraceful sin! 13 As for me, where could I [f]get rid of my ...
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How can Amnon change his feeling so quickly after he raped his sister?

Amnon raped Tamer. 2 Samuel 13:14 But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her. Immediately afterward, he hated her. 15Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. ...
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Did God stop the plague before or after David's offerings in 2 Samuel 24?

2 Samuel 24 15 So the LORD sent a plague upon Israel from that morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died. 16But when the angel stretched out his ...
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Is Amnon's request not creepy?

Amnon's request seems creepy to me. 2 Samuel 13: 1 After some time, David’s son Amnon fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of David’s son Absalom. 2 Amnon was sick with frustration over his ...
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What is the meaning of full salvation in 2 Samuel 23:5?

Berean Study Bible 2 Samuel 23:5 Is not my house right with God? For He has established with me an everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every part. Will He not bring about my full salvation ...
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Did Ziba lie to David in 2 Samuel 16:3?

King David asked Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 16:3 New International Version The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?" Ziba said to him, "He [...
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How can 2 Samuel 7:14 be considered a Messianic promise?

2 Samuel 7:12-16 is part of what is regarded as God's covenant with King David as relayed by Nathan the prophet. Many theologians have seen in this promise a pointing forward not just to David's ...
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Does David choose plague in 2 Samuel 24?

2 Samuel 24:13 So Gad went to David and said to him, “Shall there come on you three years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of ...
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Did God use David in order to punish Israel?

In the story In 2 Samuel 24, David took a census in Israel and God punished Israel killing 70,000 thousand men. At the first verse of the story it reads (NASB): Now the anger of the Lord burned ...
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How does a forest kill more people than a battle?

2 Sam 18:8 says "the trees claimed more lives than the battle." How does a forest kill people? In particular, how could it kill more than the battle where at least 20,000 had died?
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What is the purpose of אני אהיה in 2 Samuel 7:14?

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 men, (2 Samuel 7:14) אני אהיה־לו לאב והוא ...
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How did the Lord 'put away' the sin of David? 2 Samuel 12:13

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. [2 Samuel 12:13 KJV] How, and when, did the Lord 'put ...
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How to reconcile Deuteronomy 24:16 and 2 Samuel 12:14?

Deuteronomy 24:16 Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin. 2 Samuel ...
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What's the significance of Absalom's heavy hair?

2 Samuel 14:25, 26 25 In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him. 26 ...
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Michal childless or have 5 sons? [duplicate]

Was Michal childless or did Michal have 5 sons? I am getting different answers from 2 Samuel 6:23 2 Samuel 21:8 2 Samuel 6:23. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her ...
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Did David choose a soft landing in option 3 in 2 Samuel 24:11-13?

After David had sinned judgement is passed and he is given three options to choose from 2 Samuel 24:11-13 NIV 11 Before David got up the next morning, the word of the Lord had come to Gad the prophet, ...
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Parallels between Samson and David?

There seems to be some alleged parallels in the following stories of Samson and David.The two figures seem to go through similar situations.All texts from the NIV. SAMSON Comes to prominence under ...
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Was David's letter sealed so that Uriah could not open it?

2 Samuel 11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck ...
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Why was Michal not stoned for adultery in 2 Samuel 3?

Michal had been given to David as his wife by his father king Saul after he had said he wanted the bride price to be hundred foreskins of the philistines. 1 Samuel 16:27 NIV 27 David took his men with ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

After being threatened by Saul, David leaves his wife who subsequently is given to another man. Years later when David becomes king he requests that his wife be given back to him. 2 Samuel 3:14, 15 ...
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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 [closed]

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 ...