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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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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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In 2 Samuel 21:19, was Goliath killed twice?

In 2 Samuel 21, we are told that Goliath was killed by Elhanan: 19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, who had a ...
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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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(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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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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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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Why do many English translations substitute “Merab” for “Michal” in 2 Samuel 21:8?

The Hebrew says: וְאֶת־חֲמֵ֗שֶׁת בְּנֵי֙ מִיכַ֣ל בַּת־שָׁא֔וּל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָלְדָ֛ה לְעַדְרִיאֵ֥ל בֶּן־בַּרְזִלַּ֖י הַמְּחֹלָתִֽי My translation: and the five sons that Michal daughter of Shaul bore to ...
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Why did God forgive David (2 Samuel 12:13), but not Judas (Matthew 27:3-4) for an identical confession of sin?

How can only the confession of David (for betraying Uriah) receive God’s forgiveness, but the identical confession along with additional repentance of Judas in Matthew 27:3-4 (for betraying Jesus) ...
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Why did Ahimaaz the son of Zadok run ahead of the Cushite to Only provide good news about War Victory, & Not the Bad News about Absalom's death?

(2 Samuel 18:19-33) (New American Standard Bible 1995 ) 19 Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, “Please let me run and bring the king news that the Lord has freed him from the hand of his enemies.” 20 ...
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Why did King David think his census was sinful? [duplicate]

King David entrusted Joab to "number Israel and Juda" (2 Sam. 24:1), then (v. 10): David's heart struck him, after the people were numbered: and David said to the Lord: I have sinned very ...
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Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?

According to 2 Samuel 24:1 (NRSV) it was the Lord who incited David: Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, "Go, count the people of ...
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Location of 2 Samuel 24 (David's Census)

2 Samuel 23:1 includes that last words of David, king of Israel. And yet, on the next page we have a story of the kingdom of David (2 Samuel 24) featuring the king himself, and also the prophet Gad ...
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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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Why are some verses only applied to Jesus in part?

Hosea 11:1 and 2 Samuel 7:14, both verses are applied to Jesus by the NT authors themselves Matthew 2:15 (ESV): "and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord ...
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How many mighty warriors did David have? 37 or 53?

2 Samuel 23 was likely recorded at the end of David's reign and it records 37 mighty men and guards 2 Samuel 23:1 (NKJV): "Now these are the last words of David..." 2 Samuel 23:39 (NKJV): ...
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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 shall ...
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Why was David allowed to take more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, during the establishment of his government, in direct violation of Deut, 17:17

Deut, 17:17a, specifically says:- "Neither shall he (the king) multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away" It seems that David was able to get away with almost anything when it ...
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Understanding 1 Chr. 17:21 (2 Sam. 7:23) & Ams. 9:7, "What other nation have you redeemed?"

In David's prayer of thanks to God in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27 (2 Samuel 7:23), David asks, seemingly implying that no other nation has been redeemed by God: And what one nation on the earth is like ...
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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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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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who anointed Absalom?

In 2 Samuel 19:10 We can read that Absalom was anointed (מָשַׁח H4886) over them i.e. as a king. 10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of ...
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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 to ...
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Uzzah's sin of touching the ark was actually meant to be in reverence for same, with no time for aforethought, or consequence, so why death? 2 Sam 6:7

One would hope that Uzzah's punishment of death, carried out immediately by God, would not extend to a resurrection to further punishment, as opposed to a resurrection to eternal life, but then again ....
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Who Killed Saul?

I am enjoying my ride through 1 & 2 Samuel. I remember there being a contradiction contest/tag and here's a "contradiction" that got me thinking. What should we make of Saul's death? In 1 Samuel ...
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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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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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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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What does "with me" mean in 2 Samuel 23:5?

2 Samuel 23:5 "For does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my ...
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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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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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How do we reconcile 1st Chronicles 18:4 with 2nd Samuel 8:4?

“Then David defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the Euphrates River. from him 1,700 horsemen and twenty thousand foot soldiers; and David hamstrung ...
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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 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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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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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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Did David choose the pestilence in 1 Chronicles 21:13?

After having sinned David is given three options from which to choose 1 Chronicles 21:12 NLT You may choose three years of famine, three months of destruction by your enemies, or three days of severe ...
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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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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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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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What was the spiritual significance of one not buried in his father's sepulchre?

On many occasions when one died he was said to be buried in his father's sepulchre: KJV Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his ...
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How does a forest kill more people than a battle?

2 Samuel 18:8 The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword. How does a forest kill people? In particular, how could it kill more than ...
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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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Did Jonadab collude with Absalom to stage a coup?" (2 Sam. 13:20 ) & (2 sam. 30:32)

( Credit to @creativemechanic for Reference: https://www.worthychristianforums.com/topic/284950-2-samuel-131-14-amnons-fellowship-with-jonadab-should-be-a-warning-for-us-christians-about-being-careful-...
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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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Was Nathan a false prophet?

After David established himself in Jerusalem, Nathan prophesied: “The Lord declares to you that He, the Lord, will establish a house for you. When your days are done and you lie with your fathers, ...
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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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Why did David allow Ziba to inherit Saul's possession after Ziba apparently 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 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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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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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....