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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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How should the story of David's concubines be read?

There's a small story of ten concubines spread across Samuel: And a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” Then David said to all his servants who ...
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Why does David mourn the death of his adult son Absalom and not the death of his baby son?

When David's son from Bathsheba died David stopped mourning and got up and ate, stating that nothing could be done for his son now: [21] Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do we reconcile 2 Samuel 5:6-8 with 2 Sam. 9:11-13? Did David really hate the blind and the lame?

In the Second Book of Samuel we read something very curious: 2 Samuel 5:6-8: "Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to ...
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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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How is Joab related to Amasa?

I’m having a hard time distinguishing this from the text. It’s clear that Amasa’s parents are Jithra and Abigail. It gets confusing to me after that. “And Absalom made Amasa captain of the army ...
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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 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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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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Did Abner take Saul's concubine?

In 2 Samuel 3:7-11, Ish-bosheth accuses Abner of taking one of Saul's concubines: Rizpah, daughter of Aiah. It seems that were this accusation true, it would be an affront to Ish-bosheth's throne. In ...
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Why are "Judah" and "Israel" distinguished in many verses BEFORE the split of the two kingdoms?

Similar questions have been asked previously, but answers emphasized the era after the split of the tribes. Even though Judah is one of the tribes of Israel, why are Judah and Israel often ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does "saved" mean the same thing in 2 Samuel 3:18 & Ephesians 2:8?

2 Samuel 3:18 speaks of David saving Israel: 18 Now then do it: for the Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the ...
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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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