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Questions about King David, second king of Israel.

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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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Why was Joab concerned about taking a census

I’ve read many commentaries on 2 Samuel 24:3 that debate several reasons why the census was sinful but none of them address Joab’s reason for asking. Joab was a gifted military commander and loyal to ...
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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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Why does God refer to David as his Firstborn? Psalm 89:27

Psalm 89:20 ,27 NASB 20 “I have found David My servant;With My holy oil I have anointed him,27 “I also shall make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth. David was not a firstborn ...
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Why did God LOVE Solomon over all the more legitimate sons of David, before He was Born?

When David was old and Adonijah his son proclaimed himself King, Nathan the Prophet rushed to Bathsheba and gave her wisdom to go in to the King and save her life and the life of her son Solomon – and ...
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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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Did David kill Goliath twice?

In 1 Samuel 17:50, it says David prevailed by striking down Goliath with a sling and stone and killing him. In the next sentence, it says David grabbed Goliath’s sword and killed him.
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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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Why does the author switch from plural to singular in Psalms 35:8,10?

Psalms 35:8 NASB 8 Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall. Psalms 35:10 NASB 10 All my bones will say,...
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Which is correct between NLT and KJV of 1 Samuel 16:12

In describing David's look these Bible versions have different interpretations concerning his skin color. NLT have him as dark, while KJV as ruddy, which though not cleared, some interpreted as ...
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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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When did Nahash, king of the Ammonites, show kindness to David?

2 Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent some of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when ...
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In David's curse of Joab in 2 Samuel 3:29 what is intended by "takes hold of a distaff"?

2 Sam 3:29 NASB "May it fall (whirl) on the head of Joab and on all his father’s house; and may there not fail from the house of Joab one who has a discharge, or who is a leper, or who takes hold ...
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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 their son had to die? 2 Samuel 11:1-27

David Commits Adultery with Bathsheba, and Bathsheba becomes pregnant. (2 Samuel 11:1-27) Why did their son had to die since Deuteronomy (24:16 NRSV) says : 16" Parents shall not be put to death ...
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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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Did King Saul cunningly calculate that Michal's arrogance & spiteful nature would be a snare to David? (1 Samuel 18:20-21) & (2 Samuel 6:16-20)

I present the following passage as evidence of Michal's arrogant and spiteful nature: 2 Samuel 6:16-20, New American Standard Bible (NASB) 16Then it happened as the ark of the Lord came into the city ...
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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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Psalm 22:12 Who are the 'bulls of Bashan' to David?

"Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round." Psalm 22:12 (KJV) Who were the to bulls of Bashan to David? What was significant about Bashan being used in this verse?
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Why Was A Benjamite Chosen as Israel's First King? (Gen 49:10, I Sam 8-9)

Since Jacob had blessed Judah and prophesied that (Genesis 49:10): The scepter will not turn aside from Judah until Shiloh comes, and to him the obedience of the people will belong why was King ...
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Why is there a difference in the number of sons of Jesse in 1 Samuel & 1 Chronicles

Why is there a difference in the number of sons of Jesse in 1 Samuel & 1 Chronicles 1 Samuel 16:10-11 Jesse had seven of his sons pass by Samuel. But Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not ...
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To judge by looks and appearances or Not. Choosing King David. (1 Samuel 16:7-14)

1 Samuel 16:7-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for [b]God sees ...
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How was David known as "king of the land" while fleeing from Saul?

In 1 Samuel 21:10, David "flees" to Gath, and King Achish's servants say to him, "Is this not David, the king of the land?" This is positioned immediately after David's goodbye to Jonathan (1 Samuel ...
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1 Samuel 16:12 Describes David as Ruddy ( Does that mean King David had red hair? )

Why is David described as ruddy in the bible? Does it mean he had red hair? Or (LOL) that he blushes a lot? 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome ...
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Why didn't the Bible mention David's height as it mentioned Goliath's height in 1 Sam. 17:4?

1 Samuel 16:4 (KJV): And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. I just wanna know why the Bible didn't provide ...
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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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Does the wording of 1 Samuel 18:21 suggest David was already married to Merab when Saul offered him Michal?

וַיֹּ֨אמֶר שָׁא֜וּל אֶתְּנֶ֤נָּה לֹּו֙ וּתְהִי־לֹ֣ו לְמֹוקֵ֔שׁ וּתְהִי־בֹ֖ו יַד־פְּלִשְׁתִּ֑ים וַיֹּ֤אמֶר שָׁאוּל֙ אֶל־דָּוִ֔ד בִּשְׁתַּ֛יִם תִּתְחַתֵּ֥ן בִּ֖י הַיֹּֽום׃ (WLC) “I will give her [Michal]...
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A Question about King David

2 Samuel 11:1-5 (NASB) 1 "Then it happened [a]in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons ...
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How is Saul's "בֶן־" (son) in 1 Samuel 20:31b to be understood?

Saul to Jonathan about David: WLC: וְעַתָּ֗ה שְׁלַ֨ח וְקַ֤ח אֹתֹו֙ אֵלַ֔י כִּ֥י בֶן־מָ֖וֶת הֽוּא׃ ס (ESV: Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.) Is it standard and ...
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How would marrying Saul's daughter be a snare/stumbling block to David?

1 Samuel 18:20-21 (KJV): And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand ...
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Did David's mother have children to different fathers or does 2 Samuel 17:25 have another explanation?

In 1 Chronicles 2:13-17 (NIV), it's said that David and his brothers were the sons of Jesse, and that they had a sister named Abigail: Jesse was the father of Eliab his firstborn; the second son ...
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Why does 1 Kings 15:5 say David did not turn from the commands of the Lord except in the Uriah case?

1 Kings 15:5 NIV 5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite. ...
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What does the Psalm 75 title 'Al-Taschith' mean?

Robert Young's Analytical Concordance simply states : destroy or corrupt not There is a Hebrew word tashbets meaning 'broidered' but that may not be relevant. I am interested primarily in Psalm ...
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Did The Amalekites survive?

There seems to be a contradiction is scriptures. 1 Samuel 15:15 says: And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to ...
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Why does 1 Chronicles 23 not mention Korah son of Izhar?

1 Chronicles 23:18 After separating into divisions the sons of Levi—namely Gershon, Kohath, and Merari—King David appoints them different duties. Of all the three sons of Levi, their direct ...
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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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Do translators really know how to translate "a man after his own heart" ? 1 Sam. 13:14

After a brief study, it appears that translators are unsure how to translate this phrase. The NET bible translation notes say "Heb 'according to his heart.' The idiomatic expression means to be like-...
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In 1 Samuel 16:1-13 why did David not establish himself as king when Saul decided to go after him?

In 1 Samuel 16:1-13 David was anointed king of Israel. As far as I know when you're anointed king back in those days, you could already set up your kingdom after. I'm curious as to why - instead of ...
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What was David's infant son's age at death?

"On the seventh day the child died" (2 Sam. 12:18). Is there a way textually or contextually to know if these seven days refer to the age of the infant, or instead, seven days of sickness?
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Should "A Psalm of David" be written as "A Psalm to David"?

It has recently been said to me that the Hebrew phrase for "A Psalm to David", which appears at the beginning of many Psalms, should actually be translated "A Psalm to David". The Hebrew text for "...
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What does "the key of David" imply in Revelation 3:7?

The Bible speaks of "the Key of David" when it says: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that ...
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What was the exact age of King David?

I observed the Bible is silent over the number of years David lived on earth. Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. And the time that David reigned over Israel was ...
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Why did God not punish David as well in the incident of Uzza in 1 Chronicle 13:7-10?

David initial organises a new cart to carry the ark which is against the law which subsequently leads to the death of Uzza.Since David had been a contemporary of Samuel the prophet he was familiar ...