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The prophet Samuel, who led Israel before anointing Saul as the first king of Israel.

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Cow sacrifice over bull at anointing ceremony

1 Sh'mu'el 16v2, God tells the prophet to take a female cow specifically for the sacrifice that was going to take place at David's anointing. Any reason why it had to be a "female cow" ...
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Slavery function and Samuel's intention at 1 Sam 8:17

Now, you should read the context of this passage. It isn't much in the connection to this specific verse, but I will still share. Samuel tells the people asking for a king that the servants, male and ...
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In the Septuagint, 1 Samuel 2:10 has what seems to be a version of Jeremiah 9:23. Modern translations do not have this. Ideas?

I've been reading the Septuagint recently and noticed that 1 Samuel 2:10 has a version of Jeremiah 9:23 included. Modern translations do not have this. I'm just looking for reasons. I guess that ...
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Was Joab removed from his office after assassinating Abner?

2 Samuel 2 has Joab as the commander of David's army during David's 7-year reign at Hebron. 1 Chronicles 11 is about the conquest of the city of Jerusalem, at the beginning of the United Kingdom of ...
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What exactly was Saul's sin that caused God to reject him and punish him?

I see similar questions have already been asked about this passage but there was a lack of definite answer, some see it as a series of mistakes. I have been trying to understand the exact nature of ...
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Where was Samuel? [duplicate]

1 Samuel 28:19 says (my paraphrase) tomorrow you and your sons will die and "be with me". Samuel had been summoned from after death. Samuel was godly. I expected that he would have been ...
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Why did Samuel hide the anointing from the servant in 1 Samuel 9:27?

When Samuel is about to anoint Saul he requests that the servant go ahead whilst they remain behind KJV 1 Samuel 9 : 27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid ...
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Was Samuel referring to Saul in 1 Samuel 8:10-17?

After asking for a king Samuel goes on to numerate the rights the king will demand from the Israelites KJV 1 Samuel 8 : 10 - 17 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of ...
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Why is 1 Samuel 14:49-51 missing such a large portion of Saul's family?

1 Samuel 14:49-51 tells us that: 49 Saul’s sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua. The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal. 50 His wife’s name was Ahinoam ...
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1 Samuel 1:20 - what are the implications of the pun on Samuel's name, or was it actually Saul?

In 1 Sam. 1:20, why does Hannah apparently make a pun on her son's name that makes no sense if his name was Samuel, but makes perfect sense if his name was Saul? The bible if full of puns made by ...
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Does Acts 13:22 misquote 1 Samuel 13:14 regarding David as "a man after God's own heart?"

In Acts 13:22 Paul speaks at Antioch in Pisidia and declares: When he [God] had removed him [Saul], he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, to ...
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Must Acts 13:21 mean that Saul reigned 40 years?

Acts 13:21 is usually taken to mean that Saul reigned 40 years. However, some hold that the forty years are to include Samuel's time on the scene before Saul's reign began. Here are the revelant ...
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Why was Israel accused of "evil" by seeking a king (1 Samuel 12, cf. Deu. 17:14-15)?

In the Book of 1st Samuel, Israel looks to Samuel to ask God for a king: 1 Samuel 8:4-7: "Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; 5and they said to him, '...
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How is rebellion likened unto the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as both iniquity & idolatry?

Peace and blessings to all. In 1st Samuel 15:22-23 it states: 1 Samuel 15 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? ...
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What does הֵיכַ֥ל mean in 1 Sam. 1:9?

Many translations including the JPS Tanakh translate הֵיכַ֥ל as temple, although the temple wasn't built until Solomon's time. Some translate it tabernacle although that is not a usual word for ...
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What part of the tabernacle did Hannah pray in 1 Samuel 1:1-20?

Herod's temple had court of women. Where did Hannah go to pray in the tabernacle in Shiloh?
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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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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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Why did Samuel hack Agag to pieces in 1 Samuel 15:33?

1 Samuel 15:33 Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal. Was it an overkill? Was it in character of Samuel? Did it please the LORD?
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Did the ghost of Samuel really appear to Saul? [closed]

Did the ghost of Samuel really appear to Saul or was it just a demon or something else?
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Did Samuel pitch in within seven days as promised in 1 Samuel 10:8?

Samuel promises to meet Saul within seven days at Gilgal 1 Samuel 10:8 NIV 8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, ...
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Saul’s soldiers eat meat with blood, why were they not executed ? 1 Samuel 14:32-33

1 Samuel 14:32-33 (NASB) 32 "The people [a]rushed greedily upon the spoil, and took sheep and oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood. 33 Then they ...
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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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In 1 Samuel 9:16 is the "cry" about phillistines or their need for a king?

1 Samuel 9:16 NASB , 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from ...
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How to understand the passage where Samuel said that God doesn't change his mind, but God regretted making Saul king?

From 1 Samuel 15: 27 As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore. 28 Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it ...
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Did Saul lie to Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:7?

1 Samuel 15:7 (KJV) 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed ...
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Does this mean that Hannah stayed back in Shiloh where her son is?

After weaning Samuel, Hannah and Elkanah go to Shiloh to leave dedicate Samuel in the temple. After Hannah sings the song in chapter 2, it says Elkanah returned home. Passage doesn't say Hannah ...
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Missing or incorrect genealogy information for Samuel?

First, the verses: 1 Samuel 1:1 (ESV) There was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph, an ...
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“I have lent him to the LORD"

1 Sam 1:27-28b (ESV): For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition (šəʾēlātî) that I made (šāʾaltî) to him. Therefore I have lent him (hišʾiltîhû) to the LORD. As long as he ...
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Did Eli rebuke his sons?

In 1 Sam 3:13, the LORD tells Samuel of his judgement on the house of Eli: “For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a ...
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How old was Samuel when Hannah took him to the temple?

In 1 Samuel 1:24 we read: After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of ...
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Did someone really name their son Fool?

In 1st Samuel 25, we read about Abigail's first husband, who is named Nabal. Near the end of the story, she pleads with David to save his life: My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man ...
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How tall was Goliath?

In 1 Samuel 17, David intends to battle against Goliath and ultimately wins by slinging a single stone into his forehead before decapitating him. As Wikipedia can confirm, there are multiple accounts ...
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Why did David and Jonathan need the arrow signal?

Just before David left Saul's service for the last time, he and Jonathan arraigned a way to communicate with one another in code: Jonathan, out of his love for David, adjured him again, for he loved ...
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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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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 did the proverb about Saul and the prophets come about?

I asked a previous question about Saul and the prophets in 1st Samuel 10:9-13, but now I've read on and I see an alternate origin story: David made good his escape, and he came to Samuel at Ramah ...
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How did David trick Achish?

I got to this section this week and I feel like I'm missing something: David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Gizrites, and the Amalekites—who were the inhabitants of the ...
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Can we harmonize the two meetings of David and Saul?

My daily reading reached the moment when Samuel anointed David, which is followed immediately by the first meeting of Saul and David: Now the spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil ...
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Did Saul intend to offer a peace offering in 1st Samuel 13?

When Samuel rebuked Saul for improperly making an offering before the Lord, he asks for both a burnt offering and a "sacrifice of well-being": He waited seven days, the time that Samuel [had set]. ...
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What's going on with Saul and the prophets?

After Samuel anointed Saul, he sent him home with a few signs that will be fulfilled in 1st Samuel 10:9-13 (NJPS): As [Saul] turned around to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart; and all those ...
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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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Where did Samuel come from when he was summoned by the Medium of En-dor?

Appropriate to today, I was thinking about the time when Saul visited the Medium of En-dor in 1 Samuel 28:8-14 (ESV): So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments and went, he and two men ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

Here's a story Jesus told about David according to Mark 2:23-28 (ESV): One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And ...
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