The word translated as "forever" can be interpreted "long time, period, duration, farthest reaches of time, age".
There does not exist a word in Hebrew that unambiguously means "forever".
Moreover the meaning of this word changes over time in Hebrew as we start seeing plural forms, suggesting that olam shifted to mean "...
The whole description of the spear was intended to convey the following:
the iron head weighted 600 shekels (about 7 kg or 16 lb) - more than an ordinary man's spear would weigh
the shaft or the spear was as thick as a weaver's beam - a somewhat vague term but helpfully clarified by the LXX in 2 Sam 23:21 as "as the side of a ladder"
Thus, the ...
David understood and believed in the God-given principle of the sanctity of life. God's law stated that "the life is in the blood", which was why God required the blood of killed animals to be poured out on the ground and never drunk. Nor was meat that had not been bled properly to be eaten. Life belongs to God, and the symbol for life being blood, ...
Just a chapter earlier, 1 Chronicles 11 describes David becomes king over Israel and David conquers Jerusalem. Then it starts to list David’s mighty warriors and continues to chapter 12 and list more tribes. It is in this context that we find in 1 Chronicles 12:
23These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s ...
When one talks about covenant, we need to distinguish between the Law of the covenant and the covenant per se. The Law specifies the instructions pertaining to the covenant. The covenant per se is the deal between two parties. If the Israelites follow the Law, they will be blessed. If not, they will be cursed. That's the deal; that's the covenantal legal ...
The Shelatim of David and the Magginot and Tsinnah of Solomon
I think the source of confusion is mixing the different words translated as "small shield": magen and shelet.
The mysterious shelet
shelet only appears 7 time in the OT and there is some doubt as to whether it refers to a small circular shield or a quiver.
Here it NIDOTT:
ANE This word ...
Blood is compared to life in
But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
Consuming blood is forbidden in
because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it ...
1 Chronicles 26:20 English Standard Version
And of the Levites, Ahijah had charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the dedicated gifts.
20a καὶ οἱ Λευεῖται ἀδελφοὶ αὐτῶν ἐπὶ
Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Levites their brethren were over the treasures of the house of the Lord, and over the treasures of the hallowed ...
The children, Perez and Zerah, born to Judah and Tamar were the result of of an illicit union on at least two levels:
Judah believed she was a prostitute at the time
The fact that Tamar was Judah's daughter-in-law made the union incestuous.
Judah admitted his mistake and adopted correctly raised the children as his own (what other proper choice did he have?...
David committed an error and for his own bodily repose risked not his own life, but lives of his servants. He repented when he saw that and poured down the water obtained in such way. Spiritual things, morality is more important than bodily concerns and even life itself. That David shewed to all. Moreover, as a side result, it was good for the morale of the ...
1 Chronicles 13:5
So David assembled all Israel, from the Shihor River in Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim.
This is a poetic way to say from the south to the north.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
from Shihor of Egypt—(Jos 15:4, 47; Nu 34:5; 1Ki 8:65; 2Ki 24:7; 2Ch 7:8); a small brook flowing into the Mediterranean,...
There is plenty of criticism of the NKJV - how it was first understood to be an 'updating of archaic KJV language'...to how it ended up perverting KJV text. On this topic, however, they have like-minded company.
2 Sam. 12:31 - NKJV - And he brought out the people who were in it,...
The verse in Hebrew reads:
וְאֶת־הָעָ֨ם אֲשֶׁר־בָּ֜הּ הֹוצִ֗יא וַיָּ֨שַׂר בַּמְּגֵרָ֜ה וּבַחֲרִיצֵ֤י הַבַּרְזֶל֙ וּבַמְּגֵרֹ֔ות וְכֵן֙ יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה דָוִ֔יד לְכֹ֖ל עָרֵ֣י בְנֵי־עַמֹּ֑ון וַיָּ֧שָׁב דָּוִ֛יד וְכָל־הָעָ֖ם יְרוּשָׁלִָֽם׃ פ 20:3
...of which the focal point for this question would be on the word "וַיָּ֨שַׂר" (way·yā·śar). The annotations ...
From the 2001 Romanian Orthodox Bible:
În traducere (foarte) literală: „Iar pe poporul din ea l-a scos afară și l-a tăiat cu ferăstrăul și cu topoarele și l-a despicat ca pe lemne“. Așa apare textul în aproape toate edițiile românești (dar și străine, mai vechi, precum KJV). Eroarea vine de la traducerea necritică a verbului diaprío, al cărui sens primar ...
1 Sam 16:10 makes clear that Jesse had (at that time) eight sons with David being the youngest.
Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel told
him, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”
11And Samuel asked him, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied, “but he is tending the
However, 1 ...
The genealogies of 1 Chronicles appear to serve something of a dual purpose:
Chart the lineage of Adam through Abraham to the people of Israel
Explain the lineage and presence of non-Israelite peoples currently present in the land around Israel.
The family of Seir (named Seir the Horite in Genesis 36:20) are a non-Abrahamic people whose lineage to Adam has ...
God made several covenants. If you are back referencing a covenant which replaced a previous one, you need to ensure you are referencing the correct one.
God made a covenant with Abraham - for a nation. Abraham represented the Nation. He was the ‘father’ of the nation. It was this covenant that is everlasting. This is the covenant referenced in 1 Chronicles ...
There is a very common practice among some people known as either:
"doctor shopping" - keep visiting physicians about a complaint until one receives the answer the patient has already decided
"expert shopping" - keep asking questions about a problem from a variety fo experts until one receives the answer one wants to hear.
King Saul ...
You are right. He did inquire of the Lord—but not with a repentant heart.
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers
(14) And enquired not of the Lord.--Saul had, in fact, enquired of Jehovah before resorting to the witch of En-dor, "but the Lord answered him not, neither by the dreams, nor by the Urim, nor by ...
There is an important distinction between what happened at Solomon's first and second anointing.
Solomon's first anointing recorded in 1 Kings 1:32-40 was hurriedly arranged by king David to avert the crowning of Adonijah.
It was very important that Israelite kings rule as vice-regents of God almighty and recognize that fact, 1 Sam 8:7, 8, 24:6, 2 Sam 19:21, ...
Six chapters earlier in 1 Chronicles 23:1
When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.
A parallel account of this twice declarations is in 1 Kings
There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, 'Long live King Solomon!'
Zadok the priest took the horn ...