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Who is the predecessor that lost God's favor? David's immediate predecessor was Saul. He lost God's favor: 1 Samuel 15:27 As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore. 28Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you. Who is God'...


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It seems to me that the second Shimei mentioned in verse 10 refers to the Shimei listed in verse 7. The first Shimei in verse 9 therefore likely referenced a son of Laadan since his descendants were called the chief fathers of the house of Laadan. Regarding the identity of the first Shimei however, it seems possible that he was synonymous with the Shemaiah ...


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