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Why does להבריאכם mean "to make yourselves fat" in 1 Samuel 2:29

The OP questions why translators take the root ברא (brʾ) here in the sense "to be fat" rather than the homonym "to create", which is more common in the Hebrew Bible. I see several good reasons. The ...
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What is the meaning of the Hebrew name 'I-chabod' in 1 Samuel 4:21?

The "chabod" part of the name Ichabod (אִיכָבוֹד) comes without doubt from the word כָּבוֹד, which is the word for glory in the latter portion of the verse. The "I" (אִי) has been interpreted ...
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Why did David take the livestock of the cities he raided, when Israel was told to devote everything to destruction?

In fact, David was obeying the law in 1 Sam 23:5 & 27:9 when he destroyed the cities and carried off the livestock. The Torah was quite clear about this: there were two cases to consider: ...
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Were women allowed to attend the annual feasts?

OP (bold added): Exod 23: 17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD. According to Exodus only males were allowed to appear before the Lord in the annual feasts,so how ...
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What does the phrase "to cover his feet" refer to in 1 Samuel 24:3?

According to the BDB Lexicon the Hebrew translated to "cover his feet" by the KJV (literal translation of לְהָסֵ֣ךְ אֶת־רַגְלָ֑יו) is a euphemism for emptying the bowels: Hiph. Impf. 3 ms. יָ֑סֶךְ ...
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1 Samuel 16:12 Describes David as Ruddy ( Does that mean King David had red hair? )

Ruddy, in this instance, refers to David's complexion. The word means having a healthy reddish colour usually from leading an outdoor life. David was a shepherd and so his complexion had a healthy, ...
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Was the brutality of David's raids unusual by the standards of ancient warfare?

The short answer is: No, it was not the norm to kill men and women and children in war. The standard practice in ancient warfare was to offer peace when besieging a city, of course the peace terms ...
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Why were the bodies of Saul & his sons cremated - 1 Samuel 31:11?

Excellent question. Indeed, cremation was not the accepted burial rite in Ancient Israel, and this was definitely an unusual practice by Israelite standards and almost unheard of in the ANE (The only ...
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In Acts 13:22, does “a man after my own heart” refer to David or Jesse?

Greek text: καὶ μεταστήσας αὐτὸν ἤγειρεν αὐτοῖς τὸν Δαβὶδ εἰς βασιλέα ᾧ καὶ εἶπεν μαρτυρήσας Εὗρον Δαβὶδ τὸν τοῦ Ἰεσσαί ἄνδρα κατὰ τὴν καρδίαν μου ὃς ποιήσει πάντα τὰ θελήματά μου The Greek of Acts ...
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Does the Holy Spirit produce anger?

The operative word translated "anger" in 1 Sam 11:6 is אַף = "nostril" or "nose". To understand this, one must recall that Hebrew has no abstract nouns like "anger&...
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“I have lent him to the LORD"

The commentators all note the significant place that the root š.ʾ.l has in the opening chapter of Samuel. Because of the punch-line ("he is lent (šāʾûl) to the LORD") in v. 28, many also are minded to ...
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A Temporal Use of כה in 1 Samuel 25:6?

To take OP's main question in two stages, starting with the latter: [OP] ... could כה לחי mean something like "now to next year"? No, I don't think so. The main reason for this is already implicit ...
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What does "an evil spirit from the Lord" mean?

The Hebrew expression given in the KJV as "from the LORD" is מֵאֵ֥ת יְהוָֽה. It occurs 36 times in the Hebrew Text of the Old Testament (WLC). For example: Genesis 19:24 - brimstone and fire "from ...
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Did Saul lie to Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:7?

Dr. Berel Lerner has provided an answer to this question here. In short, the KJV translation of 1 Samuel 15:7 is inaccurate. The Hebrew reads: וַיִּתְפֹּ֛שׂ אֶת־אֲגַ֥ג מֶֽלֶךְ־עֲמָלֵ֖ק חָ֑י וְאֶת־...
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Did David not break his oath when he handed Saul's descendants to the Gibeonites in 2 Samuel 21?

Saul and Ahinoam - 6 children: Jonathan -> Mephibosheth - Mica - etc. Ishui (Abinadab) Melchishua Ishbosheth (Eshbaal) Merab (f) (eldest) - [five children by Adriel] Michal (f) - wife of David ...
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How would marrying Saul's daughter be a snare/stumbling block to David?

How would marrying Saul's daughter be a snare/stumbling block to David? Saul was hoping that David would lose his life in trying to get 100 foreskins of the Philistines ,instead of the normal ...
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Why does the 1 Samuel 10:27 paragraph found in 4QSamª not appear in other texts?

The Masoretic Text of the Hebrew has 1 Sam 10:27 as per most Bibles. A few Bibles such as NLT have decided to add some text based on 4QSam(a) from the dead sea scrolls. The text of Biblia Hebraica ...
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Does the Holy Spirit produce anger?

Anger is not listed as the fruit (singular) of the Spirit that Christians cultivate, namely: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). ...
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How can an evil spirit come from God?

What is the nature of this evil spirit? The semantic range of both רעה (evil) and רוח (spirit) are quite broad. As WoundedEgo correctly points out, רעה does not always mean evil or wicked in the ...
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Why were "Milk Cows" specifically required in making appeasement for the ark? 1 Samuel 6:7

Using the JPS translation throughout: Therefore get a new cart ready and two milch cows that have not borne a yoke; harness the cows to the cart, but take back indoors the calves that follow them. ...
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Why did Samuel think that Saul would kill him given that all of Saul's recorded erratic behavior seems to have happened later?

There are about three explanations for Samuel's ability to predict Saul's murderous tendencies. 1) The slaughter of the Gibeonites: 2-Samuel 21:1-3 (NKJV) Now there was a famine in the days ...
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How is Abiather linked to the house of Eli?

Abiathar was evidently Eli's great-great-grandson(Abiathar the son of Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli - 1 Samuel 22:20, 14:3).
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What is the appropriate translation for מַעֲדַנֹּ֑ת in 1 Samuel 15?

The same exact word is found in Job 38:31, and over there it is clearly rendered as "bundles" "chains" or "shackles"--"Can you bind the chains[b] of the Pleiades?". This is the basis for the ...
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How long was the ark at Kirjath Jearim in 1 Samuel 7:2?

I Samuel 6:1-21, 7:1-2. The ark was sent from the Philistines and arrived at Bethshemesh where 50,070 men were slain because the ark had been looked into. Then it was brought up to the house of ...
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In 1 Samuel 28:15 did the witch at Endor actually bring up the spirit of Samuel from the land of the dead?

It was actually Samuel that came up. Most people are of the opinion that Samuel had died and so it was not possible for him to meddle in the affairs of the living. The dead do actually live although ...
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Abimelekh (Αβιμελεχ) in the LXX

Overview αβιμελεχ and αχιμελεχ are transliterations whose meanings in Greek are simply the names Abimelech or Ahimelech. However, a translator would also continue to know the original meaning behind ...
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