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In 2 Samuel 11:4, what does it mean by "David slept with Bathsheba because she was pure"?

This is about ritual purity, not moral purity. According to Leviticus 15:19-30, a woman is unclean during her monthly period, until 7 days have passed. It may be as simple as she had been on her ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

Looking at the texts of Deuteronomy 24 and Jeremiah 3, I'd suggest the key aspect of these verses are divorce: "...her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after ...
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Why did David flee Absalom?

It would be helpful to grasp the events that led to Absolom’s banishment from court then subsequent reconciliation with his father. These events are recorded in 2 Samuel 13 and 14. Absolom returned ...
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Why did God forgive David (2 Samuel 12:13), but not Judas (Matthew 27:3-4) for an identical confession of sin?

I will offer a response to this question two ways: Assuming David was forgiven Considering the possibility that David was not forgiven Assuming David was forgiven The Lord’s words to Samuel put it ...
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In 2 Samuel 11:4, what does it mean by "David slept with Bathsheba because she was pure"?

For the phrase in question, the Hebrew text states וְהִיא מִתְקַדֶּשֶׁת מִטֻּמְאָתָהּ (vehiy mitkaddeshet mitumʿatah). To note, the Hebrew text lacks the conjunction כִּי (ki); therefore, translating ...
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How did the Lord 'put away' the sin of David? 2 Samuel 12:13

The answer can be gleaned from other places in the Bible where King David and his sin is spoken of. Paul writes in Romans 4:5-8: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ...
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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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Why does God not just permit but seemingly encourage David's polygamy in 2 Samuel 12:8?

There is no doubt that polygamy was common in Israel; Elkannah, David, Solomon, Saul, Abraham, Jacob, etc, etc. In 2 Sam 12:8 we find that - I gave your master’s house to you and your master’s wives ...
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Why did God forgive David (2 Samuel 12:13), but not Judas (Matthew 27:3-4) for an identical confession of sin?

Summary There is nothing in the Scripture to support a conclusion that God responded to the sin of David and Judas differently, and in the case of Judas' sin, the account demonstrates the deficiency ...
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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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When did Nahash, king of the Ammonites, show kindness to David?

This is a great question. Most commentators suggest that Nahash had most likely offered him some assistance and security during the time of his flight from Saul. After all, Moab and Philistine (see 1 ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

Scripture comments after Michal despised David for his exuberance at the bringing in of the ark (2 Samuel 6:20-23) : Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. [2 ...
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Why did God forgive David (2 Samuel 12:13), but not Judas (Matthew 27:3-4) for an identical confession of sin?

This is a very interesting question - and I don’t have a ready answer. Nevertheless there are some aspects which are worth consideration. JOHN 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in ...
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Is Jesus from the line of David?

You appear to be well researched regarding this issue. And there is a plethora of content online expounding every angle, every viewpoint. I doubt you’ll come across something ‘new’ on this forum - ...
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What exactly was Saul's sin that caused God to reject him and punish him?

The events of 1 Samuel ch13 should be compared with Samuel's instructions in a a previous chapter. "And you shall go down before me to Gilgal and behold I am coming to you to offer burnt ...
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1 Chronicles 21, 1-2: David's numbering of Israel: is it a sin?

The key to answering this question is found in 1 Chron 21:3 (= 2 Sam 24:3) - But Joab replied, “May the LORD multiply His troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all servants of ...
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If David wanted Joab killed, why did he leave it to Solomon instead of doing it himself?

When men war side by side in life or death battle, a lifelong brotherhood is formed. That brotherhood can cover a multitude of sins; Uriah's murder, the census, even the ugly reality of taking life in ...
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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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Should "A Psalm of David" be written as "A Psalm to David"?

In Hebrew, ל as a prefix can mean "to" in the sense of "I am walking to the park." But it can also be used to make a noun the indirect object (i.e. beneficiary) of a sentence, in the sense of "I gave ...
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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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How did the Lord 'put away' the sin of David? 2 Samuel 12:13

God sent Nathan to David to expose his sin and pronounce God’s judgment upon him: “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife ...
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King David will not be with God as he is a descendant of an illegitimate child?

The Law A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 23:2, KJV) The law most certainly ...
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Was David and Bathsheba's firstborn son, the one who died, the Christ?

Bathsheba's first son was definitely NOT messiah for the following reasons: He was NOT a prophet, according to Deut 18:15, 18-20; but according to Acts 3:21-23 - Jesus WAS. He did NOT inherit the ...
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Why does Matthew call Bathsheba - Solomon's mother - "the wife of Uriah," (Mt.1:6) when the OT says she was the wife David?

Much has been written about the subtleties of Matthew's genealogy. On the particular point about "Uriah's wife (as distinct from "Bathsheba" or "David's wife"), I suggest ...
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Understanding 1 Chr. 17:21 (2 Sam. 7:23) & Ams. 9:7, "What other nation have you redeemed?"

A literal translation of those three verses is interesting. Young's Literal Translation does not use the word 'redeemed' in 1 Chron. 17:21; he says 'ransomed'. However, in 2 Sam. 7:23 he uses the ...
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1 Chronicles 21, 1-2: David's numbering of Israel: is it a sin?

NOTE: The same story is told in 2nd Samuel 24 (it's nearly identical, but I figure I'd mention it anyway). Taking the census is David ceasing to trust in God's ability to protect him and Israel, and ...
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Matthew 22 and Psalms 110. Did Jesus lose the original meaning?

The context is that no Pharisee in this instance doubts that Lord speaks to David’s Lord, and that the same David!’s Lord is Christ, whom the Pharisees expect still to come, because they do not ...
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