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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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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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Why did Samuel hack Agag to pieces in 1 Samuel 15:33?

Why did Samuel hack Agag in pieces ? Samuel gives one reason moments before he did it : As thy sword hath made women childless [1 Samuel 15:33, KJV] Was it an overkill ? No. It was commanded '...
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Saul’s soldiers eat meat with blood, why were they not executed ? 1 Samuel 14:32-33

Although they may have transgressed the prohibition, they weren't necessarily condemned to death. From the perspective of Rabbinic Judaism this isn't much of a question; the requirements to enforce ...
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A Question about King David

Nathan the prophet came to David, II Samuel 12:1. And after Nathan convinced David of his sin, David said : I have sinned. II Samuel 12:13 And Nathan said : The Lord hath also put away thy sin. ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

No one is wrong here except the reader who jumps to unwarranted conclusions. First, Mark 2:25 does not say Abiathar gave David the show bread. (It doesn't even mention him.) And he said unto them, ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

My conclusion is that Ahimelech's father's name was also Abiathar (as well as his son) and he was the "High" priest at that time.. according to 1 Chronicles 24:6, it says Ahmelech was the son of ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

The Abiathar Problem, why Jesus got it wrong In Mark 2:25 Jesus names Abiathar as the High Priest who gave David the show bread. I accept that this was Mark’s version of what Jesus said as it was ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

This "contradiction" actually does not exist. First, Mark 2:26 does NOT say that Abiathar gave David the bread (as the OP suggest); all that Mark says is that the incident occurred during the ...
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Was Samuel referring to Saul in 1 Samuel 8:10-17?

The description of the behavior of kings generally as recorded in 1 Sam 8:10-17 is a description of the worst of kingly behavior generally. That is, Samuael was not suggesting that each would do all ...
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What exactly was Saul's sin that caused God to reject him and punish him?

There is a toxic element to sin that is not repented of, if there is no turning back to God and away from disobedience to God's commands. Now, in the text in question, there is no mention of Saul ...
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Did Saul intend to offer a peace offering in 1st Samuel 13?

Saul's offering in 1 Samuel chapter 13 was originated from the instruction of Samuel, who anointed him in chapter 10. 8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice ...
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In 2 Samuel 21:19, was Goliath killed twice?

This is most likely a redactional error. As Amichai points out, in Chronicles 21:25 it is clearly Lahmi the brother of Goliath that is slain by Elhanan, not Goliath. According to this revealing ...
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Does this mean that Hannah stayed back in Shiloh where her son is?

As the Hebrew Masoretic text stands, at the conclusion of Hannah's prayer, Elkanah returns to Ramah (= Ramathaim, as in 1 Sam 1:1). In terms of "action", however, 1 Sam 2:11 is the next bit of ...
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Missing or incorrect genealogy information for Samuel?

TL:DR - Hebrew genealogies are sometimes exact, but sometimes they are a less exact line of succession with a theological purpose. Differences in purpose can account for the differences in similar ...
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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?

Saul was given to Israel as a permissive will of God when they asked for a Samuel for a king. They were therefore given a king of their choice. 1 Samuel 10:19 19 And ye have this day rejected your ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

The Greek word "archiereus" (ἀρχιερεύς) is used in Mark 2:26 as well as in numerous other New Testament passages. Comprising "archi-" (meaning "chief" or "principal&...
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How is rebellion likened unto the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as both iniquity & idolatry?

This is a great question. For rebellion (meri) is like the sin of divination; arrogance (haftsar) is like iniquity (aven) and idolatry (terafim). First, divination was not inherently evil ...
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Does Acts 13:22 misquote 1 Samuel 13:14 regarding David as "a man after God's own heart?"

"heart after X" is an idiom. In the Old Testament, the heart was the seat of higher reasoning (see cardiocentric hypothesis), and the kidneys, or the loins, were the seat of lower reasoning (...
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Does Acts 13:22 misquote 1 Samuel 13:14 regarding David as "a man after God's own heart?"

I'll offer two additional explanations that are commonly given: The New Testament authors are quoting a manuscript version of the Old Testament text that is no longer in circulation (this often comes ...
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1 Samuel 1:20 - what are the implications of the pun on Samuel's name, or was it actually Saul?

I Samuel 1:20 can be more easily understood if you read according as שאלתיו as "I borrowed him" rather than "I asked for him". Since the child is already "given to God all ...
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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?

As one looks at the evidence, from a text-critical perspective, this is an example where the LXX translators made a mistake. I have not found any commentator who goes so far as to give a reason. The ...
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How is rebellion likened unto the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as both iniquity & idolatry?

As the following quote truthfully points out, Satan was the first to rebel against God, and he still lives and works in rebellion against God and His government. To rebel, therefore, is to emulate ...
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Why did Samuel hack Agag to pieces in 1 Samuel 15:33?

The commonly accepted English translations of I Samuel 15:33 are inconsistent with the MT, and IMHO misleading. There is no need to conclude that Samuel committed anything like what is suggested by ...
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Why did Samuel hack Agag to pieces in 1 Samuel 15:33?

To understand why Samuel hacked Agag to pieces, it related to his emotion at that time. We see his emotion earlier of the time. 1 Samuel 15:10-11 read; 10 Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, ...
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Did the ghost of Samuel really appear to Saul?

The Bible is clear about what happens to dead people: KJV Job 14:10,12 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?... So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the ...
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