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Interacting with Frank Luke's response, I like the theory proposed by E.W. Bullinger, however it does not seem to fit with what immediately follows in Chapter 18. First of all I believe that Bullinger is correct in his analysis of the construction of the passage. I agree that the intent is to contrast the Spirit coming upon David and leaving Saul, and ...


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The World Health Organization reports that the average weaning age is 4.2 years worldwide at present, however the weaning age has declined in modern times and the weaning age would have been higher in the past. This is supported by the book of II Maccabees, 7:27 wherein a mother casually mentions giving milk to her son for three years which would be ...


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Eli's Failure Somewhat regardless of whether the word כָּהָה (kāhâ) should mean "rebuke" or "restrain," at the point which the sons refused to obey their father Eli (1 Sam 2:25), Eli should have had his sons killed on the basis of two, and possibly three points of the Law (quotes from NASB): Dishonoring God's Law—Lev 3 and Lev 4 with Num 15:30-311 ...


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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 think that it belongs, rather, to a now missing birth narrative of Saul. This remains contentious. It is also the case that the forms that bother OP have ...


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The Idea in Brief Eli had done nothing to "tone down" his sons, or to mitigate their behavior. So while on the one hand he had rebuked them in Chapter 2, there is nothing in the text to suggest that he had done anything from that time onward to mitigate their behavior, which is the observation in Chapter 3. Later in the book, Samuel himself comes to have ...


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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־כָּל־הָעָ֖ם הֶחֱרִ֥ים לְפִי־חָֽרֶב׃ The key word is הָעָ֖ם, which is usually translated as "the nation" or "the people." However, the term can also refer ...


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If you further read the text in 1 Samuel 2:5, AFTER Hannah leaves Samuel with Eli and when she is praising the Lord she says, "She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has many sons pines away." Hannah is referring to herself in the first part of that sentence, so by the time she committed Samuel to the Lord as a servant of the priest (which ...


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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 'slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass' 1 Samuel 15:3. No provision was made to spare a king. Was it in character of Samuel ? ...


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Indeed, הֵיכַ֥ל has a range of meanings. 1 Samuel 1:9 refers to meaning 2a below as God's house, not a pompus palace: Brown-Driver-Briggs 1 rather seld. (royal) palace (so almost always in Assyrian); of Ahab 1 Kings 21:1, of king of Babylon 2 Kings 20:18 = Isaiah 38:17; 2Chronicles 36:7 ... 2 of palace of God considered as king, = house of God or of ׳י, ...


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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. Thou shalt not die. II Samuel 12:13. That is why David did not die. Because the Lord dealt with David's sin, personally, and on his behalf. Just as a certain ...


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If memory serves, in just about every part of the ancient world, a woman who had previously been married to a king (either in full, with the status of wife, or de facto in the lesser status of concubine) could not be remarried to anyone except another king. Remember also that legal rights of a woman were reckoned through her husband, and that divorced women ...


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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 reported to him and that the other gospel writers differ in their accounts, possibly to avoid this conundrum. In 1 Samuel 21:1 it is recorded that David came to ...


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With 4 cubits and a span I arrive at about 2.34 m, which would amount to even more than 7' 8''. We have to consider the older cubit (of Salomon's time and before), not the later and shorter cubit of the time the Chronicles were written. 1 Kings 6:2 Solomon Builds the Temple ... Now the house which King Solomon built for the Lord, its length was sixty ...


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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 unfolding narrative subsequent to the conclusion of chapter 1 -- the song/prayer intervening. In the Greek (Septuagint) text, however, things work out differently ...


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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 genealogies. The Purpose of Hebrew Genealogies In order to understand the answer first here are some some general insights into Hebrew Genealogies. Hebrew ...


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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 the death penalty were so strict so as to make capital punishment almost entirely theoretical. The Mishna (Makkoth 1:10) states: A Sanhedrin that puts a man ...


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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 God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present ...


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According to Ellicott, 1 Samuel 10:8 happened years earlier. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (8) And he tarried seven days.—When was this “set time” appointed? It seems difficult at first to refer back to the day of Saul’s mysterious prophetic consecration (1Samuel 10:8), which took place at least some three or four years—perhaps much longer—...


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In the wilderness, the tabernacle of mobile. By the time of Eli, it was a bit different. It was called a house and there were doors. 1 Samuel 3:15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. https://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_samuel/1-9.htm Pulpit Commentary As the tabernacle remained stationary at Shiloh for 300 ...


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Joab believed in God's power. He was not an idol worshiper. 2 Samuel 2:27 Joab answered, "As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning." 2 Samuel 10:11 Joab said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I ...


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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 heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. KJV Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for ...


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On second thought, @NigelJ is correct: The punishment here is כרת ("Kareth", meaning "cutting off" ) not מיתה, which is death by rabbinical court. Kareth is defined as either dying young (before the age of 60), dying without children, or the soul being spiritually "cut off" from your people after death.(1)


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The root nun+cheth+mem has a very broad sense that doesn't change much across binyanim (mainly Niph'al and Hithpa'el). It covers such meanings as: changing actitudes, repenting, regretting, conforting, being consoled, pouring out, being at ease... In very many instances, this verb is positively associated with the Hebrew nouns for "the LORD" and for "God". ...


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If The Holy Bible is inerrant then understanding what is found in Mark (and any other book) must be consistent with everything that is written: But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26 NKJV) Applying John means Mark ...


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God's verdict on David was that he was "a man after His own heart". He saw the man's greivous sins, mistakes and the struggles as recorded ... but he also saw into the heart of the man who could love like no other King before him. David knew that it was better that the women "kept house" than be condemned to hardship in exile. He had no idea when or if he ...


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It's important to first understand that it was prophesied that King David's wives would be violated in such a manner. 2 Samuel chapter 12 (NLT) The LORD sent Nathan the prophet to tell David ... ... The LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you his house and his wives and the kingdoms of ...


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From the OP's quote (empahsis mine): I saw the people leaving me and scattering; you had not come at the appointed time, and the Philistines had gathered at Michmas. I thought the Philistines would march down against me at Gilgal before I had entreated the Lord, so I forced myself to present the burnt offering. This doesn't sound like a king who was ...


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This is actually 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 article, originally the verse in Samuel read exactly like the one in Chronicles. But then errors crept in the text and became defective; instead of את לחמי אחי גלית ...


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