Discuss 1 Samuel 2

1 Samuel 2 KJV Bible discussions
  • Hello Bill & thank you once again. As I understand from your earlier post, that you also believe that 'sleep' in this instance, refers to death. It being a euphemism, unlike 'trust' (in your example), which isn't one. That being the case, 'sleeping in the salvation of Jesus', seems fine in one sense, yet doesn't fit the context here. Paul is writing to the Thessalonians because of their concern & sorrow that those who have departed earlier have altogether disappeared from view. So Paul says, that those who have died may indeed have their bodies in the grave, but when Jesus comes, He will bring those very persons back to Earth with Him ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14). There is no break in the train of thought here (from verses 13-18).

    Re: 1 Samuel 28:11-20. This is in the OT economy, where we can understand that Samuel's spirit, & of those deemed righteous, were in a holding place of comfort, even as Jesus outlined in Luke 16:19-31. After the crucifixion & resurrection, we don't find evidence of such a place of rest for the believer.

    With the account of the rich man & Lazarus, we might have to defer on that, as I feel, if Lazarus didn't exist, then really none of the other details would make sense & would have to be treated metaphorically (i.e. no place of punishment & suffering).

    "Jesus restored life to at least three (3) bodies, for these are recorded", you wrote. Sorry, I need enlightening: where is this number recorded? I only know of, "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose", without giving a number. Many thanks again, brother.
  • Good morning Chris.

    Thank you for your kind comments.

    1 Thessalonians 4:14 (KJV) -"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.". Have you considered "sleep in Jesus" as referring to the believers that sleep in the salvation of Jesus and not in some place in which Jesus is present (heaven)? Saying that I trust in Jesus does not actually mean that I am attached or embodied in Jesus. It means that I trust in what Jesus stands for as my salvation and eternal life with Him.

    Sorry about my misunderstanding as to the Lazarus in your prior comment. Lazarus had died, no doubt in any Christian's mind. The body was decomposing as Mary told Christ. Christ recalled the spirit, some may soul, of Lazarus and the body was restored to life until the appointed time for the spirit to exit the body later. That the spirit resides somewhere accessible is not the question; the question is where. I find no concrete evidence it is in heaven either before or after the resurrection.

    Case in point, 1 Samuel 28:11-20. The spirit of Samuel was brought from its resting place for Saul. Granted, God can do and/or permit ALL THINGS. Personally, I can not accept the spirit of Samuel was recalled from heaven, but it could have been.

    As to the use of the name "Lazarus" in the parable of the poor beggar, the Hebrew meaning of Lazarus, (Hebrew, , means "God Has Helped". Thus, the use of "Lazarus" reinforces the intended meaning of the parable and invites no questioning as to the name after the parable is concluded.

    Matthew 27:52,53 is another example of the unlimited power of God. Jesus restored life to at least three (3) bodies, for these are recorded. There was an earthquake that could have opened graves. Those brought to life are called "saints". Those raised would have been known in Jerusalem to have died. This, to me, is an act of confirming Christ's holiness and coming resurrection in three (3) days.
  • Thanks brother Adam for your reply. I agree, "sleep is a state of rest" & being oblivious to everything through our nightly sleep, we can be thankful to the Lord that we still have life & breath - not so for those who've died (slept with no awakening & eventually reduced to dust). But your second paragraph statement seemed to imply that "between death & Jesus' return" we will still be 'altogether' (body, or what's left of it, & the spirit) waiting for the call.

    Concerning man's spirit. My understanding that a spirit has no physical properties - that it is the essence of a person (the body being a covering for our functions & recognition). If "the spirit of man goeth upwards" & Jesus spoke of "fearing not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul", they seem to confirm that the immaterial part of us (the real 'us'), cannot be destroyed & remains accountable to the One Who gave it.

    Those 'out of body' experiences, even the one you had after your accident, demonstrates that the spirit that gives life to the body, can return (& must return) for that body to resume functioning. But at death, the spirit is gone, unless, as Jesus brought back the spirit into people (e.g. Lazarus, Jairus' daughter). If the spirit goes, then to where? With ghosts & apparitions, I know nothing - maybe demonic activity or their impersonations. But then we have 1 Samuel 28:7-15, which can lead us to think of a departed soul in a resting place (OT economy). If for Samuel, then why not others who have departed? Should not our spirits leave the body & as in Paul's case have access to Heaven ( 2 Corinthians 12:1-4)? So "if the dead in Christ shall rise first", the spirit that once left it, must rejoin it. The question remains, where goes the spirit of man? If we maintain that the body sleeps, then we should also answer, where does his spirit reside? Is it still active & alert in another place or hovering over a body that is long gone? For the believer, I believe it's in Heaven.
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Did you notice? David feared GOD & would not lay his hand on GOD's anointted & felt remorseful for cutting Saul's garment.

    1 Samuel 24:4,5,6 , 1 Samuel 24:10,

    Saul also ripped Samuel's garment 1 Samuel 15:27 however 1 Samuel 15:28-29. Even after remorseful repentance 1 Samuel 15:29,30,35

    Do think the significance of the clothing was a factor? 1 Samuel 2:19, His mother's sacrifice 1 Samuel 1:28

    Saul pursued David to kill him: 1 Samuel 19:1,10,11,15,

    & Saul ordered the prophets of GOD killed, possibly unarmed, their families, livestock & nursing babies included.; 1 Samuel 22:17,18,19 Same Saul that left the enemy King & livestock alive in disobedience to GOD's orders. 1 Samuel 15:1,2,3,8,9,

    Psalms 105:15

    David's mercy 2 Samuel 9:3-7,

    David's sin & judgement: 2 Samuel 12:7,9,11,12,14,18, 2 Samuel 13:1,6,7,8,12,13,14,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,28,29,30,31,32, after years 2 Samuel 14:25,30,31,32, 2 Samuel 15:6,10,12,13,14,16,23,30,31, 2 Samuel 16:3,5,6,7,8,11,13,22, 2 Samuel 17:21,23,29, 2 Samuel 18:5,7,9,10,12,14,15,17,20,27,32,33, 2 Samuel 19:1-4, "the sword did not depart from his house" etc. There were more scriptures about his consequences _.

    Queen Vashti, consequence Ester 1:19, Ester 2:4

    Saul then 1 Samuel 28:3,7,18,19

    David has Psalms of remorseful repentance, gives glory to GOD ALMIGHTY, shows mercy & humility at times. With Saul he shows remorse but didn't read much of repentance, etc.

    However the Bible says: 1 Colossians 1:20,

    Job 12:16

    Hopefully these are helpful in your study.
  • Psalm 23 - in Reply
    To Earl

    1 Samuel 22 - David at the Adullam Cave, or go to: Enduring Word dot com. It's a good read.

    I go to this cave often. It's where I get my mind and spirit re-synced. OR, I listen to a song, sit in that cave, and worship. [Don't judge the singerjust listen to the song. Troubadour, and another song: Without Guileby John Michael Talbot.]

    When my mind starts spinning, doing burnouts in the dirt: it's time to be alone with Jesus. Sometimes He wants to minister to his ministers.

    King David often went to this cave. It had special use and meaning to him. He had to get anointed, healed, restored.

    When the healers get worn down, it's time to go to the Healer.

    Jesus is the Well, we go to to be refilled with living water, get our feet washed.

    It's necessary. I know some may argue that. Be kind to yourself.
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Luke 23:43

    Acts 7:55

    1 Samuel 28

    Matthew 17:2

    Luke 16 Luke 16:19-31

    2 Corinthians 5:6

    John 14:2

    1 Thessalonians 4

    Here are some scriptures I found on the subject, I hope these are helpful.
  • David - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2
    SPINNZ The reason that Eli didn't teach his sons is because they were men of belial lawless and uninstructible, also they knew not the lord 1 Samuel 2:12. These men throughout Gods word are useless and were spiritually repulsive and performed all types of ungodly acts. Eventually they His sons were slain when the ark of the covenant was taken by the Philistines 1 Samuel 4:11.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 23
    If I could interject Dianne. Actually, when I read your comment, I thought that you were inferring something else. So forgive me if I've misunderstood, but just to state the obvious: Hophni & Phinehas were indeed the (biological) sons of Eli. Then in 1 Samuel 2:12, they being referred to as "sons of belial" was a derogatory term for people who were useless, worthless, or scoundrels. And so they were, as seen in the following verses (13-17). But you would have known that - though it might help Larus & others.
  • Dianne - in Reply on Psalms 23
    Hi Adam I bring to you something to think about, I believe that the Bible as originally given Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by Holy Spirit 2 Peter 1:20+21. That being said look at 1 Samuel 1:3 the two sons of Eli Hophni and Phinehas the priest of the lord were there. In 1 Samuel 2:12 it says the sons of Eli were sons of Belial they new not the lord. So the question is which were they? No this is not a trick just food for thought.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 12

    It would be difficult in such a short space to summarize the entire chapter. I can share with you a few things and break down the outlines of the chapter for you if that helps. I can also share some key verses and some memorization verses. If there are any specific verses that you would like help on, I or someone else here might be happy to help you.

    Chapter 12 can be broken down into five outlines: Verses 1-8, Eating Grain on the Sabbath, Verses 9-21, Healing on the Sabbath, Verses 22-37, Committing the Unpardonable Sin, Verses 38-45, Seeking of a Sign, and Verses 46-50, the Understanding of True Family.

    Each of these five sections can be broken down separately as to the meaning of that particular section. Do you have any specific questions on any of these sections?

    There are also some key verses in chapter 12. They are Matthew 12:3, which is recorded for us in 1 Samuel 21:1-6. Other key verses are Matthew 12:5, Matthew 12:7 which comes from Hosea 6:6, Matthew 12:17-21 which is the fulfillment of Isaiah 42:1-4 and Isaiah 49:3.

    If you are into verse memorization, some verses to memorize in this chapter would be Matthew 12:8, Matthew 12:30-32, and Matthew 12:50.

    I would love to go over the entire chapter with you but it would take more than one post. Again, if there are any particular sections or verses you would like to go over from chapter 12, please feel free to ask. I would be more than happy to share with you my understanding.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Mark 2
    Alec Ford,

    Those verses tell us about the Confrontation over the Sabbath. I'll give you my understanding of those verses in two parts as there is not enough space in one post. This will be part 1.

    First of all, in Mark 2:23, if your text says corn, they didn't have corn there in those days. It was grain fields on the Sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of grain. And by the way, you are allowed to do that. The law allows you to do that. In Mark 2:24, you have to understand that the Pharisees were there to evaluate. They said you are reaping the harvest.

    No! The law allowed that if you are walking along, you can pull heads of grain off and eat it if you are hungry, but you can't harvest it on the Sabbath, because you're not allowed to work on the Sabbath.

    So the Pharisees said, "We consider that harvesting!" In fact, there were incidents where people would walk along the ground and step on a stock and some of the grain would fall off the stock and they got them for harvesting. Legalists!

    In Mark 2:25, Jesus said to them, "Have you never read?" He is speaking to religious people. And He is saying "haven't you ever read the Old Testament, the TANAK?" Have you never read what David did? This would be 1 Samuel 21:1-6. Have you never read what David did, when he had need and was hungry, and he, and those that were traveling with him?

    In Mark 2:26, the phrase "into the house of God" used in this verse means into the tabernacle.

    So you see, He says David and his band of men were traveling, and they were hungry. And they come across the temple and they said to the priest do you have any food here? Well, the only food I have is the shewbread, the presentation bread, the 12 loaves of bread that represent the 12 tribes of Israel.
  • Mild Bill - in Reply on 1 John 3:4

    "The Bible also never talks about people using the restroom, although we can assume they probably did."

    The Bible does mention these matters, therefore, you need no longer assume.

    Deuteronomy 23:

    12Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:

    13And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:

    14For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.


    "So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall." 1 Samuel 25:22

    "And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house(public outhouse) unto this day." 2 Kings 10:27

    "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

    2 Timothy 2:15
  • Chloe Cunningham - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2:9
    I'm not sure what other comment you have received on the verse in question, but I quote one, verbatim, from the Commentator, Joseph Benson:

    "1. 1 Samuel 2:9. He will keep the feet of his saints - That is, will both uphold their steps or paths, and direct their counsels and actions, that they may not fall into ruin, nor wander into those fatal errors into which wicked men daily run.

    2. The wicked shall be silent in darkness - They who used to open their mouths wide in speaking against heaven and against the saints, shall be so confounded with the unexpected disappointment of all their hopes, and with God's glorious appearance and operations for his people, that they shall be put to silence, and have their mouths quite stopped: and this in darkness, both internal, in their own minds, not knowing what to do or say; and external, through outward troubles, distress, and calamities.

    3. For by strength shall no man prevail - Namely, against God, or against his saints, as the wicked are ready to think they shall do, because of their great power, wealth, and numbers."
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2:9
    I'm not sure what other comment you have received on the verse in question, but I quote one, verbatim, from the Commentator, Joseph Benson:

    "1. 1 Samuel 2:9. He will keep the feet of his saints - That is, will both uphold their steps or paths, and direct their counsels and actions, that they may not fall into ruin, nor wander into those fatal errors into which wicked men daily run.

    2. The wicked shall be silent in darkness - They who used to open their mouths wide in speaking against heaven and against the saints, shall be so confounded with the unexpected disappointment of all their hopes, and with God's glorious appearance and operations for his people, that they shall be put to silence, and have their mouths quite stopped: and this in darkness, both internal, in their own minds, not knowing what to do or say; and external, through outward troubles, distress, and calamities.

    3. For by strength shall no man prevail - Namely, against God, or against his saints, as the wicked are ready to think they shall do, because of their great power, wealth, and numbers."
  • Chris - in Reply on Exodus 39
    The Ephod, as described in Exodus 39 & other places, was an outer linen, short garment that the priests wore in their service in the Tabernacle. It was first to be worn by the High Priest ( Exodus 28:4: Aaron & his sons) & then later, worn by other priests ( 1 Samuel 22:18). However, we also see the Ephod being worn by King David ( 2 Samuel 6:14) & by Samuel ( 1 Samuel 2:18). Because of the intricacies of the garment (especially for the High Priest), it seems that the wearer of it came before God in representation of the people & a requirement to be able to conduct such ministry. The Urim & Thummim (special lots that were cast before God to ascertain His Will & Direction for the people) were held in pouches in the Ephod.

    As well, there was instances of idolatry associated with the Ephod ( Judges 8:27, 17:5,6), as it was considered so holy as to be worshipped. Even today, in some 'high Churches', priests can be seen wearing distinctive outer clothing, with sashes & mitre resembling the priests of old. These are not the garments depicted in the New Testament as should be worn by Christians & are a poor reflection & understanding of biblical norms, rather serving to ascribe some sort of special privilege & holiness to the wearer.

    Today, for the Christian, we might say that we come before God "in robes of righteousness", not of ourselves, but that given to us by virtue of Christ's death & what it accomplished for us. And being so clothed, we can come confidently before God as His children & in prayer. We are now His chosen generation & royal priesthood ( 1 Peter 2:9).
  • Jack C Gutknecht on 1 Samuel 2:3
    How can we use our mouths (voices) to speak what is good or bad?

    The mouth is used for speaking:

    To speak what is good

    Proverbs 10:11 See also Job 16:5; Psalm 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

    To praise

    Psalm 71:8 See too Psalm 89:1--"I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations."

    Romans 15:6 (NLT) -- "Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    To testify about God

    Psalm 71:15 Compare Romans 10:10 (NLT) -- "For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."

    To speak what is bad

    Psalm 10:7 other references: 1 Samuel 2:3 --

    "Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed."

    Proverbs 5:3 --

    "For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil" -- NIV

    Proverbs 7:21 -- New King James Version

    "With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him."

    Luke 6:45 Jesus said, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Samuel 26:6
    The Ahimelek of 1 Samuel 26:6, the Hittite, was very likely one of David's warriors; a foreigner, one of many, who attached themselves to David, & particularly after David was made king. Others were Uriah the Hittite ( 2 Samuel 11); Ittai the Gittite ( 2 Samuel 15:19); plus the Cherethites & Pelethites; & those mentioned in 1 Chronicles 27:27-31. These recognized David's authority of kingship & were pleased to be subservient to him & come under the true God.

    And the Ahimelek of 1 Samuel chapter 21, was a priest, whom King Saul accused of being in collaboration with his enemy David, and thus had him killed by Doeg. Ahimelek is the same one (called Abimelech in 1 Chronicles 18:16) & thought to be a scribal error.
  • Disquieted Used in Scripture - in Reply on Psalms 42
    Read the Chapters these scriptures are in, to see what was going on at those times, to cause disquietedness in these people's lives:

    1 Samuel 28:15

    And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

    Psalms 39:6

    Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

    Psalms 42:5

    Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

    Psalms 42:11

    Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

    Psalms 43:5

    Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

    Proverbs 30:21

    For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:

    Disquieted in Proverbs 30, interestingly is a prophetic book speaking to the signs of the Times we are living in Now.

    Describing this Generation of people's living on the earth. Even describing the riots in our cities:

    the hatred of our young people against their own parents

    The hatred against racial injustice,

    Hatred against upper class, middle class, and lower class, that suffer need for everything.

    Hatred for generations that did nothing (in their perception) to save the earth, prevent global warming, killing animals into extinction, ethnic cleansing of whole nations of people to take their lands for their own greedy reasons.

    As they erupt in anger, so will the earth respond in kind.

  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2
    That's an interesting observation & has merit. Of course, in normal rules of grammar, this may not be applicable, as the words 'will & shall' are used according to first, second, or third person pronouns. Yet in 1 Samuel 2:9, there is a clear use of 'force', & when put in the same sentence as in verse 9, it gives the reader the sense that the One Who "keeps the feet of His saints" does so with His Own Authority & Power, as opposed to the lesser being ("the wicked") who can only remain "silent in darkness" as he comes before the One with the authority.

    Then in verse 10, "shall" is used again, when I would have thought, that "will" might be more appropriate, given the strength of the language used. Maybe though, the writer continues with the same thought as expressed in verse 9, showing that the wicked not only has to humbly & quietly remain in darkness before the Lord, but also be subject to being visited by Him through mishap & judgement. The wicked might deem himself to be the one in authority & by his own supposed 'wisdom & power' direct himself & the world's affairs, but he "will or shall" (depending on the writer's emphasis), recoil when confronted by the One Who reigns righteously by His Own Authority & Power.
  • Nelson - in Reply on Genesis 12
    1 Samuel 2:3 when you paraphrase...for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 34
    Bob, we read of this account in 1 Samuel 21:10 to 22:1. Though there is confusion about Abimelech in Psalm 34:1 & the King of Gath, Achish in 1 Samuel 21:10. It's generally agreed that these people are one & the same. Scholars believe that the name Abimelech is actually a title, rather like the title of 'Pharaoh' given to an Egyptian king. So Achish is the king & Abimelech is his title & so we see David addressing him as a king in his Psalm.

    The 1 Samuel reference above gives the account, though to read the whole story, you would need to start at 1 Samuel chapter 20:1. David was fleeing King Saul who was out to kill him because David, after his victory with Goliath & the ensuing slaughter of the Philistines, was being praised & adored more than Saul.

    After some events, David ended up in Gath to gain refuge from the King (Achish), thinking he would find refuge there as no one would know him outside of Israel. Now Goliath was from Gath, so David in fact, was turning to the enemy's country for refuge - why he opted for this, one can only guess: possibly, the remote chance for an enemy to walk into the city to live. However, Achish's servants did finally recognize David as the one whose praises were proclaimed throughout the regions. So David realizing that he was known, feigned madness by scribbling on walls, dribbling spittle, etc., probably to prove that this 'madman' could not possibly be the dreaded enemy David, but a look-alike, which in turn prompted the King to cast him from his presence. So David then escaped to the cave Adullam.
  • Psalm 34 Commentary - in Reply on Psalms 34
    Psalm 34

    This psalm is titled A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed. A fugitive from Saul, David went to the Philistine city of Gath but found no refuge there and narrowly escaped. Those events are recorded in 1 SAMUEL 21:10 through to 22:1

    Following that, David went to the cave at Adullam where many desperate men joined him. This joyful and wise psalm seems to have been written from that cave, and sung in the presence of those men.

    The structure of this psalm is an acrostic, or nearly so. Each verse begins with another letter of the Hebrew alphabet, except for the letter waw. The purpose of the acrostic format in this psalm mainly seems to be as a device used to encourage learning and memorization.

    Abimelech was probably a title given to rulers among the Philistines; the ruler's proper name was Achish ( 1 Samuel 21:10).

    A. Calling God's people to praise.

    1. (1-2) A life overflowing with praise.

    I will bless the LORD at all times;

    His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

    My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;

    The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

    a. I will bless the LORD at all times: Given the title of this psalm and its historical setting, we see David triumphant and relieved at God's rescue when he was held by the Philistines ( 1 Samuel 21:10-22:1).

    i. "He may have acted like a fool, but he was not so foolish as to neglect praise of him who was his only true wisdom. He may have been hiding in a dismal cave, but this psalm tells us that in his heart he was hiding in the Lord." (Boice)

    ii. Praise shall continually be in my mouth: "Not in my heart merely, but in my mouth too. Our thankfulness is not to be a silent thing; it should be one of the daughters of music." (Spurgeon)

    You can read the entire commentary on. EnduringWord dot com

  • Sauls history with witchcraft - in Reply on 1 Samuel 16
    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you:

    1 Samuel 28 &

    1 Samuel 16:23

    And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

    1 Samuel 18:10

    And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.

    1 Samuel 16:14

    But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

    1 Samuel 16:15

    And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

    1 Samuel 19:9

    And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

    1 Samuel 19:20

    And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

    1 Samuel 11:6

    And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his ANGER was kindled greatly.

    1 Samuel 28:7

    Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

    Acts 19:15

    And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

    >>Most of Sauls problems were of pride. The people wanted a King and God gave them what they wanted; which was for someone else to be a go-between so they didn't have to speak to God.

    Rebellion is AS the sin of witchcraft. Saul sought out witches.

    The day he "died" he prohibited the customary sacrifice to God for victory in Battle; and told the soldiers He would be their sacrifice! Saul and his 2 sons all died.
  • The Witch at Endor - in Reply on 1 Samuel 16
    1 Samuel 28:7

    Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

    Mishael> Saul was consulting with the witch at Endor, instead of consulting with God. God rejected Saul for it; Sent Samuel to tell him that.

    It's a good story to read. Reading horoscopes is an abomination also. Search on the word 'witches' and it will fetch all those verses.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 37:13
    The Book of Psalms is a collection of lyrical poems written by a number of authors. The Book was originally entitled, "Tehillim" which, in Hebrew, means 'Praise Songs'. The English title, 'Psalms' originated from the Greek title, 'Psalmoi' & also meant 'Songs of Praise'.

    The Psalms became the hymnal of God's people, with its words often set to music, but not always. The Psalms expressed the authors' emotion to God or about Him, and different Psalms were written to communicate the author's feeling & emotions about the situation they might have been experiencing. That's why the Psalms are so treasured through the ages as they often reflect what the person who is reading them might also be going through & also to encourage him to still bless the Lord in spite of the situation.

    But to your question: most of the Psalms were written by King David (73 Psalms we know of, maybe more). Asaph wrote 12; Korah 10; Moses 1; King Solomon 2; Ethan & Heman 2 each; the remaining Psalms have not been given their author's names.

    If you can, you can read the narrative in the O.T. books that give background to the writing of a particular Psalm. If you have a Study Bible, often a reference will be given in the margin or the notes at the bottom. Otherwise, the internet might also give you help. But to start you off: Read 1 Samuel 19:10.11 & then read Psalm 59; 1 Samuel 21:10-15 with Psalm 56; 1 Samuel 21:10 to 22:2 with Psalm 34; 1 Samuel 22:9 with Psalm 52. This helps to understand the Psalms a little better.
  • T. Levis - in Reply on 2 Samuel 21
    To add to my comment, I hope the previous comment was clearly understood for that specific section of scripture referenced. However if you were trying to study David's decisions that looked 'cowardice' or atleast appearance of.

    1 Samuel 27 ,

    2 Samuel 11

    2 Samuel 15:14-37

    Hope that's helpful in your studies
  • T. Levis - in Reply on 2 Samuel 21
    3 years famine: 2 Samuel 21:1

    Michal was David's 1st wife: 1 Samuel 18:20, 1 Samuel 25:44,

    2 Samuel 21:8-9

    He buried the bones of the family he loved : 1 Samuel 18:1, 2 Samuel 21:12-15

    & he had just faught the Philistines

    Doesn't sound cowardice

    Exhaustive mentally, emotionally & physically, yes
  • A Bible believer - in Reply on Mark 16:15
    Personal Understanding will get you oh so far. But the Spirit. Can get you unlimited knowledge, by God's will. Saying that Jesus speaks in metaphors. Is clear when Jesus says in 1 Samuel 26:12 . is that not a metaphor. When it says "deep sleep".
  • Mishael - in Reply on 2 Thessalonians 2
    Comment: Sometimes you have to see a word in use (in the Bible) to see what it pertains to.

    Vain has multiple uses.

    Exodus 5:9

    Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.

    Leviticus 26:16

    I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

    Leviticus 26:20

    And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

    Deuteronomy 5:11

    Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

    Deuteronomy 32:47

    For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

    And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him.

    Judges 11:3

    Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.

    1 Samuel 12:21

    And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

    1 Samuel 25:21

    Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the
  • Ivy Jihnson on Psalms 57
    Psalm 57:
    Prayer while among Enemies!
    This is David’s prayer during a time when circumstances were very dark. He was in a cave of Abdullah, hiding from King Saul( 1 Samuel 22:1: 24:1: 26:1):
    David continues to trust in God! It’s obvious: God knows how to get our attention:
    When everything is going good, we tend to forget God, but when we are in
    trouble, we want God to help us: do same again:

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