II Samuel – Chapter 7

February 14, 2012, by

So here’s David, living comfortably in his new palace, secure from his enemies on all sides. He turns to the prophet Nathan and says, “Why should I live in a house and G-d’s Ark still be covered by a tent?” Nathan understood that David wanted to build the Temple and he agreed that it was […]

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II Samuel – Chapter 6

February 13, 2012, by

David gathered 30,000 prominent people from all the Tribes to retrieve the Ark from the house of Avinadav, where it resided since being returned by the Philistines back in I Samuel chapter 7. They put it on a new wagon, which was led by Avinadav’s sons, Uzzah and Achyo. David and the rest of the […]

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II Samuel – Chapter 5

February 12, 2012, by

Representatives of all the Tribes came to David in Hebron and announced their allegiance to him. They sealed a pact with David and anointed him king over all Israel. David was 30 years old at this time and had ruled over Judah for seven and a half years. The kingdom now united, it was time […]

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II Samuel – Chapter 4

February 11, 2012, by

Ishboshes was distressed to hear about Avner’s death, as without Avner he had no hope of consolidating his rule. Two of his men, Baanah and Reichav, took the opportunity to overthrow Ishboshes. They either dressed as wheat merchants or entered the palace with a group of wheat merchants, and entered the king’s chambers while he […]

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II Samuel – Chapter 3

February 10, 2012, by

The war between David and Ishboshes continued, with David growing stronger and Ishboshes losing ground. It was then that Ishboshes dealt himself a disastrous blow. Ishboshes called in Avner, his trusted general, and accused him of sleeping with a woman named Ritzpah, who had been Shaul’s concubine. Avner was appalled not only at the accusation, […]

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II Samuel – Chapter 2

February 9, 2012, by

G-d instructed David to go to Hebron, which was in the territory of Judah. There, the Tribe of Judah anointed him and crowned him king over them. David heard how the people of Yaveish-Gilad recaptured Shaul’s remains and gave them a proper burial. David blessed the people of Yaveish-Gilad and promised them his support. But […]

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II Samuel – Chapter 1

February 8, 2012, by

So, David’s army had defeated Amalek and returned to Ziklag. Shaul’s army had been defeated by the Philistines, and Shaul and his sons were killed. A runner came to David from Shaul’s camp with torn clothes and dirt on his head, signs of mourning. He told David of Israel’s defeat at the hands of the […]

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