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I Kings – Chapter 4
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As the Navi did with David, we are now given a list of Solomon’s officers. These included Benayahu the general and Tzadok the Kohein Gadol, whom we already know. Evyasar, the previous Kohein Gadol, whom Solomon dismissed, continued as Deputy Kohein Gadol, filling in on an as-needed basis. Other officers included Jehoshaphat, Solomon’s personal secretary, […]
I Kings – Chapter 3
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Solomon married the daughter of the Pharaoh in order to cement a treaty with Egypt. (He married the daughters of many other nations. They converted, but were insincere, as we will see.) Being faithful to G-d, Solomon traveled to Gibeon to offer sacrifices. While he was there, G-d appeared and offered to grant Solomon whatever […]
I Kings – Chapter 2
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David was nearing death, so he called Solomon to his side. He charged him with always following G-d and Torah so that he would be worthy of G-d’s promise to be with their descendants. David then told Solomon to punish Yoav. Yoav killed Avshalom counter to David’s orders, plus Avner and Amasa, who had defected […]
I Kings – Chapter 1
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King David had grown old and was showing his age. They covered him with blankets, but he still didn’t warm up, so they fetched a young maiden to serve the king and also to keep him warm with body heat. They found a beautiful girl named Avishag the Shunamit. She took good care of King […]
II Samuel – Chapter 24
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G-d got angry at the Jewish people (we’re not told why) and He tempted David to sin. (Why did He tempt David to sin? Way back in I Samuel 26, David said to Saul, “If G-d put the idea in your head to persecute me…” Basically, G-d was saying, “Oh, I put such ideas in […]
II Samuel – Chapter 23
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These are not literally David’s last words; they are his last prophetic words. (If so, what were his first prophetic words? Rashi says the song in the previous chapter. All of Psalms were written with Divine inspiration, but not all of its songs are referred to as “words,” meaning words of prophecy.) In his “last […]
II Samuel – Chapter 22
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As you may be aware, King David composed Tehillim, the Book of Psalms. Throughout all the trials that he endured in his life, whether being pursued by Saul, his family being abducted, a baby dying, one child raping another then being murdered by a third, being driven from his throne, etc., etc., etc., he always […]