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I Samuel – Chapter 21
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Jonathan went home and David took his forces to Nov a city of Kohanim (Jewish ‘priests” – descendants of Aaron). He told Achimelech that he was on a secret mission for Shaul and asked for food for his troops. Achimelech told David that all he had was “sacred bread” (probably the lechem hapanim – the […]
I Samuel – Chapter 20
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David ran to Jonathan. “Uh, Jonathan? Your father is still trying to kill me.” “No, he’s not – he promised me he’d stop!” “I promise you, he’s still after me! He just didn’t tell you because he knows we’re friends!” “Okay, David, what do you want me to do?” “Tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh. I’ll hide […]
I Samuel – Chapter 19
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Shaul spoke to his advisors about killing David, but Jonathan warned David. He told him to hide out while he spoke to his father about him; he would report back to David as to Shaul’s disposition. Jonathan then spoke to his father the king about David, assuring him that David was as loyal as they […]
I Samuel – Chapter 18
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David became great friends with Shaul’s son Jonathan (Yonason). After the victory over Goliath, David was drafted to Shaul’s service full-time, so he no longer commuted between his family and the king. David became renowned as a great warrior and the people composed a song in his honor, the refrain of which went, “Shaul has […]
I Samuel – Chapter 17
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The Philistines set up a camp on the opposite side of a valley from the Tribe of Judah. They had a champion named Goliath who was a giant of 12 or 13 feet tall. (That may not be as supernaturally large as some people like to depict him, but you have to admit that it’s […]
I Samuel – Chapter 16
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G-d told Shmuel to “get over” Shaul because He was sending him to anoint his successor, one of the sons of Jesse of Bethlehem. Shmuel was concerned that Shaul would find out and try to kill him. (Yes, Shmuel had faith that G-d would protect him, but one cannot rely on miracles; due diligence must […]
I Samuel – Chapter 15
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Now that the nation had settled the land and appointed a king, G-d sent word through Shmuel that it was time to fulfill the obligation of eradicating the nation of Amalek, who attacked Israel after they left Egypt. G-d commanded to destroy the entire nation of Amalek, including the livestock. Shaul sent word to the […]
I Samuel – Chapter 14
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On his own initiative, Shaul’s son Jonathan took his armor-bearer and went to spy out the Philistine camp. Nobody knew that they had gone. Jonathan knew that, when they saw Philistines, if the enemy said “Halt – we’ll come to you” that they were strong and confident, but if they said, “Hey, come here,” then […]
I Samuel – Chapter 13
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Shaul selected 3,000 troops for his standing army and sent the rest of the people home. Shaul’s son Jonathan, looking to provoke a battle with the Philistines, assassinated a Philistine commander. Saul gathered his army in Gilgal, while the Philistines mounted their forces. The people of Israel were massively intimidated by the size of the […]
I Samuel – Chapter 12
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Now that Shaul had been crowned king, Shmuel was ready to withdraw from his role as Judge. (He would still serve as prophet, but he was no longer the head of the government or the military.) Shmuel asked if anyone had any complaints against him; nobody did. Shmuel then reminded the people that it was […]