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I Chronicles – Chapter 20
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Yoav was running the campaign against Aram while David remained in Jerusalem. David took the crown of Ammon for himself. (It was far too heavy to wear, so he used it for ceremonial purposes.) There was much wealth gathered from the spoils of this war. David punished the Ammonites with iron instruments, then his forces […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 19
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Later, King Nachash of Ammon died and David sent a group to pay a condolence call to his son Chanun. Chanun suspected that they were spies, so he had their beards shaved and the seats of their pants cut out. David was informed of the humiliation of his messengers and he instructed them to remain […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 18
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After the incidents detailed in the previous chapter, David subdued antagonistic neighbors, including the Philistines and the Moabites. He also defeated Hadadezer, the king of Aram, and captured his horses and chariots. David rendered most of the horses unfit for war. Additional Aramite forces came from Damsacus, but David defeated them as well. David took […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 17
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David was living comfortably in his palace, but it troubled him that the Ark resided in a house roofed with curtains. He expressed to the prophet Nathan that he wished to build a Temple for G-d’s glory and Nathan enthusiastically replied, “Sounds good to me!” But it did not sound so good to G-d, Who […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 16
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The Ark was brought to Jerusalem and placed in the tent that David had erected for it. (The building had permanent walls, but a fabric roof, so it was called a tent.) David offered sacrifices and blessed the people using the Name of G-d. David gave every man and woman in Israel a loaf of […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 15
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David built residences for himself, as well as a place for the Ark. He returned to retrieve the Ark, this time employing Levites to carry it. (The chapter gives us a breakdown of the heads of the Levite families and the numbers of each that participated.) David gave them instructions to purify themselves and their […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 14
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This chapter starts with the king of Tyre. In II Samuel and I Kings, he is called Chiram, but here he is called Churam. In either case, we’ll stick with the English name, Hiram. Hiram, king of Tyre, sent David materials and workmen to build a palace for him. This made David realize that G-d […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 13
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This chapter discusses David’s first, abortive attempt to return the Ark to Jerusalem, parallel to the account found in II Samuel chapter 6. David consulted with the leaders of the Tribes about his plan to return the Ark to Jerusalem. He suggested gathering the nation in order to return the Ark to Jerusalem, a course […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 12
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This chapter enumerates various groups that supported David before he became accepted as king; it has no parallel account in the Books of Samuel. First, the chapter lists those who joined with David at Tziklag, during his oppression by Saul. These included mighty warriors from Saul’s own Tribe of Benjamin. They were joined by soldiers […]
I Chronicles – Chapter 11
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David had ruled over Judah for seven years, when representatives of all the Tribes came to him in Hebron and crowned him king over the entire nation. (The delegation included representatives from Saul’s Tribe, Benjamin; even they acknowledged David’s rule.) The people recognized that G-d had appointed David to lead the entire nation, not just […]