1 Samuel 21-31 and 2 Samuel Bible Questions and Answers
1 Samuel 21-31 and 2 Samuel
1 Samuel 21-31 and 2 Samuel seems to flow naturally together. 2 Samuel continues the account of the adventures and reign of King David – a man after God’s own heart. Here is the questions and answers on 1 Samuel 21-31.
Jonathan was a very good friend to David. Jonathan knew that David, not him would be the next king and he was happy not jealous. 1 Samuel 23:16 & 17 And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.
How many priests did Saul have slain in 1 Samuel chapter 22? Saul killed 85 priests of the LORD. 1 Samuel 22:18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod. Saul killed 85 priests of the LORD.
Was Abigail first married to Nabal? Yes, Abigail was married first to Nabal. The meaning of the name Nabal is “fool”.
What happened to Nabel? I think that Nabel had a stroke. The Bible says, “his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.” and then in 1Sa 25:38 “And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died.”
What does “valiant” mean? Definition: boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted: a valiant soldier. marked by or showing bravery or valor; heroic: to make a valiant effort.worthy; excellent.
Why did they have to kill the women? They didn’t. The women were just taken captive.1Samuel 30:2 “And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.” This is why David’s two wives were not killed.
What is a familiar spirit? It is what the Bible calls “ a devil” but we call it a demon. It is some sort of fallen angel.
I did not remember that two of David’s wives were taken captive. Yes, they were and that most likely was David’s reason for fighting for 24 hours straight. 1 Samuel 30:17 “And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day:”
What does it mean that Saul was sore wounded of the archers? The archers’ arrows fatally wounded him but he was not yet dead. He asked his armourbearer to kill him, finish him off, but ended up committing suicide.
When you are finished with 1 Samuel 21-31 continue your study with 2 Samuel.
Bible Questions and Answers on 2 Samuel
What does “rent” mean? The definition of rent – to separate into parts with force or violence, to tear apart, split or divide
What is a wild roe? This is a type of deer. Asahel was fast and graceful like a wild deer.
Why did Abner kill Asahel? I am not sure. It seemed that Asahel just by following Abner and continuing to do so was provoking Abner. Abner did warn Asahel that he would kill him if he keep following him.
What is fetters? Originally used for bonds or shackles for the feet; then, by extension, for shackles and bonds in general.
In 2 Samuel 5:6 did David and his men kill all the lame and blind people?
I think that the reference to the blind and the lame in 2 Samuel 5:6 “Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither” and again in 2 Samuel 5:8 “the lame and the blind, that are hated of David’s soul” is referring to the idols of the city. Their idols would be about as effective as blind and lame people defending the city. I don’t think that this is a reference to handicapped people.
What are psalteries, timbrels and cornets? These are different types of musical instruments.
Why did Michal despise David in her heart in 2 Samuel 6:16? I am not sure why she did. She may have been jealous of the adoration of the women on her husband. Perhaps this was for the best, Since Michal was Saul’s daughter, if she and David would have had a child, the child would have divided loyalties, both to its father King David, also to its grandfather, King Saul.
Did David build an house for the ark of the covenant? No, he wanted to, but God told him “no” but his son Solomon would build it – the temple.
Are garrisons the same as prisons? No. Garrisons are a body of troops stationed near a city or town usually to defend it.
What are “whelps”? Whelps are young offspring of a carnivorous mammal, especially a dog or wolf or even a lion.
What is “parched pulse” in 2 Samuel 17: 28? Pulse usually refers to vegetables legume vegetables such as peas and beans, but it may be also grains. Parched pulse most like was a mixture of various plant foods that were dried.
What is a girdle? A girdle means different things in different times and cultures. The word “girdle” used in 2 Samuel 18:11 and 2 Samuel 20:8 was a type of belt. Generally a girdle is a type of clothing or accessory that circles the body, usually the hip area but a girdle can be a type of garment that circles the chest area as well.
In 2 Samuel 22 David praises the LORD. 2 Samuel is a repeat of Psalm 18. Here in the story of David is one of his many Psalms of praise to the LORD. Remember that David wrote most of the book of Psalms.
Are the Philistines the people that are trying to kill the Jews today? No, you are thinking of the Palestinians. The short answer is that the Philistines, is that they were not even around in the time of Jesus. The Arabs are the Middle Eastern people who are at war with the Jews and are sometimes referred to as Palestinians.
What does “lionlike men of Moab” in 2 Samuel 23:20 mean? Honestly I don’t know for certain. I am assuming that these men on Moab were very strong, fierce and large. Obviously because of their ferocity they were very scary. Perhaps they were partly giant.
Finished with 1 Samuel 21-31 and 2 Samuel? Please leave any questions or comments below and continue your Bible study with 1 Kings 1-7.