David fights the Amalekites

Chapter 30 David fights the Amalekites v1 David and his men arrived at Ziklag three days later. The *Amalekites had attacked the southern part of the country of *Judah. They had also attacked Ziklag and burned it. v2 They took women and everyone else who was young and old. They took them away but did not kill anyone. v3 David and his men arrived at Ziklag. They saw that the *Amalekites had burnt the town. They saw that they had destroyed it. The *Amalekites had also taken the men’s wives,…

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The Philistine leaders refuse to have David in their army

Chapter 29 The Philistine leaders refuse to have David in their army v1 The *Philistines gathered their army at the town of Aphek. The *Israelites camped by the water at Jezreel. v2 The *Philistine kings marched out with their soldiers. The soldiers were in groups of 100 men and 1000 men. David and his men were with King Achish at the back of the army. v3 The *Philistine leaders said, ‘Why are these *Israelite men here?’ Achish said, ‘This is David. He used to serve King Saul. But he has…

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David lives with the Philistines

Chapter 27 David lives with the Philistines v1 Then David thought, ‘I am sure that Saul will kill me one day. But I have a good idea. I will go to the country of the *Philistines and escape from Saul. He will stop searching for me in the country of *Israel. Then I will escape from Saul’. v2 So David and his 600 men left *Israel. They went to Achish, who was the son of Maoch. Achish was the king of the town of Gath. v3 David, his men, and…

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Samuel the prophet dies

Chapter 25 Samuel the prophet dies v1 Samuel died. All the *Israelites met together and were very sad. Then they buried Samuel in his home town of Ramah. Samuel had been a very important leader of the *Israelites. The *Israelites trusted him as a leader and a *prophet. They were very sad when he died. Samuel led them during a time of great change. He had *anointed Saul as the first king of *Israel. Then he *anointed David as the king that God chose. Samuel did not see David become…

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David saves the town of Keilah

Chapter 23 David saves the town of Keilah v1 Someone told David that the *Philistines were attacking the town of Keilah. And they were stealing the grain when the *Israelites had just harvested it. v2 So David asked the *Lord, ‘Shall I go and attack these *Philistines?’ The *Lord answered him, ‘Go and attack the *Philistines. Save Keilah’. v3 But David’s men said to him, ‘We are afraid here in *Judah. We will be more afraid if we go and attack the *Philistine army at Keilah’. v4 So David asked…

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David at Adullam and Mizpah

Chapter 22 David at Adullam and Mizpah v1 David left Gath and went to a cave near Adullam. His brothers and his father’s family discovered where he had gone. So they all went to visit him. v2 Many people who had troubles went to David. People who had debts or who were not content also went to him. About 400 people went to David and he became their leader. v3 David then went to the town of Mizpah in the country of Moab. David said to the king of Moab,…

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David goes to the town of Nob

Chapter 21 David goes to the town of Nob v1 David went and visited Ahimelech the priest. He lived in the town of Nob. Ahimelech trembled when he went to meet David. Ahimelech asked David, ‘Why are you alone? Why did you come here by yourself?’ v2 David answered, ‘The king has given me a special job to do. He gave me these instructions, “Do not tell anyone where I have sent you. Do not tell them what I have told you to do”. And I have sent my men…

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Jonathan helps David

Chapter 20 Jonathan helps David v1 Then David ran away from Naioth at Ramah. He went to Jonathan and asked him, ‘What have I done? What is my crime? What have I done wrong to your father? Why is he trying to kill me?’ v2 Jonathan replied, ‘No. You will not die. My father tells me everything that he does, even the little things. So he would not hide this from me. This can not be true’. v3 But David answered, ‘Your father knows that you like me. He decided…

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Saul becomes jealous of David

Chapter 18 v1 David finished talking with Saul. Jonathan, Saul’s son, became a very close friend with David. Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself. v2 Saul kept David with him from that day. He did not let David go home to his father’s house. v3 Jonathan loved David so much that he made a special agreement with him. v4 Jonathan was wearing a coat. He took the coat off and gave it to David. He also gave David his *armour, including his sword, his bow and his…

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David and Goliath

Chapter 17 David and Goliath v1 The *Philistines gathered their army ready for a battle. They met at Sucoh in the land of *Judah. They camped in the area of Ephes Dammim that was between the towns of Sucoh and Azekah. v2 Saul and the *Israelites gathered in the Valley of Elah. They camped there and got ready to fight the *Philistines. v3 The *Philistines were on one side of the hill. The *Israelites were on the other side of the hill. The valley was between them. v4 The *Philistines…

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Samuel anoints David

Chapter 16 Samuel anoints David v1 The *Lord said to Samuel, ‘You should not continue to be sad about Saul. I do not accept him as the king of *Israel now. Fill your jar with oil and go. I am sending you to a man whose name is Jesse. He lives in the town of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king’. v2 But Samuel said, ‘If I go, Saul will hear about it. He will kill me’. The *Lord said, ‘Take a young cow with…

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God refuses Saul as king

Chapter 15 God refuses Saul as king v1 Samuel said to Saul, ‘The *Lord sent me to *anoint you as king over his people, the *Israelites. Now listen to this message from the *Lord. v2 This is what the most powerful *Lord says. “The *Israelites came out of the country of Egypt and went to the country of Canaan. But the *Amalekites tried to stop them. So I will punish the *Amalekites. v3 Go and attack the *Amalekites. Completely destroy everything that lives. Do not save anything. Kill the men…

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Jonathan attacks the Philistines

Chapter 13 Jonathan attacks the Philistines v1 Saul was 30 years old when he became king. He was the king of *Israel for 42 years. v2 Saul chose 3000 men from *Israel. 2000 men stayed with him at Michmash. This place was in the mountains of Bethel. 1000 men stayed with his son Jonathan. They stayed in the town of Gibeah. Gibeah was in the land that belonged to the *tribe of Benjamin. Saul sent the rest of the men home. v3 Some of the *Philistine army camped at Geba.…

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Samuel speaks to all the Israelites for the last time

Chapter 12 Samuel speaks to all the Israelites for the last time v1 Samuel said to all the *Israelites, ‘I have done everything that you wanted me to do. I have given you a king to rule you. v2 Now you have a king to lead you. I am old and my hair is grey. My sons are here with you. I have been your leader from the days when I was young until now. v3 Here I am. I have not done any wrong things. If I have, you…

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Saul rescues the town of Jabesh

Chapter 11 Saul rescues the town of Jabesh v1 Nahash was an *Ammonite. He went with his army to seize the town of Jabesh in the country of Gilead. They surrounded Jabesh. The people from Jabesh said, ‘Make a contract with us and we will accept you as our ruler’. v2 Nahash said, ‘I will make a contract with you. But I will pull out the right eye of every person in your town. Then you will have shame among the people of *Israel’. v3 The rulers of Jabesh said…

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Samuel anoints Saul

Chapter 10 Samuel anoints Saul v1 Then Samuel took a jar of oil and poured the oil over Saul’s head. He kissed Saul. He said, ‘The *Lord has *anointed you as the leader of the people that he owns. v2 After you leave me today you will meet two men. They will be near Rachel’s grave at Zelzah. This is in the country that belongs to the *tribe of Benjamin. The men will say, “Someone has found the *donkeys that you have been looking for. Your father has stopped thinking…

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Saul meets Samuel

Chapter 9 Saul looks for his father’s donkeys v1 Kish was an important man from the *tribe of Benjamin. Kish was the son of Abiel. Abiel was the son of Zeror. Zeror was the son of Becorath. Becorath was the son of Aphiah. Aphiah came from the *tribe of Benjamin. v2 Kish had a son whose name was Saul. He was a good and handsome young man. No other *Israelite was as good as Saul. He was much taller than all the other people. We do not know how long…

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The Israelites ask for a king

Chapter 8 A big change happened in the nation of *Israel. This chapter tells us how it started. The nation of *Israel began with Abraham and Sarah and their only son Isaac (Genesis chapters 12, 15-18, 21-22). Abraham’s grandson Jacob went to live in the country of Egypt. He took 70 children and grandchildren with him (Genesis 46). 430 years later (Exodus 12:40) all the *Israelites left Egypt. In Numbers 1:1-50 they counted all the men over 20 years old. There were more than 600 000. Most of the men probably…

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The Lord saves the Israelites from the Philistines

Chapter 7 v1 So men came from Kiriath Jearim to fetch the *ark of the Lord. They took it to the house that belonged to Abinadab. His house was on a hill. Eleazar was his son. They *consecrated Eleazar so that he could guard the *ark of the Lord. The cows pulled the cart straight back to *Israel. So the *Philistines knew that God had punished them. The cows made a loud noise all the way, because they wanted to return to their baby cows. Cows that have not pulled…

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The ark of God causes trouble for the Philistines

Chapter 5 The ark of God causes trouble for the Philistines v1 When the *Philistines stole the *ark of God they took it from Ebenezer to the town of Ashdod. v2 They carried it into the *temple of their *god. The name of their *god was Dagon. They put the *ark next to the *idol of Dagon. v3 The next morning the people of Ashdod got up early and went to their *temple. They saw that Dagon had fallen down in front of the *ark of the Lord. He lay…

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The Philistines steal the ark of God

Chapter 4 The Philistines steal the ark of God v1 When Samuel spoke, all the *Israelites listened to him. Now the *Israelites went out to fight against the *Philistine nation. The *Israelites had their camp at a place called Ebenezer. The *Philistines camped at the town of Aphek. v2 The *Philistines went out to have a battle with the *Israelites. As the battle spread, the *Philistines defeated the *Israelites. The *Philistines killed about 4000 *Israelites in the battle. v3 The *Israelite soldiers went back to their camp. The leaders of…

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The Lord calls Samuel

Chapter 3 The Lord calls Samuel v1 The boy Samuel served the *Lord. Eli the priest led him. In those days, it was rare for the *Lord to speak directly to people. Also, he did not give many *visions. v2 Eli now had bad eye-sight and he was nearly blind. One night, he was asleep in his usual place. v3 Samuel was asleep in bed in the house of the *Lord. The *ark was there too. It was not yet dawn and the lamp was still burning. v4 Then the…

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Hannah’s prayer

Chapter 2 Hannah’s prayer v1 Hannah prayed and said, ‘I am very happy when I think about the *Lord.           The *Lord has made me very strong.           I can speak against my enemies.           I am very glad because you, *Lord, have saved me. v2      No one else is holy like the *Lord.           There is no other God except you.           There is no rock like our God. v3      Do not continue your loud boast.           Do not speak proud words.           The *Lord is a God who…

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Israel’s First King

Introduction to 1 and 2 Samuel The books of 1 and 2 Samuel used to be one book. The writer wrote the book in the *Hebrew language. Many years later, men translated the Bible into the Greek language (the language of the *New Testament). These men divided this book into two parts. The name of the book comes from the first important person in this book. He was Samuel the *prophet. But Samuel did not write the book. He died before the end of it. We do not know who…

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