hey came with me from Babylonia during the rule of King Artaxerxes.

Chapter 8 v1 This is the list of the families and the chief men in the families. They came with me from Babylonia during the rule of King Artaxerxes. v2 Gershom from the *descendants of Phinehas, Daniel from the *descendants of Ithamar, From the *descendants of David, Hattush, v3 from the *descendants of Shecaniah. Zechariah from the *descendants of Parosh. There were 150 men from his family with him. v4 Eliehoenai, who was the son of Zerahiah, from the *descendants of Pahath-Moab. There were 200 men with him. v5 Shecaniah,…

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David’s men defeat and kill Absalom

Chapter 18 David’s men defeat and kill Absalom v1 David counted the soldiers who were with him. He appointed men to command groups of 1000 soldiers. He also appointed other men to command groups of 100 soldiers. v2 David sent his soldiers out in three groups. Joab commanded a third of them. Joab’s brother Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, commanded a third of them. And Ittai from Gath commanded a third of them. The king said to the soldiers, ‘I will go with you myself.’ v3 But they said to…

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David and Ziba

Chapter 16 David and Ziba v1 David had just passed the top of the hill. Ziba, who was Mephibosheth’s servant, met David. Ziba had a row of *donkeys. There were saddles on the *donkeys. The *donkeys carried 200 loaves of bread and 100 round packs of raisins (a type of dried fruit). They also had 100 packs of figs (fruit) and a leather bag full of wine. v2 The king said to Ziba, ‘Why have you brought these here?’ Ziba answered, ‘Your family can ride on the *donkeys. The men…

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Joab plans to bring Absalom back to Jerusalem

Chapter 14 Joab plans to bring Absalom back to Jerusalem v1 Joab, the son of Zeruiah, knew that King David was constantly thinking about Absalom. v2 So Joab sent for a wise woman from the town called Tekoa. Joab said to her, ‘Pretend that someone has died. And pretend that you are very sad about this. Wear the clothes that you wear at a funeral. Do not put oil on your face to make it look pretty. Behave like a woman who has been sad for a long time. v3…

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Amnon and Tamar

Chapter 13 Amnon and Tamar v1 David had a son called Absalom and another son called Amnon. Absalom had a beautiful sister called Tamar. Amnon loved Tamar. v2 But Amnon loved her so much that he became ill. Tamar was a young unmarried girl. So, Amnon could not do anything to her. v3 But Amnon had a friend called Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimeah. Jonadab was a very clever man. v4 He said to Amnon, ‘You are the king’s son. Why do you look so sad…

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David and Bathsheba

Chapter 11 David and Bathsheba v1 The next spring came. Kings usually went to fight wars during springtime. David sent Joab out with David’s officers and the *Israelite army. They defeated the *Ammonites and surrounded the city called Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem. (Verse 1 See also 1 Chronicles 20:1.) Kings preferred not to fight wars in the winter. It was wet and often cold. The roads and the land became muddy. The soldiers could not move from one area to another. People would not be able to supply…

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David’s sons

Chapter 3 v1 So Saul’s family opposed David. Their armies continued to fight for a long time. David’s side became more powerful. But the people who supported Saul’s family became weaker and weaker. Joab and Abner stopped the battle in 2:26-27 but the war continued. The *tribe of *Judah was smaller than the rest of *Israel. But God had *anointed David as the next king of *Israel. So, God gave David and his army success. David’s sons v2-5 David had 6 sons while he was in Hebron. His oldest son…

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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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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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The altar where the priests burnt the animals that the Israelites gave to God

Chapter 27 The altar where the priests burnt the animals that the Israelites gave to God – verses 1-8 v1 The *LORD continued to speak. ‘Build a special *altar out of *acacia wood. Make it about 51 inches (130 centimetres) high. It should be square, about 7 feet (2.25 metres) long and 7 feet (2.25 metres) wide. v2 Make the wood stick out like a *horn at each of the upper 4 corners. These 4 *horns must be part of the *altar itself. Cover the table with *bronze. v3 Also,…

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