David and Mephibosheth

Chapter 9 David and Mephibosheth v1 One day David asked, ‘Is anyone from Saul’s family still alive? If so, I want to be kind to that person because of the promise that I made to Jonathan.’ v2 Now Saul’s family had a servant called Ziba. David’s officials called Ziba to go to David. Then King David asked him, ‘Are you Ziba?’ Ziba replied, ‘Yes, I am your servant.’ v3 David said, ‘Is there anyone still alive in Saul’s family? I want to show him God’s kindness.’ Ziba replied, ‘Yes, one…

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David becomes the king of Israel

Chapter 5 This chapter records three very important things that David did: (1)        He united the nation of *Israel. (2)       He made the city of Jerusalem his capital. (This city is still the most important city for the *Jewish people now, almost 3000 years later.) (3)        He defeated the *Philistines. They were never a big problem again for the *Israelites. The author of this book recorded these events. But he did not tell us when they happened. (Verses 1-10 See also 1 Chronicles 11:1-9. Verses 11-16 See also 1 Chronicles…

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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 and his sons die

Chapter 31 Saul and his sons die v1 The *Philistines fought against the *Israelites on the mountain of Gilboa. The *Israelites ran away and the *Philistines killed many of them. v2 The *Philistines pursued Saul and his sons. They killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. v3 There was a fierce battle near Saul. The men with bows aimed their arrows at Saul and nearly killed him. v4 Saul spoke to the officer who carried his *armour. Saul said, ‘Kill me with your sword. I do not want those *heathen…

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David refuses to kill Saul

Chapter 24 David refuses to kill Saul v1 When Saul had finished fighting the *Philistines he returned home. Someone told him that David was in the desert at En Gedi. v2 So Saul chose 3000 of the best soldiers in *Israel. They went to look for David and his men near Wild Goat Rocks. v3 Saul came to the sheep pens that were close to the road. There was a cave near to these pens. Saul went into the cave to use the cave as a toilet. David and his…

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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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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 tries to kill David

Chapter 19 Saul tries to kill David v1 Saul told his son Jonathan and all his servants to kill David. Jonathan liked David very much. v2 So he warned David, ‘My father Saul is trying to kill you. Be careful tomorrow morning. Hide in a secret place and stay there. v3 I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are hiding. I will talk to him about you. Then I will tell you what I find out’. v4 Jonathan spoke to his father Saul.…

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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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Samson went to Timnah

Chapter 14 v1 Samson went to Timnah. There he saw a young woman, who was a *Philistine. v2 When he returned, he spoke to his father and mother. ‘I have seen a woman in Timnah. She is a *Philistine. Arrange for me to marry her.’ v3 His father and mother answered him. ‘Can you not find a suitable woman among your relatives? Or can you not find one among our own people? Must you go to marry a dirty *Philistine?’ But Samson said to his father, ‘Get her for me.…

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