1 Samuel

2 Samuel 2 Unto Hebron

1  It happened after this that David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “Where shall I go up?” And He… (READ MORE)

2 Samuel 1 David Learns of Saul’s Death

2 Samuel 1-4.  David Rules over Judah Initially David is recognized as king only by his own tribe of Judah.  The others remain loyal to Saul’s remaining son, Ish-Bosheth.  The coalition of northern tribes, however, is held together only by… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 31 The Death of Saul and His Sons

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua,… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 30 David Defeats the Amalekites

1 Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the women and those who… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 29 The Philistines Distrust David

Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag When war again threatens between Israel and the Philistines, the rulers of the other plains cities will not trust David among their forces.  He is sent back to Ziklag. 4 But the princes of the… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 28 Saul consults the witch of Endor

… when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by the prophets. 1 Samuel 28:6 The loss of David as a military leader has seriously affected Israel.  Abner, identified… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 27 David Lives among the Philistines

David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines…   David’s despair: 27:1-12; 29:1-30:30.  Deeply despondent,… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 26 David Spares Saul Again at Ziph

Saul’s betrayal David stayed in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness. 4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul had indeed come. 12 So David took the spear and the jug of water… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 25 David and Abigail

Abigail made haste… The story of David and Abigail shows how much david and his band needed food during these days of pursuit, and David’s care that they not act as outlaws. 18 Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 24 Fear of and Faith in God

After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea? David twice spares Saul’s life: 24:1-26:25.  Now Saul dedicates himself to hunting David down.  On two occasions David has the opportunities to… (READ MORE)

Psalm 54

A Prayer for Protection from Enemies 541 To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Contemplation of David when the Ziphites went and said to Saul, ‘Is David not hiding with us?’ Save me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 23 David in the Wilderness

14  And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness, and remained in the mountains in the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand. 1 Samuel 23:14 David saves Keilah, and is… (READ MORE)

1 Samuel 22 Saul Kills the Priests of Nob

David at Adullam: 22:1-5.  David returns to Israel and hides in a cave about 15 miles from his Bethlehem home.  He is joined by his family, and by others alienated by Saul’s increasingly erratic behavior.  Psalm 142 shares his thoughts… (READ MORE)