Rise & Fall of Israel’s Kingdom
(Category 7 of 16)
1 Now ait happened in those days that the Philistines gathered their armies together for war, to fight with Israel. And Achish said to David, “You assuredly know that
CHAPTER 28 References
1 a1 Sam.
3 a1 Sam. 25:1
b1 Sam. 1:19
1 Sam. 15:23;
4 aJosh. 19:18;
1 Sam. 28:4;
1 Kin. 1:3;
2 Kin. 4:8
b1 Sam. 31:1
5 aJob 18:11;
[Is. 57:20] 6 a1 Sam.
1:28; Lam. 2:9
Joel 2:28 cEx.
7 a1 Chr. 10:13
8 aDeut. 18:10,
11; 1 Chr.
10:13; Is. 8:19
9 a1 Sam. 28:3
13 aEx. 22:28;
14 a1 Sam.
15:27; 2 Kin.
15 aIs. 14:9
b1 Sam. 16:14;
you will go out with me to battle, you and your men.”
2 So David said to Achish, “Surely you know what your servant can do.” And Achish said to David, “Therefore I will make you one of my chief guardians forever.”
Saul Consults a Medium
3 Now aSamuel had died, and all Israel had lamented for him and buried him in bRamah, in his own city. And Saul had put cthe mediums and the spiritists out of the land.
4 Then the Philistines gathered together, and came and encamped at aShunem. So Saul gathered all Israel together, and they encamped at bGilboa.
5 When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was aafraid, and his heart trembled greatly.
6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, athe LORD did not answer him, either by bdreams or cby Urim or by the prophets.
7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, athat I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor.”
8 So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And ahe said, “Please conduct a séance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you.”
9 Then the woman said to him, “Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has acut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?”
10 And Saul swore to her by the LORD, saying, “As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.”
11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.”
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!”
13 And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I saw aa1 spirit ascending out of the earth.”
14 So he said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is covered with aa mantle.” And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down.
15 Now Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you adisturbed me by bringing me up?” And Saul answered, “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and bGod has
departed from me and cdoes not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.”
16 Then Samuel said: “So why do you ask me, seeing the LORD has departed from you and has become your enemy?
17 “And the LORD has done for 1Himself aas He spoke by me. For the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David.
18 a“Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD nor execute His fierce wrath upon bAmalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day.
19 “Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with ame. The LORD will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.”
20 Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, and was dreadfully afraid because of the words of Samuel. And there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day or all night.
21 And the woman came to Saul and saw that he was severely troubled, and said to him, “Look, your maidservant has obeyed your voice, and I have aput my life in my hands and heeded the words which you spoke to me.
22 “Now therefore, please, heed also the voice of your maidservant, and let me set a piece of bread before you; and eat, that you may have strength when you go on your way.”
23 But he refused and said, “I will not eat.” So his servants, together with the woman, urged him; and he heeded their voice. Then he arose from the ground and sat on the bed.
24 Now the woman had a fatted calf in the house, and she hastened to kill it. And she took flour and kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread from it.
25 So she brought it before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they rose and went away that night.
The Philistines Reject David
1 Then athe Philistines gathered together all their armies bat Aphek, and the Israelites encamped by a fountain which is in Jezreel.
2 And the alords of the Philistines 1passed in review by hundreds and by thousands, but bDavid and his men passed in review at the rear with Achish.
3 Then the princes of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” And Achish said to the
15 c1 Sam.
17 a1 Sam.
15:28 1Or him,
18 a1 Sam.
1 Kin. 20:42;
1 Chr. 10:13;
19 a1 Sam.
21 aJudg. 12:3;
1 Sam. 19:5;
CHAPTER 29 References
1 a1 Sam. 28:1
19:30; 1 Sam.
4:1; 1 Kin.
2 a1 Sam. 6:4;
7:7 b1 Sam.
1passed on in
3 a1 Sam. 27:7
27:1–6; 1 Chr.
4 a1 Sam. 27:6
b1 Sam. 14:21
c1 Sam. 29:9
d1 Chr. 12:19,
5 a1 Sam.
21:11 b1 Sam.
6 a2 Sam. 3:25;
2 Kin. 19:27
b1 Sam. 29:3
9 a2 Sam.
19:27 b1 Sam.
10 a1 Chr.
12:19, 22 1So
with MT, Tg.,
adds and go
to the place
which I have
and set no
word in your
heart, for you
And rise on
11 a2 Sam. 4:4
CHAPTER 30 References
1 a1 Sam. 27:6
b1 Sam. 15:7;
2 a1 Sam.
1 SAMUEL 30:3
princes of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul king of Israel, who has been with me athese days, or these years? And to this day I have bfound no fault in him since he defected to me.”
4 But the princes of the Philistines were angry with him; so the princes of the Philistines said to him, a“Make this fellow return, that he may go back to the place which you have appointed for him, and do not let him go down with us to bbattle, lest cin the battle he become our adversary. For with what could he reconcile himself to his master, if not with the heads of these dmen?
5 “Is this not David, aof whom they sang to one another in dances, saying:
b‘Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands’?”
6 Then Achish called David and said to him, “Surely, as the LORD lives, you have been upright, and ayour going out and your coming in with me in the army is good in my sight. For to this day bI have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me. Nevertheless the lords do not favor you.
7 “Therefore return now, and go in peace, that you may not displease the lords of the Philistines.”
8 So David said to Achish, “But what have I done? And to this day what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”
9 Then Achish answered and said to David, “I know that you are as good in my sight aas an angel of God; nevertheless bthe princes of the Philistines have said, ‘He shall not go up with us to the battle.’
10 “Now therefore, rise early in the morning with your master’s servants awho have come with 1you. And as soon as you are up early in the morning and have light, depart.”
11 So David and his men rose early to depart in the morning, to return to the land of the Philistines. aAnd the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
David’s Conflict with the Amalekites
1 Now it happened,when David and his men came to aZiklag, on the third day, that the bAmalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire,
2 and had taken captive the awomen and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.
3 So David and his men came to
1 SAMUEL 30:4
the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5 And David’s two awives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.
6 Now David was greatly distressed, for athe people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was 1grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. bBut David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
7 aThen David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And bAbiathar brought the ephod to David.
8 aSo David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
9 So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him, and came to the Brook Besor, where those stayed who were left behind.
10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men; afor two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.
11 Then they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David; and they gave him bread and he ate, and they let him drink water.
12 And they gave him a piece of aa cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. So bwhen he had eaten, his strength came back to him; for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights.
13 Then David said to him, “To whom do you belong, and where are you from?” And he said, “I am a young man from Egypt, servant of an Amalekite; and my master left me behind, because three days ago I fell sick.
14 “We made an invasion of the southern area of athe Cherethites, in the territory which belongs to , and of the southern area bof Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.”
15 And David said to him, “Can you take me down to this troop?” So he said, “Swear to me by God that you will neither kill me nor deliver me into the hands of my amaster, and I will take you down to this troop.”
16 And when he had brought him down, there they were, spread out over all the land, aeating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil which they had taken
5 a1 Sam.
6 aEx. 17:4;
b1 Sam. 23:16;
Is. 25:4; Hab.
7 a1 Sam.
b1 Sam. 23:6
8 a1 Sam. 23:2,
4; Ps. 50:15;
10 a1 Sam.
12 a1 Sam.
25:18; 1 Kin.
15:19; 1 Sam.
14 a2 Sam.
8:18; 1 Kin.
1:38, 44; Ezek.
15 aDeut. 23:15
16 a1 Thess.
19 a1 Sam.
21 a1 Sam.
men of Belial
27 aJosh. 19:8
28 aJosh. 13:16
b1 Chr. 27:27
29 a1 Sam.
1:16; 1 Sam.
Judg. 1:17 1Or
2 Sam. 2:1
b1 Sam. 23:22
from the land of the Philistines and from the land of
17 Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled.
18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives.
19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; aDavid recovered all.
20 Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, “This is David’s spoil.”
21 Now David came to the atwo hundred men who had been so weary that they could not follow David, whom they also had made to stay at the Brook Besor. So they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near the people, he 1greeted them.
22 Then all the wicked and aworthless1 men of those who went with David answered and said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except for every man’s wife and children, that they may lead them away and depart.”
23 But David said, “My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us.
24 “For who will heed you in this matter? But aas his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.”
25 So it was, from that day forward; he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.
26 Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the 1spoil to the elders of , to his friends, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD”—
27 to those who were in Bethel, those who were in aRamoth of the South, those who were in bJattir,
28 those who were in aAroer, those who were in bSiphmoth, those who were in cEshtemoa,
29 those who were in Rachal, those who were in the cities of athe Jerahmeelites, those who were in the cities of the bKenites,
30 those who were in aHormah, those who were in 1Chorashan, those who were in Athach,
31 those who were in aHebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men were accustomed to brove.
The Tragic End of Saul and His Sons
1 Now athe Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount bGilboa.
2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed aJonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.
3 aThe battle became fierce against Saul. The archers 1hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers.
4 aThen Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest bthese uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and 1abuse me.” But his armorbearer would not, cfor he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and dfell on it.
5 And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died with him.
6 So Saul, his three sons, his armorbearer, and all his men died together that same day.
7 And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley,
CHAPTER 31 References
1 a1 Chr.
b1 Sam. 28:4
2 a1 Sam.
14:49; 1 Chr.
3 a2 Sam. 1:6
4 aJudg. 9:54;
1 Chr. 10:4
1 Sam. 14:6;
c2 Sam. 1:14
d2 Sam. 1:6,
9 aJudg. 16:23,
24; 2 Sam.
10 a1 Sam.
2:13; 1 Sam.
7:3 c2 Sam.
11 a1 Sam.
12 a1 Sam.
2 Sam. 2:4–7
b2 Chr. 16:14;
13 a2 Sam. 2:4,
and those who were on the other side of the
8 So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
9 And they cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines, to aproclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people.
10 aThen they put his armor in the temple of the bAshtoreths, and cthey fastened his body to the wall of dBeth1 Shan.
11 aNow when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,
12 aall the valiant men arose and traveled all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh and bburned them there.
13 Then they took their bones and aburied them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, band fasted seven days.
Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the LORD
A Prayer of David.
1 BOW down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; For I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my 1life, for I am holy; You are my God; Save Your servant who trusts in You!
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, For I cry to You all day long.
4 1Rejoice the soul of Your servant, aFor to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For aYou, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.
8 aAmong the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.
9 All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name.
PSALM 86 References
2 1Lit. soul
4 aPs. 25:1;
5 aPs. 130:7;
2:13] 8 a[Ex. 15:11];
2 Sam. 7:22;
1 Kin. 8:23;
Ps. 89:6; Jer.
10 a[Ex. 15:11] bDeut. 6:4; Is.
12:29; 1 Cor.
11 aPs. 27:11;
13 1The abode
of the dead
15 aEx. 34:6;
11 aTeach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; 1Unite my heart to fear Your name.
12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
13 For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of 1Sheol.
14 O God, the proud have risen against me, And a mob of violent men have sought my life, And have not set You before them.
15 But aYou, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
16 Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, And save the son of Your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign for good, That those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
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