Samuel, First and Second

Samuel, First and Second

The eighth and ninth books of the OT. Together 1 and 2 Samuel describe the rise of kingship in Israel and give an account of the life of David. The books take their name from the prophet Samuel, who dominates the early chapters and eventually anoints David king.

Outline of Contents

1 and 2 Samuel

I. The story of Samuel (1Sam 1:1-7:17)

A. Samuel’s birth and childhood (1Sam 1:1-3:21)

B. The Ark narrative (1Sam 4:1-7:1)

C. Samuel judges Israel (1Sam 7:2-17)

II. The advent of kingship in Israel (1Sam 8:1-15:35)

A. The demand for a king (1Sam 8:1-22)

B. The election of Saul (1Sam 9:1-11:15)

C. The farewell of Samuel (1Sam 12:1-25)

D. The rejection of Saul (1Sam 13:1-15:3)

III. The rise of David (1Sam 16:1-2; Sam. 5:1)

A. The anointing of David (1Sam 16:1-13)

B. David at the court of Saul (1Sam 16:14-21:1)

C. David in the wilderness of Judah (1Sam 21:2-26:2)

D. David in the service of the king of Gath (1Sam 27:1-30:31)

E. The death of Saul (1Sam 31:1-13)

F. David becomes king (2Sam 1:1-5:10)

IV. The reign of David (2Sam 5:11-12:31)

A. David’s achievements (2Sam 5:11-9:13)

B. David’s crimes (2Sam 10:1-12:31)

V. Absalom’s revolt (2Sam 13:1-20:22)

A. Strife in the house of David (2Sam 13:1-14:33)

B. The civil war (2Sam 15:1-20:22)

VI. Miscellaneous materials (2Sam 20:23-24:25)

1Sam 1:1-7:17

Samuel's Birth and Dedication
1There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of El ... View more

1Sam 1:1-3:21

Samuel's Birth and Dedication
1There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of El ... View more

1Sam 4:1-7:1

1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.
The Ark of God Captured
In those days the Philistines mustered for war against Israel, and Israel went out to battle ... View more

1Sam 7:2-17

2From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.Samuel as Ju ... View more

1Sam 8:1-15:35

Israel Demands a King
1When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.2The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; ... View more

1Sam 8:1-22

Israel Demands a King
1When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel.2The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; ... View more

1Sam 9:1-11:15

Saul Chosen to Be King
1There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. ... View more

1Sam 12:1-25

Samuel's Farewell Address
1Samuel said to all Israel, “I have listened to you in all that you have said to me, and have set a king over you.2See, it is the king ... View more

1Sam 13:1-15:3

Saul's Unlawful Sacrifice
1Saul was . . . years old when he began to reign; and he reigned . . . and two years over Israel.2Saul chose three thousand out of Isr ... View more

1Sam 16:1-2

David Anointed as King
1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil a ... View more

1Sam 16:1-13

David Anointed as King
1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil a ... View more

1Sam 16:14-21:1

David Plays the Lyre for Saul
14Now the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.15And Saul's servants said to him, ... View more

1Sam 21:2-26:2

2David said to the priest Ahimelech, “The king has charged me with a matter, and said to me, ‘No one must know anything of the matter about which I send you, an ... View more

1Sam 27:1-30:31

David Serves King Achish of Gath
1David said in his heart, “I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul; there is nothing better for me than to escape to the ... View more

1Sam 31:1-13

The Death of Saul and His Sons
1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines, and many fell on Mount Gilboa.2The ... View more

2Sam 1:1-5:10

David Mourns for Saul and Jonathan
1After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag.2On the th ... View more

2Sam 5:11-12:31

11King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar trees, and carpenters and masons who built David a house.12David then perceived that the Lord ha ... View more

2Sam 5:11-9:13

11King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar trees, and carpenters and masons who built David a house.12David then perceived that the Lord ha ... View more

2Sam 10:1-12:31

The Ammonites and Arameans Are Defeated
1Some time afterward, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him.2David said, “I will deal loyally ... View more

2Sam 13:1-20:22

Amnon and Tamar
1Some time passed. David's son Absalom had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar; and David's son Amnon fell in love with her.2Amnon was so to ... View more

2Sam 13:1-14:33

Amnon and Tamar
1Some time passed. David's son Absalom had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar; and David's son Amnon fell in love with her.2Amnon was so to ... View more

2Sam 15:1-20:22

Absalom Usurps the Throne
1After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run ahead of him.2Absalom used to rise early and stand beside t ... View more

2Sam 20:23-24:25

23Now Joab was in command of all the army of Israel; Benaiah son of Jehoiada was in command of the Cherethites and the Pelethites;24Adoram was in charge of the ... View more

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