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1 Samuel

The books of Samuel were originally one book in the Hebrew Canon until it was divided into by the translators of the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, who viewed Samuel and Kings together as the "Books of the Kingdoms." The author of the two books is unknown, but according to Jewish tradition, Samuel, the priest, prophet and the last judge of Israel, wrote the first portion of the book, with support from the prophets Nathan and Gad. Samuel tells of Israel's cry for a king, the resutant selection of Saul as it's first king, the failure of Saul and the growing contest between Saul and David. The period covers nearly a century of Israelite history, but it is much more than historically important. The central theme of the books centers on the appointment of a righteous king, David, which leads to the King of Kings, Israel's Messiah and the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ coming.

  • 1 Samuel 11:1-8 Elkanah and his wives
  • 1:9-18 Hannah's prayer and vow
  • 1:19-28 The birth of Samuel
  • 1 Samuel 22:1-11 The song of Hannah
  • 2:12-36 The sins of Eli's sons
  • 1 Samuel 33:1-9 The Lord calls Samuel
  • 3:10-21 Samuel warns Eli
  • 1 Samuel 44:1-9 Israel defeated by the Philistines
  • 4:10-11 The Philistines capture the ark
  • 4:12-22 The death of Eli
  • 1 Samuel 55:1-5 The ark among the Philistines
  • 5:6-12 The Philistines smitten
  • 1 Samuel 66:1-21 The Philistines return the ark
  • 1 Samuel 77:1-2 The ark in the house of Abinadeb
  • 7:3-6 Samuel leads Israel to repentance
  • 7:7-14 Israel defeats the Philistines
  • 7:15-17 Samuel judges Israel
  • 1 Samuel 88:1-3 Samuel makes his sons judges
  • 8:4-22 Israel asks for a king
  • 1 Samuel 99:1-27 Saul chosen king
  • 1 Samuel 1010:1-8 Samuel anoints Saul
  • 10:9-16 Saul's heart is changed
  • 10:17-27 Saul installed as king at Mizpeh
  • 1 Samuel 1111:1-11 Saul defeats the Ammonites
  • 11:12-15 Saul confirmed king at Gilgal
  • 1 Samuel 1212:1-18 Samuel's address to the people
  • 12:19-25 Samuel asks Israel to serve God
  • 1 Samuel 1313:1-7 Israel in distress
  • 13:8-12 Saul unsurps the priest's office
  • 13:13-23 Samuel reproves Saul
  • 1 Samuel 1414:1-15 Jonathan smites the Philistines
  • 14:16-23 The Philistines destroy one another
  • 14:24-42 Saul's curse
  • 14:43-46 The people save Jonathan
  • 14:47-52 Saul's victories and family tree
  • 1 Samuel 1515:1-5 Saul asked to destroy Amalek
  • 15:6-9 Saul spares Agag
  • 15:10-23 God rejects Saul
  • 15:24-31 Saul's confession and humiliation
  • 15:32-35 Samuel slays Agag
  • 1 Samuel 1616:1-13 David anointed king
  • 16:14-23 David plays the harp for Saul
  • 1 Samuel 1717:1-22 The challenge of Goliath
  • 17:23-31 David hears Goliath's challenge
  • 17:32-58 David kills Goliath
  • 1 Samuel 1818:1-4 Jonathan's covenant with David
  • 18:5-16 Saul becomes jealous of David
  • 18:17-30 David marries Saul's daughter
  • 1 Samuel 1919:1-7 Jonathan's friendship for David
  • 19:8-24 Saul seeks to kill David
  • 1 Sam. 2020:1-23 Jonathan's covenants with David
  • 20:24-34 Jonathan learns Saul's intentions
  • 20:35-42 The parting between David and Jonathan
  • 1 Sam. 2121:1-9 David flees to Nob
  • 21:10-15 David flees to Gath
  • 1 Sam. 2222:1-5 David flees to Adullam
  • 22:6-23 Saul kills the priests of Nob
  • 1 Sam. 2323:1-5 David defeats the Philistines
  • 23:6-12 Saul pursues David
  • 23:13-29 David escapes to the wilderness
  • 1 Sam. 2424:1-8 David spares Saul's life
  • 24:9-15 David pleads his innocence
  • 24:16-22 Saul acknowledges his error
  • 1 Sam. 2525:1 The death of Samuel
  • 25:2-9 David asks Nabal for help
  • 25:10-17 Nabal refuses to help David
  • 25:18-38 Abigail pacifies David
  • 25:39-44 David marries Abigail
  • 1 Sam. 2626:1-16 David spares Saul's life again
  • 26:17-20 David pleads with Saul
  • 26:21-25 Saul acknowledges his sin
  • 1 Sam. 2727:1-4 David lives among the Philistines
  • 27:5-12 Achish gives David Ziklag
  • 1 Sam. 2828:1-6 The Philistines assemble against Israel
  • 28:7-14 Saul consults the medium of En-dor
  • 28:15-25 Saul is greatly distressed
  • 1 Sam. 2929:1-5 The Philistines distrust David
  • 29:6-11 Achish dismisses David
  • 1 Sam. 3030:1-6 The Amalekites take Ziklag
  • 30:7-17 David defeats the Amalekites
  • 30:18-31 David recovers all the spoils
  • 1 Sam. 3131:1-13 The death of Saul and his sons





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