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1 Kin 3-4

May 31, 2015

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What does it say?

Solomon’s reign gets off to a good start. He marries a daughter of Pharaoh (not forbidden if she converts to Judaism) and sets his heart to serve the God of David (1Ki 3). Solomon asks God to give him wisdom above all else and God grants him his […]

Psa 119

May 30, 2015

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What does it say?

Just one chapter today, but it’s massive! This is Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, all 176 verses. No one can be certain who wrote this masterpiece, but my personal guess is that it would be David, the master psalmist. Whoever the author may be, this […]

1 Kin 1-2; Psa 37, 71, 94

May 29, 2015

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What does it say?

The Books of 1 and 2 Kings were written as one and cover many of the same material as Chronicles. Also like Chronicles, an unknown author wrote Kings during or around the time of the exile in Babylon.

David is an old man here (1Ki 1). […]

Psa 111-118

May 28, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalms 111 and 112 are both acrostic psalms. Though each has ten verses in English, they are 22 lines in Hebrew and each line begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Psalms 111, 112 and 113 are also part of a group of ten psalms called […]

1 Chr 26-29; Psa 127

May 27, 2015

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What does it say?

 

Coming to the end of 1Chronicles, chapter 26 describes David’s organization of the temple treasurers, clerks and magistrates, charged with the gifts and taxes of the people as well as the spoils of war. 1Chr 27 list the army commanders, tribal leaders and the civic and government officials. […]

Psa 131; 138-139; 143-145

May 26, 2015

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What does it say?

 

David expresses his humility and hope in God in this short, three-verse psalm (Psa 131), one of the 15 Psalms of Degrees. The occasion of the writing is uncertain.

Psalms 138-145 are eight psalms of David arranged together. This one (Psa 138) appears to have been […]

1 Chr 23-25

May 25, 2015

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What does it say?

 

David in his old age now appoints Solomon to be king. Solomon inherits David’s detailed organization of the temple. The Levites were responsible for both the civic and religious life of the kingdom and 1Chr 23 reviews that organizational structure.

Not all Levites are priests, but […]

Psa 108-110

May 24, 2015

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What does it say?

 

Psa 108 contains elements of both Psa 57 and Psa 60, also psalms of David. There is no specific occasion given for the setting of this psalm of praise and petition for victory.

Psa 109 is a psalm of David imploring God against his enemies. Psa 110 […]

2 Sam 24; 1 Chr 21-22; Psa 30

May 23, 2015

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What does it say?

 

2Sam 24 and 1Chr 21 describe David’s sin in taking a census of the people. The prophet Gad confronts David and offers him three choices to deal with his sin: seven years of famine, three months of military defeat or three days of plague. David chooses the three […]

Psa 95, 97-99

May 22, 2015

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What does it say?

 

Psalm 95 is attributed to David when verse 8 is quoted in Hebrews 4:7. The occasion is unknown in terms of the history of David’s life.

Tradition considers David to be the author of Psalm 97, though this is not specifically given in the title in English Bibles. The psalm is very similar […]

2 Sam 22-23; Psa 57

May 21, 2015

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What does it say?

 

2Sam 22 is virtually identical to Psalm 18 and is a powerful summation of David’s relationship with God. Notice the prominent image of God as the Rock. Perhaps 2Sam 23:1-7 are the last words David penned as poetry (23:1). 2Sam 23:2 is important for insight into the nature of the divine inspiration […]

Psa 5, 38, 41-42

May 20, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 5 is attributed to David and most scholars would identify its setting as Absalom’s rebellion. As in other cases, this is not certain, but there are many occasions in David’s life that this psalm would fit.

In Psalm 38 David complains of his miserable sickness, […]

2 Sam 19-21

May 19, 2015

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What does it say?

David’s grief for his son turns a moment of victory into one of discouragement (2Sam 19). The people are confused and Joab confronts David. This brings David out of his stupor, but his decisions are faulty, putting Amasa over the military in place of Joab. This, in effect, […]

Psa 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64

May 18, 2015

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What does it say?

In Psalm 26 David gives the answer of a clean conscience before God. He is not claiming to be flawless, but simply to say that he has given himself to serve God and has been faithful to do so. In Psalm 40 David reflects on God’s deliverance and […]

2 Sam 16-18

May 17, 2015

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What does it say?

David flees Jerusalem to save his life (2Sam 16). As he flees, Shimei, a relative of Saul, curses David. As Absalom moves to consolidate his power in the capital, Ahithophel counsels him to go into his father’s harem, a horrific offense, calculating that this would make reconciliation between […]

Psa 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55

May 16, 2015

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What does it say?

According to the title, Psalm 3 is David’s response to Absalom’s rebellion as he cries out to God to save him and awakes in the morning to hope in his God. David also wrote Psalm 4 and it is a psalm of the night. Therefore, many consider psalms […]

2 Sam 13-15

May 15, 2015

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What does it say?

David’s daughter Tamar is raped by her half-brother Amnon (2Sam 13). Though Tamar appears to have been open to marrying Amnon, it becomes clear that Amnon is motivated purely by lust. David does nothing to avenge or even deal decisively with Tamar’s rape. Instead, her brother Absalom takes […]

Psa 32, 51, 86, 122

May 14, 2015

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What does it say?

In Psalm 32 David describes how confession of sin leads to the joy of God’s forgiveness. Though some speculate David wrote it after his sin with Bathsheba, that is not certain. Psalm 51 describes the same theme of confession and forgiveness. This time, however, the title makes it […]

2 Sam 11-12; 1 Chr 20

May 13, 2015

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What does it say?

In one of the lowest points of David’s life (2Sam 11), as Joab and the troops are fighting the Ammonites, David spots the beautiful Bathsheba bathing and takes her to himself. She conceives and David tries to cover his sin in recalling her husband Uriah from battle so […]

Psa 65-67, 69-70

May 12, 2015

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What does it say?

A psalm of David that cannot be associated with any specific event, Psalm 65 praises God for answered prayer and sin forgiven. The psalmist also praises God for his wonders in nature and for the way he sends the rains and provides for both humans and animals. The […]