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Part Two: 1 Samuel 16 - 26
The third great sin of King Saul:
persecuting God's chosen king.
- After Samuel's final rebuke and prophecy of the downfall of King
Saul, the king made eleven attempts to murder David, the chosen King of
God's people, outlined as follows:
- First attempt - 1 Samuel 18: 11 (javelin).
- Second attempt - 1 Samuel 18: 13, 17 (sent to war).
- Third attempt - 1 Samuel 19: 1-7 (schemed with advisers).
- Fourth attempt - 1 Samuel 19: 9, 10 (javelin, again).
- Fifth attempt - 1 Samuel 19: 11-18 (ambush at home).
- Sixth attempt - 1 Samuel 19: 19-24 (pursuit at Naioth).
- Seventh attempt - 1 Samuel 22: 6-23 (massacre of Nob).
- Eighth attempt - 1 Samuel 23: 1-13 (aborted plan to attack
- Ninth attempt - 1 Samuel 23: 19-29 (pursuit at Ziph).
- Tenth attempt - 1 Samuel 24: 1-22 (pursuit at Engedi): spared by
David in a cave (who still regarded Saul as God's anointed,
v6,10), made David swear to spare his family and posterity
(v21,22). After this Samuel died (1 Samuel 25: 1-44), David
married Abigail while Saul gave Michal away to Phalti, son of Laish.
Eventually, David returned to Ziph again, at hill of Hachilah.
- Eleventh attempt - 1 Samuel 26: 1-25 (2nd attack at Ziph): spared
by David again (who again regarded Saul as God's anointed, v9, 11).
Saul blessed David (v25). However, David knew all the time
that Saul was deceitful (27:1).
- Finally, 1 Samuel 28 - 31 records that Saul was defeated by the
Philistines and committed suicide.
Study notes, from 1 Samuel 18: 18 onwards:
- 18: 19 - Saul's habit of giving away his daughters and changing
his mind about it later, e.g. 18:19 Merab promised to David but given to
Adriel the Meholathite. Also 25: 44 - Michal given to David in
marriage, but later taken away from him to be given to Phalti son of
- 18: 20- Saul gave Michal to David to be a snare to him - schemed to
get him killed by asking for 100 Philistine foreskins as dowry.
But the Lord was with David - he got 200! (18: 27)
- 18: 28- Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David.
Trace from the day Samuel
spoke his last words to Saul:
- 15: 28 - "The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from
thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is
better than thou." Samuel's final rebuke / prophecy.