Saul and David

EasyEnglish questions (2800 word vocabulary) on the book of 1 Samuel

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G. Hibbs

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About These Questions

These are questions on the biblical text of 1 Samuel. Click here to find an EasyEnglish translation of 1 Samuel.

We hope that these questions will help you to understand the text. We also want to help you use the text in real life. These questions are not examination questions with right or wrong answers.

Chapter 1

1:1-20 Make up and act a dramatic story about Elkanah and his family and their visit to Shiloh. It might have four scenes: 1:1-8; 1:9-11; 1:12-18; 1:19-20.

1:1 How do you know that Elkanah was a real person? What do you learn about Elkanahís *tribe and where he lived?

1:2 What do you learn about Elkanahís family? What difficulties do you think that Elkanah had in his family?

1:3 Whom do you learn about here? What was the activity, or work, of each of these people?

1:4, 5 What do you learn about Elkanah? What was most important for him? What do you learn about God?

1:6-8 What do you learn about Elkanahís two wives? What did Elkanah do? What do you think about all that?

1:9-11 What was Eli doing? Why might the writer have mentioned that Eli was sitting down? Eli was the High Priest. What work might he have done better? What do you learn about Hannah? What do you learn from her prayer? What do you learn about her attitude to God?

1:12-18 What do you think about Eli and Hannah in this verse? Eli did not understand Hannah. Whom do you know that people might not understand?

1:19, 20 Put this into your own words. What do you learn about what was important to Elkanah and his family?

1:21-2:11 Make up and act out a dramatic story about Hannah and Samuel. You might make up a modern example similar to Hannahís prayer 2:1-11. You could read it in sections as a public prayer. People need to apply what is true to their own lives. There could be activities that would help people to do that.

1:21 What do you learn about Elkanah and his family? In what ways is Elkanahís behaviour different from yours? What do you think about that? What changes will you make to your own behaviour?

1:22, 23 Put this into your own words. What do you think about Hannah and Elkanahís behaviour? What changes might you want to make in your own family or neighbourhood?

1:24, 25a Put this story into your own words. What things about this story are different from the things that you do in your neighbourhood? What do you think about that?

1:25b-28 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Hannah? What do you think about what she says and does? What will you do in a different way because of this story?

Chapter 2

2:1-2 What does Hannah say that is *worship to God? What names does Hannah use to speak to God? How do they show what she thinks about God? How does Hannah say ĎThank youí to God?

How important is it to thank God? When would it be a good idea to thank God? What will you do about all that?

2:3 What does Hannah say that is a warning to us? Who will judge you? What special advantage does God have, when he judges?

2:4-5 Make two lists. Make one list of the bad things that will come to people. Make another list of the good things.

What do you think about those things that God will cause to happen? What kind of thing can happen when God judges?

2:6-7 What does Hannah say that the *Lord does? What do you think about those things?

2:8a What does God do for poor people? What do you think about that? What do you and people in your neighbourhood need to do, that is different, for poor people?

2:8b What does Hannah say about the *Lord? What does Hannah say about the earth? What does Hannah say about the world? What do you think about that?

2:9-10a How does God choose between people? What can you expect if you are loyal to God? Who will judge God?

2:10b What does Hannah say about God and a king?

2:11 What do you learn about Samuel and his family?

2:12-36 Make up and act out a dramatic story about Eli and his sons. It might be in 3 acts: 2:12-17 (Leviticus 7:28-36 and Numbers 18:21-28 also tells about the work of priests); 2:18-26; 2:27-36.

2:12-17 What do you learn about the character of Eliís sons? What was it that Eliís sons did as priests? How did Eliís sons deal with other people? What do you think about that?

2:18-21, 26 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Samuelís mother and father?

What do you learn about Eli?

What do you learn about Samuel? What do you learn about Hannah? What do you learn about the *Lord? What will you do in a different way because you have learned these things?

2:22-25, 27-36 Put this story into your own words. What does the man of God say about the history of the priests? What does the man of God say will happen to Eli and his sons? What else did the man of God say would happen? What do you think about all that?

Chapter 3

3:1-21 Make up and act out a dramatic story about the *Lordís call to Samuel. It might have 4 scenes: 3:1-10; 3:11-14; 3:15-18; 3:19-21.

3:1 What was happening Ďin those daysí? How do you think Ďthose daysí may be similar to now? How do you think Ďthose daysí are different from now?

3:2-10 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about what was happening? Would you be more like Eli or more like Samuel?

3:11-14 What might you have been thinking if you had been Samuel? Write a *word-picture of what the *Lord told Samuel about Eli. Whom will God not forgive?

3:15-18 Imagine that you had been Samuel that day. Tell what happened in your own words. What do you think about all that?

3:19-21 Put this into your own words. What do you think about that?

Chapter 4

4:1-22 Make up and act out a dramatic story about how the *Philistines took the *ark of God. It might be in 3 acts: 4:1-11; 4:12-18; 4:19-22.

4:1a What do you learn about Samuel?

4:1b-2 What did the *Israelites think about the *Philistines? What happened? What do you think about that?

4:3 What do you think about the discussion here? How might you try to make God do what you want? Think about other people that you know. How might they try to make God do something? What do you think about that?

4:4-4:11 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about: Hophni and Phinehas; the leaders of *Israel; the *Philistines?

4:12-22 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about what happened?

Chapter 5

5:1-7:17 Make up and act out a short dramatic story about the *Israelites and the *Philistines. It might be in 4 acts: 5:1-12; 6:1-12; 6:13-7:1; 7:2-17.

5:1-12 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the *Philistinesí god, Dagon?

What do you learn about the *Philistines? What happened to the *Philistines because the *ark of God was in their land? What do you think about all that?

Chapter 6

6:1-12 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the *Philistinesí priests and men who work magic? What do you think about those people and their advice?

6:13-16 What happened to the people of Beth Shemesh? What did they do? Why might they have done that? What do you think about all that?

6:17-18 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the *Philistines? What do you think about what was happening? Did the writer believe that these things really happened? What tells you that?

6:19-20 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about what happened? What do those people learn about God?

6:21-7:1 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about this story?

Chapter 7

7:2-4 What happened to the *ark? What happened to the *Israelites? What happened to Samuel? What happened to the *idols? List what happened in relation to the *Lord.

What were the things that Samuel told the people to do? What would be the result of doing these things?

7:5-6 What happened at Mizpah? What do you learn about Samuel?

7:7-14 What happened to the *Philistines? What happened to the *Israelites? What happened to Samuel? How does the *Lord come into this story? What might be the value of the stone called Ebenezer? What will you do? What would you do in a different way because you know this story?

7:15-17 What do you learn about Samuel? What do you think about that?

Chapter 8

8:1-22 Make up and act out a short dramatic story about Samuel and his sons. It could include the demand of the leaders of *Israel for a king. It might have five scenes: 8:1-3; 8:4-5; 8:6-9; 8:10-18; 8:19-22.

8:1-3 What do you learn about Samuel and his family? Compare Samuel and his sons with Eli and his sons (2:12-17, 22-25). What would you need to do if you had sons to bring up?

8:4-5 What happened? Why did the leaders of *Israel want a king? What do you think about those reasons?

8:6-9 What do you learn from this conversation? What did God think about the peopleís demand for a king? What do you think about all that?

8:10-13 What will the king do to the peopleís sons and daughters? What do you think about Samuel from what you learn in these verses?

8:14-17 What other things will the king do? Is this like what your rulers and leaders do? What do you think about that?

8:18-20 Put this into your own words. What do you think about all that?

8:21-22 What do you learn about Samuel? What do you think about that?

Chapter 9

9:1-10:16 Make up and act out a short dramatic story. It would be about the lost *donkeys and when Saul met Samuel. Your dramatic story might be in three acts: 9:1-13; 9:14-25; 9:25-10:16.

9:1-2 What do you learn about Saul? What causes you to believe that Saul was a real person?

9:3-5 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Saul, from this story?

9:6-13 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about this?

9:14-17 What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about Samuel? What do you learn about God? What do you learn about the *Israelites? What do you learn about the *Philistines?

9:18-20 Put this into your own words. What do you think about all that?

9:21 What do you know about the *tribe of Benjamin (4:12-17; 9:1-2a, 3-4, 15-16, 21)? What do you learn here about Saul? What do you think about all that?

9:22-25 Put this into your own words. What parts of the story make you think that this meal was an act of *worship (9:12-13)?

9:26-27 Put this into your own words. Why might the writer have told us these details?

Chapter 10

10:1 What happens? What does it all mean?

10:2 Put this into your own words. What do you know about the *tribe of Benjamin (see 9:21)? What do you think about this?

10:3-8 Put this into your own words. What do you think about all this?

10:9-13 What happened? Put it all into your own words. What do you think about all that?

10:14-16 Put this into your own words. What do you think about that?

10:17-11:15 Make up and act out a short dramatic story about Saul becoming the king of *Israel. It might be in 2 acts: 10:17-27; 11:1-15.

10:17-18a Put this into your own words. What do you learn about the history of the people of *Israel? What do you think about what the people wanted? How are you like the people of Israel? How are you not like the people of Israel?

10:18b-24 Put this story into your own words. What did Ďthe *Lordí (God) do in this story? What do you learn about Saul? What do you think about all that?

10:25-27 Put this into your own words. What did Samuel do? What did Saul do? Who else was in the story? What did they do? What do you think about the Ďother mení?

Chapter 11

11:1-3 Put this story into your own words. Who are the actors? What is happening? What do you think about this? What would you have done, if it had been your town?

11:4-6 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about the people in Gibeah? What do you learn about Saul?

11:7-8 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about how Saul got an army?

11:9-10 Put this story into your own words. What had changed for the people of Jabesh? What do you think about what happened?

11:11-13 What happened that day? What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about the people of *Israel? What do you think about what happened?

11:14-15 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn from this story? What will you do in a different way because you know this story?

Chapter 12

12:1-25 Make up and act out a short dramatic story. It should be about the rescue of the people of Jabesh. It might have 4 scenes: 12:1-5; 12:6-15; 12:16-19; 12:20-25.

12:1-5 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Samuel? What do you think about that?

12:6-15 Make a list of the details of the history of *Israel, that Samuel tells. Why might Samuel have chosen those things to tell? What do you learn about how Samuel thought about the *Lord?

12:16-19 Put this into your own words. What do you learn about the *Lord? What do you learn about the king? What do you learn about prayer?

12:20-25 List the key points that Samuel taught the people in his message to them. Which points are most important for you now? What difference will this make that other people will see?

Chapter 13

13:1-14:52 Make up and act out a short dramatic story about what Saul and Jonathan did. Your dramatic story might have 6 scenes: 13:1-4; 13:5-12; 13:13-22; 13:23-14:23; 14:24-46; 14:47-52.

13:1 What do you learn about king Saul?

13:2-4 Put this into your own words. What did Saul do? What did Jonathan do? What news did people hear? What do you think about that? What do you learn about the *Philistines?

13:5-7 What was happening? What do you think about all that?

13:8-14 Put this story into your own words. What did Saul do? What did Samuel do?

What was wrong with what Saul did? What should he have done instead? What were the bad results of what Saul did?

13:15-18 Put this story into your own words. What might make you think that this story actually happened?

13:19-22 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the *blacksmiths? What do you think about the situation?

13:23-14:3 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about that?

Chapter 14

14:4-17 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about that?

14:18-23 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about that?

14:24-33 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about all that?

14:34-37 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about God? How did Saul go wrong?

14:38-46 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about Saulís attitude to God? What did the soldiers do? What do you think about all that?

14:47-52 What do you learn about Saul? What might make you think that this story actually happened?

Chapter 15

15:1-35 God would not allow Saul to continue as king. Make up and act out a short dramatic story about that.

15:1-3 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about this? Why might God have included women, children and babies? Why might God have included domestic animals?

15:4-6 Put this story into your own words. Why might Saul have sent the Kenite people away?

15:7-9 Put this story into your own words. Compare the instructions in verse 3 with what happened in verses 8 and 9. Why do you think that there are those differences?

15:10-11 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Samuelís behaviour? If you had been Samuel, what might you have done?

15:12-15 Put this story into your own words. What did Samuel do? What did Saul do? What do you think about their behaviour?

15:16-21 What did Samuel say? What did Saul say? What do you think about that conversation? What will you do in a different way, because of what you learn here?

15:22-23 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about pleasing God? What do you learn about Godís attitude to *sacrifices? What do you learn about obeying God? What do you learn about pride?

15:24-25 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Saulís behaviour? What might be wrong with Saulís requests to Samuel?

15:26-31 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the *Lord?

What do you think about Samuelís behaviour? What do you think about Saulís behaviour? What do you think about Saulís relationship to God?

15:32-33 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about that?

15:34-35 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Saulís behaviour? What do you think about Samuelís behaviour? What do you learn about the *Lord?

Chapter 16

16:1-23 Make up and act out a short dramatic story. It should be about how God chose David to be king. Then it should be about how David served Saul.

16:1-5 Put this story into your own words. What kind of conversation did Samuel have with the *Lord? What do you think about that?

16:6-7 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the way God chooses people?

16:8-12 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about that?

16:13 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about what happened? Who was present when Samuel *anointed David? What do you think about that?

16:14-15 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn from this story? What do you think about that?

16:16-23 Although David served Saul, Saul did not know him (17:56-58). He did not know that David would be king. What do you think about that?

Put this story into your own words. Write down what you learn about Saul Write down what you learn about David.

Chapter 17

17:1-58 Make up and act out a short dramatic story about these events.

17:1-3 Put this story into your own words. Who wanted to fight with whom?

17:4-7 Draw or paint a picture of Goliath. Write a *word-picture to describe Goliath.

17:8-11 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about what Goliath said?

17:12-15 Write about Jesse and his 8 sons. What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about David ?

17:16-24 Put this story into your own words. What did Jesse tell David to do? What did he do? What did he learn? What do you think about that?

17:25-27 What did David find out? What did David say about that? What do you think about that?

17:28-31 What were the results of what David had said in 17:26? What do you think about Davidís oldest brother Eliab? What do you think about David asking a lot of people the same question?

17:32-33 What do you learn from this conversation? Why did David and Saul have such different ideas about what is possible?

17:34-37a Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What is Davidís attitude to God? What do you think about that?

17:37b-40 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn from this story? What do you find out about David from the way that he behaves?

17:41-44 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Goliath? Who do you know that is like Goliath?

17:45-47 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What is Davidís attitude to the *Lord? How does Davidís attitude to the *Lord compare with yours? What are you going to do about that?

17:48-51 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about that?

17:52-54 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about all that?

17:55-58 Put this story into your own words. Saul did not know who David was. Why might that be? (See 16:19-23; 17:15, 31-39.) What do you think about all that?

Chapter 18

18:1-5 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the relationship of David and Saul? What do you learn about the relationship of David and Jonathan? What do you think about those relationships?

18:6-9 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What do you learn about the women? What do you learn about Saul? What do you think about those things?

18:10-11 Put this into your own words. What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about David? What do you think about their behaviour?

18:12-16 In what ways are Saul and David different? Why was Saul afraid of David? Why did David succeed? Why was David a good leader? What do you think about that?

18:17-19 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Saulís ideas? What do you think about Davidís reply to Saulís offer? What do you think about Saulís actions?

18:20-23 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Saul and his behaviour?

18:24-27 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Saulís offer to David? What do think about Davidís reply?

18:28-30 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Saul here? What do you think about what happened to David?

Chapter 19

19:1-20:42 Make up and act out a dramatic story about these events. Your play might have several scenes: 19:1-18; 19:19-24; 20:1-4; 20:5-9; 20:10-17; 20:18-40; 20:41-42.

19:1-3 What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about Jonathan?

Tell this story as if it happened to you. In your story, Saul would be a bad leader that you know. And Jonathan would be someone who has helped you before.

19:4-7 What do you think about what Jonathan said? What do you think about what Saul said?

19:8-18 Put this story into your own words. In 19:7, David went back to serve Saul. What changes may explain why Saul was trying to kill David? What do you think about that?

What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Saulís daughter Michal? In what ways was Michal not a help to David? What do you think about all that?

19:19-24 What did Saul want to do? What did he do? What happened? What do you think about all that?

Chapter 20

20:1-4 What do you learn about David and about Jonathan? What do you think about this?

20:5-9 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about what David told Jonathan to tell Saul? What do you think about Davidís whole plan?

20:10-17 What did David want to be sure about? What do you learn about Jonathan? What do you think about Jonathan asking David to be kind to all his family? Put this story into your own words.

20:18-23 Put this conversation into your own words. What do you learn about Jonathan? What does Jonathan think about the *Lord?

20:24-34 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about Jonathan? What was the special problem for Jonathan in his friendship with David? What do you think about the story that Jonathan made up about David? What might you have done instead?

20:35-41 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about the boy? What do you learn about Jonathan? What new thing do you learn about David and what he thought about Jonathan? What do you think about that?

20:42 What do you learn about David and Jonathan from this promise? How is God important when you promise to do something? What will you change?

Chapter 21

21:1-24:22 Make up and act out a dramatic story about these events. Your dramatic story might be about your neighbourhood. Your play might have 8 scenes: 21:1-9; 21:10-15; 22:1-5; 22:6-20; 22:21-23:6; 23:7-18; 23:19-29; 24:1-22.

21:1-9 Who are the actors? What do you learn about those people? What do you learn in this section that could be useful in your own life? What will you do about what you have learned?

21:10-15 What do you learn about Achish? What do you learn about David? What do you think about that?

Chapter 22

22:1-5 What do you learn about Davidís skills as a leader? What do you learn about Davidís care for his family? What do you think about all that?

22:6-8 What did Saul hear? What was Saul doing? Whom did Saul speak to? What did Saul complain about? What do you think about Saul? What will you do because of what you have learned about Saul here?

22:9-23 What do you learn about Doeg and Edom? (See also 14:47; 21:7.) What do you learn about Ahimelech? (See also 21:1-9) What do you think about what Ahimelech said and did?

What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Abiathar? What do you think about all that? What will you do about what you have learned?

Chapter 23

23:1-6 What did someone tell David? Who did David discuss his problems with? How did David decide what to do? What was the result? What do you think about that? What will you do about that?

23:7-18 What do you learn about Abiathar? What do you learn about Saul?

How are Saul and David different in the way that they make their decisions? When you make decisions, are you more like Saul, or more like David? Whose way to make decisions works best? Why do you think that?

What do you learn about Jonathan? What do you think about Jonathanís behaviour?

23:19-25 What do you learn about the people in Ziph? What do you learn about Saul? Put this story into your own words.

23:26-29 Put this story into your own words. Who were Saulís real enemies?

Why would you think that David was Saulís enemy? Why would you think that David was not Saulís enemy?

Chapter 24

24:1-4 What did Saul do? What did David do? What do you think about all that?

24:5-7 What do you learn about David? What do you think about that? How will you behave in a different way because you learned this about David?

24:8-15 What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Saul? Put this story into your own words.

24:16-22 What do you learn about Saul? What do you think about that? What do you learn about David? Put this story into your own words.

Chapter 25

25:1-28:2 Make up and act out a dramatic story about these events. Your dramatic story might be about your neighbourhood. Your play might have 6 scenes: 25:1; 25:2-42; 25:43-44; 26:1-25; 27:1-12; 28:1-2.

25:1a What do you learn? What difference did that make?

25:1b-3 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Nabal and his wife Abigail?

25:4-8 Put this story into your own words. What did David do in this story? What did Nabal do in this story? What do you think about the way that the men asked for food?

25:9-11 Put this story into your own words. What do you think about Nabalís reply to Davidís men? If you had been Nabal, what replies might you have given? Why might you have replied in those ways?

25:12-13 Put this into your own words. What do you think about Davidís actions?

25:14-17 What do you learn from Nabalís servant? What do you think about what that servant did?

25:18-22 Put this into your own words. What do you learn about Abigail from her actions? What do you learn about David? What do you think about what happened?

25:23-31 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Abigail from her actions? What do you learn about Abigail from what she said to David and her *prophecy about David?

25:32-35 Put these events into your own words. What do you think about Davidís reply? What will you do in a different way because you know about these events?

25:36-38 Put this into your own words. What do you think about Nabalís behaviour? What do you think about Abigailís behaviour?

25:39-42 Put this dramatic story into your own words. What do you learn about David and his relationship with God? What do you learn about Abigail? What do you think about all that?

25:43-44 What do you learn? What surprises you about these events? What do you think about those things?

Chapter 26

26:1 What do you learn? What do you think about that?

26:2-4 What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about David? What do you think about what you have learned?

26:5-6 Put this story into your own words. Who are the main people in the story? What do they do? What do you think about that?

26:7-8 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Abishai? What do you learn about Saul? What do you learn about Abner?

26:9-12 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What do you think about this piece of history?

26:13-16 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Abner? What do you think about their behaviour? What will you do about that?

26:17-21 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Saul? Why would you believe David? Why would you believe Saul? Why have you made those decisions?

26:22-25 Put this into your own words. What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Saul? Would you believe Saul or David? Why would that be?

Chapter 27

27:1 What do you learn about David? What do you think about Davidís plan?

27:2-4 What do you learn about David? What do you learn about Achish? What do you know about Gath city? (See also 5:8; 6:17; 7:14; 17:4.) What do you think about Davidís choice to live there?

27:5-7 Put this story into your own words. Make lists of the good and bad results that might come from Davidís actions here.

27:8-28:2 What did David do? What did David say that he did? What do you think about Davidís behaviour? What did Achish believe? What do you think about all this?

Chapter 28

28:3-31:11 Make up and act out a dramatic story about these events. Your dramatic story might be about your neighbourhood. Your play might have 5 scenes: 28:3-25; 29:1-11; 30:1-31; 31:1-6; 31:7-13.

28:3 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about Samuel? What do you learn about the *Israelites? What do you learn about Saul?

28:4-7 What do you learn about armies? Make a list of the things that you learn about Saul. How do these things compare with other things that you know about Saul? Why might the *Lord not have answered Saul this time?

28:8-25 Tell this story in your own words. What did Saul do? What did Saul see? What did Saul hear? What did Saul learn? What was Saulís reaction to all that he learned? What do you think about all that?

Chapter 29

29:1-11 Put this story into your own words. What do you learn about David? What do you learn about King Achish? What do you think about all that?

Chapter 30

30:1-6 Put this story into your own words. What had the *Amalekites done? What had happened to David? What was Davidís reaction to what happened? What do you think about all that? What will you do about that?

30:7-8 What did David do? What do you think about that?

30:9-25 What happened? How did David and his men deal with the Egyptian man? What do you think about that? What do you learn about people and the things that Davidís men took after the battle? What do you think about the Ďruleí David that made as an order?

30:26-31 What happened? What do you think about Davidís actions?

Chapter 31

31:1-6 Put this into your own words. What do you learn about the *Philistines? What do you learn about Saul? What do you think about all that?

31:7 Put this into your own words. What do you think about what happened?

31:8-10 What happened? What do you think about all that?

31:11-13 What do you learn about the *Israelites? What do you think about what they did? What will you do in a different way because of what you learned?

Word List

altar ~ a table, where the priests burned animals and gave other gifts as a *sacrifice to God or false gods.

Amalekite ~ a person who came from the family of Amalek. Amalek was the grandson of Esau (Genesis 36:12, 16). The Amalekites lived in the land between southern *Israel and the country called Egypt. They were one of *Israelís enemies.

angel ~ a servant from God who brings messages from heaven; a holy *being, greater than men and women, who loves God and helps Godís people.

anoint ~ to mark a person with oil to show that God has chosen him for a special job.

ark of the Lord or ark of God ~ the Bible also calls it the ark of the Covenant (or agreement). It was a wooden box with gold all over the outside and inside. It had two gold cherubim (*angels) on the top (see Exodus 25:10-22). The *Israelites kept the ark in the house of the *Lord and only the priest could see it. Sometimes God appeared on the ark and spoke to the priest.

being ~ a person or animal that is alive.

blacksmith ~ a man who made iron tools. He also made blunt tools sharp again.

donkey ~ an animal like a small horse. Donkeys can carry heavy loads on their backs. People ride on them.

Hebrew ~ the language of the *Israelite people. A Hebrew is an *Israelite person.

idol ~ an object that people *worship instead of the real God. People make idols from wood, stone or metal. An idol was usually an image of a person, animal or object. Idols are false gods.

Israel ~ the group of people that God chose. Israel is the name of all the people from the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Israel is also the name of the land that God gave to the people of Israel.

Israelites ~ the people of *Israel; the people who speak the *Hebrew language.

Lord ~ the name of God in the Bible. The special name of God that he announced only to the *Israelites (Genesis 3:13-15). It links God with his covenant (promise) to them.

Philistines ~ the *Israelitesí main enemies at that time. They lived on the west side of the country of *Israel.

prophecy ~ the words that a person speaks on Godís behalf.

sacrifice ~ to give something to God, usually an animal, grain or wine; to ask God to forgive *sins as the priest killed an animal. This sacrifice was a special animal. The priests killed and burned it on the *altar.

sin ~ when people do things against God or other people; when people do not obey the commands of God; the things that people do that are wrong or evil.

tribe ~ a family from one man. The first *Israelites were the 12 sons of Jacob. The family of each son became a tribe.

word-picture ~ a description that helps you to imagine what a physical place or object would look like.

worship ~ to thank God and to give him honour, usually with other people. Often, people pray and sing as they worship God. To bend down to God or to a false god to show him honour.

 

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February 2004

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