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I Samuel
The Philistines defeated the Israelites in battle and took the Ark of the Covenant home with them.

I Samuel

The first two kings, Saul and David, feature prominently in the first book of Samuel.

The First Book of Samuel is the ninth book in the Bible. It tells us about the prophet Samuel and the transition of Israel from the rule of Judges to that of Kings.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
1.
Samuel was given as a gift from God to a childless woman. She prayed for a child who she would dedicate to God and her prayers were answered when she gave birth to Samuel. What was Samuel's mother's name?
She was called Hagar
She was called Huldah
She was called Haggith
She was called Hannah
Hannah longed so much for a child that she promised to dedicate her son to God. Because of this Samuel left home when he was still very young and went to live with Eli, the High Priest of Shiloh.

I Samuel 1:26-28
"And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there"
2.
A champion of the Philistines, who was over 9 feet tall, challenged the Israelites to fight him. A young shepherd named David rose to the challenge and killed this giant of a man. What was the giant's name?
He was called Gog
He was called Goliath
He was called Magog
He was called Gibborim
Goliath is said to have been 9 feet and 9 inches tall. His armour weighed nearly 9 stones and his spear more than 1 stone. In contrast David was small and armed only with a slingshot.

I Samuel 17:49-51
"And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled"
3.
The Israelite city of Jabesh was surrounded by the Ammonites who were about to attack. The Ammonites promised to leave Jabesh alone if the people would let the Ammonites do what?
The people of Jabesh must let the Ammonites cut off their right hands
The people of Jabesh must let the Ammonites plunder the city
The people of Jabesh must let the Ammonites poke out their right eyes
The people of Jabesh must let the Ammonites plunder the temple
I Samuel 11:2
"And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel."

When he heard about this the new King Saul gathered an army and marched to Jabesh, where he won a great victory over the Ammonites
4.
Saul was so jealous of David that he wanted him dead. As David played music on a harp for his king, Saul tried to kill him with what?
With a drumstick
With a sword
With a harp-string
With a spear
I Samuel 18:10-11
"And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice."

Saul tried many times to kill David and even commanded his servants to kill him, but David always escaped
5.
While he was still a child Samuel was spoken to by God. At first Samuel did not realise that it was God speaking to him. Who did he think the voice belonged to?
Samuel thought that Eli, the High Priest, was speaking to him
Samuel thought that Hannah, his mother, was speaking to him
Samuel thought that Phinehas, Eli's son, was speaking to him
Samuel thought that Elkanah, his father, was speaking to him
Eli knew that the voice was God's and he told Samuel to listen. But God told Samuel about the evil of Eli's sons.

I Samuel 3:10-13
"And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not"
6.
David became good friends with Saul's son Jonathan. What gifts did Jonathan give to David as a sign of his friendship?
Jonathan gave David jewels and armour
Jonathan gave David land and sheep
Jonathan gave David clothes and weapons
Jonathan gave David houses and furniture
Jonathan's father, King Saul, had grown to dislike David because he was more popular than Saul. Despite this, Jonathan made a promise of loyalty to David.

I Samuel 18:3-4
"Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle"
7.
Samuel had died when the Philistines next prepared to attack Israel. Because of this Saul sought the advice of who?
Saul asked Samuel for advice
Saul asked nobody for advice
Saul asked God for advice
Saul asked David for advice
Saul asked a witch to raise Samuel's spirit so that Saul could talk to him. Samuel was not pleased with Saul and he prophesied that Saul and his sons would die the next day.

I Samuel 28:19
"Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines."

Samuel's words were true. Saul and his sons died the next day at the Battle of Gilboa
8.
The Philistines defeated the Israelites in battle and took the Ark of the Covenant home with them. The Ark destroyed a statue of the Philistines' god, Dagon, and many Philistines fell victim to a plague. Because of this the Philistines returned the Ark to the Israelites on a cart pulled by which kind of animal?
It was pulled by cows
It was pulled by horses
It was pulled by pigs
It was pulled by donkeys
I Samuel 6:7-9
"Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them: and take the ark of the Lord, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go. And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us; it was a chance that happened to us."

'Milch kine' is an old-fashioned way of saying 'milking cows'. The cows went straight back to the Israelites taking the Ark and a gift of jewels and gold
9.
To escape from Saul's wrath David left the land of Israel and went to live with which people?
David went to live with the Moabites
David went to live with the Egyptians
David went to live with the Edomites
David went to live with the Philistines
David went to the Philistine city of Gath, home to the Israelites' greatest enemies.

I Samuel 27:1-2
"And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that were with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath"
10.
While he was on the run from Saul's soldiers, David had no food or weapons. He asked help from the priests who lived in Nob. The priests gave him bread and the sword which had belonged to who?
The sword which had belonged to Joshua
The sword which had belonged to Goliath
The sword which had belonged to Moses
The sword which had belonged to Samson
I Samuel 21:9
"And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me."

For helping David the priests of Nob were all killed. Only one managed to escape; Abiathar, who joined David in hiding

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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