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II Samuel
Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak.

II Samuel

The tenth book in the Bible is the 2nd Book of Samuel. It carries on where the 1st Book of Samuel left off. King Saul is now dead and David is the new king. The 2nd Book of Samuel tells us about his eventful reign.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
After the death of Saul and most of his sons, David was crowned king of Judah. But Saul's youngest son, Ish-bosheth, was king in Israel. There was a long war between Judah and Israel, but eventually David won and united the two kingdoms. How long did it take for David to become ruler over all Israel?
It took 3 years
It took 5 years
It took 7 years
It took 9 years
II Samuel 5:4-5
"David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah"
David captured which city from the Jebusites and made it his capital?
II Samuel 5:6-7
"And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David."

David also brought the Ark of the Covenant, containing God's commandments, to Jerusalem
After David had won Jerusalem for Israel God spoke to a prophet about the king. What was this prophet's name?
He was called Isaiah
He was called Nathan
He was called Jeremiah
He was called Ezekiel
God told Nathan about the Messiah, who would be a descendant of David.

II Samuel 7:12-14
"And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men"
David sinned when he committed adultery with which woman?
Bath-sheba was already married to Uriah the Hittite

II Samuel 11:3-4
"And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house"
David sinned again when he conspired to have Uriah killed. How did he plan to kill Uriah?
He planned to have Uriah poisoned
He planned to have Uriah strangled in his sleep
He planned to have Uriah executed for a crime he did not commit
He planned to have Uriah placed in the front line of a battle
As David had planned, Uriah was killed in the battle. Soon after, David married Uriah's widow.

II Samuel 11:26-27
"And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord"
God spoke again to Nathan and told him of David's sin. Because of this Nathan asked David to pass judgement on a man who stole what from another?
A sword
A sheep
A chariot
A cow
Nathan told of a rich man with many sheep who stole the one sheep belonging to a poorer man. David passed a judgement of death on the rich thief, little realising that the thief was himself.

II Samuel 12:5-7
"And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul"
Amnon, David's eldest son, committed the terrible sin of rape, against whom?
Against Tamar, his half-sister
Against Bath-sheba, his step-mother
Against Abigail, his aunt
Against Abishag, his servant
II Samuel 13:11-14
"And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly. And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee. Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her."

David would not punish his eldest son for his crime, so Absalom, Tamar's full brother, waited until Amnon was drunk then had his servants kill him
Absalom rebelled against his father, declared himself king and raised a revolt in which city?
In Jerusalem
In Nazareth
In Hebron
In Bethlehem
Hebron had been the capital of Judah before Jerusalem was conquered. The revolt did not last long. Absalom was killed at the Battle of Ephraim's Wood after becoming tangled in a tree.

II Samuel 18:9-10
"And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away. And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak"
God struck the Israelites with a famine because of the evil Saul had done to the Gibeonites. David asked how he could put things right and the Gibeonites demanded the lives of how many of Saul's offspring?
1 of Saul's offspring
7 of Saul's offspring
17 of Saul's offspring
70 of Saul's offspring
David spared the life of Mephibosheth, because he was the son of David's friend Jonathan. But he chose 7 others.

II Samuel 21:8-9
"But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite: and he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the Lord: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest"
God became angry with the Israelites and spoke to the prophet Gad. Gad gave David a choice between three possible punishments: a famine, pursuit by enemies or a plague. Which punishment did David choose?
David chose famine
David chose pursuit by enemies
David chose plague
David chose none of these
David could not choose between them. Instead he let God choose, trusting in His wisdom.

II Samuel 24:13-14
"So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me. And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man"


Author:  Graeme Haw

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