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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Books of Samuel

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of divided by 9

Divided in nine structure seems to characterize roughly each divided era. 9-1 is the era before kingdom, 9-2 is the era of Saul royalty, 9-3 is the era of David and Saul, 9-4 is the era of David's escape, 9-5 is the era of David's succession of the throne, 9-6 is the era of prosperity of David royalty, 9-7 is the era of David's sin and exile from Jerusalem, 9-8 is the era of the civil war, 9-9 is the era after the civil war.


9-1

1 Prologue Of Samuel's Birth (1S1:1-8)
  2 Samuel's Birth (1S1:9-28)
    3 Hannah's Prayer (1S2:1-10)
      4 The Child Samuel At Shiloh (1S2:11-26)
        5 Prophecy Against Eli's Household (1S2:27-36)
      6 Samuel's Calling And Prophetic Activity (1S3:1-21_1S4:1a)
    7 The Ark Of God Captured (1S4:1b-22)
  8 The Pilistines and the Ark (1S5:1-12)
9 The Ark Returned To Israel (1S6:1-21_1S7:1)
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1 Prologue Of Samuel's Birth (1S1:1-8)
see 5-1-1
see 5-1-19 The Ark Returned To Israel (1S6:1-21_1S7:1)
see 5-1-1
2 Samuel's Birth (1S1:9-28)
see 5-1-1
see 5-1-18 The Pilistines and the Ark (1S5:1-12)
see 5-1-1
3 Hannah's Prayer (1S2:1-10)
see 5-1-1
see 5-1-17 The Ark Of God Captured (1S4:1b-22)
see 5-1-1
4 The Child Samuel At Shiloh (1S2:11-26)
see 5-1-1
see 5-1-16 Samuel's Calling And Prophetic Activity (1S3:1-21_1S4:1a)
see 5-1-1

9-1-1

1 Prologue Of Samuel's Birth (1S1:1-8)
  2 Samuel's Birth (1S1:9-28)
    3 Hannah's Prayer (1S2:1-10)
  4 The Child Samuel At Shiloh (1S2:11-26)
5 Prophecy Against Eli's Household (1S2:27-36)
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1 Prologue Of Samuel's Birth (1S1:1-8)
1S1:3 where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were ministering as priests of the LORD. (1S1:3)
Sons of Eli5 Prophecy Against Eli's Household (1S2:27-36)
1S2:34 You shall have a sign in what will happen to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas: both shall die on the same day. (1S2:34)
2 Samuel's Birth (1S1:9-28)
1S1:28 I make him over to Yahweh for the whole of his life. He is made over to Yahweh (1S 1:28)
Samuel served to the LORD4 The Child Samuel At Shiloh (1S2:11-26)
1S2:11 When Elkanah returned home to Ramah, the child remained in the service of the LORD under the priest Eli. (1S2:11)

9-1-2

5 Prophecy Against Eli's Household (1S2:27-36)
  6 Samuel's Calling And Prophetic Activity (1S3:1-21_1S4:1a)
    7 The Ark Of God Captured (1S4:1b-22)
  8 The Pilistines and the Ark (1S5:1-12)
9 The Ark Returned To Israel (1S6:1-21_1S7:1)
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5 Prophecy Against Eli's Household (1S2:27-36)
1S2:27 A man of God came to Eli and said to him: "This is what the LORD says: 'I went so far as to reveal myself to your father's family when they were in Egypt as slaves to the house of Pharaoh.(1S2:27)
Exodus9 The Ark Returned To Israel (1S6:1-21_1S7:1)
1S6:6 Why should you become stubborn, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh were stubborn? Was it not after he had dealt ruthlessly with them that the Israelites were released and departed? (1S6:6)
6 Samuel's Calling And Prophetic Activity (1S3:1-21_1S4:1a)
1S3:3 The lamp of God was not yet extinguished, and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was. (1S3:3)
The ark of the God8 The Pilistines and the Ark (1S5:1-12)
1S5:1 The Philistines, having captured the ark of God, transferred it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.(1S5:1)

9-2

10 Samuel At Judge (1S7:2-17)
  11 Israel Demands A King (1S8:1-22)
    12 Saul Chosen To Be King (1S9:1-1S10:16)
      13 Saul Proclaimed King (1S10:17-27)
        14 Saul Defeats The Ammonites (1S11:1-15)
      15 Samuel's Farewell Address (1S12:1-25)
    16 Saul's Unlawfull Sacrifice (1S13:1-23)
  17 Jonathan Surprises And Routs The Philistines (1S14:1-46)
18 Saul's Continuing Wars (1S14:47-52)
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10 Samuel At Judge (1S7:2-17)
see 3-1
see 3-118 Saul's Continuing Wars (1S14:47-52)
see 3-1
11 Israel Demands A King (1S8:1-22)
see 3-1
see 3-117 Jonathan Surprises And Routs The Philistines (1S14:1-46)
see 3-1
12 Saul Chosen To Be King (1S9:1-1S10:16)
see 3-1
see 3-116 Saul's Unlawfull Sacrifice (1S13:1-23)
see 3-1
13 Saul Proclaimed King (1S10:17-27)
see 3-1
see 3-115 Samuel's Farewell Address (1S12:1-25)
see 3-1

9-2-1

10 Samuel At Judge (1S7:2-17)
  11 Israel Demands A King (1S8:1-22)
    12 Saul Chosen To Be King (1S9:1-1S10:16)
  13 Saul Proclaimed King (1S10:17-27)
14 Saul Defeats The Ammonites (1S11:1-15)
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10 Samuel At Judge (1S7:2-17)
1S7:10While Samuel was offering the holocaust, the Philistines advanced to join battle with Israel. That day, however, the LORD thundered loudly against the Philistines, and threw them into such confusion that they were defeated by Israel.
Victory to foreign people14 Saul Defeats The Ammonites (1S11:1-15)
1S11:11On the appointed day, Saul arranged his troops in three companies and invaded the camp during the dawn watch. They slaughtered Ammonites until the heat of the day; by then the survivors were so scattered that no two were left together.
11 Israel Demands A King (1S8:1-22)
1S8:7they are rejecting me as their king. 8:8 As they have treated me constantly from the day I brought them up from Egypt to this day, deserting me and worshiping strange gods, so do they treat you too.
Rejecting the Lord, welcoming king13 Saul Proclaimed King (1S10:17-27)
1S10:18"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'It was I who brought Israel up from Egypt and delivered you from the power of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that oppressed you.' 10:19 But today you have rejected your God, who delivers you from all your evils and calamities, by saying to him, 'Not so, but you must appoint a king over us.' Now, therefore, take your stand before the LORD according to tribes and families."

9-2-2

14 Saul Defeats The Ammonites (1S11:1-15)
  15 Samuel's Farewell Address (1S12:1-25)
    16 Saul's Unlawfull Sacrifice (1S13:1-23)
  17 Jonathan Surprises And Routs The Philistines (1S14:1-46)
18 Saul's Continuing Wars (1S14:47-52)
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14 Saul Defeats The Ammonites (1S11:1-15)
see 4-1-2
see 4-1-218 Saul's Continuing Wars (1S14:47-52)
see 4-1-2
15 Samuel's Farewell Address (1S12:1-25)
see 4-1-2
see 4-1-217 Jonathan Surprises And Routs The Philistines (1S14:1-46)
see 4-1-2

9-3

19 Saul Defeats The Amalekites (1S15:1-35)
  20 David Anointed As King (1S16:1-13)
    21 David Plays The Lyte For Saul (1S16:14-23)
      22 David And Goliath (1S17:1-58)
        23 Saul Tries To Kill David (1S18:1-30)
      24 David Escapes (1S19:1-24)
    25 The Friendship Of David And Jonathan (1S20:1-42)
  26 David and Ahimelech (1S21:1-1S22:23)
27 David at Keilah (1S23:1-14)
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19 Saul Defeats The Amalekites (1S15:1-35)
Why then have you disobeyed the LORD? You have pounced on the spoil, thus displeasing the LORD. (1S15:19)
Not listening to the words of the LORD / listening to the words of the LORD27 David at Keilah (1S23:1-14)
So he consulted the LORD, inquiring, "Shall I go and defeat these Philistines?" The LORD answered, "Go, for you will defeat the Philistines and rescue Keilah." (1S23:2)
20 David Anointed As King (1S16:1-13)
Saul will hear of it and kill me (1S16:2)
To kill priests26 David and Ahimelech (1S21:1-1S22:23)
Saul also put the priestly city of Nob to the sword (1S22:19)
21 David Plays The Lyte For Saul (1S16:14-23)
Thus David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul became very fond of him, made him his armor-bearer, (1S16:21)
Coming to Saul / leaving from Saul25 The Friendship Of David And Jonathan (1S20:1-42)
When the boy had left, David rose from beside the mound and prostrated himself on the ground three times before Jonathan in homage. They kissed each other and wept aloud together. (1S20:41)
22 David And Goliath (1S17:1-58)
Thus David overcame the Philistine with sling and stone; he struck the Philistine mortally, and did it without a sword. (1S17:50)
Victory of David24 David Escapes (1S19:1-24)
When he took his life in his hands and slew the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great victory for all Israel through him, you were glad to see it. Why, then, should you become guilty of shedding innocent blood by killing David without cause? (1S19:5)

9-3-1

19 Saul Defeats The Amalekites (1S15:1-35)
  20 David Anointed As King (1S16:1-13)
    21 David Plays The Lyte For Saul (1S16:14-23)
  22 David And Goliath (1S17:1-58)
23 Saul Tries To Kill David (1S18:1-30)
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19 Saul Defeats The Amalekites (1S15:1-35)
see 5-2-1
see 5-2-123 Saul Tries To Kill David (1S18:1-30)
see 5-2-1
20 David Anointed As King (1S16:1-13)
see 5-2-1
see 5-2-122 David And Goliath (1S17:1-58)
see 5-2-1

9-3-2

23 Saul Tries To Kill David (1S18:1-30)
  24 David Escapes (1S19:1-24)
    25 The Friendship Of David And Jonathan (1S20:1-42)
  26 David and Ahimelech (1S21:1-1S22:23)
27 David at Keilah (1S23:1-14)
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23 Saul Tries To Kill David (1S18:1-30)
see 5-2
see 5-227 David at Keilah (1S23:1-14)
see 5-2
24 David Escapes (1S19:1-24)
see 5-2
see 5-226 David and Ahimelech (1S21:1-1S22:23)
see 5-2

9-4

28 David at Ziph (1S23:15-28)
  29 David Spares Saul's Life (1S24:1-23)
    30 Death Of Samuel (1S25:1-44)
      31 David Spares Saul's Life A Second Time (1S26:1-25)
        32 David Serves King Achish Of Gath (1S27:1-12)
      33 Saul Consults A Medium (1S28:1-25)
    34 The Philistines Reject David (1S29:1-11)
  35 David Avenges The Destruction Of Ziklag (1S30:1-31)
36 The Death Of Saul And His Sons (1S31:1-13)
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28 David at Ziph (1S23:15-28)
when a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Come quickly, because the Philistines have invaded the land." (1S23:27)
War against Philistine36 The Death Of Saul And His Sons (1S31:1-13)
As they pressed their attack on Israel, with the Israelites fleeing before them and falling mortally wounded on Mount Gilboa, (1S31:1)
29 David Spares Saul's Life (1S24:1-23)
1S24:5'I will deliver your enemy into your grasp; do with him as you see fit.'"
The Lord delivers enemy35 David Avenges The Destruction Of Ziklag (1S30:1-31)
1S30:23He has protected us and delivered into our grip the band that came against us.
30 Death Of Samuel (1S25:1-44)
1S25:15Yet these men were very good to us. We were done no injury, neither did we miss anything all the while we were living among them during our stay in the open country. 25:16 For us they were like a rampart night and day the whole time we were pasturing the sheep near them.
Davids good rumor34 The Philistines Reject David (1S29:1-11)
1S29:3He has been with me now for a year or two, and I have no fault to find with him from the day he came over to me until the present."
30 Death Of Samuel (1S25:1-44)
1S25:33who this day have prevented me from shedding blood and from avenging myself personally.
Return without fight34 The Philistines Reject David (1S29:1-11)
1S29:11So David and his men left early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines.
31 David Spares Saul's Life A Second Time (1S26:1-25)
1S26:25"Blessed are you, my son David! You shall certainly succeed in whatever you undertake."
Blessing for David33 Saul Consults A Medium (1S28:1-25)
1S28:17The LORD has done to you what he foretold through me: he has torn the kingdom from your grasp and has given it to your neighbor David.

9-4-1

28 David at Ziph (1S23:15-28)
  29 David Spares Saul's Life (1S24:1-23)
    30 Death Of Samuel (1S25:1-44)
  31 David Spares Saul's Life A Second Time (1S26:1-25)
32 David Serves King Achish Of Gath (1S27:1-12)
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28 David at Ziph (1S23:15-28)
Saul interrupted his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. This is how that place came to be called the Gorge of Divisions. (1S23:28)
Saul interrupts pursuit of David32 David Serves King Achish Of Gath (1S27:1-12)
When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him. (1S27:4)
29 David Spares Saul's Life (1S24:1-23)
He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD'S anointed, as to lay a hand on him, for he is the Lord's anointed." (1S24:7)
Not killing Saul31 David Spares Saul's Life A Second Time (1S26:1-25)
But the LORD forbid that I touch his anointed! Now take the spear which is at his head and the water jug, and let us be on our way. (1S26:11)

9-4-2

32 David Serves King Achish Of Gath (1S27:1-12)
  33 Saul Consults A Medium (1S28:1-25)
    34 The Philistines Reject David (1S29:1-11)
  35 David Avenges The Destruction Of Ziklag (1S30:1-31)
36 The Death Of Saul And His Sons (1S31:1-13)
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32 David Serves King Achish Of Gath (1S27:1-12)
1S27:1"I shall perish some day at the hand of Saul. I have no choice but to escape to the land of the Philistines;
Philistines36 The Death Of Saul And His Sons (1S31:1-13)
1S31:2the Philistines pursued Saul and his sons closely, and slew Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, sons of Saul.
33 Saul Consults A Medium (1S28:1-25)
1S28:6He therefore consulted the LORD; but the LORD gave no answer, whether in dreams or by the Urim or through prophets.
The Lord's oracle35 David Avenges The Destruction Of Ziklag (1S30:1-31)
1S30:8David inquired of the LORD, "Shall I pursue these raiders? Can I overtake them?" The LORD answered him, "Go in pursuit, for you shall surely overtake them and effect a rescue."

9-5

37 David Mourns For Saul And Jonathan (2S1:1-27)
  38 David Anointed King Of Judah (2S2:1-11)
    39 The Battle Of Gideon (2S2:12-32_2S3:1)
      40 Birth Of David's Son At Hebron (2S3:2-5)
        41 Abner Defects To David (2S3:6-21c)
      42 Abner Id Killed By Joab (2S3:21d-39)
    43 Ishbaal Assassinated (2S4:1-12)
  44 David Anointed King Of All Israel (2S5:1-5)
45 Jerusalem Made Capital Of The United Kingdom (2S5:6-12)
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37 David Mourns For Saul And Jonathan (2S1:1-27)
see 1-1
see 1-145 Jerusalem Made Capital Of The United Kingdom (2S5:6-12)
see 1-1
38 David Anointed King Of Judah (2S2:1-11)
see 1-1
see 1-144 David Anointed King Of All Israel (2S5:1-5)
see 1-1
39 The Battle Of Gideon (2S2:12-32_2S3:1)
see 1-1
see 1-143 Ishbaal Assassinated (2S4:1-12)
see 1-1
40 Birth Of David's Son At Hebron (2S3:2-5)
see 1-1
see 1-142 Abner Id Killed By Joab (2S3:21d-39)
see 1-1

9-5-1

37 David Mourns For Saul And Jonathan (2S1:1-27)
  38 David Anointed King Of Judah (2S2:1-11)
    39 The Battle Of Gideon (2S2:12-32_2S3:1)
  40 Birth Of David's Son At Hebron (2S3:2-5)
41 Abner Defects To David (2S3:6-21c)
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37 David Mourns For Saul And Jonathan (2S1:1-27)
So I stood up to him and dispatched him, for I knew that he could not survive his wound. I removed the crown from his head and the armlet from his arm and brought them here to my lord. (2S1:10)
Saul's kingship is given to David41 Abner Defects To David (2S3:6-21c)
Then Abner sent messengers to David in Telam, where he was at the moment, to say, "Make an agreement with me, and I will aid you by bringing all Israel over to you." (2S3:12)
38 David Anointed King Of Judah (2S2:1-11)
So David went up there accompanied by his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. (2S2:2)
Two wives of David40 Birth Of David's Son At Hebron (2S3:2-5)
Sons were born to David in Hebron: his first-born, Amnon, of Ahinoam from Jezreel; 3:3 the second, Chileab, of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; the third, Absalom, son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; (2S3:2-3)

9-5-2

41 Abner Defects To David (2S3:6-21c)
  42 Abner Id Killed By Joab (2S3:21d-39)
    43 Ishbaal Assassinated (2S4:1-12)
  44 David Anointed King Of All Israel (2S5:1-5)
45 Jerusalem Made Capital Of The United Kingdom (2S5:6-12)
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41 Abner Defects To David (2S3:6-21c)
Then Abner sent messengers to David in Telam, where he was at the moment, to say, "Make an agreement with me, and I will aid you by bringing all Israel over to you." (2S3:12)
Establishment of kingship of David45 Jerusalem Made Capital Of The United Kingdom (2S5:6-12)
And David knew that the LORD had established him as king of Israel and had exalted his rule for the sake of his people Israel. (2S5:12)
42 Abner Id Killed By Joab (2S3:21d-39)
So on that day all the people and all Israel came to know that the king had no part in the killing of Abner, son of Ner. (2S3:37)
Whole Israel approves David44 David Anointed King Of All Israel (2S5:1-5)
All the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said: "Here we are, your bone and your flesh. 5:2 In days past, when Saul was our king, it was you who led the Israelites out and brought them back. And the LORD said to you, 'You shall shepherd my people Israel and shall be commander of Israel.'" (2S5:1-2)

9-6

46 Birth Of David's Son At Jerusalem (2S5:13-16)
  47 Philistine Attack Repulsed (2S5:17-25)
    48 David Brings The Ark To Jerusalem (2S6:1-15)
      49 Michal Despises (2S6:16-23)
        50 God's Covenant With David (2S7:1-17)
      51 David's Prayer (2S7:18-29)
    52 David's Wars (2S8:1-14)
  53 David's Officers (2S8:15-18)
54 David's Kindness To Mephibosheth (2S9:1-13)
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46 Birth Of David's Son At Jerusalem (2S5:13-16)
These are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, (2S5:14)
Child of royal family54 David's Kindness To Mephibosheth (2S9:1-13)
Then the king inquired, "Is there any survivor of Sauls house to whom I may show Gods kindness?" Ziba answered the king, "There is still Jonathans son, whose feet are crippled." (2S9:3)
47 Philistine Attack Repulsed (2S5:17-25)
2S5:17When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel,
David's reign of Israel53 David's Officers (2S8:15-18)
2S8:15David reigned over all Israel, judging and administering justice to all his people.
48 David Brings The Ark To Jerusalem (2S6:1-15)
2S6:12David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities.
Bringing to Jerusalem52 David's Wars (2S8:1-14)
2S8:7David also took away the golden shields used by Hadadezers servants and brought them to Jerusalem.
49 Michal Despises (2S6:16-23)
2S6:21"I was dancing before the LORD. As the LORD lives, who preferred me to your father and his whole family when he appointed me commander of the LORD'S people, Israel, not only will I make merry before the LORD,
The Lord selects David51 David's Prayer (2S7:18-29)
2S7:18"Who am I, Lord GOD, and who are the members of my house, that you have brought me to this point?

9-6-1

46 Birth Of David's Son At Jerusalem (2S5:13-16)
  47 Philistine Attack Repulsed (2S5:17-25)
    48 David Brings The Ark To Jerusalem (2S6:1-15)
  49 Michal Despises (2S6:16-23)
50 God's Covenant With David (2S7:1-17)
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46 Birth Of David's Son At Jerusalem (2S5:13-16)
2S5:13David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem after he had come from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to him in Jerusalem.
Davids descendants50 God's Covenant With David (2S7:1-17)
2S7:12And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm.
47 Philistine Attack Repulsed (2S5:17-25)
2S5:17When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel,
David becomes king49 Michal Despises (2S6:16-23)
2S6:21"I was dancing before the LORD. As the LORD lives, who preferred me to your father and his whole family when he appointed me commander of the LORD'S people, Israel, not only will I make merry before the LORD,

9-6-2

50 God's Covenant With David (2S7:1-17)
  51 David's Prayer (2S7:18-29)
    52 David's Wars (2S8:1-14)
  53 David's Officers (2S8:15-18)
54 David's Kindness To Mephibosheth (2S9:1-13)
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50 God's Covenant With David (2S7:1-17)
And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. (2S7:12)
Child of royal family54 David's Kindness To Mephibosheth (2S9:1-13)
Then the king inquired, "Is there any survivor of Sauls house to whom I may show Gods kindness?" Ziba answered the king, "There is still Jonathans son, whose feet are crippled." (2S9:3)
51 David's Prayer (2S7:18-29)
What other nation on earth is there like your people Israel, which God has led, redeeming it as his people; so that you have made yourself renowned by doing this magnificent deed, and by doing awe-inspiring things as you cleared nations and their gods out of the way of your people, which you redeemed for yourself from Egypt? (2S7:23)
Doing deed towards Israel53 David's Officers (2S8:15-18)
David reigned over all Israel, judging and administering justice to all his people. (2S8:15)

9-7

55 The Ammonites And Arameans Are Defeated (2S10:1-19)
  56 David Commits Adultery With Bathsheba (2S11:1-27)
    57 Nathan Condemns David (2S12:1-14)
      58 Solomon Is Born (2S12:15-25)
        59 The Ammonites Crushed (2S12:26-31)
      60 Amnon And Tamar (2S13:1-22)
    61 Absalom Avenges The Violation Of His Sister (2S13:23-2S14:33)
  62 Absalom Usurps The Throne (2S15:1-12)
63 David Flees From Jerusalem (2S15:13-29)
Former halfRelationLatter half
55 The Ammonites And Arameans Are Defeated (2S10:1-19)
All of Hadadezer's vassal kings, in view of their defeat by Israel, then made peace with the Israelites and became their subjects. And the Arameans were afraid to give further aid to the Ammonites. (2S10:19)
Foreigners follow to David63 David Flees From Jerusalem (2S15:13-29)
while the whole army marched past him.As all the Cherethites and Pelethites, and the six hundred men of Gath who had accompanied him from that city, were passing in review before the king, (2S15:18)
56 David Commits Adultery With Bathsheba (2S11:1-27)
But once the mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her into his house. She became his wife and bore him a son. But the LORD was displeased with what David had done. (2S11:27)
Stealing62 Absalom Usurps The Throne (2S15:1-12)
By behaving in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king for judgment, Absalom was stealing away the loyalties of the men of Israel. (2S15:6)
57 Nathan Condemns David (2S12:1-14)
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan answered David: "The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die. (2S12:13)
Forgiveness of sin61 Absalom Avenges The Violation Of His Sister (2S13:23-2S14:33)
Then the king said to Joab: "I hereby grant this request. Go, therefore, and bring back young Absalom." (2S14:21)
58 Solomon Is Born (2S12:15-25)
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He went and slept with her; and she conceived and bore him a son, who was named Solomon. The LORD loved him (2S12:24)
Love60 Amnon And Tamar (2S13:1-22)
Some time later the following incident occurred. David's son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar, and David's son Amnon loved her. (2S13:1)

9-7-1

55 The Ammonites And Arameans Are Defeated (2S10:1-19)
  56 David Commits Adultery With Bathsheba (2S11:1-27)
    57 Nathan Condemns David (2S12:1-14)
  58 Solomon Is Born (2S12:15-25)
59 The Ammonites Crushed (2S12:26-31)
Former halfRelationLatter half
55 The Ammonites And Arameans Are Defeated (2S10:1-19)
see 5-4
see 5-459 The Ammonites Crushed (2S12:26-31)
see 5-4
56 David Commits Adultery With Bathsheba (2S11:1-27)
see 5-4
see 5-458 Solomon Is Born (2S12:15-25)
see 5-4

9-7-2

59 The Ammonites Crushed (2S12:26-31)
  60 Amnon And Tamar (2S13:1-22)
    61 Absalom Avenges The Violation Of His Sister (2S13:23-2S14:33)
  62 Absalom Usurps The Throne (2S15:1-12)
63 David Flees From Jerusalem (2S15:13-29)
Former halfRelationLatter half
59 The Ammonites Crushed (2S12:26-31)
see 5-4-2
see 5-4-263 David Flees From Jerusalem (2S15:13-29)
see 5-4-2
60 Amnon And Tamar (2S13:1-22)
see 5-4-2
see 5-4-262 Absalom Usurps The Throne (2S15:1-12)
see 5-4-2

9-8

64 Hushai Becomes David's Spy (2S15:30-37)
  65 David's Adversaries (2S16:1-14)
    66 The Counsel Of Ahithophel (2S16:15-2S17:26)
      67 Preparation For War (2S17:27-2S18:5)
        68 The Defeat And Death Of Absalom (2S18:6-18)
      69 David Hears Of Absalom's Death (2S18:19-2S19:9b)
    70 David Recalled To Jerusalem (2S19:9c-15)
  71 Simei, Mephibosheth (2S19:16-31)
72 Barzillai (2S19:32-40)
Former halfRelationLatter half
64 Hushai Becomes David's Spy (2S15:30-37)
see 3-3
see 3-372 Barzillai (2S19:32-40)
see 3-3
65 David's Adversaries (2S16:1-14)
see 3-3
see 3-371 Simei, Mephibosheth (2S19:16-31)
see 3-3
66 The Counsel Of Ahithophel (2S16:15-2S17:26)
see 3-3
see 3-370 David Recalled To Jerusalem (2S19:9c-15)
see 3-3
67 Preparation For War (2S17:27-2S18:5)
see 3-3
see 3-369 David Hears Of Absalom's Death (2S18:19-2S19:9b)
see 3-3

9-8-1

64 Hushai Becomes David's Spy (2S15:30-37)
  65 David's Adversaries (2S16:1-14)
    66 The Counsel Of Ahithophel (2S16:15-2S17:26)
  67 Preparation For War (2S17:27-2S18:5)
68 The Defeat And Death Of Absalom (2S18:6-18)
Former halfRelationLatter half
64 Hushai Becomes David's Spy (2S15:30-37)
see 4-4-1
see 4-4-168 The Defeat And Death Of Absalom (2S18:6-18)
see 4-4-1
65 David's Adversaries (2S16:1-14)
see 4-4-1
see 4-4-167 Preparation For War (2S17:27-2S18:5)
see 4-4-1

9-8-2

68 The Defeat And Death Of Absalom (2S18:6-18)
  69 David Hears Of Absalom's Death (2S18:19-2S19:9b)
    70 David Recalled To Jerusalem (2S19:9c-15)
  71 Simei, Mephibosheth (2S19:16-31)
72 Barzillai (2S19:32-40)
Former halfRelationLatter half
68 The Defeat And Death Of Absalom (2S18:6-18)
Absalom was taken up and cast into a deep pit in the forest, and a very large mound of stones was erected over him. (2S18:17)
Tomb72 Barzillai (2S19:32-40)
Please let your servant go back to die in his own city by the tomb of his father and mother. Here is your servant Chimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever you will. (2S19:38)
69 David Hears Of Absalom's Death (2S18:19-2S19:9b)
The lookout shouted to inform the king, who said, "If he is alone, he has good news to report." As he kept coming nearer, 18:26 the lookout spied another runner. From his place atop the gate he cried out, "There is another man running by himself." And the king responded, "He, too, is bringing good news." (2S18:25-26)
Two persons come to the king71 Simei, Mephibosheth (2S19:16-31)
accompanied by a thousand men from Benjamin. Ziba, too, the servant of the house of Saul, accompanied by his fifteen sons and twenty servants, hastened to the Jordan before the king. (2S19:18)

9-9

73 Israel And Judah (2S19:41-44)
  74 The Rebellion Of Sheba (2S20:1-22)
    75 David's Officers (2S20:23-26)
      76 David Avenges The Gibeonites (2S21:1-14)
        77 Exploits Of David's Men (2S21:15-22)
      78 David's Song Of Thanksgiving (2S22:1-51)
    79 The Last Words Of David (2S23:1-7)
  80 David's Mighty Men (2S23:8-39)
81 David's Census Of Israel And Judah (2S24:1-25)
Former halfRelationLatter half
73 Israel And Judah (2S19:41-44)
see 5-5-2
see 5-5-281 David's Census Of Israel And Judah (2S24:1-25)
see 5-5-2
74 The Rebellion Of Sheba (2S20:1-22)
see 5-5-2
see 5-5-280 David's Mighty Men (2S23:8-39)
see 5-5-2
75 David's Officers (2S20:23-26)
see 5-5-2
see 5-5-279 The Last Words Of David (2S23:1-7)
see 5-5-2
76 David Avenges The Gibeonites (2S21:1-14)
see 5-5-2
see 5-5-278 David's Song Of Thanksgiving (2S22:1-51)
see 5-5-2

9-9-1

73 Israel And Judah (2S19:41-44)
  74 The Rebellion Of Sheba (2S20:1-22)
    75 David's Officers (2S20:23-26)
  76 David Avenges The Gibeonites (2S21:1-14)
77 Exploits Of David's Men (2S21:15-22)
Former halfRelationLatter half
73 Israel And Judah (2S19:41-44)
2S19:43All the Judahites replied to the men of Israel: "Because the king is our relative.
Relative of David77 Exploits Of David's Men (2S21:15-22)
2S21:21Jonathan, son of David's brother Shimei, killed him.
74 The Rebellion Of Sheba (2S20:1-22)
2S20:22She went to all the people with her advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba, son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab.
Negotiation and handing over76 David Avenges The Gibeonites (2S21:1-14)
2S21:8But the king took Armoni and Meribbaal, the two sons that Aiahs daughter Rizpah had borne to Saul, and the five sons of Sauls daughter Merob that she had borne to Adriel, son of Barzillai the Meholathite, 21:9 and surrendered them to the Gibeonites.

9-9-2

77 Exploits Of David's Men (2S21:15-22)
  78 David's Song Of Thanksgiving (2S22:1-51)
    79 The Last Words Of David (2S23:1-7)
  80 David's Mighty Men (2S23:8-39)
81 David's Census Of Israel And Judah (2S24:1-25)
Former halfRelationLatter half
77 Exploits Of David's Men (2S21:15-22)
but Abishai, son of Zeruiah, came to his assistance and struck and killed the Philistine. Then David's men swore to him, "You must not go out to battle with us again, lest you quench the lamp of Israel." (2S21:17)
David is saved81 David's Census Of Israel And Judah (2S24:1-25)
But when the angel stretched forth his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD regretted the calamity and said to the angel causing the destruction among the people, "Enough now! Stay your hand." The angel of the LORD was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. (2S24:16)
78 David's Song Of Thanksgiving (2S22:1-51)
my God, my rock of refuge! My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, my savior, from violence you keep me safe. (2S22:3)
Victory is given to David80 David's Mighty Men (2S23:8-39)
Davids mighty men

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