2 Shemuyah Chapters 1 and 2

In 2 Shemuyah, after the death of King Shaul, the people of the tribe of Yahudah chose David to be their king. And for the next seven years, David was at war with Shaul’s son king Ishbosheth of Ysrayl. Then David became king of the entire nation.

David captured Yahrushalim from the Yebusites, made it his new capital and the ark of Yah was brought there from Kiriath Yearim, 1 Shemuyah 7:2. He wanted to build a temple to honor Yah but Yah refused him to do so (Psalm 27:4). Instead Yah promised that David would be a powerful ruler and that one of his descendants would always be king and his descendants would build Yah’s house.

David conquered the enemies of Ysrayl and became the ruler of a small empire. But he also had an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of an army officer who was away at war. As a result, Yah allowed David to have serious troubles later on and many of those troubles came from within his own family. For example, one of David’s sons, Amnon raped David’s daughter, Tamar. Amnon was then killed by David’s other son Absalom who later led a rebellion against David.

David never did the same sin twice but he was loyal to Yah and worshipped only Him (Psalm 62:6). And for as long as Yahudah continued as a tribe, Yah kept the promise he made to David:

Moreover, I will appoint a place for my people Ysrayl and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more. Since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Ysrayl and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also Yah tells you that He will make you a house (that is, a royal dynasty). When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Shaul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever. 2 Shemuyah 7:11-16

Yah is talking about Yahoshua being the descendant from David’s body that will rule the kingdom forever.

Chapter 1: The Report of Shaul’s Death Brought to Ziklag to David by an Amalekite Witness: The Amalekite Gives David Shaul’s Crown and Bracelet as Proof Shaul is Dead But the Amalekite Lies About How Shaul Really Died

1 Now it came to pass after the death of Shaul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites and David had stayed two days in Ziklag–2 On the third day, behold, it happened that a man came from Shaul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. So it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself. 3 And David said to him, “Where have you come from”? So he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Ysrayl”. 4 Then David said to him, “How did the matter go? Please tell me”. And he answered, “The people have fled from the battle, many of the people are fallen and dead and Shaul and Yahanathan his son are dead also”. 5 So David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Shaul and Yahanathan his son are dead”? 6 Then the young man who told him said, “As I happened by chance to be on Mount Gilboa, there was Shaul leaning on his spear and indeed the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7 Now when he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I answered, ‘Here I am’. 8 And he said to me, ‘Who are you’? So I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite’. 9 He said to me again, ‘Please stand over me and kill me, for anguish has come upon me but my life still remains in me’. 10 So I stood over him and killed him because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm and have brought them here to my master”.

*We just read in 1 Shemuyah chapter 31 that the Philistines wounded Shaul with an arrow from an archer and Shaul finished himself with a sword by falling on it. So this Amalekite must have been a witness because he knew the story and was right there to get Shaul’s crown and bracelet (the Philistines found Shaul the next day and cut his head off and took his armor) and he goes to David probably bragging thinking he was going to get some cool points. He told David, “I stood over him and killed him because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen”.

David and His Men Mourn For Shaul, Yahanathan and Yah’s People Killed in Battle: David Has the Bragging Amalekite Executed

11 Therefore David took hold of his own clothes and tore them and so did all the men who were with him. 12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Shaul and for Yahanathan his son, for the people of Yah and for the house of Ysrayl because they had fallen by the sword. 13 Then David said to the young man who told him, “Where are you from”? And he answered, “I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite”. 14 So David said to him, “How was it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Yah’s anointed”? 15 Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go near and execute him”! And he struck him so that he died. 16 So David said to him, “Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has testified against you saying, ‘I have killed Yah’s anointed’.” (Remember David had just returned from battling the Amalekites who took their wives and children, 1 Shemuyah chapter 30).

The Song of the Bow: David Sings in Memory of Shaul and Yahanathan

17 Then David lamented with this lamentation over Shaul and over Yahanathan his son–18 And he told them to teach the children of Yahudah the Song of the Bow. Indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher (or Book of Yasher meaning the Book of the Upright):

*Before Yahqob died, he reminded Yahudah to be skillful of the bow (archery). Yasher 56:9, “Only teach your sons the bow and all the weapons of war in order that they may fight the battles of their brother who will rule over his enemies”. Shaul was struck with an arrow. David remind them of this scripture. The Philistines may have pulled out all manner of weapons against Shaul and Ysrayl and Yahudah was not there.*

19 “The beauty of Ysrayl is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! 20 Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice. Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21 O mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you nor fields of offerings. For the shield of the mighty is cast away there! The shield of Shaul, not anointed with oil. 22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Yahanathan did not turn back and the sword of Shaul did not return empty. 23 Shaul and Yahanathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives and in their death they were not divided. They were swifter than eagles. They were stronger than lions. 24 O daughters of Ysrayl, weep over Shaul who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. 25 How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Yahanathan was slain in your high places. 26 I am distressed for you, my brother Yahanathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women. 27 How the mighty have fallen and the weapons of war perished”!

Chapter 2:  Yah Sends David to Hebron

1 It happened after this that David inquired of Yah saying, “Shall I go up to any of the cities of Yahudah”? And Yah said to him, “Go up”. David said, “Where shall I go up”? And He said, “To Hebron”. 2 So David went up there and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Yezeylitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmylite. 3 And David brought up the men who were with him, every man with his household. So they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.

David Anointed King of Yahudah: David is Told that the Men of the Tribe of Benyamin of the City of Yabesh Gilead Buried Shaul and David Sends Word Blessing Them

4 Then the men of Yahudah came and there they anointed David king over the house of Yahudah. And they told David saying, “The men of Yabesh Gilead were the ones who buried Shaul”. 5 So David sent messengers to the men of Yabesh Gilead and said to them, “You are blessed of Yah, for you have shown kindness to your master, to Shaul and have buried him. 6 And now may Yah show kindness and truth to you. I also will repay you this kindness because you have done this thing. 7 Now therefore, let your hands be strengthened and be valiant. For your master Shaul is dead and also the house of Yahudah has anointed me king over them”.

Ishbosheth Made King of Ysrayl by Abner Cousin and Commander of Shaul’s Army

8 But Abner the son of Ner, commander of Shaul’s army took Ishbosheth the son of Shaul and brought him over to Mahanaim (Ysrayl’s capital). 9 And he made him king over Gilead, over the Ashurites, over Yezreyl, over Ephraim, over Benyamin and over all Ysrayl. 10 Ishbosheth, Shaul’s son was forty years old when he began to reign over Ysrayl and he reigned two years. Only the house of Yahudah followed David. 11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Yahudah was seven years and six months.

*Called Esh-baal or Ish-baal in 1 Chronicles 8:33 and 1 Chronicles 9:39. Ish-baal means man or husband of baal. Ishbosheth means man or husband of shame. He is the 4th and youngest son of Shaul.

Ysrayl or Benyamin and Yahudah at War: The War Between Ishbosheth and David: The Field of Sharp Swords

12 Now Abner the son of Ner and the servants of Ishbosheth the son of Shaul went out from Mahanaim (Ysrayl’s capital) to Gibeon. 13 And Yoab the son of Zeruiyah (Abishai’s brother, David’s nephew and mighty man) went out and met them by the pool of Gibeon. So they sat down, one on one side of the pool and the other on the other side of the pool. 14 Then Abner said to Yoab, “Let the young men now arise and compete before us”. And Yoab said, “Let them arise”. 15 So they arose and went over by number, twelve from Benyamin, followers of Ishbosheth the son of Shaul and twelve from the servant of David. 16 And each one grasped his opponent by the head and thrust his sword in his opponent’s side so they fell down together. Therefore, that place was called the Field of Sharp Swords (Hebrew Helkath Hazzurim) which is in Gibeon. 17 So there was a very fierce battle that day and Abner and the men of Ysrayl were beaten before the servants of David.

Brothers Yoab, Abishai and Asahyl: Asahyl Pursues Abner and Abner Kills Asahyl

18 Now the three sons of Zeruiyah were there: Yoab, Abishai and Asahyl. And Ashahyl was as fleet of foot as a wild gazelle. 19 So Asahyl pursued Abner and in going he did not turn to the right hand or to the left from following Abner. 20 Then Abner looked behind him and said, “Are you Asahyl”? He answered, “I am”. 21 And Abner said to him, “Turn aside to your right hand or to your left and lay hold on one of the young men and take his armor for yourself”. But Asahyl would not turn aside from following him. 22 So Abner said again to Asahyl, “Turn aside from following me. Why should I strike you to the ground? How then could I face your brother Yoab”? 23 However, he refused to turn aside. Therefore, Abner struck him in the stomach with the blunt end of the spear, so that the spear came out of his back and he fell down there and died on the spot. So it was that as many as came to the place where Asahyl fell down and died, stood still.

Yoab and Abishai Pursue Abner: Abner Tells Yoab to Stop Pursuing His Brothers: Abner and His Men Return to Mahanaim

24 Yoab and Abishai also pursued Abner. And the sun was going down when they came to the hill of Ammah which is before Giah by the road to the Wilderness Gibeon. 25 Now the children of Benyamin gathered together behind Abner and became a unit and took their stand on top of a hill. 26 Then Abner called to Yoab and said, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that it will be bitter in the latter end? How long will it be then until you tell the people to return from pursuing their brethren”? 27 And Yoab said, “As Yah lives, unless you had spoken, surely then by morning all the people would have given up pursuing their brethren”. 28 So Yoab blew a trumpet and all the people stood still and did not pursue Ysrayl anymore nor did they fight anymore. 29 Then Abner and his men went on all that night through the plain, crossed over the Yordan and went through all Bithron and they came to Mahaniam.

Asahyl Buried in Bethlehem: Yoab and His Men Return to Hebron

30 So Yoab returned from pursuing Abner. And when he had gathered all the people together, there were missing of David’s servants nineteen men and Asahyl. 31 But the servants of David had struck down of Benyamin and Abner’s men, three hundred and sixty men who died. 32 Then they took up Asahyl and buried him in his father’s tomb which was in Bethlehem. And Yoab and his men went all night and they came to Hebron at daybreak.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Shekel For Your Thoughts

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Ancient Hebrew coins with cluster of grapes and the other wheat (or barley I’m not sure).

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Ancient Hebrew coins with 3-string lyre on the left and harp on the right.

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Ancient Hebrew coins with pomegranates on the left and some kind of cup that I’m not sure of on the right. Yah’s high priest had pomegranates and bells on the hem of his robe, Exodus 28:33-34. Not only were there lilies on the pillars of the temple but there were also hundreds of pomegranates, 1 Kings 7:18-20. What do pomegranates represent? The word pomegranate comes from the Latin words pomum ‘apple’ and granatum ‘seeded’. In Hebrew it is pronounced ‘rimon’. It is thought to be the fruit that Hawah ate of and gave to her husband to eat. But I don’t know. Do you see the crown on the top of the pomegranate on the coin? Some also say that Solomon designed his crown based on the ‘crown’ of the pomegranate. When I open the pomegranate up, I count 7 membranes or chambers or sections. I could be wrong about the number (After the crown is off the top of the pomegranate you count 6 sections but there is another section on the bottom like a hidden chamber, this is why I said I count 7 sections). But notice in Song of Solomon chapters 4:3 and 6:7 that Solomon compared the temple to the chambers or sections of the pomegranate. Solomon also mentions the pom in S.O.S 7:12 and 8:2. What do you think about the pomegranate? A shekel for your thoughts.

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This looks like a coin but is a Hebrew medallion with shofar, scroll and menorah.

As I was reading last night, I wondered if there were any ancient Hebrew coins ever found and  I found the above.

1 Shemuyah Chapter 31

Chapter 31: The Tragic End of Shaul and His Sons: Shaul’s Armor Bearer Refused to Kill Shaul the Anointed of Yah: Shaul Finishes Himself by Laying His Body on a Sword

1 Now the Philistines fought against Ysrayl and the men of Ysrayl fled from before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Shaul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Yahanathan, Abinadab and Malishua, Shaul’s sons. 3 The battle became fierce against Shaul. The archers hit him and he was severely wounded by the archers. 4 Then Shaul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me”. But his armor-bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore, Shaul took a sword and fell on it. 5 Ans when his armor-bearer saw that Shaul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died with him. 6 So Shaul, his three sons, his armor-beareer and all his men died together that day.

The Philistines Cut Shaul’s Head Off  (Behead) His Dead Body and Praise Their Gods

7 And when the men of Ysrayl who were on the other side of the valley and those who were on the other side of the Yordan saw that the men of Ysrayl had fled and that Shaul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled and the Philistines came and dwelt in them. 8 So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Shaul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 And they cut off his head and stripped off his armor and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines, to proclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people.

Men of the Tribe of Benyamin Burn or Cremate Shaul’s Body and Bury His Ashes

11 Now when the inhabitants of Yabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Shaul–12 All the valiant men arose and traveled all night and took the body of Shaul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and they came to Yabesh and burned them there. 13 Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Yabesh and fasted seven days.

*See Matthew 5:21-22, Shaul wanted to kill his brother David without cause.

1 Shemuyah Chapters 29 and 30

Chapter 29: The Philistine Troops Reject David

1 Then the Philistines gathered together all their armies at Aphek and the Israylites encamped by a fountain which is in Yezreyl. 2 And the princes of the Philistines passed in review by hundreds and by thousands but David and his men passed in review at the rear with Achish. 3 Then the princes of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here”? And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, “Is this not David the servant of Shaul king of Ysrayl who has been with me these days or these years? And to this day I have found no fault in him since he defected to me”. 4 But the princes of the Philistines were angry with him. So the princes of the Philistines said to him, “Make this fellow return, that he may go back to the place which you have appointed for him and do not let him go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become our adversary. For with what could he reconcile himself to his master, if not with the heads of these men? 5 Is this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances saying, ‘Shaul has slain his thousands and David is ten thousands’. (Compare 1 Shemuyah 18:7).

The Philistine King Sends David Back to Ziklag in Peace

6 Then Achish called David and said to him, “Surely, as Yah lives you have been upright and your going out and your coming in with me in the army is good in my sight. For to this day, I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me. Nevertheless, the princes do not favor you. 7 Therefore, return now and go in peace that you may not displease the princes of the Philistines”.

Achish Compares David to a Malak of Yah

8 So David said to Achish, “But what have I done? And to this day what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my master the king”? 9 Then Achish answered and said to David, “I know that you are as good in my sight as an angel of Yah, nevertheless the princes of the Philistines have said, ‘He shall not go up with us to the battle’. 10 Now therefore, rise early in the morning with your master’s servants who have come with you (and go to the place which I have selected for you there and set no bothersome word in your heart, for you are good before me. And rise on your way). And as soon as you are up early in the morning and have light, depart”. 11 So David and his men rose early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Yezreyl.

Chapter 30: The Amalekites Capture the Women and Children of Ziklag Including David’s Wives: The People Want To Stone David in Their Grief: David Has Faith in Yah

1 Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire. 2 And had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great. They did not kill anyone but carried them away and went their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city and there it was, burned with fire and their wives, their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Yezeylitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmylite had been taken captive. 6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in Yah his Father.

David Inquires of Yah: David Takes Four of His Men to Pursue the Amalekites: Two Hundred of David’s Men are to Weary to Fight

7 Then David said to Abiathar (Hebrew My Father Excels) the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me”. And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8 So David inquired of Yah saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all”. 9 So David went, he and the six hundred men who were with him and came to the Brook Besor, where those stayed who were left behind. 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor.

An Amalekite Leaves His Sick Egyptian Servant to Die: David Feeds Him Bread, Water, Fig Cakes and Raisins: The Servant  Asks David to Take an Oath By Yah and Tells David Where the Amalekites are in Exchange Not To Be Given Back to the Evil Amalekite

11 Then they found an Egyptian in the field and brought him to David and they gave him bread and he ate and they let him drink water. 12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. So when he had eaten, his strength came back to him for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights. 13 Then David said to him, “To whom do you belong and where are you from”? And he said, “I am a young man from Egypt, servant of an Amalekite and my master left me behind because the three days ago, I fell sick. 14 We made an invasion of the southern are of the Cherethites, in the territory which belongs to Yahudah and of the southern area of Caleb and we burned Ziklag with fire”. 15 And David said to him, “Can you take me down to this troop”? So he said, “Swear to me by Yah that you will neither kill me nor deliver me into the hands of my master and I will take you down to this troop”.

Four Hundred Young Amalekite Males Escape David: David Recovers all that the Amalekites Took Including His Wives: David Takes the Amalekite Spoil Also

16 And when he had brought him down, there they were, spread out over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing because of all the great spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Yahudah. 17 Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except  four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. 18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away and David rescued his two wives. 19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them. David recovered all. 20 Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock and said, “This is David’s spoil”.

Some of David’s Four Hundred Men Are Stingy or Selfish and Don’t Want to Share the Spoil Among the Two Hundred that Stayed Behind: They Want the Two Hundred to Take their Wives and Children and Leave the Camp: David Splits the Spoil Among the Six Hundred Men

21 Now David came to the two hundred men who had been so weary that they could not follow David, whom they also had made to stay at the Brook Besor. So they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near the people, he greeted them. 22 Then all the wicked and worthless men (Literally men of Belial) of those who went with David answered and said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except for every man’s wife and children, that they may lead them away and depart”. 23 But David said, “My brothers, you shall not do so with what Yah has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us. 24 For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies. They shall share alike”. 25 So it was, from that day forward, he made it a statute and an ordinance for Ysrayl to this day.

Also David Shares the Spoil With the Elders of Yahudah:

26 Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Yahudah, to his friends saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of Yah–27 To those who were in Bethyl, those who were in Ramoth of the south, those who were in Yattir–28 Those who were in Aroer, those who were in Siphmoth, those who were in Eshtemoa–29 Those who were in Rachyl, those who were in the cities of the Yerahmeelites, those who were in the cities of the Kenites–30 Those who were in Hormah, those who were in Chorashan (Spelled Beth Shean in Yahoshua 17:11), those who were in Athach–31 Those who were in Hebron and to all the places where David himself and his men were accustomed to rove.

1 Shemuyah Chapters 27 and 28

Chapter 27:  David Allies with the Philistines: David Takes His Men and His Two Wives into Philistine Territory to Have Rest From Shaul

1 And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Shaul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines and Shaul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Ysrayl. So I shall escape out of his hand”. 2 Then David arose and went over with the six hundred  men who were with him to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3 So David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each man with his household and David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Yezreylitess and Abigail the Carmylitess, Naba’s widow. 4 And it was told Shaul that David had fled to Gath. So he sought him no more.

David Camps in Ziklag Country Side From Shaul One Year and Four Months

5 Then David said to Achish, “If I have now found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you”? 6 So Achish gave him Ziiklag that day. Therefore, Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Yahudah to this day. 7 Now the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was one full year and four months.

David Plunders the Nations But Does Not Tell Achish Exactly Where Just Saying an Area South of Here or There: David Stays Guarded Among the Philistines

8 And David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Girzites (or Gezrites) and the Amalekites. For those nations were the inhabitants of the land from of old, as you go to Shur, even as far as the land of Egypt. 9 Whenever David attacked the land, he left neither man nor woman alive but took away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels and the apparel and returned and came to Achish. 10 Then Achish would say, “Where have you made a raid today”? And David would say, “Against the southern area of Yahudah or against the southern area of the Yerahmeelites or against the southern area of the Kenites”. 11 David would save neither man nor woman alive, to bring news to Gath saying, “Lest they should inform on us saying, ‘Thus David did’.” And thus was his behavior all the time he dwelt in the country of the Philistines. 12 So Achish believed David saying, “He has made his people Ysrayl utterly abhor him. Therefore, he will be my servant forever”.

Chapter 28: Achish the Philistine King Wants David to Go to War with Him Against Ysrayl

1 Now it happened in those days that the Philistines gathered their armies together for war, to fight with Ysrayl. And Achish said to David, “You assuredly know that you will go out with me to battle, you and your men”. 2 So David said to Achish, “Surely you know what your servant can do”. And Achish said to David, “Therefore, I will make you one of my chief guardians forever”.

Shaul Put All Mediums and Spiritualists Out of the Land at One Time: The Philistines Gather together and Shaul Trembles: Yah Ignores Shaul

3 Now Shemuyah had died and all Ysrayl had lamented for him and buried him in Ramah, in his own city. And Shaul had put the mediums and the spiritualists out of the land. 4 Then the Philistines gathered together and came and encamped at Shumem. So Shaul gathered all Ysrayl together and they encamped at Gilboa. 5 When Shaul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6 Ans when Shaul inquired of Yah, Yah did not answer him, either by dreams or Urim or by the prophets.

Shaul Goes to a Medium and Thinks He is Speaking to the Ghost of Shemuyah But It is a Demon Because Yah is no longer with Him: The Medium Sees a Spirit and is Afriad: Shaul Bows Down to the Evil Spirit Thinking that It is Shemuyah

7 Then Shaul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her”. And his servants said to him, “In facet there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor”. 8 So Shaul disguised himself and put on the other clothes and he went and two men with him and they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Please conduct a séance for me and bring up for me the one I shall name to you”. 9 Then the woman said to him, “Look, you know what Shaul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritualists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die”? 10 And Shaul swore to her by Yah saying, “As Yah lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing”. 11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you”? And he said, “Bring up Shemuyah for me”. 12 When the woman saw Shemuyah, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Shaul saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Shaul”! 13 And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see”? And the woman said to Shaul, “I saw a spirit (Hebrew elohim or god/s) ascending out of the earth”. 14 So he said to her, “What is his form”? And she said, “An old man is coming up and he is covered with a mantle (robe)”. And Shaul perceived that it was Shemuyah and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down.

The Evil Spirit Reminds Shaul of Shemuyah’s Words Concerning Him Not Obeying Yah When He Was to Kill the Amalek and Yah Giving the Kingdom to David

15 Now Shemuyah said to Shaul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up”? And Shaul answered, “I am deeply distressed, for the Philistines make war against me and Yah has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore, I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do”. 16 Then Shemuyah said: “So why do you ask me, seeing Yah has departed from you and has become your enemy? 17 And Yah has done for Himself (Or him, that is David) as He spoke by me. For Yah has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. 18 Because you did not obey the voice of Yah nor executed His fierce wrath upon the Amalek, therefore Yah has done this thing to you this day.

The Evil Spirit Tells Shaul that Yah will Deliver Him and Ysrayl into the Hand of the Philistines and that He and His Sons Will Be Where Shemuyah Is Meaning the Grave

19 Moreover, Yah will also deliver Ysrayl with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. Yah will also deliver the army of Ysrayl into the hand of the Philistines. 20 Immediately Shaul fell full length on the ground and was dreadfully afraid because of the words of Shemuyah. And there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day or all night. 21 And the woman came to Shaul and saw that he was severely troubled and said to him, “Look, your maidservant has obeyed your voice and I have put my life in my hands and heeded the words which you spoke to me. 22 Now therefore, please heed also the voice of your maidservant and let me set a piece of bread before you and eat, that you may have strength when you go on your way”. 23 But he refused and said, “I will not eat”. So his servants together with the woman urged him and he heeded their voice. Then he arose from the ground and sat on the bed. 24 Now the woman had a fatted calf in the house and she hastened to kill it. And she took flour and kneaded it and baked unleavened bread from it. 25 So she brought it before Shaul and his servants and they ate. Then they rose and went away that night.

*(Yah speaks through whom He wants to speak through, man, spirit, animal, baby).

 

 

Interesting

I was watching this cooking show this morning. The cook was making her ‘man-friend’ a vegan dish. He is vegan. Instead of using bacon to flavor the dish she used fried olives. She said fried olives have the same texture as meat. I thought that was an interesting substitute.

1 Shemuyah Chapters 25 and 26

Chapter 25: Shemuyah Dies

1 Then Shemuyah died and the Israylites gathered together and lamented for him and buried him at his home in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the Wilderness of Paran (or Maon).

David Goes to Carmyl and Asks Nabal For Bread

2 Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmyl (Carmel or Karmyl comes from the same Hebrew root word as kerem which means vineyard. Carmyl means Yl’s vineyard in Hebrew) and the man was very rich. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmyl. 3 The name of the man was Nabal and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance but the man was harsh and evil in his doing. He was of the house of Caleb. 4 When David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep–5 David sent ten young men and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmyl, go to Nabal and greet him in my name. 6 And thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity, ‘Peace be to you (or Shalom Aleichem), peace to your house and peace to all that you have! 7 Now I have heard that you have shearers. Your shepherds were with us and we did not hurt them nor was there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmyl. 8 Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore, let my young men find favor in your eyes for we come on a feast day. Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants and to your son David’.” 9 So when David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in the name of David and waited.

David Takes Four Hundred Men to Take the Bread By Force From Nabal

10 Then Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “Who is David and who is the son of Yesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?” 12 So David’s young men turned on their heels and went back and they came and told him all these words. 13 Then David said to his men, “Every man gird on his sword”. So every man girded on his sword and David also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with David and two hundred stayed with the supplies.

The Sheep Keepers Tell Abigail About David and Also What Her Husband Has Done

14 Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife saying, “Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master and he reviled them. 15 But the men were very good to us and we were not hurt nor did we miss anything as long as we accompanied them, when we were in the fields. 16 They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the time we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore, know and consider what you will do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his household. For he is such a scoundrel (Literally son of Belial or son of wickedness) that one cannot speak to him”.

*Abigail means the Father rejoices in Hebrew.

Abigail In Wisdom and Understanding Loads Donkeys with Provisions to Give David and His Men So That They will not Hurt Innocent People: David and His Men are On the Way to Kill Nabal and His Male Servants

18 Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs and loaded them on donkeys. 19 And she said to her servants, “Go on before me. See, I am coming after you. But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 So it was, as she rode on the donkey, that she went down under cover of the hill and there were David and his men coming down toward her and she met them. 21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belongs to him. And he has repaid me evil for good. 22 May Yah do so and more also to the enemies of David, if I leave one male of all who belong to him by morning light”.

Beautiful and Smart Abigail Humbles Herself Before David

23 Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David and bowed down to the ground. 24 So she fell at his feet and said, “On me, my master, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears and hear the words of your maidservant. 25 Please, let not my master regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal (Literally Fool) is his name and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant did not see the young men of my master whom you sent. 26 Now therefore, my master, as Yah lives and as your soul lives, since Yah has held you back from coming to bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now then, let your enemies and those who seek harm for my master be as Nabal. 27 And now this present which your maidservant has  brought to my master, let it be given to the young men who follow my master. 28 Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For Yah will certainly make for my master an enduring house because my master fights the battles of Yah and evil is not found in you throughout your days. 29 Yet a man has risen to pursue you and seek your life but the life of my master shall be bound in the bundle of the living with Yah your Almighty and the lives of your enemies He shall sling out, as from the pocket of a sling. 30 And it shall come to pass, when Yah has done for my master according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you and has appointed you ruler over Ysrayl–31 That this will be no grief to you nor offense of heart to my master, either that you have shed blood without cause or that my master has avenged himself. But when Yah has dealt well with my master, then remember your maidservant”. (Abigail was prophesying here).

David Heeds the Voice of Abigail’s Good Advice and Sends Her Home in Peace

32 Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is Yah Almighty of Ysrayl who sent you this day to meet me! 33 And blessed is your advise and blessed are you because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand. 34 For indeed as Yah Almighty of Ysrayl lives, who has kept me back from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surly by morning light no males would have been left of Nabal”! 35 So David received from her hand what she had brought him and said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have heeded your voice and respected your person”.

After Abigail Tells Her Husband That She Gave David Bread Nabal Has a Series of Heart Attacks or Heart Troubles Because of the Evil in His Heart and He Dies

36 Now Abigail went to Nabal and there he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk. Therefore, she told him nothing, little or much, until morning light. 37 So it was, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him and he became like a stone. 38 Then it happened, after about ten days, that Yah struck Nabal and he died.

David Thanks Yah For Keeping Him From Doing Evil: David Asks Abigail to Marry Him: Abigail Promises to Wash His Feet or Serve Him: David Marries Abigail a Second Wife and a Third Wife Ahinoam of Yezreyl

39 So when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be Yah who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal and has kept his servant from evil”! For Yah has returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head”. And David sent and proposed to Abigail, to take her as his wife. 40 When the servants of David had come to Abigail at Carmyl, they spoke to her saying, “David sent us to you, to ask you to become his wife”. 41 Then she arose, bowed her face to the earth and said, “Here is your maidservant, a servant to wash the feet of the servants of Yah”. (Compare to John 13:1-17 and Luke 7:38-50). 42 So Abigail rose in haste and rode on a donkey, attended by five of her maidens and she followed the messengers of David and became his wife. 43 David also took Ahinoam of Yezreel and so both of them were his wives.

Shaul Gives His Daughter David’s First Wife to Someone Else Without David Knowing

44 But Shaul had given Michyl his daughter, David’s wife to Paltiyah the son of Laish, who was from Gallim.

*Gallim means who heaps up or covers up. It is thought to be a town of the tribe of Benyamin because Shaul is from Benyamin. Gallim is also mentioned in Isaiah 10:30.

Chapter 26: The Ziphites Tell Shaul David is in the Wilderness Ziph: Yah Tells David Shaul is there in the Wilderness: David Sends Spies and they Confirm What Yah has Said

1 Now the Ziphites came to Shaul at Gibeah saying, “Is David not hiding in the hill of Hachilah, opposite Yeshimon”? 2 Then Shaul arose and went down to Wilderness of Ziph having three thousand chosen men of Ysrayl with him to seek David in the Wilderness of Ziph. 3 And Shaul encamped in the hill of Hachilah which is opposite Yeshimon, by the road. But David stayed in the wilderness and he saw that Shaul came after him into the wilderness. 4 David therefore sent out spies and understood that Shaul had indeed come.

David and Abishai Enter Shaul’s Camp While They Sleep: Yah Puts a Deep Sleep on Shaul’s Camp

5 So David arose and came to the place where Shaul had encamped. And David saw the place where Shaul lay and Abner the son of Ner, the commander of his army. Now Shaul lay within the camp, with the people encamped all around him. 6 Then David answered and said to Ahimelech the Hittite and to Abishai the son of Zeruiyah, brother of Yoab saying, “Who will go down with me to Shaul in the camp”? And Abishai said, “I will go down with you”.

*Abishai means My Father is Mighty in Hebrew (Or Abishaddai meaning My Father is the Almighty). Abishai is the son of Zeruiyah, the sister of king David. Abishai’s brothers are Yoab and Asahyl. Abishai becomes important in David’s army by 2 Shemuyah 10:10. Abishai kills a giant named Ishbi-benob and saves David’s life in 2 Shemyah 21:16-17. Abishai is one of David’s mighty men, 1 Chronicles 11:20-21 and 2 Shemuyah 23:18-19.

David Forbids Abishai From Murdering Shaul: David Takes Shaul’s Spear and Water Jug

7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night and there Shaul lay sleeping within the camp, with his spear stuck in the ground by his head. And Abner and the people lay all around him. 8 Then Abishai said to David, “Yah has delivered your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, please let me strike him at once with the spear, right to the earth and I will not have to strike him a second time”! 9 But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him for who can stretch out his hand against Yah’s anointed and be guiltless”? 10 David said furthermore, “As Yah lives, Yah shall strike him or his day shall come to die or he shall go out to battle and perish. 11 Yah forbid that I should stretch out my hand against Yah’s anointed. But please, take now the spear and the jug of water that are by his head and let us go”. 12 So David took the spear and the jug of water by Shaul’s head and they got away and no man saw or knew it or awoke. For they were all asleep because a deep sleep from Yah had fallen on them.

David Spares Shaul’s Life a Second Time: David Chastens Abner For Not Standing Guard to Protect Shaul

13 Now David went over to the other side and stood on the top of a hill afar off, a great distance being between them. 14 And David called out to the people and to Abner the son of Ner saying, “Do you not answer, Abner”? Then Abner answered and said, “Who are you, calling out to the king”? 15 So David said to Abner, “Are you not a man? And who is like you in Ysrayl? Why then have you not guarded your master the king? For one of the people came in to destroy your master the king. 16 This thing that you have is not good. As Yah lives, you deserve to die because you have not guarded your master, Yah’s anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is and the jug of water that was by his head”.

David Considers Himself Small in Ysrayl Next to the King and Asks Shaul Why Do You Seek My Blood

17 Then Shaul knew David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice my son David”? David said, “It is my voice, my master, O king”. 18 And he said, “Why does my master thus pursue his servant? For what have I done or what evil is in my hand? 19 Now therefore, please, let my master the king hear the words of his servant: If Yah has stirred you up against me, let Him accept an offering. But if it is the children of men, may they be cursed before Yah, for they have driven me out this day from sharing in the inheritance of Yah saying, ‘Go, serve the gods’. 20 So now, do not let my blood fall to the earth before the face of Yah. For the king of Ysrayl has come out to seek a flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains”.

David Sends Shaul’s Spear Back to Him by Young Messenger: Shaul Blesses David For Sparing His Life a Second Time and Returns Home

21 Then Shaul said, “I have sinned. Return, my son David. For I will harm you no more because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Indeed, I have played the fool and erred exceedingly”. 22 And David answered and said, “Here is the king’s spear. Let one of the young men come over and get it. 23 May Yah repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness. For Yah delivered you into my hand today but I would not stretch out my hand against Yah’s anointed. 24 And indeed, as your life was valued much this day in my eyes, so let my life be valued much in the eyes of Yah and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation”. 25 Then Shaul said to David, “May you be blessed, my son David! You shall both do great things and also still prevail”. So David went on his way and Shaul returned to his place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Shemuyah Chapters 23 and 24

Chapter 23: Yah Tells David to Rescue the City of Keilah From the Philistines

1 Then they told David saying, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and they are robbing the threshing floors”. 2 Therefore David inquired of Yah saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines? And Yah said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah”. 3 But David’s men said to him, “Look, we are afraid here in Yahudah. How much more than if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines”? 4 Then David inquired of Yah once again. And Yah answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand”. 5 And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

Shaul Believing that Yah is with Him Goes to Keilah to Kill David

6 Now it happened, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah, that he went down with an ephod in his hand. 7 And Shaul was told that David had gone to Keilah. So Shaul said, “Yah has delivered him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars”. 8 Then Shaul called all the people together for war, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.

Yah tells David that the People of Keilah Will Deliver Him to Shaul So David Flees

9 When David knew that Shaul plotted evil against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here”. 10 Then David said, “O Almighty Yah of Ysrayl, Your servant has certainly heard that Shaul seeks to come to Keilah to destroy the city for my sake. 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me into his hand? Will Shaul come down, as Your servant has heard? O Almighty Yah of Ysrayl, I pray, tell Your servant”. And Yah said, “He will come down”. 12 Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Shaul”? And Yah said, “They will Deliver you”. 13 So David and his men, about six hundred arose and departed from Keilah and went wherever they could go. Then it was told Shaul that David had escaped from Keilah, so he halted the expedition.

David Goes to the Mountains of the Wilderness Ziph: Shaul Seeks to Kill David Daily but Yah does not deliver David to Shaul: David and Yahanathan Make a Covenant Again

14 And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness and remained in the mountains in the wilderness of Ziph. Shaul sought him every day but Yah did not deliver him into his hand. 15 So David saw that Shaul had come out to seek his life. And David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in a forest (or in Horesh). 16 Then Yahanathan, Shaul’s son arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in Yah. 17 And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Shaul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Ysrayl and I shall be next to you. Even my father Shaul knows that”. 18 So the two of them made a covenant before Yah. And David stayed in the woods and Yahanathan went to his own house.

Shaul is Told David is in the Wilderness Ziph

19 Then the Ziphites came up to Shaul at Gibeah saying, “Is David not hiding with us in strongholds in the woods in the hill of Hachilah which is on the south of Yeshimon? 20 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of your soul to come down and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand”. 21 And Shaul said, “Blessed are you of Yah, for you have compassion on me. 22 Please go and find out for sure and see the place where his hideout is and who has seen him there. For I am told he is very crafty. 23 See therefore and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hides and come back to me with certainty and I will go with you. And it shall be, if he in the land that I will search for him throughout all the clans (literally thousands) of Yahudah”.

David Flees to the Wilderness Maon: David on one side of the mountain and Shaul on the other side of the Mountain

24  So they arose and went to Ziph Before Shaul. But David and his men were in the Wilderness of Maon in the plain on the south of Yeshimon. 25 When Shaul and his men went to seek him, they (people) told David. Therefore, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Wilderness of Maon. And when Shaul heard that, he pursued David in the Wilderness of Maon. 26 Then Shaul went on one side of the mountain and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. So David made haste to get away from Shaul, for Shaul and his men were encircling David and his men to take them.

The Rock of Escape: Yah Stirs Up the Philistines So Shaul Goes and Fights the Philistines: David Flees to En Gedi

27 But a messenger came to Shaul saying, “Hurry and come for the Philistines have invaded the land”! 28 Therefore, Shaul returned from pursuing David and went against the Philistines. So they called that place the Rock of Escape (Hebrew Sela Hammahlekoth). 29 Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi.

Chapter 24: Yah Delivers Shaul into David’s Hand Saying Do With Him As You Please But Because of David’s Heart He Spares Shaul’s Life in the Cave Because He is Anointed of Yah

1 Now it happened, when Shaul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him saying, “Take note! David is in the Wilderness of En Gedi”. 2 Then Shaul took three thousand chosen men from all Ysrayl and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats. 3 So he came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there was a cave and Shaul went in to attend to his needs. David and his men were staying in the recesses of the cave. 4 Then the men of David said to him, “This is the day of which Yah said to you, ‘Behold I will deliver your enemy into your hand that you may do to him as it seems good to you’. And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Shaul’s robe. 5 Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Shaul’s robe. 6 And he said to his men, “Yah forbid that I should do this thing to my master, Yah’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of Yah”. 7 So David restrained his servants with these words and did not allow them to rise against Shaul. And Shaul got up from the cave and went on his way.

David Humbles Himself Before Shaul and Explains to Shaul Why He Spared His Life: David Spared Yah’s Anointed Yet Shaul Wanted to Murder Yah’s Anointed David

8 David also rose afterward, went out of the cave and called out to Shaul saying, “My master the king”! And when Shaul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth and bowed down. 9 And David said to Shaul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed David seeks your harm’? 10 Look, this day your eyes have seen that Yah delivered you today into my hand in the cave and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my master for he is Yah’s anointed’.” 11 “Moreover, my father, see! Yes, see the corner of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the corner of your robe and did not kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my hand and I have not sinned against you. Yet you hunt my life to take it. 12 Let Yah judge between you and me and let Yah avenge me on you. But my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked’. But my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Ysrayl come out? Whom do you pursue? A dead dog? A flea? 15 Therefore, let Yah be judge and judge between you and me and see and plead my case and deliver me out of your hand”.

Shaul Cries and Calls David More Righteous: Shaul Realizes Yah’s Words are Coming to Pass: David Makes a Covenant Not to Cut off Shaul’s descendants From Ysrayl

16 So it was, when David had finished speaking these words to Shaul, that Shaul said, “Is this your voice, my son David”? And Shaul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 Then he said to David, “You are more righteous than I for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil. 18 And you have shown this day how you have dealt well with me for when Yah delivered me into your hand, you did not kill me. 19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him get away safely? Therefore, may Yah reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. 20 And now I know indeed that you shall surely be king and that the kingdom of Ysrayl shall be established in your hand. 21 Therefore, swear now to me by Yah that you will not cut off my descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s house”. 22 So David swore to Shaul. And Shaul went home but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

In the Garden

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How my beets look today. It’s cold here today, well cold for down south anyway. 🙂 Please excuse my foot in the picture.

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I’m going to harvest this one, this week for my smoothies. My carrots have begun to sprout too and also my broccoli and cauliflower. 🙂