Read Scripture: 1 Samuel

Read Scripture: 1 Samuel

Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of 1 Samuel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In 1 Samuel, God reluctantly …


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  1. D Bot

    you forgot the part where God commands Samuel to tell Saul to go to the land of the Amalekites and slaughter everything, all the men, women, children and animals, as revenge for the people of Israel

  2. Muhd Hafizama

    I have read this chapter of the bible , GOD ORDERED SAUL TO KILL BABY but this video doesn't state what Saul's did and why Samuel tells Saul that he's not a good servant of God, but let me tell you and it's even better if you open yr own bible and read by yrself ' So basically God ordered King Saul to attack amalakites , "Go attack amalakites of what they had done and slay everyone , infants , children and domestic animals, spare none" , but Saul brings back some domestic animals and killed everyone as ordered by God , Prophet Samuel came and said that Saul disobey Gods command by kept those animals lived ,
    This is the most controversial chapter in term of violence , where God ordered to kill everyone in bible regardless to their ages , sadly this channel doesn't tell the youtuber what really happened

  3. M. R. S.

    Thank you, Bible Project! I am visual so I admire these videos. To see it in action is awesome! This is a powerful learning tool. I pray for financial resources to pour into this project that it may continue for years to come.

  4. Bummy

    As an open minded 29 year old Christian, I experience many curiosities in regards to the beautiful and confusing relationship between David and Saul's son Johnathan, and was quite surprised it was never mentioned in this video. Johnathon aids in David's survival. Johnathan protects David, unconditionally. Some of Saul's anger towards David is in relation to his son's relationship with David. The 2 young men "became one in spirit" with each other, they made covenants and oaths between each other, many times, with the Lord as their witness. Oaths/Covenants they made to carry on between their descendants. Their love for each other is inspiring, uplifting, and perhaps a little "progressive". What say you on this overlooked story line? I ask not in negativity, but pure curiosity. It is a major theme in the book of Samuel. I come to your website, your videos and your podcasts when I am in need of the knowledge and understanding that churches don't/won't provide. I am genuinely thankful for what you all do at The Bible Project and will soon be a donor. The relationship between David and Johnathon and needs to be addressed in this modern world, full of modern Christians. There needs to be some understanding. Please help. Thank you.

  5. Dan B

    The impression I got about Saul is that he was literally insane as a king(at least at some point). He seemed to be pretty repentant(even if he lost his mind afterward) and humbled when David showed him that he(David) had his life in his hands and spared him(twice).

    I finished 1st Samuel. I found it interesting, sad, pretty brutal, but despite that pretty exciting(or at least I was wanting to find out what happens next).

    I also know and keep in mind that the biblical stories are not meant to provide perfect role-models/paragons for us, they are often flawed and sinful, even especially sinful. Even the Bible itself acknowledges that. We ought to be careful to avoid the argument from silence. That is not to say that we should be too judgmental of them. That is actually one of the things I found interesting, many of the biblical characters/"heroes"(if they can be called that) are simultaneously highly virtuous and highly viscous(having strong or many vices). Saul and David are good examples.

    The story of Saul is pretty sad, it appears that he started out as a relatively virtuous guy but lost his mind when he was king. Even though he was insane and was trying to kill David out of envy and paranoia multiple times, he repented multiple times when David proved to him that he could have killed Saul, Saul had the guts and the virtue to admit(to himself, to God, to David, and to anyone else present) that he was in the wrong and had done evil and considered David the better man, rather than hiding in denial or trying to save face.

    So far in the story, David reminds me of Saul's beginning and demonstrates virtue like his personal loyalty to people(even to Saul as Saul was repeatably trying to find and kill David and driving him into hiding), confidence in God(in the story of Goliath and other places), humility, and repentance(like Saul demonstrated at times). David also seems to have been very brutal at times, unforgivably so by most modern standards, but it is difficult for me to condemn him for too long since he seems to have been sincere about being a good man insofar as he(in his environment) knew how to be and also because he was willing to change when it was shown to him that he was in the wrong. I think that if David was around in the time of the ministry of Jesus, he might have been one of the least offended by Jesus, but if I were in that time, I might have been a pharisee. I condemn David at times out of unrighteous indignation, but I think he had a good heart despite his extreme problems(I doubt I would have done better than him if I were raised in the culture).

    Reading about David and the psalms of David is a very humbling experience for me. It reminds me how unjustly judgmental I can be if I am tempted to feel so-called "righteous indignation". I don't beat myself up over my past, but I do not consider myself to have the right to condemn others or to be unforgiving or to look down on anyone on earth. Condemnation of others is a burden that I don't want anyway. Unforgiveness and pride suck!

  6. Zyre Raza

    The Holy Quran of Islam states and I qoute

    " Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 62:
    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

    Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve."

    It is upto the people of God's book to research into what Islam is and who the last messiah was.

    I hereby testify that quran is the word of the God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Jesus, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and Muhammad. (may God's peace be upon all his servants)

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