Bible: 1 Sam. 18:6-12; 20:32-33; 24:1-15; 26:5-11
18:6 When the men 1 arrived after David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women from all the cities of Israel came out singing and dancing to meet King Saul. They were happy as they played their tambourines and three-stringed instruments. 2 18:7 The women who were playing the music sang,
“Saul has struck down his thousands,
but David his tens of thousands!”
18:8 This made Saul very angry. The statement displeased him and he thought, 3 “They have attributed to David tens of thousands, but to me they have attributed only thousands. What does he lack, except the kingdom?” 18:9 So Saul was keeping an eye on David from that day onward.
18:10 The next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul and he prophesied within his house. Now David was playing the lyre 4 that day. There was a spear in Saul’s hand, 18:11 and Saul threw the spear, thinking, “I’ll nail David to the wall!” But David escaped from him on two different occasions.
18:12 So Saul feared David, because the
Abraham and Abimelech
The Wife for Isaac
24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, 1 and the
24:6 “Be careful 11 never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. 12 24:7 “The
24:10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. 20 He journeyed 21 to the region of Aram Naharaim 22 and the city of Nahor. 24:11 He made the camels kneel down by the well 23 outside the city. It was evening, 24 the time when the women would go out to draw water. 24:12 He prayed, “O
26:7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” 4 He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, 5 “The men of this place will kill me to get 6 Rebekah because she is very beautiful.”
26:8 After Isaac 7 had been there a long time, 8 Abimelech king of the Philistines happened to look out a window and observed 9 Isaac caressing 10 his wife Rebekah. 26:9 So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really 11 your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac replied, “Because I thought someone might kill me to get her.” 12
26:10 Then Abimelech exclaimed, “What in the world have you done to us? 13 One of the men 14 might easily have had sexual relations with 15 your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us!” 26:11 So Abimelech commanded all the people, “Whoever touches 16 this man or his wife will surely be put to death.” 17