Wives of King David: King David’s Children

We’ve been studying the lives and lessons from the wives of King David, including the childless wife, some nameless concubines, a bed warmer and an almost wife. But what about his children? Only one daughter is mentioned by name.  She is Tamar, daughter of Maacah.  Her name is Hebrew and means date palm, palm tree or a date {the fruit}.  She […]

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Wives of King David: Merab, the Almost Wife

Merab was the oldest daughter of King Saul and his wife, Ahinoam.  {Most likely a different woman than David’s wife, Ahinoam of Jezreel.}  Her name means abundant in the Hebrew language. Merab was promised to David by her father, King Saul, upon his victory over Goliath.  However, this marriage never seems to have taken place.  We are not told exactly […]

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David had many wives & concubines

We know that David married many more wives other than the seven listed by name.  However, we don’t know how many more. 2 Samuel 5 says “David married more wives in Jerusalem.” The Brown commentary states “In this conduct David transgressed an express law, which forbade the king of Israel to multiply wives unto himself in Deuteronomy 17:17.” We do […]

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Wives of King David: Bathsheba

The story of Bathsheba is the best known of King David’s wives. By the time David meets her he is King of Israel and living in Jerusalem. Her name means the daughter of oath.  Her father and grandfather were in David’s inner circle and Wikipedia says her father, Eliam, was “one of David’s thirty” and her grandfather, Ahitophel was “one […]

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Wives of King David: Haggith

  Haggith is mentioned three times in the old testament in the line of David’s wives.  {2 Samuel 3:4; 1 Kings 1-2; 1 Chronicles 3:2} According to Wikipedia her name means festive.  One wonders if she was the belle of the ball, given the meaning of her name. She is listed as the mother of Adonijah.  He was born to […]

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Wives of King David: Ahinoam of Jezreel

Ahinoam was the first wife David married after he left Michal to flee for his life.  She is always listed as Ahinoam of Jezreel. She is often confused with “Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz” {1 Samuel 14} who was King Saul’s wife.  There is no proof these two women are the same. We know Ahinoam was from the area of Jezreel, […]

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King David

King David is one of the most interesting men in scripture. He transforms from a young shepherd boy, to a confident teen that slays Goliath, into a man on the run for his life, and finally to the King of Israel. He was anointed at a young age, but had to wait many years for that promise to be fulfilled.  […]

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Second Chances: David and Bathsheba

We are continuing our study on second chances. We are told that David was a man “after God’s own heart.”  However, we are also shown David’s failures and mistakes.  Like the rest of us, he was not a perfect man and made plenty of mistakes. 1 Kings 15:5 says,  “David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, […]

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Learning to Rest

I’m a workaholic.  Not only in my day job, but also with my ministry. I woke up one Saturday morning with the intention of writing.  This was my busy time of year at work, but I still had writing commitments that had to be completed. Well, as they say “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” […]

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Is It All About You?

I had a co-worker who turned every conversation, no matter how inconsequential, to her. No matter what we discussed, the conversation always became about her or a family member. Over the course of time, many of us backed away from this person. After all friendship is supposed to be about give and take, but this situation was always about take, […]

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