Hall of Faith: David flawed, but faithful

David is described as a man after God’s own heart. {1 Samuel 13:14}, so it is no surprise that he made the Hall of Faith. We first meet David as a young shepherd boy and watch him grow from a man anointed by God, to a man on the run, to King of Israel, to a man driven by desire […]

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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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Wives of King David: Abishag, Warmed an Old King

  Abishag was very beautiful and well known for her beauty.  She was a young woman in the time of King David’s old age.  She was chosen to be a helper to David in his final days. We are told “they put covers on him but could not keep him warm.” Her duties were to “lie next to David and […]

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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: Eglah

Eglah was the last wife to bear David children while he was in Hebron. Her name means heifer, chariot and round according to the Baby Names portion at Sheknows.com. She is the mother of Ithream.  

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Wives of King David: Abital

  Abital was with David while he was in Hebron and King of Judah. Her name means my father is the dew. She was the mother of Shephatiah.  Due to the birth order of her son she is usually considered the fifth wife.  

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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: Maacah, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur

Maacah {also seen as Maakah} is identified as the daughter of Talmai, King of Geshur.  Her marriage with David was probably an alliance between David and the King of Geshur. The only reference I could find to the meaning of her name was on Biblenews1.com which says “Ma`akah means fondling female, or pet.”  No citation for this was found on […]

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Wives of King David: Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel

           We first meet Abigail in connection with her first husband, Nabal of Carmel. Nabal is described in 1 Samuel 25 as surly and mean in his dealing. In contrast, Abigail is described as “an intelligent and beautiful woman.”  From what little we’re told about her in scripture, she seems to live up to the meaning […]

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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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Wives of King David: Michal, the wife who loved and hated

Michal was the younger daughter of King Saul.  Her story is the only one that comes to us in several different parts. David has already slain Goliath and become best friends with King Saul’s son, Jonathan.  However, Saul is afraid of David.  He probably has learned by this point that David has been anointed to become the next king. Saul […]

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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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