Through the Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 1-5

This Week’s Readings

Monday, May 14: 1 Samuel 1-5
Tuesday, May 15: 1 Samuel 6-10
Wednesday, May 16: 1 Samuel 11-15
Thursday, May 17: 1 Samuel 16-20
Friday, May 18: 1 Samuel 21-25

The overall year’s plan is here.

1 Samuel 1-5

If there was any time for me to be moving in and without reliable internet, this is a good time. 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel are the stories of Samuel, Saul, and then David. There’s a little commentary needed to clear up some questions of chronology with Saul and David, but otherwise these are all interesting, easy-to-follow stories.

If everything goes right, I’ll have good internet tomorrow, though I’ll still be moving in, pressed for time, and tired a lot.

For today, enjoy the story of Samuel. He’s the last of the judges.

I do want to point out one thing, and then give you a link that will help you guess at what plague was striking the Philistines in chapter 5.

1 Samuel 3:19

Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.

This verse has always been very important to me. Samuel as a prophet was not necessarily always right in his prophecies, as I read the wording of the verse. God did not simply make sure that Samuel had the right words, but God did not let any of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.

This implies to me that Samuel had such favor with God that God was going to back him up even when Samuel was wrong. God didn’t let his words fall to the ground. In other words, Samuel was so trustworthy that God wouldn’t let him be wrong. Even when he was wrong, God would make him right.

At least, that’s how I read it.

1 Samuel 5: The Plague on the Philistines

The Hebrew word describing the affliction of the Philistines most likely means hemorrhoids or tumors. has a list of commentators (including Keil and Delitszch, perhaps the most respected commentators available as far as the definition of words) speculating on the meaning of the Hebrew word here. Keil and Delitszch—perhaps the most respected commentators as far as word definitions are concerned—reference the rabbis, who consider it a hemorrhoid. Others argue that this was beubonic plague.

You can read their arguments yourself at

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