When you come to the land the Lord your God is giving you and take it over and live in it and then say, “I will select a king like all the nations surrounding me,”
Then you must affirm before the Lord your God, “A wandering 1 Aramean 2 was my ancestor, 3 and he went down to Egypt and lived there as a foreigner with a household few in number, 4 but there he became a great, powerful, and numerous people.
When the news reached all the kings on the west side of the Jordan 1 – in the hill country, the lowlands, 2 and all along the Mediterranean coast 3 as far as 4 Lebanon (including the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites) –
When Gideon heard the report of the dream and its interpretation, he praised God. 1 Then he went back to the Israelite camp and said, “Get up, for the Lord is handing the Midianite army over to you!”
When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come on, let’s head back before my father quits worrying about the donkeys and becomes anxious about us!”
Let our lord instruct his servants who are here before you to look for a man who knows how to play the lyre. Then whenever the evil spirit from God comes upon you, he can play the lyre 1 and you will feel better.” 2
1 Now as Saul watched David going out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the general in command of the army, “Whose son is this young man, Abner?” Abner replied, “As surely as you live, O king, I don’t know.”
But Saul found out the whereabouts of David and the men who were with him. 1 Now Saul was sitting at Gibeah under the tamarisk tree at an elevated location with his spear in hand and all his servants stationed around him.
So David and his men, who numbered about six hundred, set out and left Keilah; they moved around from one place to another. 1 When told that David had escaped from Keilah, Saul called a halt to his expedition.
Now David’s soldiers 1 and Joab were coming back from a raid, bringing a great deal of plunder with them. Abner was no longer with David in Hebron, for David 2 had sent him away and he had left in peace.
While he was offering sacrifices, Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s adviser, 1 to come from his city, Giloh. 2 The conspiracy was gaining momentum, and the people were starting to side with Absalom.
So the king got up and sat at the city gate. When all the people were informed that the king was sitting at the city gate, they 1 all came before him.But the Israelite soldiers 2 had all fled to their own homes. 3
They crossed at the ford in order to help the king’s household cross and to do whatever he thought appropriate. Now after he had crossed the Jordan, Shimei son of Gera threw himself down before the king.