2 Samuel 21  


  1. Why was Saul’s attempt to exterminate the Gibeonites wrong?
    How was David careful not to make the same mistake?
    Do we stand by our word? Cf. Ps. 15:4c.
  2. There was a law that those who were hanged were to be buried the same day.
    What was the reason for this law?
    Cf. Deut. 21:23.
    How does it explain the exception that is made here?
  3. What significance is there in the fact giants troubled David right to the end of his life?

Note. Verse 19. Cf. 1 Chr. 20:5 which seems to have preserved more accurately the original text.


2 Samuel 19:40-20:26

  1. Analyse the quarrel between Israel and Judah:
    (a) Its cause;
    (b) the arguments used;
    (c) the spirit in which it was conducted;
    (d) its tragic outcome.
  2. How was the threatened disaster averted?
    What part was played respectively by David, by Joab, and by the wise women in the town of Abel?
  3. What considerations aggravate Joab’s sin in murdering Amasa? Cf. 2 Sam. 17:25; 19:13.

2 Samuel 19:9-39

  1. Why did David not make an immediate re-entry into the capital?
    How does his attitude contrast with that of Saul and other leaders in the same mould?
    See 1 Sam. 8:10-18.
  2. What qualities in David stand stand out in his treatment of:
    (a) Shimel,
    (b) Mephibosheth, and
    (c) Barzillai?
    What can be learnt from the attitude of each of these men to David?

Note. Verse 11. The fact that Absalom’s rebellion centred in Hebron (15:7-12) shows how deeply the tribe of Judah was implicated in it.

2 Samuel 16:15-17:29

  1. What are the reasons for Ahitophel’s first piece of advice to Absalom?
    What do you think would have been David’s first thought (cf. 12:11, 12)?
    Is this the key to David’s rather defeatist attitude?
  2. 17:1-14. Was Ahithophel’s counsel good?
    If so, why was it that Hushai’s advice won the day?
  3. How was David rewarded for his previous generosity Notice who Shobi was (verse 17:27; see 2 Sam. 10:2).

2 Samuel 15:1-16:14  

  1. How was it that Absalom ‘stole the hearts of the men of Israel’?
    What do you make of David’s reactions here?
  2. Contrast the behavior of Absalom with that of Ittai and Hushai.
  3. Consider how the rebellion shows certain men in their true colours (16:1-14). Again note David’s reactions.

2 Samuel 13:38-14:33

  1. What is laudable in the actions recorded here of:
    (a) Joab and
    (b) David, and what gives rise to misgivings?
  2. How does David’s predicament illustrate the situation confronting God with the human race?
    How is the gospel ‘solution’ at once more far-reaching and more satisfactory than the expedient adopted by David?
  3. Study Absalom’s character, and list his faults.

Note. 14:7. Those who demanded the murderer’s death had justification according to the law (see Deut. 19:11-13). The women based her plea on her own great need.