Chart from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the OT - used by permission
1 Samuel Chart from Charles Swindoll
The Ryrie Study Bible
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Map on Left ESV Global Study Bible, on right Jensen's Survey of the OT
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Overlappings in 1 Samuel
First Three Kings of Israel
Main Characters in 1 Samuel
MAPS TRACING DAVID'S FLIGHT FROM SAUL 1 SAMUEL 19-24
Click here for an excellent map with DAVID'S FLIGHT FROM SAUL with Numbered Movements of David - Copyright Faithlife / Logos Bible Software (https://www.logos.com).
Below is a summary from the ESV Global Study Bible of 18 places David fled
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The following notes are modified from ESV notes to include the related Scriptures.
David’s growing reputation fueled Saul’s jealousy which soon flamed into a desire to murder David (1Sa 19:9-10).
(1) David fled from Saul in Gibeah (1Sa 19:9-10) and then from his home (1Sa 19:11-17)
(2) After Saul tried unsuccessfully to kill him in his home, he fled to Samuel at Naioth in Ramah (1Sa 19:18)
(3), Saul sought David in Naioth of Ramah, but the Spirit saved him (1Sa 19:19-24), and he fled back to meet Jonathan in Gibeah where Jonathan sent an "arrow-gram" warning David of Saul’s determination to kill him(1Sa 20:1-42)
(4). David then fled to Ahimelech the priest at Nob where he collected food and Goliath’s sword. (1Sa 21:1-9)
(5), David briefly sought refuge in the Philistine city of Gath (1Sa 21:10-15)
(6) David then escaped to set up headquarters at the cave of Adullam where his army swelled to 400 men. (1Sa 22:1-2)
(7), In order to protect his parents from harm, David left them in the care of the king of Moab at Mizpah (1Sa 22:3-4)
(8) and went to live in “the stronghold”, the cave of Adullam (1Sa 22:1, 4)
(9). Prophet Gad warns Davie and he went to the forest of Hereth (1Sa 22:5)
(10) and then left to rescue nearby Keilah from some Philistine raiding parties. (1Sa 23:1-5)
(11) When David heard that Saul was coming to Keilah, he and his 600 men fled Keilah. (1Sa 23:9-13) David relocated to the wilderness of Ziph (1Sa 23:14)
(12) After the men of Ziph betrayed David to Saul (1Sa 23:19-20), David and his men went to live in the wilderness of Maon (1Sa 23:24-25) and narrowly escaped capture there by Saul (1Sa 23:26-28)
(13) . Fleeing the strongholds of Engedi (1Sa 23:29) David again evaded capture by Saul and refused an opportunity to take Saul’s life. (1Sa 24:1-22)
(14) After Samuel's death (1Sa 25:1) David went to the wilderness of Paran (1Sa 25:1)
(15). While he was there, David was again betrayed to Saul by the men of Ziph and refused another opportunity to take Saul’s life. (1Sa 26:1-25)
(16) Finally, David and his men sought refuge with Achish, the king of Gath (1Sa 27:1-12)
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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
David, a heart for God by Briscoe, D. Stuart 1 rating
Looking on the heart (Volume 2 - 1 Samuel 15-31) by Davis, Dale Ralph A Study of 1 Samuel (21-Part MP3 Series)
2 Kings : the power and the fury by Davis, Dale Ralph
Cyril Barber - Combines history and theology in his description of the events surrounding Israel's first two kings.
Preaching through the Bible : 1 Samuel by Eaton, Michael
First and Second Samuel by Johnson, Frank,
1 and 2 Samuel : an introduction and commentary by Baldwin, Joyce
A concise, competent, clear evangelical work using various sources, elucidating most passages well and showing their theological and practical relevance then and now.
1 Samuel by Klein, Ralph - Word Biblical Commentary Series. This is a cumbersome commentary for routine use.
Cyril Barber - Based on the latest Redaktionsgeschichte, this exposition makes a valuable contribution but needs to be used with discernment. The bibliographies at the beginning of each chapter are of the utmost value. Comments on the text are technical, and because Klein feels the text is in poor shape, he relies heavily on the LXX and other critical commentaries. Seminarians and pastors will find Klein's translation helpful, his research impeccable; but his explanation of the theme of 1 Samuel is lacking. However, his overall treatment is one that deserves careful consideration.
Samuel -1 & 2 Samuel by Payne, David 8 ratings
The first book of Samuel by Ackroyd, Peter - The second book of Samuel : commentary
James Rosscup - An attempt to meet general readers’ needs. The approach is mildly critical. Ackroyd has a clear writing style and often is of help on the reading of a given text, historical setting, customs and explanation of the passage. The work is cursory.
The first book of Samuel by Blaikie, William Garden, (See his book on 2 Samuel)
Cyril Barber - One of the finest devotional commentaries ever produced. First published in 1887 as part of The Expositor's Bible (see below)
Desiring God's own heart -1 & 2 Samuel/1 Chronicles by Arthur, Kay 52 ratings
1 & 2 Samuel : a self-study guide by Jensen, Irving
A NavPress Bible study on the book of 1 Samuel 55 ratings
The prophets of Israel - Leon Wood - 405 pages (1979) See user reviews.
James Rosscup - A thoroughly conservative work, very clearly written, in two sections, prophetism and the prophets. Wood under the first division goes into the identity, meaning of “to prophesy,” function, the Holy Spirit and prophecy, and other aspects. In the second, he discusses in some detail prophets before Samuel, Samuel, monarchy prophets, and the writing prophets from the ninth century to post-exilic days. This is a fine book that gives the student or pastor a much better, integrated understanding of the prophets behind the prophetic books.
The Holman Illustrated Study Bible 120 ratings Includes the excellent Holman maps but otherwise of little help in serious study.
Disciple's Study Bible : New international version 54 ratings Not that helpful for verse by verse study. Focuses on application of Christian doctrines. 10,000 annotations; doctrinal summaries, "Life Helps" section relate doctrine to everyday discipleship.
New Bible Commentary - (1994) See user reviews
The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings
The David Jeremiah study bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages. 424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion.
The Lion handbook to the Bible - (1999) 822 pages. This resource is absolutely loaded with very nice color pictures and charts.
NIV archaeological Study Bible (2005) 2360 pages 950 ratings (See also Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT)
NIV cultural backgrounds study Bible. bringing to life the ancient world of scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
The NIV study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. Note this is the first edition. Here is a link to the 2011 version of the NIV Study Bible Note that this resource has been fully revised in 2020.
The Ryrie study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative. 216 ratings
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews.
Harper study Bible : the Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version
The Jewish Study Bible - Only OT - Interesting Jewish perspective.
The student Bible : New International Version
Hebrew-Greek key word study Bible : New international version
Key word commentary : thoughts on every chapter of the Bible by Water, Mark
Eerdmans' family encyclopedia of the Bible (1978) 344 pages
Eerdmans' handbook to the Bible (1983) 688 pages
Tyndale handbook of Bible charts & maps by Wilson, Neil
Bible handbook and A-Z bible encyclopedia
International children's Bible field guide : answering kids' questions from Genesis to Revelation by Richards, Larry
The illustrated guide to Bible customs & curiosities by Knight, George W. (George William),
Today's Handbook of Bible times & customs by Coleman, William L
The Shaw Pocket Bible handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.
"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking!
The New Unger's Bible Dictionary by Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909-
Survey of the Bible : introductory insights, background studies, book-by- book survey by Unger, Merrill Frederick
The Hodder Bible handbook by Unger, Merrill
Nelson's expository dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill
Kregel Bible handbook : a full-color guide to every book of the Bible by Kerr, William 3 ratings
The new encyclopedia of Christian quotations by Water, Mark
Zondervan handbook to the Bible
Dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible (DDD) - 950 pages (1995) Read some of the 65 ratings (4.8/5 Stars). A definitive in depth resource on this subject. Very expensive to purchase.
DON ANDERSON Verse by Verse Teaching Notes Life of David
- David #5: 1 Samuel 23:1-29 & 24:1-22
- David #6: 1 Samuel 25:1-44
- David #7: 1 Samuel 26:1-28:2
- David Lectures - Mp3's - Link to list of 24 lectures See below for Scriptures covered in each study
Don Anderson - David Teacher Notes - See above for Scriptures covered in each study
- David study 4 1 Samuel 21:1 – 22:23
- David study 5 1 Samuel 23:1-29 & 24:1-22
Don Anderson - David Study Notes - over 700 pages of notes
- David study 4 1 Samuel 21:1 – 22:23
- David study 5 1 Samuel 23:1-29 & 24:1-22
MICHAEL ANDRUS, et al - nice transcripts
PAUL APPLE 1 Samuel Commentary 189 page Pdf
ALBERT BARNES- Commentary
- 1 Samuel - Believers Chapel Dallas - Matt Heidelburg
- 1 Samuel - Believers Chapel Dallas- Geoff Brown
BRIAN BELL - Sermons - often has very helpful insights
- I Samuel 25 The Woman Who Saved Her Husbands Neck
BENSON BIBLE COMMENTARY
ROBERT BERGEN - two resources that can be borrowed
James Rosscup on New American Commentary - The commentator is a professor at Hannibal-La Grange College, Hannibal, MO. He argues for the accurate, reliable, relevant Word of God. His excellent work reflects wide knowledge of biblical literature in the text and in footnotes. The writing flows with lucid vitality, and Bergen invests much from word study, grammar, customs, geographical details, etc. His appraisal of Eli is arresting (69), as are comments on Saul’s excuses of I Sam. 15 and David’s fight with Goliath. Bergen’s careful weighing of views about how Saul died ends with his harmonizing view that Saul fell on his sword (I Sam. 31), but in his final moments the Amalekite hastened his death (2 Sam. 1). This is a fine grappling with main details in the two books.
- 1 & 2 Second Samuel - Shepherd's Notes by Bergen, Robert D - Not very detailed but occasional interesting insights.
- 1 & 2 Samuel - New American Commentary Bergen, Robert D.
JIM BOMKAMP - Sermons
CAMBRIDGE BIBLE COMMENTARY
KENNETH CHAFIN - BORROW
Rosscup says this is part of "A 12-vol. set done by 12 men selected for unusual ability to show the Bible is alive in biblical exposition, with spiritual refreshment and insight. The authors seek to combine scholarship on biblical meaning, illustrations to spark applications, and outlines."
Cyril Barber - Pastoring a church with a good seminary library close by enabled Chafin to have access to the finest literary resources available. His treatment of the lives of Samuel, Saul, and David is helpful, even if it lacks depth that a thorough knowledge of human personality would enhance. In spite of this, preachers will find these chapters clearly outlined and their contents ably articulated.
- The Communicator's Commentary: 1, 2 Samuel Now published as The Preacher's Commentary
ADAM CLARKE - Commentary
STEVEN COLE - SERMONS
THOMAS CONSTABLE - Expository Notes
W A CRISWELL
- Click here for links to sermons listed below:
- 1 Samuel 25
DARBY BIBLE COMMENTARY
DALE RALPH DAVIS - colorful speaker, writer
- Looking on the heart (Volume 2 - 1 Samuel 15-31) - Borrow
- A Study of 1 Samuel (21-Part MP3 Series)
JOHN JAMES DAVIS
- Borrow The Birth of a Kingdom : Studies in I-II Samuel and I Kings 1-11 -
- Borrow Israel : from conquest to exile : a commentary on Joshua-2 Kings
WILLIAM JOHN DEANE (AND THOMAS KIRK)
Cyril Barber “A pleasing exposition of the Biblical text.” – In this treatment of the lives of Samuel and Saul, Samuel is shown to possess an inner Godward orientation that motivated all he did. Saul is revealed as being motivated by external considerations. These two men-contemporaries for a time-explain for us the dynamics of success from God's perspective. In explaining 1 Samuel, Deane and Kirk provide the kind of practical application that will delight every devout Bible student. Recommended.
- Samuel and Saul: Their Lives and Times (Or Here) - William Deane Publication Date: 1889 230 pp.
BOB DEFFINBAUGH - Sermons
- Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary: Samuel, First & Second, Theology of
- Holman Bible Dictionary: Samuel, Books of
- Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Samuel, Books
- McClintock and Strong: Samuel, First and Second Books of.
- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Samuel, Books of
- Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Samuel, Books of
- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary Samuel, books of
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary Samuel, Books of
- Fausset Bible Dictionary Samuel, the Books of
- Smith Bible Dictionary Samuel, Books of
- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Samuel, Books of
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia Samuel, Books of
- The Jewish Encyclopedia Samuel, Books o
- Saul means “demanded, lent, ditch, death” – Hitchcock’s Bible Names
- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary Saul, king of israel
- American Tract Society Saul
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary Saul
- Fausset Bible Dictionary Saul
- Holman Bible Dictionary Saul
- Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible Saul
- Whyte’s Bible Characters Saul
- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Saul
- Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia Saul
- McClintock and Strong Saul
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia Saul
JOHN DUMMELOW - COMMENTARY
EASY ENGLISH - Commentary
ESV STUDY BIBLE - BORROW
- ESV Study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel 6,004 ratings
EXPLORE THE BIBLE
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE Commentary - William Blaikie
D Edmond Hiebert - A practical, warm-hearted exposition by a conservative scholar. Although written during the nineteenth century, it is rich in its interpretative contents, as, for example, on chapter 15.
Cyril J. Barber - One of the finest devotional commentaries ever produced.
Spurgeon on Blaikie's related life of David: "Dr. Blaikie is a good writer. This Life of David has supplied a great lack." (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries)
- 1 Samuel 25
- 1 Samuel - entire book on one page
EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS
A C GAEBELEIN Annotated Bible
GENE GETZ - short videos emphasizing application
- David: God's man in faith and failure by Getz, Gene A - Borrow this book (This book corresponds for the most part to his book "Men of Character: David")
- When you feel like a failure : take a lesson from David by Getz, Gene - Borrow this book
- 1 Samuel; Principle #40; 1 Sam. 25:1-44; Personal Confrontation: When we see a fellow Christian about to walk out of the will of God, we should be willing to confront that person humbly and sensitively. Video
JOHN GILL - Commentary
R P GORDON - BORROW
James Rosscup - This generally highly-regarded work offers much assistance verse by verse, using the RSV. The author comments a lot on the Hebrew text as to exegesis, word study, dealing with problems, etc.
- 1 & 2 Samuel by Gordon, R. P
- Book of 1 Samuel - Bible Survey
- 1 Samuel 25 Who was Abigail in the Bible?
- 1 Samuel 25 What is the story of David and Nabal?
L M GRANT - Commentary
DAVE GUZIK - Commentary
ROBERT HAWKER - Poor Man's Commentary
MATTHEW HENRY - Commentary
DAVID HOCKING - 62 page study "Learning to Trust God" in 1 Samuel (outline format)
- 1 Samuel (outline format) - Lot's of alliteration - Check it out
F B HOLE - Commentary
HOLMAN PUBLISHING - BORROW - Editor Jeremy Royal Howard
- HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holman's excellent maps. Borrow
INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY A Critical & Exegetical Commentary Henry P Smith (1904)
S. LEWIS JOHNSON Lessons from the Life of David Recommended
- 1 Samuel 25:1-44 David and Abigail
- The Role of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25," Andrews University Seminary Studies 41.1 (Spring 2003): 45-53 Kenneth D. Mulzac
- Wifely Submission In Biblical Context Catherine Clark Kroeger - PP 12:4 (Fall 1998)
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN - Commentary
KEIL AND DELITZSCH 1 Samuel Commentary
JOHN KITTO - PICTORIAL BIBLE WITH NOTES
Spurgeon's Comments: "Then, of course, gentlemen, you will economize rigidly until you have accumulated funds to purchase Kitto’s Pictorial Bible. You mean to take that goodly freight on board before you launch upon the sea of married life. As you cannot visit the Holy Land, it is well for you that there is a work like the Pictorial Bible, in which the notes of the most observant travellers are arranged under the texts which they illustrate. For the geography, zoology, botany, and manners and customs of Palestine, this will be your counselor and guide....A work of art as well as learning."
JOHN KITTO - DAILY BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS
Spurgeon comments: "Exceeding meritorious. Refer to it frequently....They are not exactly a commentary, but what marvelous expositions you have there! You have reading more interesting than any novel that was ever written, and as instructive as the heaviest theology. The matter is quite attractive and fascinating, and yet so weighty, that the man who shall study these volumes thoroughly, will not fail to read his Bible intelligently and with growing interest."
KJV BIBLE PARALLEL BIBLE COMMENTARY - Edward Dobson, Charles Feinberg, E. Hindson, W. Kroll - NO RESTRICTIONS ON USE
Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. User reviews - 372 ratings - I have found the comments are very good but generally not in great depth. It is worth checking as you may glean additional insights on a passage. It is not strictly speaking verse by verse but does cover many verses.
- KJV Bible Commentary. - 3119 pages - allow copy and paste function
KJV STUDY BIBLE - General Editor - Edward Hindson - NO RESTRICTIONS ON USE
- The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.
PAUL E. KRETZMANN - Lutheran Perspective
LANGE'S COMMENTARY - J J VAN OOSTERZEE - Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures
Spurgeon writes "Oosterzee in Lange is excellent."
D Edmond Hiebert - In keeping with the series to which it belongs, the massive material is presented in three parts: exegetical and critical, doctrinal and ethical, and homiletical and practical. Conservative in viewpoint. Valuable for those willing to dig into its vast stores of material, much of which is definitely dated.
CARL LANEY - BORROW - Everyman's Bible Commentary
James Rosscup - Laney, an assistant professor of Biblical literature at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and more widely known for his volume The Divorce Myth, traces the lives of Samuel, Saul and David. This 1982 update for Moody Press’s Everyman’s Bible Commentary Series is a surprisingly resourceful paperback. Laney argues tersely for a 722 B. C. date for the Fall of Samaria. Thus, he prefers a time of writing for I & II Samuel sometime during or immediately following David’s lifetime. He dates the dividing of the kingdom as 931 B. C. Regarding textual matters, Laney does not overlook the lacuna of I Samuel 13:1 as he states that great benefit can be gleaned from the LXX in a study of these two books. One interesting sidelight is his citation of the “dynastic defense” motif evident in I Samuel 15 and II Samuel 8, a setting apparently not unlike 13th Century Hittite tradition. Laney’s discussion of God’s will in I Samuel 8:21, 22 is quite helpful. In I Samuel 28 the treatment of the Witch of Endor is thorough. He concludes that God caused Samuel himself to appear. In II Samuel 7, Laney sheds light on the covenant by picturing its threefold nature. Laney’s maps and graphics are well-placed and worthwhile. His treatment in 2 Samuel 24 of the two-sided nature of David numbering God’s people is also worthy of attention. This is a well researched and supported volume. There are few volumes on I and II Samuel which could rightly claim to be more helpful on expositional matters.—Jan Sattem
LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE - BORROW
- Life Application Study Bible - OT and NT study notes.. 4,445 ratings
JOHN LIGHTFOOT - Commentary
JOHN MACARTHUR- verse by verse - probably the best expositor in the last 100 years -- very literal and conservative
- BORROW The MacArthur Study Bible
WILLIAM MACDONALD - BORROW
John MacArthur - "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen."
Warren Wiersbe - "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word."
- Believer's Bible Commentary - This resource is always worth checking. commentary on whole Bible. Often has pithy, practical and devotional comments.
ALEXANDER MACLAREN - sermons with a devotional bent
- ESV Global Study Bible shows the 18 places David fled
- Click excellent map with DAVID'S FLIGHT FROM SAUL with Numbered Movements of David - Copyright Faithlife / Logos Bible Software (https://www.logos.com).
- Map of 1 Samuel in ESV Global Study Bible
- Maps that summarize David's Flight from Saul
- The Ministry of Samuel and Anointment of Saul
- The Kingdom of Saul and His Wars
- Saul, 1000 BCE
ROD MATTOON 1 SAMUEL COMMENTARY
- 1 Samuel Commentary - RECOMMENDED - 616 pages - Go to page for list of multiple illustrations on page 596
JAMES MCCULLEN - sermons and study notes
J VERNON MCGEE - Thru the Bible comments - often has pithy comments
EUGENE MERRILL - unfortunately some of margins slightly cut off but overall still usable.
James Rosscup - Professor of Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary surveys both books with conservative expertise, dealing with Hebrew meaning, problems, customs, etc. He has a high view of inspiration and a good use of literature relevant in the area.
- Bible Knowledge Commentary - Old Testament - 1 Samuel by Eugene Merrill
F B MEYER - Devotional
- 1 Samuel 25
- 1 Samuel 25:31
- 1 Samuel 25 A Cool Hand on a Hot Head
- 1 Samuel 25:1 A Great Sunset - Life of Samuel
ROBERT MORGAN - sermon
HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible Notes - well-known creationist. Conservative. Millennial.
- BORROW - The Defender's Study Bible
- 1 Samuel 25:1 And Samuel died
- 1 Samuel 25:7 we hurt them not
- 1 Samuel 25:8 find favour
- 1 Samuel 25:22 pisseth against the wall
- 1 Samuel 25:25 Nabal is his name
- 1 Samuel 25:38 the LORD smote Nabal
- 1 Samuel 25:42 became his wife
- 1 Samuel 25:44 Michal his daughter
ROBERT NEIGHBOUR - Living Water Commentary
TOMMY NELSON - all are mp3's but he is always pithy and poignant
- Click here for most of the messages below (all mp3 only) - note some may not have been archived - click at the bottom of the page to load more sermons.
- 1 Samuel 25:1-11 In The Heat of The Moment
- 1 Samuel 25:14-31 The Bible’s Most Eloquent Woman
- 1 Samuel 25:32-44 The Classic Fool
- 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings - Old Testament Studies- Being the Lessons Given at Various Union Bible
- The Book of First Samuel - The Divine Kingdom in Human Hands
PHIL NEWTON Sermons South Woods Baptist Church
NET BIBLE NOTES - somewhat technical but you can find some practical "nuggets"
JAMES NISBET'S - Church Pulpit Commentary
NIV STUDY BIBLE - BORROW - notes are brief but helpful.
- Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - use the new edition if available.
- The NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. Note this is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020.
NKJV STUDY BIBLE - no restriction for use - Earl Radmacher, Ronald Allen, H. Wayne House
- NKJV Study Bible - 2345 pages. Allows copy/paste - notes are brief but conservative and well-done
OUR DAILY BREAD
- See On Site 1 Samuel Devotionals - Our Daily Bread
- 1 Samuel 25:1–12 Warning!
- 1 Samuel 25:14-33 Abigail’s Reminder
- 1 Samuel 25:14-35 Peacemakers
- 1 Samuel 25:14-35 The Nudge Lady
- 1 Samuel 25:32-39 No Good Deed
DAVID F PAYNE
- Kingdoms of the Lord. A History of the Hebrew Kingdoms - 304 pages - (there are 27 total articles)
PENINSULA BIBLE CHURCH
- 1 Samuel 25:1-44 Almost Foolish Paul Taylor
PETER PETT - Commentary
- Life of David - chapter 17 His Affront From Nabal
- Life of David - chapter 18 His Check From Abigail
- Life of David - chapter 19 His Marriage to Abigail
MATTHEW POOLE - Commentary
PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL - Commentary - Includes Germ Notes, Illustrations, Homilies
ALAN REDPATH - excellent insights and application based on his expository studies
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE - study notes
- 1 Sam 25:1
- 1 Sam 25:2
- 1 Sam 25:3
- 1 Sam 25:8
- 1 Sam 25:14
- 1 Sam 25:16
- 1 Sam 25:17
- 1 Sam 25:19
- 1 Sam 25:22
- 1 Sam 25:25
- 1 Sam 25:28
- 1 Sam 25:29
- 1 Sam 25:36
- 1 Sam 25:39
- 1 Sam 25:40–44
ROBERT ROE - Sermons Peninsula Bible Church
ROB SALVATO - Sermons
- 1 Samuel 25:1-44 (pdf)
JOHN SCHULTZ - 150 page commentary - Well done
SERMONAUDIO - PDF's of sermons - Be aware there might be some variation in quality so be a Berean!
- 1 Samuel 25 Sermons in PDF - 72 sermons (1/29/23)
- Audio Sermons
SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY
CHARLES SIMEON - Sermons
- Click for sermons below all on one page
- 1 Samuel 25:32,33 David Kept from Avenging Himself on Nabal
CHUCK SMITH - Sermon Notes
- 1 Samuel 25 Commentary
JAMES SMITH - rich teachings which includes many related cross references
R C SPROUL - devotional thoughts
C. H. SPURGEON - Sermons, et al
JOHN STEVENSON - Sermons
- David : a man of passion & destiny : Bible study guide - 213 pages - Borrow
- David : a man of passion & destiny : profiles in character - 304 pages (Different from resource above) - Borrow
THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES
DAVID THOMPSON - sermons - average about 6 pages, verse by verse exposition. Literal. Conservative. (Audios are available but only pdf's are listed)
TODAY IN THE WORD - devotionals
DAVID TSUMURA - BORROW - New International Commentary on the Old Testament
Mathison (Ligonier) - The best intermediate-advanced-level commentary on the first book of Samuel is now the commentary by David Tsumura in the NICOT series. It is very well written and very thorough. Tsumura’s expertise in the languages of the ancient Near East is evident throughout.
JOHN TRAPP - Commentary
BOB UTLEY 1 Samuel Commentary - brief notes but offers interesting insights including Hebrew words with frequent topic addendums
HOWARD VOS - BORROW
James Rosscup - Vos was Professor of History and Archaeology, King’s College, Briarcliff Manor, New York, In this conservative work he gives a long outline at the outset, then incorporates this in his survey of I and 2 Samuel. For many Bible teachers, preachers, and lay people the exposition helpfully sums up what is said and some implications. It offers brief explanation of some main problems, such as the number judged at Beth Shemesh in I Samuel 6:19ff. and how to fill in the number of Saul’s years in 13:1.
- 1, 2 Samuel : Bible study commentary 1983. 166 pp.
DANIEL WHEDON 1 Samuel Commentary
WARREN WIERSBE - BORROW - Always worth checking for preaching/teaching points.
Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.
- Bible Exposition Commentary - Old Testament
- With the Word - Excellent chapter summaries. Good ideas for preaching or teaching.
- Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the Old Testament - useful for preaching or teaching
- Be successful (1 Samuel): Attaining Wealth That Money Can't Buy
JOHN WHITCOMB AND JOHN J. DAVIS - Borrow - well done chapter summaries
- Israel: from conquest to exile : a commentary on Joshua-2 Kings - Saul: A Rejected King - see pages 212-222
WYCLIFFE BIBLE COMMENTARY - BORROW
- Wycliffe Bible Commentary - OT and NT - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962). Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary.
SERMONS BY VERSE - Older expositions