2 Samuel – Chapter 21

2 Samuel chapter 21

Verse 1 – Agriculture at that time was completely dependent upon natural conditions. There were no irrigation, sprinklers, fertilizers, or pesticides. Even moderate variations in rainfall or insect activity could destroy an entire harvest.
Verses 1-14 – Although the Bible does not record Saul’s act of killing the Gibeonites, it was a serious crime making him guilty of their blood. Saul had broke the vow that the Israelites made to the Gibeonites (Joshua 9:16-20). Either David was following the custom of treating the family as a unit, or Saul’s sons were guilty of helping Saul kill the Gibeonites.
Verses 16-18 – By calling these men “descendants of Rapha” the writer was saying that they were giants.

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