Bible Stories for Adults
2 Samuel 13-18
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Amnon and Tamar (2 Samuel 13)
What preoccupied the thoughts of David's oldest son, Amnon?
2 Samuel 13:1-2
What advice did Amnon take from cousin Jonadab to get Tamar into his house?
2 Samuel 13:3, 6-7
How did Tamar respond to Amnon's advances after making bread for him?
2 Samuel 13:11-13
How did Amnon respond to Tamar's pleas?
2 Samuel 13:14-16
How did this change Tamar's life?
2 Samuel 13:18-20
How did David and Absalom feel about what had happened?
2 Samuel 13:21-22
Absalom Kills Amnon (2 Samuel 13)
When and how did Absalom get his revenge on Amnon?
2 Samuel 13:23, 28
How was this action interpreted by Absalom's brothers and the people?
2 Samuel 13:29-31
Why would Absalom have killed Amnon first?
2 Samuel 3:2-5
Who understood what had really happened and why?
2 Samuel 13:32-33
Where did Absalom flee?
2 Samuel 13:37-38
Who was Talmai?
2 Samuel 3:3b
Absalom Returns (2 Samuel 14)
Did David remain bitter against Absalom?
2 Samuel 13:39
Who devised a scheme to convince David it was okay to let Absalom return?
2 Samuel 14:1-3
What story did the woman give David?
2 Samuel 14:5-7, 11
In what situation had a similar tactic been used with David?
2 Samuel 12:1-5, 9
How did the woman use David's faith to convince him to bring Absalom back?
2 Samuel 14:13-14
Was the woman correct in saying that God does not support capital punishment?
Was the woman correct about God finding ways to reconcile the banished?
Romans 5:6-11 (Ephesians 2:13)
Did David accept the argument?
2 Samuel 14:21, 23-24
How desperately did Absalom want to see his father?
2 Samuel 14:28-31
Why did Absalom want to see David so badly?
2 Samuel 14:32
Did Absalom receive the full forgiveness he wanted?
2 Samuel 14:33
King Absalom (2 Samuel 15)
As the oldest prince of Judah, could Absalom be sure he would become king?
1 Samuel 23:16-17
How did Absalom make himself appear to the people as the heir apparent?
2 Samuel 15:1
Did Absalom look like a king?
2 Samuel 14:25-26
What did Absalom do to win the people's hearts?
2 Samuel 15:2-4
2 Samuel 15:5-6
How long did Absalom prepare for his coup and where did he begin his reign?
2 Samuel 15:7, 10
Were Absalom's supporters knowing accomplices to his coup?
2 Samuel 15:11-12
Why was it important for Absalom to enlist Ahithophel?
2 Samuel 16:23
David Flees (2 Samuel 15, 16)
Why did David run away when he heard of Absalom's coup?
2 Samuel 15:13-14
How did the people react when they saw David and his entourage leaving?
2 Samuel 15:23, 30
Was anyone happy to see David leave?
2 Samuel 16:5-8
Was Shimei's cursing justified?
2 Samuel 9:3, 7
Why didn't David let Abishai kill Shimei?
2 Samuel 16:9-12
Why didn't David take the ark of the covenant with him?
2 Samuel 15:24-26
What lesson had David obviously learned from the past?
1 Samuel 4:10-11
Absalom's First Act as King (2 Samuel 16)
What was Absalom's first act to secure his kingship?
2 Samuel 16:15, 20-22
Who had been accused of claiming the kingdom by taking Saul's concubine?
2 Samuel 3:6-7
How did this fulfill David's punishment for killing Uriah to get Bathsheba?
2 Samuel 12:11-12
David's Spy Network (2 Samuel 16, 17)
What kind of spy network did David set up in Jerusalem?
2 Samuel 15:27-28
Was Hushai successful in frustrating Ahithophel's advice?
2 Samuel 15:32-37
2 Samuel 17:6-7, 14
How did Ahithophel react when Absalom took Hushai's poor advice?
2 Samuel 17:23
Did Hushai follow his role as spy for David?
2 Samuel 17:15-16
How were Jonathan & Ahimaaz nearly caught before getting word to David?
2 Samuel 17:17-20
Where did David go after receiving Hushai's message?
2 Samuel 17:21-22, 24, 26
The Battle (2 Samuel 18)
Why didn't David march out with the troops to battle Absalom?
2 Samuel 18:2-4
What command did David give to the troops before the battle?
2 Samuel 18:5
How did God give victory to David?
2 Samuel 18:6-8
What happened to Absalom?
2 Samuel 18:9
Why didn't the soldier who saw this kill Absalom?
2 Samuel 18:10-13
Did Joab keep David's command and bring Absalom in safely?
2 Samuel 18:14-16
What monument did Joab erect for Absalom?
2 Samuel 18:17
Was this the kind of monument Absalom would have wanted?
2 Samuel 18:18
David's Reaction (2 Samuel 18, 19)
What was David's first concern after being told of his victory?
2 Samuel 18:31-32
Did David celebrate his victory?
2 Samuel 18:33
How did this affect the people who had fought for David?
2 Samuel 19:2-3
Why did this upset Joab so greatly?
2 Samuel 19:5-7
Did David understand Joab's concern?
2 Samuel 19:8
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