Absalom’s Long-Haul Grudges

Someone once said that holding a grudge is like drinking poison, expecting the other person to get sick. Today’s Bible reading* tells us about two of Absalom’s long-haul grudges. The first is when Amnon (Absalom’s half-brother) rapes his sister. Absalom stews for two years before killing Amnon. The next time is when Absalom has been…

Calling All Valiant Warriors

Seven times in today’s Bible reading,* we encounter the term “valiant warriors” (CSB), “mighty warriors” (ESV, LEB, NLT), “mighty men” (KJV), “fighting men” (NIV), “warriors” (MSG). The word translated as warriors/men refers not only to their fighting occupation but to their strong/noble character. One Hebrew lexicon says, “Although [the book of Chronicles] generally uses the…

David: A Man of Integrity

I once heard that integrity is what you are when no one is looking. Today’s Bible reading* talks about David’s unstoppable integrity. For years Saul and his armies pursued David and killed many of his men. And yet, when Saul and Jonathan died, David mourned their deaths. Those who brought news of finishing off Saul…