1 Samuel Bible Study


One of the major themes of 1 Samuel is the importance of honoring the Lord. In 1 Samuel 2:30 we read, “Them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed” (see also 1 Samuel 2:9). Join JournalOwl today for a deep dive into 1 Samuel, chapter by chapter, chalk full of educational videos & thought-provoking journal questions!


A challenge from the book of 1 Samuel, Chapters 1-31 (King James Version edition)

Steps (32)

Step 1: 1 Samuel - Chapter 1

Hannah had no children. She cried out to the LORD, "Remember your servant." She bore a son, Samuel, and took him to Eli the priest.

Step 2: 1 Samuel - Chapter 2

Hannah prayed, "The LORD humbles and lifts up." Eli's sons did evil but Samuel served the LORD. A prophet condemned the house of Eli.

Step 3: 1 Samuel - Chapter 3

The LORD called Samuel. Eli told Samuel to answer, "Speak, LORD." The LORD told Samuel that he was about to judge the house of Eli.

Step 4: 1 Samuel - Chapter 4

The Israelites were defeated by the Philistines and Eli's sons were killed. When Eli heard that the ark had been captured, he died.

Step 5: 1 Samuel - Chapter 5

The Philistines put the ark in their temple. Their god fell on his face before it. The city became cursed so they sent the ark away.

Step 6: 1 Samuel - Chapter 6

The Philistines sent the ark away with guilt offerings. The people of Beth Shemesh found it and rejoiced but some were struck down.

Step 7: 1 Samuel - Chapter 7

The ark was taken to Kiriath-jearim. The Philistines attacked Israel. Samuel cried out to the LORD and the Israelites defeated them.

Step 8: 1 Samuel - Chapter 8

The elders of Israel asked Samuel to appoint a king. Samuel warned them what it would mean. The LORD told Samuel to give them a king.

Step 9: 1 Samuel - Chapter 9

Saul went looking for his father's donkeys. The LORD told Samuel to anoint him ruler of Israel. Samuel invited Saul to eat with him.

Step 10: 1 Samuel - Chapter 10

Samuel anointed Saul and gave him signs. The Spirit of God came upon Saul and he prophesied. Saul was chosen to rule the Israelites.

Step 11: 1 Samuel - Chapter 11

The Ammonites attacked Jabesh-gilead. Saul gathered the Israelites and defeated the Ammonites. The people made Saul king at Gilgal.

Step 12: 1 Samuel - Chapter 12

Samuel said, "The LORD brought your fathers out of Egypt. Now he has given you the king you asked for. Fear the LORD and serve him."

Step 13: 1 Samuel - Chapter 13

The Philistines encamped at Michmash. Saul made offerings to the LORD by himself. Samuel told Saul that his kingdom would not last.

Step 14: 1 Samuel - Chapter 14

Saul's son Jonathan went against the Philistines and routed them. Saul made an oath that no one should eat but Jonathan was spared.

Step 15: 1 Samuel - Chapter 15

The LORD told Saul to destroy Amalek but Saul spared King Agag. Samuel told Saul that the LORD had rejected him. Samuel killed Agag.

Step 16: 1 Samuel - Chapter 16

The LORD sent Samuel to anoint Jesse's son David as king. The Spirit came upon David. Saul sent for David to play the harp for him.

Step 17: 1 Samuel - Chapter 17

A Philistine champion named Goliath challenged the Israelites. David killed Goliath with a sling and a stone. The Philistines fled.

Step 18: 1 Samuel - Chapter 18

Jonathan loved David. Saul set David over the army but became jealous and tried to kill him. David married Saul's daughter Michal.

Step 19: 1 Samuel - Chapter 19

Jonathan warned David about Saul. David escaped and fled to Samuel. Saul went after David but the Spirit of God made him prophesy.

Step 20: 1 Samuel - Chapter 20

David and Jonathan agreed a sign. Saul was angry with Jonathan when David was not at the feast. Jonathan told David, "Go quickly!"

Step 21: 1 Samuel - Chapter 21

Ahimelech the priest gave David consecrated bread and Goliath's sword. David fled to King Achish of Gath and pretended he was mad.

Step 22: 1 Samuel - Chapter 22

About four hundred men joined David. Saul ordered that all the priests be killed because they helped David. Only Abiathar escaped.

Step 23: 1 Samuel - Chapter 23

David and his men saved Keilah from the Philistines. Saul came to Keilah so David escaped. Saul gave chase but he was called away.

Step 24: 1 Samuel - Chapter 24

Saul went after David. David cut off a piece of Saul's robe but spared his life. Saul wept and said, "You shall surely be king."

Step 25: 1 Samuel - Chapter 25

Samuel died. Nabal insulted David so his wife Abigail pleaded for restraint. The LORD struck Nabal dead and David married Abigail.

Step 26: 1 Samuel - Chapter 26

Saul came after David. David took Saul's spear and jug while he slept but spared his life. David called out and Saul blessed him.

Step 27: 1 Samuel - Chapter 27

David lived among the Philistines to escape Saul. King Achish gave him Ziklag. David secretly raided the land while he lived there.

Step 28: 1 Samuel - Chapter 28

The Philistines gathered for war. Saul asked a medium to call Samuel. Samuel said, "The LORD will hand you over to the Philistines."

Step 29: 1 Samuel - Chapter 29

David and his men marched with Achish. The Philistine commanders said, "He will turn against us," so Achish told David to go back.

Step 30: 1 Samuel - Chapter 30

The Amalekites had raided Ziklag. The LORD told David to pursue them. David and his men rescued the women and divided the spoils.

Step 31: 1 Samuel - Chapter 31

The Philistines fought Israel. Saul's sons were killed. Saul was badly wounded so he fell on his sword. The Israelites fled.

Step 32: Quiz

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