Ask what your offense is

1 Samuel Bible Background

Old Testament: 1Sa 20.1

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 19–21 on April 16, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

David loved and honored Saul, the king of Israel, but Saul was trying to kill David, and he did not know why. So he asked Jonathan, Saul’s son:

Then David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and went and said to Jonathan, “What have I done? What is my iniquity, and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?”

– 1 Samuel 20.1

David asked those questions because he truly wanted to know, and I have no doubt that if he had committed a sin against Saul, David would have fixed it immediately.


  • What famous judge lived in Ramah during David’s time?
  • Are you a Saul or a David?

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