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The Bible Teaching Commentary

Paul J. Bucknell

Friendships 1 Sam 18:1-4 | Jealousy 1 Sam 18:5-9 | Anger 1 Sam 18:8-9
Plot #1 1 Sam 18:10-16 | Plot #2 1 Sam 18:17-30
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Purpose of 1 Samuel 18: David's Friendships and Saul's Jealousies

1 Samuel 18, part 1 of 5, reveals how jealousy leads to anger, delusion, murder and paranoia. King Saul is on stage here. Do not, however, forget to take a look at what David was facing, however.

David goes from becoming Saul’s favorite assistant to being his worst enemy. There is much to learn about enduring misunderstand, bitterness and jealousy from David, something many of us need to face at different times in our lives.

Get a piece of paper and fill in the questions as you go along. The first question is, "What makes for a good friend?"

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Read the study that accompany this practical exposition on 1 Samuel 18! Below is the outline and study questions.

A. Deep Friendships (1 Samuel 18:1-4)


B. Success Breeds Jealousy (1 Samuel 18:5-7)


C. Jealousy Brings Anger (1 Sam 18:8-9)


D. “Whoops” Plot #1: Saul’s Two Accidents (1 Samuel 18:10-16)


E. “May I?” Plot #2: Saul’s Offers of Marriage (1 Samuel 18:17-30)


Study Questions for 1 Samuel 18

  1. What makes for a great friend?

  2. Are you a good friend? How do you know?

  3. What incited Saul to jealousy?

  4. What happened when Saul wrongly handled his jealousy?

  5. How else could Saul handle his jealousy?

  6. Do you get jealous? How do you handle jealousy?

  7. How could you rightly handle your jealousy by God's grace?



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