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36. The Wisdom of Abel (2 Samuel 19:41–20:22)

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The Book of Samuel (part thirty-six)

Before King David could even return to Jerusalem after reversing the coup attempted by his son Absalom, another rebellion was underway. This time, Sheba a Benjaminite was inviting the northern tribes of Israel to abandon David, who was a member of the southern tribe of Judah. The hasty Sheba and the irascible Joab are both outdone by a cool-headed woman from the city of Abel. She is the only one who does the right thing in this story; she’s the only one pictured as wise. With one calculated swing of the sword, she silences both men, besting them with her wisdom and putting an end to the rebellion. Which character in the story will you best relate to?

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