KING DAVID'S FAMILY
David, the anointed King of Israel was the youngest of ten children. Nine children are named in this list but there was another son Elihu, who was left out of this list so we do not know where his place was in the family. ‘Elihu, one of the brothers of David’ (1 Chronicles 27:18). By reading the scriptures that refer to David’s family, we can get a ‘picture’ of what the family were like. His father Jesse earned his living as a shepherd and from what is written in the Bible, it appears Jesse was monogamous. David’s mother Nahash was only mentioned in the Bible twice. ‘Amasa was the son of Ithra (Jether) the Israelite and Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah’ (2 Samuel 17:25). David said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother come to be with you until I know what God will do for me” (1 Samuel 22:3).
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