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Several years past I was reading First Samuel and began to notice the number of times the events that are recorded are asserted to be the doing of God. I began to jot down each reference. Listed below is the result of that reading and subsequent readings. No claim is made that all the reflections of God’s Sovereignty in First Samuel are listed, but the majority are.

    1:5     “although YHWH had closed her womb”
    1:19    “and YHWH remembered her”; and Hannah conceived and bore a son”
    1:27    “YHWH granted me my petition which I asked of Him”
    2:3     “YHWH is the God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed”
    2:6     “YHWH kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up”
    2:7     “YHWH makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up”
    2:8     “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them
               among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory”
    2:8     “For the pillars of the earth are YHWH’s and He has set the world upon them”
    2:9     “He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness”
    2:9     “For by strength no man shall prevail. The adversaries of YHWH shall be broken in
               pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. YHWH will judge the ends of the
    2:10    “He will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed”
    2:25    “If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But if a man sins against YHWH,
               who will intercede for him”
    2:25    “Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, because YHWH desired
               to kill them”
    2:27    “Did I not clearly reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt
               in Pharaoh’s house”
    2:28    “Did I not choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be My priest, to offer upon
               My altar to burn incense, and to wear an ephod before Me? And did I not give
               to the house of your father all the offerings of the children of Israel made by fire”
    2:31    “Behold, the days are coming that I will cut off your arm and the arm of your father’s
               house, so that there will not be an old man in your house”
    2:35    “Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is
               in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk
               before My anointed forever”
    3:4     “YHWH called Samuel”
    3:6     “YHWH called yet again”
    3:8     “and YHWH called Samuel again the third time”
    3:10    “Now YHWH came and stood and called as at other times”
    3:11-13“Then YHWH said to Samuel: Behold, I will do something in Israel . . . I will perform
                . . . all that I have spoken . . . from beginning to end . . . I will judge his house
    3:14    “And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house
               shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever”
    3:19    “So Samuel grew, and YHWH was with him and let none of his words fall
               to the ground”
    3:21    “Then YHWH appeared again in Shiloh. For YHWH revealed Himself to Samuel in
               Shiloh by the word of YHWH”
    4:3     “Why has YHWH defeated us today before the Philistines”
    5:6     “But the hand of YHWH was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He ravaged them
               and struck them with tumors”
    5:9     “the hand of YHWH was against the city with a great destruction; and He struck the
               men of the city, both small and great, and tumors broke out on them”
    5:11    “For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very
               heavy there”
    6:19    “Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark
               of YHWH. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people,
               and the people lamented because YHWH had struck the people
               with a great slaughter”
    7:9     “and YHWH answered him”
    7:10    “But YHWH thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so
               confused them that they were overcome before Israel”
    7:13    “And the hand of YHWH was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel”
    8:8      “since the day I brought them up out of Egypt”
    8:18    “YHWH will not hear you in that day”
    8:22    “So YHWH said to Samuel, ‘Heed their voice, and make them a king’ ”
    9:15    “YHWH had told Samuel . . . tomorrow . . . I will send you a man”
    9:17    “YHWH said to him, ‘there he is, the man of whom I spoke to you’ ”
    10:6    “then the Spirit of YHWH will come upon you, and you will prophesy”
    10:9    “God gave him another heart”
    10:10  “then the Spirit of God came upon him”
    10:18  “Thus says YHWH God of Israel: ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt and delivered you
               from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all kingdoms and from those
               who oppressed you’ ”
    10:22  “and YHWH answered, ‘there he is, hidden among the equipment’ ”
    10:26  “whose heart God had touched”
    11:6    “then the Spirit of God came upon Saul”
    11:7    “the fear of YHWH fell on the people”
    11:13  “today YHWH has accomplished salvation in Israel”; Saul credits God with the victory
               over the Ammonites”
    12:6    “It is YHWH who raised up Moses and Aaron, and who brought your fathers up
               from the land of Egypt”
    12:7    “concerning all the righteous acts of YHWH which He did to you and your fathers”
    12:8    “YHWH sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made
               them dwell in this place”
    12:9    “He sold them into the hand of Sisera . . . into the hand of the Philistines . . . and into
               the hand of the king of Moab”
    12:11  “And YHWH sent . . . and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every
               side; and you dwelt in safety”
    12:13  “YHWH has set a king over you”
    12:15  “if you do not obey the voice of YHWH . . . then the hand of YHWH will be against
    12:18  “and YHWH sent thunder and rain that day”
    12:22  “it has pleased YHWH to make you His people”
    13:13  “YHWH would have established your kingdom over Israel forever”
    13:14  “YHWH has sought for Himself a man after His own heart”
    14:6    “it may be that YHWH will work for us; for nothing restrains YHWH from saving
               by many or by few”
    14:12  “come up after me, for YHWH has delivered them into the hand of Israel”
    14:23  “so YHWH saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted to Beth Aven”
    14:37  “so Saul asked counsel of God, but He did not answer him that day”
    15:1    “YHWH sent me to anoint you king over His people”
    15:2    “Thus says YHWH of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel’”
    15:18  “now YHWH sent you on a mission”
    15:26  “YHWH has rejected you from being king of Israel”
    16:1    “I have rejected him from reigning over Israel . . . I have provided Myself a king
               among his sons”
    16:12  “and YHWH said, ‘Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!’”
    16:13  “the Spirit of YHWH came upon David from that day forward”
    16:14  “the Spirit of YHWH departed from Saul”
    16:14  “a distressing spirit from YHWH troubled him”
    16:23  “whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul”
    17:37  “YHWH who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear,
               He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine”
    18:10  “the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul”
    18:12  “Now Saul was afraid of David, because YHWH was with him, but had departed
               from Saul”
    18:14  “and YHWH was with him”
    18:28  “Saul saw and knew that YHWH was with David”
    19:5    “YHWH brought about a great deliverance for all Israel”
    19:9    “the distressing spirit from YHWH came upon Saul”
    19:20  “the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul”
    19:23  “the Spirit of God was upon him also”
    20:13  “And YHWH be with you as He has been with my father”
    20:42  “May YHWH be between you and me, and between your descendants and my
               descendants forever”
    21:7    “a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before YHWH”
    22:3    “till I know what God will do for me”
    23:2    “And YHWH said to David, ‘Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah’”
    23:4    “YHWH answered him and said, ‘. . . I will deliver the Philistines into your hand’”
    23:11  “YHWH said, ‘he will come down’”
    23:12  “YHWH said, ‘they will deliver you’”
    23:14  “God did not deliver him into his hand”
    24:12  “Let YHWH judge between you and me, and let YHWH avenge me on you”
    24:15  “therefore let YHWH be judge, and judge between you and me, and see
               and plead my case, and deliver me out of your hand”
    24:20  “may YHWH reward you with good for what you have done to me this day”
    25:28  “YHWH will certainly make for my lord an enduring house”
    25:30  “when YHWH has done for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken
               concerning you”
    25:31  “when YHWH has dealt well with my lord, then remember your maidservant”
    25:32  “Blessed is YHWH God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me”
    25:38  “YHWH struck Nabal, and he died”
    25:39  “YHWH has returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head”
    26:8    “God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day”
    26:10   “As YHWH lives, YHWH shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he
               shall go out to battle and perish”
    26:12  “a deep sleep from YHWH had fallen on them”
    28:6    “when Saul inquired of YHWH, YHWH did not answer him”
    28:16  “YHWH has departed from you and has become your enemy”
    28:17  “YHWH has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David”
    28:18  “YHWH has done this thing to you this day”
    28:19  “YHWH will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines”
    28:19  “tomorrow you and your sons will be with me”
    28:19  “YHWH will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines”
    30:8    “And He answered him, ‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail
               recover all’ ”
    30:23  “you shall not do so with what YHWH has given us, who has preserved us
               and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us”

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