Sons of David Quiz

After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.  These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.

  • 2 Samuel 5:13-16

These six were born to David in Hebron, where he reigned seven years and six months.
David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years, and these were the children born to him there:
Shammua, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon.  These four were by Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel.  There were also Ibhar, Elishua, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet—nine in all.  All these were the sons of David, besides his sons by his concubines.  And Tamar was their sister.

  • 1 Chronicles 3:4-9

In Jerusalem David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters.  These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.

  • 1 Chronicles 14:3-7

Have you ever wondered how Solomon became king?  Okay, the biblical record gives the story of how Nathan the prophet and Bathsheba orchestrated the events to have Solomon anointed as king in 1 Kings 1, but there were several rivals, born before the royal family moved to Jerusalem.  Of those born in Jerusalem, Solomon is listed fourth, but it seemed that he might be next in line according to 1 Samuel 25.

This quiz is about the sons of David.  Many of them are not known except in making the three lists above.  Of course, the first four of the sons born of David prior to living in Jerusalem have not been listed because they are answers to four of the questions.

As we go through the quiz, we will discover, if you do not already know, why at least three of the sons were not made king, but maybe a couple thought they were…  For many, their mention in the Bible as a son of David is all we know.

We will have these questions in groups based on each son, at least the sons we know something about.  There are 24 questions in total.

The Questions:

First Son

Who was David’s first-born son?  What detestable thing did he do?  Who had him killed?

Second Son

Who was David’s second son?  What was his other name?  Who was his mother?  Who was her first husband?  How did she become one of David’s wives?  Note:  Other than the story of the mother, the story of the son is not given in Scripture.

Third Son

Who was David’s third son?  How often did he cut his hair?  Where did he go for three years after doing something that angered his father, David?  When he returned to Jerusalem, what did he do to make David upset with him?  When trying to escape, what trapped him?  Who killed him?

Fourth Son

Who was David’s fourth son?  What did he do before David passed away?  When he feared Solomon what did he embrace?  What did he request of Solomon that caused Solomon to respond in anger?  And what was the reason for this anger?  By whose orders was he killed?

Solomon

What was Solomon’s other name?  Who gave him that other name?

One Other Son

Who of the sons listed above is in the Luke genealogy of Jesus Christ, thought to be the family tree of Mary, mother of Jesus?

I have no questions for the fifth son, Shephatiah, the son of Abital, or the sixth, Ithream, the son of David’s wife Eglah.

There is no reference to Shephatiah, Abital, Ithream, and Eglah other than 2 Samuel 3 and 1 Chronicles 3.

Some scholars focus on Eglah being “David’s wife.”  David’s first wife was Saul’s daughter, Michal.  When David ran away from Saul when Saul had the evil spirit, Saul gave Michal to someone else.  In 2 Samuel 3, David, now king, demands his wife be returned.  In 2 Samuel 6, the Ark of the Covenant has been returned and David takes off his outer garment and dances and sings praises as they bring the Ark into Jerusalem.  Michal looks down from her window and disapproves.  She berates David and David has nothing more to do with her.  In 2 Samuel 6:23, it states that Michal had no children until the day of her death.  Thus, if this verse meant from that point until the day of her death, there could be room for Ithream to be her son, but if taking this verse as written, Ithream could not be her son.  This would bring the issue of the bloodline of Saul back into the picture as well.

Bible References:

First Son

Who was David’s first-born son?  What detestable thing did he do?  Who had him killed?

2 Samuel 3:2; 2 Samuel 13:10-15; 2 Samuel 13:28

Second Son

Who was David’s second son?  What was his other name?  Who was his mother?  Who was her first husband?  How did she become one of David’s wives?  Note:  Other than the story of the mother, the story of the son is not given in Scripture.

2 Samuel 3:3; 1 Chronicles 3:1; 2 Samuel 3:3; 1 Samuel 25:3; 1 Samuel 25:14-39

Third Son

Who was David’s third son?  How often did he cut his hair?  Where did he go for three years after doing something that angered his father, David?  When he returned to Jerusalem, what did he do to make David upset with him?  When trying to escape, what trapped him?  Who killed him?

2 Samuel 3:3; 2 Samuel 14:25-26;2 Samuel 13:37-38; 2 Samuel 14:29-15:12; 2 Samuel 18:9; 2 Samuel 18:15

Fourth Son

Who was David’s fourth son?  What did he do before David passed away?  When he feared Solomon what did he embrace?  What did he request of Solomon that caused Solomon to respond in anger?  And what was the reason for this anger?  By whose orders was he killed?

2 Samuel 3:4; 1 Kings 1:5; 1 Kings 1:50; 2 Kings 2:21; 2 Kings 2:22; 2 Kings 2:24

Solomon

What was Solomon’s other name?  Who gave him that other name?

2 Samuel 12:25; 2 Samuel 12:25

One Other Son

Who of the sons listed above is in the Luke genealogy of Jesus Christ, thought to be the family tree of Mary, mother of Jesus?

Luke 3:31

For the remaining sons of David, it is like many royal families of today.  If you are the third grandson of the fourth son of the reigning monarch, some countries do not even refer to you as a prince.

But the key in the two genealogies of Jesus is that the Matthew bloodline goes down the kingly line until you get to Jeconiah, son of Josiah.  Jeconiah was not a king, but many of the evil kings that were either brothers of Jeconiah or nephews, were kings who were killed or left childless until their death during the exiles and rebellions against Babylon.

On the Luke side, one of those sons that is only mentioned in a laundry list of “other children” is the one chosen by God so that Mary’s bloodline also goes back to King David.

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The Answers:

First Son

Who was David’s first-born son?  What detestable thing did he do?  Who had him killed?

2 Samuel 3:2; 2 Samuel 13:10-15; 2 Samuel 13:28

Amnon; raped his half-sister Tamar; Absalom

Second Son

Who was David’s second son?  What was his other name?  Who was his mother?  Who was her first husband?  How did she become one of David’s wives?  Note:  Other than the story of the mother, the story of the son is not given in Scripture.

2 Samuel 3:3; 1 Chronicles 3:1; 2 Samuel 3:3; 1 Samuel 25:3; 1 Samuel 25:14-39

Kileab; Daniel; Abigail; Nabal; she provided David’s army with provisions and after her husband’s death, David married her.

Third Son

Who was David’s third son?  How often did he cut his hair?  Where did he go for three years after doing something that angered his father, David?  When he returned to Jerusalem, what did he do to make David upset with him?  When trying to escape, what trapped him?  Who killed him?

2 Samuel 3:3; 2 Samuel 14:25-26;2 Samuel 13:37-38; 2 Samuel 14:29-15:12; 2 Samuel 18:9; 2 Samuel 18:15

Absalom; once each year or it would get too heavy; Geshur; burned Joab’s barley field and then rebelled, making himself king; his hair got caught in an elm tree; Joab’s armor bearers

Fourth Son

Who was David’s fourth son?  What did he do before David passed away?  When he feared Solomon what did he embrace?  What did he request of Solomon that caused Solomon to respond in anger?  And what was the reason for this anger?  By whose orders was he killed?

2 Samuel 3:4; 1 Kings 1:5; 1 Kings 1:50; 2 Kings 2:21; 2 Kings 2:22; 2 Kings 2:24

Adonijah; declared himself king; clung to the horns of the altar; requested Abishag the Shunammite for a wife; being older and with an influential wife, he would be more powerful than his younger half-brother, Solomon; by Solomon’s orders he was killed.

Solomon

What was Solomon’s other name?  Who gave him that other name?

2 Samuel 12:25; 2 Samuel 12:25

Jedidiah; Nathan the prophet

One Other Son

Who of the sons listed above is in the Luke genealogy of Jesus Christ, thought to be the family tree of Mary, mother of Jesus?

Luke 3:31

Nathan – the son listed above in the Scriptures, not the prophet.

And regardless of how you did, here is a psalm, sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Psalm 34.

And another psalm, sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Psalm 23.

This next song is from Shane and Shane, Psalm 13.

This next song is from Shane and Shane, Psalm 8.

If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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