1)

Why did he say "Zakanti va'Savti"?

1.

Rashi citing Ta'anis 5b: Old age sprang upon me.

2.

Radak: Seivah is older than Ziknah. 1


1

Avos 5:21: Ziknah is at 60 years; Seivah is 70. Refer to 12:2:3:1,2.

2)

Why did Shmuel die young?

1.

Radak: He himself chose to die before Sha'ul.

2.

Radak (1:12, 22, from Midrash Shmuel 2:9): "B'Chol Etzev Yihyeh Mosar" (Mishlei 14:23)

3)

What is the meaning of "u'Vanai Hinam Itchem"?

1.

Radak: They are for your needs, for Divrei Torah and laws that they received from me.

2.

Malbim: My sons did not inherit my greatness. They are like [any] one of the nation

4)

Why did he say "I went in front of you from my youth

1.

Malbim: It was not proper to depose me. I did not slacken from serving the Tzibur, and I did not pervert the verdict.

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

5)

Rashi writes that old age sprang upon Shmuel. What is the reason?

1.

Radak: Lest people say that he died young, he looked old; not everyone knew his age (he died at 52).

2.

Malbim: It is due to the great work he did for the Tzibur, and the yoke of the Tzibur.

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