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The policy of the Philiftiner.

CHAP. XIV.

bibed thy kingdom upon Ifrael for

ever.

14 But now thy kingdom fhall not continue: the LORD hath fought him a man after his own heart, and the Leap hath commanded him to be captain over his people, becaufe thou has not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

15 And Samuel arofe, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benja min. And Saul nunibered the people that were prefent with him, about fix handred men.

Jonathan fmiteth them.

5 The fore front of the one was fituate northward over against Mich math, and the other fouthward over against Gibeah.

6 And Jonathan faid to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of thefe uncircumcifed: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to fave by many or by few.

7 And his armour bearer faid unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

16 And Saul, and Jonathan his fon, and the people that were prefent with 8 Then faid Jonathan, Behold, we them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: will pafs over unto thefe men, and we but the Philistines cacamped in Mich-will difcover ourselves unto them. mah.

171And the spoilers came out of the Camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadein to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:

9 If they fay thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you then we will itand ftill in our place, and will not go up unto them.

10 But if they fay thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the 18 And another company turned the LORD hath delivered them into our way to Beth-horen: and another com-hand; and this fhall be a lign unto us. pany turned to the way of the border II And both of them difcovered that looketh to the valley of Zeboim themfelves unto the garrison of the toward the wilderness. Philiftines: and the Philistines faid, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid them. felves.

19¶Now there was no fmith found throughout all the land of Ifrael: for the Philistines faid, Left the Hebrews make them fwords or spears:

20 But all the Ifraelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every min his fhare, and his coulter, and is ax, and his mattock.

12 And the men of the garrifon answered Jonathan and his armour bearer, and faid, Come up to us, and we will hew you a thing. And Jona then faid unto his armour bearer, 21 Yet they had a file for the mat-Come up after me: for the LORD hath xks, and for the coulters, and for delivered them into the hand of 15the forks, and for the axes, and to|rael, harpen the goads.

21 So it came to país in the day of attle, that there was neither fword nor fear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Soul and with Jonathan his fon was there found.

CHAP. XIV.

13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armour bearer after him and they fell before Jonathan; and his armour bearer flew after him.

14 Anu that frit flaughter, which Jonathan and his armour bearer made, 23 And the garrifon of the Philif-was about twenty men, within as it tines went out to the paffage of were an half acre of land, which a yokę Michmath. of oxen might plow. 15 And there was trembling in the NOW Tow it came to pats upon a day,hoft, in the field, and among all the that Jonathan the fun of Saul people: the garrifon, and the ipoilers, faid unto the young man that bare his they alfo trembled, and the earth armour, Come, and let us go over to quaked: fo it was a very great tiem the Philistines'garrifon, that is on the bling. uther fide. But he told not his father. 16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gi2 And Saul tanied in the uttermoft beah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, part of Gah under a pomegranate the multitude melted away, and they tree which is in Migron : and the peo-went on beating down one another. pie that were with him were about fix 17 Then faid Saul unto the people bunda 1 mien; that were with him,Number now,and tee who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jona than and his armour bearer were not there,

3 And Ahh, the fon of Ahitub, Leha's brother, the fon of PhiBehas, the fon of Ell, the LORD's pretan Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the uple knew not that jonathan wis gone.

18 And Saul faid unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the chil

41 And between the paffages, by which jonathan fought to go over un-dren of Ifrael. to the Phililiacs' garrison, there was a harp rok on the one fide, and afharp rock on the other fide: and the nape of the one was Bozez, and the same of the other Sench,

19¶ And it came to pafs, while Saul talked unto the prieft, that the noite that was in the hoft of the Philistines went on and increafed; and Saul faig unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.

Saul's rab adjuration. 1. SAMUEL. Jonathan's trespas: difcovered.

20 And Saul and all the people that them here, and eat; and fin not against were with him affembled themfelves, the LORD in eating with the blood. and they came to the battle: and, be- And all the people brought every man hold, every man's fword was againft his ox with him that night, and flew his fellow, and there was a very great them there. difcomfiture.

21 Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philiftines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they alfo turned to be with the Ifraelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.

35 And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the fame was the firft altar that he built unto the LORD.

36¶ And Saul faid, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and fpoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. Andthey faid, Do whatfoever feemeth good unto thee. Then faid the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God. 37 And Saul afked couniel of God,

22 Likewife all the men of Ifrael which had hid themfelves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they alío fol-Shail I go down after the Philistines!

lowed hard after them in the battle. 23 So the LORD faved Ifrael that day and the battle paifed over unto Beth-aven,

wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Ifrael? But he answered him not that day.

38 And Saul faid, Draw ye near hi24 And the men of Ifrael were dif-ther, all the chief of the people: and treffed that day: for Saul had adjured know and fee wherein this fin hath the people, faying, Curfed be the man been this day. that eateth any food until evening,that Imay be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tafted any food. 25 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.

26 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath.

27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honey comb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.

39 For, as the LORD liveth, which faveth Ifrael, though it be in Jonathan my fon, he fhall furely die. But there was not a man among all the people that answered him.

40 Then faid he unto all Ifrael, Be ye on one fide, and I and Jonathan my fon will be on the other fide. And the people faid unto Saul, Do what feem. eth good unto thee.

41 Therefore Saul faid unto the LORD God of Ifrael, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people efcaped.

42 And Saul faid, Caft lot, between me and Jonathan my fon. And Josathan was taken

43 Then Saul faid to Jonathan, Tell 28 Then answered one of the people, me what thou haft done. And fona and faid, Thy father ftraitly charged than told him, and faid, I did but tafte the people with an oath,faying,Curfed a little honey with the end of the rod be the man that eateth any food this that was in mine hand, and, lo, I muft day. And the people were faint. die.

29 Then faid Jonathan, My father 44 And Saul anfwered, God do fo bath troubled the land: fee, I pray and more alfo: for thou shalt furely you, how mine eyes have been en-die, Jonathan.

fightened, becaufe I tafted a little of 45 And the people faid unto Saul, this honey.

Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought 30 How much more, if haply the this great falvation in Ifrael? God people had eaten freely to day of the forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall poil of their enemies which they not one hair of his head fall to the found? for had there not been now a ground; for he hath wrought with God much greater flaughter among the this day. So the people rescued Jona. Philifines? than, that he died not.

31 And they fmote the Philiftines 46 Then Saul went up from follow. that day from Michmash to Aijalon:ing the Philistines: and the Philiftines and the people were very faint. went to their own place.

32 And the people flew upon the fpoil, and took theep, and oxen, and calves, and flew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the

blood.

33 Then they told Saul,faying, Behold, the people fin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he faid, Ye have tranfgreffed: roll great ftone unto me this day

47 So Saul took the kingdom over ifrael, and fought againft all his ene mies on every flde, again Moab, and againft the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and againft the kings

Zobah, and against the Philiftines: and whitherfoever he turned himself, he vexed them.

48 And he gathered an hoft, and mote the Amalekites, and delivered 34 And saul aid, Difperfe your-frael out of the hands of them that felves among the people, and fay unto fpoiled them.

them, Bring me hither every man his 49 Now the fons of Saul were Jona ox, and every man his fheep, and flay than, and Ifhui, and Melchi-fhua: and

Saul fent to destroy the Amalekites. CHAP. XV

He fpareth Agag. the names of his two daughters were 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and theje; the name of the firft-born Me-Saul faid unto him, Bleffed be thou of reb, and the name of the younger the LORD: I have performed the com Michal: mandment of the LORD.

50 And the name of Saul's wife was Abincam, the daughter of Ahtinaaz: and the name of the captain of his haft toas Abner, the fun of Ner, Saul's

uncle.

51 And Kish was the father of Saul: and Ner the father of Abner was the Son of Abiel.

12 And there was fore war againft the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul faw any ftrong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto

SAM

CHAP. XV.

AMUEL alfo faid unto Saul, The LORD fent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over ifrael; now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.

2 Thus faith the LORD of hofts, I remember that which Amalek did to Ifrael, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Коре

3 Now go and fmite Amalek, and utterly deftroy all that they have, and fpare them not; but lay both man and woman, infant and fuckling, ox and theep, camel and afs.

14 And Samuel faid, What meanetb then this bleating of the sheep in mine. ears, and the lowing ofthe oxen which 1 hear?

15And Saul faid,They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people fpared the beft of the theep and of the oxen, to facrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the reft we have utterly deftroyed.

16 Then Samuel faid unto Saul,Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath faid to me this night. And he faid unto him, Say on.

17 And Samuel faid, When thou at little in thine own fight, waft thou not made the head of the tribes of Ifrael, and the LORD anointed thee king over Ifrael?

18 And the LORD fent thee on a journey, and faid, Go and utterly deftroy the finners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be confumed.

19 Wherefore then didft thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didft fly upon the fpoil, and didft evil in the fight of the LORD?

20 And Saul faid unto Samuel, Yea, 4 And Saul gathered the people to-I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, gether, and numbered them in Telaim, and have gone the way which the thundred thoufand footmen, and LORD fent me, and have brought ten thousand men of Judah. Agag the king of Amaiek, and have And Saul came to a city of Ama-utterly deftroyed the Amalekites. let, and laid wait in the valley.

And Saul faid unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, left I deftroy you with them: for ye fhewed kindnefs to all the children of Ifrael, when They came up out of Egypt. So the Kentes departed from among the Amalekites.

21 But the people took of the fpoil, theep and oxen, the chief of the things which fhould have been utterly destroyed, to facritice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

22 And Samuel faid, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and facrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than facrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams

7 And Saul fmote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comeft to shur, that is over against Egypt. 23 For rebellion is as the fin of And he took Agag the king of the witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniAmalekites alive, and utterly deftroy-quity and idolatry. Becaufe thou haft et all the people with the edge of the rejected the word of the Loan, he hath alfo rejected thee from beingking. 24 And Saul faid unto Samuel,I have finned: for I have tranfgreffed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

Sword.

9 But Saul and the people fpared A, and the best of the theep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambe, and all that was good, and uld not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refufe, that they deftroyed utterly.

25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my fin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.

10 Then came the word of the La into Samuel, faying, 26 And Samuel faid unto Saul, I will 11 It repenteth me that I have fet not return with thee: for thou haft Saul to be king: for he is turned rejected the word of the Lorn, and back from following me, and hath not the LORD hath rejected thee from performed my commandments. And being king over lirsel. grieved Shmuel; and he cried unto the Loni night.

27 And as Samuei turned about to ge away, he laid hold upon the skirt of 11 And when Samuel rofe early to his mantle, and it rent. Saul in the morning, it was told 28 And Samuel faid unto him, The faving, Saul came to Carmel, LORD hath rent the Kingdom of Ifrael hold, he fet him up a place, from thee this day, and hath given same about, and paffed on, and it to a neighbour of thine, that is bel

down to Gilgal

ter than thou.

Samuel's judgment reproved. I. SAMUEL. Samuel anointah David. 29 And alfo the strength of Ifrael fons to pafs before Samuel. And Sa will not lie nor repent; for he is not a muel faid unto Jeffe, The LORD hath man, that he should repent. not chofen these.

30 Then he faid, I have finned yet 11 And Samuel faid unto Jeffe, Are honour me now, I pray thee, before here all thy children? And he faid, the elders of my people, and before There remaineth yet the.youngeft, Ifrael, and turn again with me, that land, behold, he keepeth the sheep. I may worship the LORD thy God. And Samuel faid unto Jeffe, Send and 31 So Samuel turned again after fetch him: for we will not fit down Saul; and Saul worthipped the LORD. till he come hither. 32 Then faid Samuel, Bring ye hi 12 And he fent, and brought him in. ther to me Agag the king of the Ama- Now he was ruddy, and withal of a lekites. And Agag came unto him beautiful countenance, and goodly to delicately. And Agag laid, Surely the look to. And the LORD faid, Arife, bitterness of death is part. anoint him: for this is he.

33 And Samuel faid, As thy fword 13 Then Samuel took the horn of hath made women childless, fo fhalljoil, and anointed him in the midst of thy mother be childless amongwomen. his brethren: and the Spirit of the And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces be- LORD came upon David from that day fore the LORD in Gilgal. forward. So Samuel rose up, and went 34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; to Ramah.

and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah 14 But the Spirit of the LORD deof Saul. parted from Saul, and an evil fpirit

35 And Samuel came no more to fee from the LORD troubled him. Saul until the day of his death: never- 15 And Saul's fervants faid unto thelets Samuel mourned for Saul: and him, Behold now, an evil spirit from the LORD repented that he had made God troubleth thee. Saul king over Irael.

CHAP. XVI.

15 Let our lord now command thy fervants, which are before thee, to

A How long wilt thou mourn for player on an harp: and it thall come Sad!, feeing i have rejected him fromito país, when the evil spirit from God reigning over Ifrael? fill thine horn is upon thee, that he hall play with with oil, and go, I will fend thee to his hand, and thou shalt be well. Jeffe the Beth-lehemite: for I have 17 And Saul faid unto his fervants, provided me a king among his fona. Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.

2 And Samuel faid, How can I go if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And 18 Then anfwered one of the ferthe LORD faid, Take an heifer with vants, and faid, Behold, I have feen a thee, and lay, I am come to facrifice fon of Jeffe the Beth-lehemite, that is to the LORD; cunning in playing, and a mighty 3 And call Jeffe to the facrifice, valiant man, and a man of war, and and I will fhew thee what thou fhalt prudent in matters, and a comely perdo: and thou shalt anoint unto me fon, and the LORD is with him.

bim whom I name unto thee.

4 And Samuel did that which the LORD fpake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and faid, Comeft thou peaceably?

19 Wherefore Saul fent meffengers unto Jeffe, and faid, Send me David thy fon, which is with the sheep.

20 And Jeffe took an afs laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and fent them by David als fon

5 And he faid, Peaceably: I am unto Saul. come to facrifice unto the LORD: 21 And David came to Saul, and fanctify yourselves, and come with ftood before him: and he loved him me to the facrifice. And he fanctified greatly; and he became his armour Jeffe and his fons, and called them to bearer.

the facrifice.

22 And Saul fent to Jeffe, faying, 6 And it came to pafs, when they Let David, I pray thee, ftand before were come, that he looked on Eliab, me; for he hath found favour in my and faid, Surely the LORD's anointed fight. 23 And it came to país, when the

is before him

7 But the LORD faid unto Samuel, evil fpirit from God was upon Saul, Look not on his countenance, or on that David took an harp, and played the height of his ftature, becaufe with his hand. so Saul was retrethed, have refufed him; for the LORD feetband was well, and the evil spirit de not as man feeth; for man looketh parted from him on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

CHAP. XVII.

the Philiftines gathered to.

8. Then Jelle called Abinadab, and gether their armies to battle, and made him pafs before Samuel. And he faid, Neither hath the LORD were gathered together at Shochoh, chofen this. which belangeth to Judah, and pitched 9 Then Jeffe made Shammah to pafs between Shochoh and Azekah, in by. And he faid, Neither hath the Ephes-dammim. LORD chofen this."

2 And Saul and the men of Ifrael 10 Again, Jeffe made feven of his were gathered together, and pitched

Goliath's challenge.

CHAP. XVII.

David accepteth it. by the valley of Elah, and fet the, keeper, and took, and went, as Jeffe battle in array against the Philistines. had commanded him; and he came 3 And the Philiftines flood on a to the trench, as the hoft was going mountain on the one fide, and Ifrael forth to the fight, and fhouted for the flood on a mountain on the other battle. fide: and there was a valley between them.

41 And there went out a champion at of the camp of the Philistines, amed Goliath, of Gath, whole height war fix cubits and a fpan.

$ And be bad an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail: and the weight of the coat was five thousand hekels of

6 And be bad greaves of brafs upon his legs, and a target of brafs between his fhoulders.

7 And the staff of hisfpear was like a weaver's beam; and his fpear's head tegbed fix hundred fhekels of iron: and one bearing a fhield went before him.

21 For Ifrael and the Philiftines had put the battle in array, army against army.

22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and faluted his brethren.

23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philiftine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philif tines, and fpake according to the fame words: and David heard them.

24 And all the men of Ifrael, when they faw the man, fled from him, and were fore afraid.

25 And the men of Ifrael faid, Have ye feen this man that is come up? furely to defy Ifrael is he come up: and it fhall be, that the man who kiileth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's houfe free in Ifrael.

8 And he flood and cried unto the armies of Ifrael, and faid unto them, Why are ye come out to fet your battle in array? am not 1 a Philistine, and ye fervants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down 26 And David spake to the men that to me. flood by him, faying, What shall be If he be able to fight with me, and done to the man that killeth this Phito kill me, then will we be your fer-liftine, and taketh away the reproach vants: but if I prevail against him, from Ifrael? for who is this uncircumadki him, then fhall ye be our fer- cifed Philistine, that he should defy vanta, and ferve us. the armies of the living God?

10 And the Philiftine faid, I defy the armies of Ifrael this day; give me am, that we may fight together.

11 When Saul and all Ifrael heard the words of the Philifiine, they were difmayed, and greatly afraid.

12 Now David was the fon of that Epurathite of Beth-lehem-judah, whofe name was Jeffe; and he had eight fons: and the man went among mea for an old man in the days of Saul. 13 And the threeeideft fons of Jeffe We it and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three fons that went to the battle were Eliab the firft barn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.

14 And David was the youngeft: and the three eldeft followed Saul.

15 But David went and returned from Saur to feed his father's sheep at Be h-lehem.

16 And the Philiftine drew near morning and evening, and prefented humiel forty days.

17 And Jeffe faid unto David his foo, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and thefe ten leaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;

18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pides.

19 Now Saul, and they, and ali the men of Ifrael, were in the valley of Elan, Aghting with the Philifines.

27 And the people anfwered him after this manner, faying, So fhall it be done to the man that killeth him.

28 And Eliab his eldeft brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he faid, Why cameft thou down hither? and with whom haft thou left thofe few theep in the wildernefs? I know thy pride, and the naughtinefs of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

29 And David faid, What have I now done? is there not a caufe?

30% And he turned from him toward another, and fpake after the fame manner: and the people anfwered him again after the former manner.

31 And when the words were heard which David ipake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he fent for him.

32 And David faid to Saul, Let no man's heart fail becaufe of him; thy fervant will go and fight with this Philiftine.

33 And Saul faid to David, Thou art not able to go againft this Philiftine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

34 And David faid unto Saul, Thy fervant kept his father's fheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

35 And I went out after him, and 20 And David rofe up early in the fmote him, and delivered it out of his morning, and left the theep with almouth: and when be arose against

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