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Hannah's prayer.

CIIAP. II.

She presenteth Samuel to the Lord nah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannahshim unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and had no children.

the child was young. 3 And this man went up out of his city yearly 25 And they slew

a bullock, and brought the to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts child to Eli. ni Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and 26 And she said, O my lord, as thy soul liveth, Phinchas, the priests of the Lord, were there. my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee

4 1 And when the time was that Elkanah otfer-here, praying into the LORD. ed, he gave to Peninnah luis wife, and to all her 27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath sons and her daughters, portions :

given me my petition which I asked of him : 5 But into Hanoah he gave a worthy portion; 28. Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; for he loved Hannah; but the LORD had shui as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. up her womb.

And he worshipped the LORD there. And her adversary also provoked her sore,

CHAP. II. for to make her fret, because the LORD had shui Hannah's song of thanksgiving. up her womb.

ND Hannah prayed, said, My heart rewent up to the house of the LORD, SO slic pro- the LORD; my mouth is enlarged over ininc chevoked her ; therefore she wept, and did not eat. Inies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 8 Then said Elkanah hier husband to her, Han- 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is nah, why weepest thou ? and why eatest thou none besides thee: neither is there any rock like not? and why is thy heart grieved ? am not 1 our God. better to thee than ten sons ?

3 Talk no more so excecding proudly; let nog 9 1 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in arrogancy come out of your inouth: for the LORD Shiloh, and after they had drunk: (now Eli the is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are pricet sat upon a seai by a post of the leniple of weighed. the LORD:)

4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and pray- they that stumbled are girded with strength. ed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

5 They that were full have hired out themselves 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of for bread; and they that were hungry ceased : 80 hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of that the barren haih borne seven, and she that thy handmaid, and remember me, and not forget hath many children is waxed feeble. thy handmaid, but wilt give unto thy handmaid 6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringa man child, then I will give him unto the LORD eth down to the grave, and bringeth up. all the days of his life, and there shall no razor.7 The LORD maketh poor, and inaketh rich: he come upon his head.

bringeth low, and lifeth up. 12 And

it came to pass, as she continued pray- 8 lle raiscth up the poor ont of the dust, and Ing before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. listeth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only them anong princes, and to make them inherit her lips moved, but her voice was not heard : the throne of glory : for the pillars of the earth are therefore Eli thouglit she had been drunken. the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.

14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou 9 lle will keep the feet of his saints, and the be drunken ? put away thy wine from thee. wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength

15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my shall no man prevail. lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have 10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder uponi poured out iny soul before the Lord. them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the 16 Count not thy handmaid for a danghter of earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and exalt the horn of his Anointed. and grief have I spoken hitherto.

11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. 17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: And the child did minister unto the LORD before and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that Eli the priest. thou hast asked of hin.

12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; 18 And she said, Let thy handmaid find grace they knew not the LORD. In thy sight. So the woman went her way, and 13 And the priest's custom with the people was, did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's 19 # And they rose up in the morning carly, servant came, while the flesh was in seething, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, with a flesh-liook of threc teeth in his hand; and came to their louse to Ramah: and Elka- 14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or nah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD re-caldron, or pot; all that the flesh-hook broug!!! membered her.

up the priest took for himself. So they did in 20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time Shiloh uinto all the Israelites that came thither. was come about after Hannah had conceived, 15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, servant came, and said to the man that sacrisaying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. ficed, Give flesh to roast for the pricst; for he

21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house. will not have sodden flesh of thce, but raw. went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacri- 16 And if any man said unto him, Let thern fice, and his vow.

not fail to burn the rat presently, and then take 22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto as much as thy soul desireth; then he would her husband, I will not go up until the child be answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me weaned, and then I will bring hinı, that he may now: and it not, I will take it by force. appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever. 17 Wherefore the sin of the young men wils

23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do very great before the LORD: for men abhorred what seemeth thee good ; tarry until thou have the offering of the LORD. weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. 18 9 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, So the woman abode, and gave her son suck being a child, girded with a linen ephod. until she weaned him.

19 Moreover his mother made in a little coat, 24 11 And when she had weaned him, she took and brought it to him from year to year, when him up with her, with three bullocks, and one she came up with her husband, to offer the year. ephak of llour, and a bottle of wine and broughtly sacrifice.

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Prophecy against Eli's house.

I. SAMUEL.

Samuel's viston. 2017 and Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, 4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he anand said, The LORD give thee seed of this wo- swered, llere am I. man for the loan which is lent in the LORD. 5 And hic ran unto Fll, and said, llcre am l; for And they went unto their own home.

thou calledst me. And he sail, I called not; lie 21 And ihe LORD visited llannalı, so that she con-down again. And he went and lay down. ceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. 6 And ihc LORD called yet again, Sammel. And And the child Samnuel grew before the LORD. Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, llere

1 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that am !; for thou didst call me. And he answerhis sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay cd, I called not, my son; lie down again. with the women that assembled at the door of] 7 Now Samuel did nol yet know the LORD, the tabernacle of the congregation.

ncither was the word of the LORD yet revealed 23 And he said unto tiem, Why do yc snch umo him. Wings ? for I hear of your evil dealings by all) 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third this people.

time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, 24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I llere an 1; for thou didst call me. And eli hear: ye make the Lord's people to transgress. perceived that the LORD had called the child.

25 If one man sin against another, the judge 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie shall judge him: but if a man sin against the down: and it shall be, if lic call thee, iha: ihop Lord, who shall entreat for him? Notwith-shalı say, Spcak, LORD; for ihy servant heareth. standing, they hearkened not into the voice of So Samuel ivent and lay down in his place. their father, because ilie LORD would slay thcin. 10 And the Lord came, and stood and called as

26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in at other times, Samuel, Samtiel. Then Samuel favour both with the Lord, and also with men. answered, Speak; for ihy servant leareth.

27 1 And there came a man of God unto Eli, 11 ! And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I and said unto him, Thus saith thic LORD, Did I will do a thing in Israel, at which boil the cars plainly appear unto the lionsc of thy father, of every one that liearch it shall ringle. when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house ? 19 In that day I will perform against Eli all

28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of things which I have spoken concerning his Israel to be my priest, to offer wpon mine altar, house: when I begin, I will also make an end. lo burn incense, to wear an epliod before me ? 13 For I have lolat lim, that I will judgc his and did I give unto the house of thy father all the liouse for ever, for the iniquity which he knowofferings made by fire of the children of Israel? cth: because his sons made themselves vile, and

29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacritice anıl at he restrained then not. mine offering, which I have commanded in my 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house habitation; and honourest thy sons above ine, or Bli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. the offerings of Israel my people?

15 And Saniel lay until the morning, and 30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I opened the doors of the house of the LORD: and said indeed that thy house, and the liouse of thy Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. father, slıould walk before me for ever: but now 16 Then Eli callcd Samuel, and said, Samuel, the LORD saith, Be it far from mc; for them my son. And he answered, Ilerc am 1. that honour me I will honour, and they that| 17 And he said, What is the thing that the despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thce hido 31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off it not from me: God do so to thee, and more thine arm, aud the arm of thy father's house, also, if thou hide any thing from me, of all the that there shall not be an old nian in thy house things that he said unto thee.

32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my habita- 18 And Samuel told hiin crery whit, and hid tion, in all the wealth which God shall give is nothing from him. And he said, It is ilc LORD: rael: and there shall not be an old man in thy let him do what seemeth him good. house for ever.

19 11 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with 33 And the man or thine, whom I shall not cut him, and did let none of his words fall to the off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine ground. eyes, and to gricve thy heart: and all the increase 20 And all Israel, from Dan even to Beer-shcba, of thiy house shall die in the flower of their agc. knew that Samuel was established to be a pro

34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall phet of the LORD. come upon thy two sons, on lloplini and Phinc 21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh : has: in one day they shall die both of them. for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in

35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that Shiloh by the word of the Lord. shall do according to that which is in my heart,

CHAP. IV. and in my mind : and I will buill hin a sure The ark taken by the Philistines. house; and he shall walk before inine Anointed A Noche er der Samuel castrene pallisraci

36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that to hattle, and pitched beside Eben-czer: and the is left in thy house, shall come and crouch to liim Philistines pitched in Apliek. for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and 2 And the Philistines put themselves in array shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the against Israel: and wlien they joined baille, ispriests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread. rael was smilten before the Philistines: and they CHAP. III.

slew of the army in the field about four thousaud God calleth Samuel.

men. LORD before Eli. And the word of the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath LORD was precious in those days; there was no the LORD smitten us to-day before the Philistincs ? open vision.

Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD And it came to pass at that time, when Eii out of Shiloh unto us, that when it cometh anong was laid down in liis place, and his eyes began us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies. to wax dim, that he could not sce;

4 So the people sent to Shilol, that they might 3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the bring from thence the art of the covenant of the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the and Sainuel was laid down to sleep ;

Icherubirns: and the two sons of Eli, Hoplini

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Hopkni and Phinchas slain

CHAP. V, VI. Philistines smitten with emero • and Phinehas, acre there with the ark of the they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. covenant of God.

4 And when they arose early on the morrow 5 And when the ark of the covenant of the morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted to the ground before the ark of the LORD: and with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. the head of Dagon, and both the palms of liis 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise or hands were cut ofl' upon the threshold; only the the shout, tlicy said, What meaneth the noise of stump of Dagon was left to hiin. this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews ? 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor And they understood that the ark of the LORD any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the was come into the camp.

threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, 6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon God is come into the camp. And they said, Wo them of Aslidod, and he destroyed them, and unto us! for there hath not becn such a thing smote them with emerods, even Ashdod, and the heretofore.

coasts tl:ereof. 8 Wo unto is! Who shall deliver us out of 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it the hand of these miglity Gods? these are the was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel Cods that smote the Egyptians with all the shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore hipplagues in the wilderness.

on us, and upon Dagon our god. 9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, 0 8 They seni therefore, and gathered all the lords ye l'hilistines, that ye be not servants unto the of the Philistines unto them, and said, Whal llebrews, as they have been to you: quit your shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? selves like men, and fight.

And they answered, Let the ark of the God of 30 I And the Philistines fought, and Israel was Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they einitten, and they fled every man into his tent: carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither. and there was a very grcat slaughter, for there . And it was so, that after they had carriod it fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.

about, the hand of the LORD was against the city 11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two with a very great destruction : and he smote the sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. men of the city both small and great, and they 12 1 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of had cmerods in their secret paris. the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with 10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. And it came to pass as the ark of God cane 10 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a scat Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, by the way-side watching: for his lieart trembled They have bronght about the ark of the God of for the ark of God. And when the man came Israel to us, to slay us and our people. into the city and told it all the city cried out. 11 So they sentand gathered together all the lorils

14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark tre said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? of the God of Isracl, and let it go again to his own And the man came in hastily, and told Eli. place, that it slay us not, and our people: for

15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and there was a deadly destruction throughout all his eyes were dim, that lie could not see. the city; the land of God was very heavy there. 16 And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came 12 And the men that died not, were smitten ont of the army, and I fed lo-day out of the army. with the enicrous: and the cry of the city went And he said, What is there done, my son ? up to heaven. 17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel

CIIAP. VI. is fied befwre the Philistines, and there liath been The Philistines send back the ark. also a great slaughter among the people, and . A Pihe

Parlistines seven months.

ND thc ark of the LORD was in the country (Wo sons also, Horhni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.

2 And the Philistines called for the priests and 13 And it came to pass, when lie madc mention the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the of the ark of God, ihal he fell from off the seat ark of the LORD ? tell us wherewith we shall backward by the side of the gate, and his neck send it to liis place. brake, and lie dicd: for he was all old man, and 3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years. God of Israel, send it not enipty; but in any wise 19 41 And his daughter-in-law, Phinehas' wife, return him a trespass-offering: then ye shall be was with child near to be delivered: and when healed, and it shall be known 10 you why liis she lieard the ridings that the ark of God was hand is not removed from you. ink:11, and that her father-in-law and her hus- 4 Then said they, What shall be the trespassband were dead, slic boweit herself, and travail. offering which we shall return to him? They ed; for her pains came upon her.

answereil, Five goldeu emerods, and five golden 20 And about the time of her death, the women mice, according to the number of the lorils of the that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for Philistines : for one plague was on you all, and thou hast borne a son. But she answered not, on your lords. neither did slie regard it.

5 Vherefore ye shall make images of your che21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, rods, and images of your mice that mor tie land; The glory is departed from Israel. (Because the and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israet: ark of God was taken, and because of her l:er- peradventure he will lighten his hand from offyouy, in-law and lier lusband.)

and from off your gods, and froin off your land. Va And she said, The glory is departed from Is- 6 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as racl: for the ark of God is taken.

the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? CIAP. V.

when he had wrought wonderfully among them, Dagon falleth before the ark. did they not let the people go, and they departed ? ND the Philistines took the ark of God, and 7 Now therefore inake a new cart, and take two Amuget it from ebbenezere unko o sciabolica

milch-kine on which there hath come no yoke, ? When the Philistines took the ark of God, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves they bronglit it into the house of Dagon, and sci home froin them: it by Dagon.

& Am take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon 3 1 And when they of Ashdod arose carly on the cart ; and put the jewels of gold whichi ye the morrow, behold, Dayon was fallen upon his return him for a trespass-offering, in a coffer lig lucc id lie carth before tlie ark of the LORD. And the side thercor; and send it away, that it inay go,

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The ark brought to Beth-shemesh. 1. SAMUEL.

The Israelites repent at Mizpen 9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own 6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath done us this drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, great evil: but if not, then we shall kutow that and fasted on that day, and said there, We havo it is not his hand that smote us; it was a chance sinned against the LORD... And Samuel judged that happened to us.

the children of Israel in Mizpeh. 10 11 And the men did so; and took two milch-.7 And when the Philistines heard that the chilkine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their dren of Israel were gathered together to Mizpela calves at home:

the lords of the Philistines went up against lg. 11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the rael. And when the children of Israel heard it, cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and they were afraid of the Philistines. the images of their emerods.

8 Ånd the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease 12 And the kine took the straight way to the not to cry unto the LORD Our God for us, that lie way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the high-will save us out of the hand of the Philistines. way, lowing as they went, and turned not aside 9 1 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and orto the right hand or to the left; and the lords of fered it for a burnt-offering wholly unto the the Philistines went after thein unto the border LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for los of Beth-shemesh.

rael; and the LORD heard him. 13 And they of Beth-shemesh were reaping their 10 And as Samuel was offering up the burntwheat harvest in the valley: and they lifted up offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thum.

14 Aud the cart came into the field of Joshua, der on that day upon the Philistines, and discoma Beth-shemite, and stood there, where there was fited them; and they were smitten before Israel. a great stone: and they clave the wood of the 11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpel, cart, and offered the kine a burnt-offering unto and pursued the Philistines, and smote ulicni, the LORD.

until they came under Beth-car. 15 And the Levites took down the ark of the 12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between LORD, and the coffer that was with it, wherein Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenthe jewels of gold were, and put them on the ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. great stone: and the men of Beth-shemesh offer-13 śo the Philistines were subdued, and they ed burut-offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the came no more into the coast of Israel: and the same day unto the LORD.

hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all 16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had the days of Samuel. seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.

14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken 17 And these are the golden enerods which the from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron Philistines returned for a trespass-offering unto even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel the LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for deliver out of the hands of the Philistines: and Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one; there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

18 And the golden mice, according to the num- 15AndSamuel judged Israel all the daysof his life. ber of all the

cities of the Philistincs belonging 16 And he went froin year to year in circuit to to the five lords, both of fenced cities, and of Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged country villages, even unto the great stone of Israel in all these places. Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the Lord: , 17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was which stone remaineth unto this day in the field his liouse; and there he judged Israel; and were of Joshua the Beth-shemite.

le built an altar unto the LORD. 19 11 And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh,

CHAP. VIII. because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, The Israclites desire a king.' even be smote of the people fitty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lament

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ND it came to pass, when Samuel was old, ed, because the LORD had siuitten many of the 2 Now the name of his first-born was Joel; and people with a great slaugliter.

the naine of his second, Abiah: they were judges 20 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is in Beer-shıcba. able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but whom shall he go up from us?

turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, aud per21 11 And they sent messengers to the inhabi- verted judgment. tants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered them. have brought again the ark of the LORD; come selves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, ye down, and fetch it up to you.

5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and CHAP. VII.

thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a Samuel exhorteth to repentance. king lo judge us like all the nations. ND the men of Kirjath-jearim caine, and 6.!! But the thing displeased Samuel, when they it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and prayed unto the LORD. sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the 7 And the LORD said unto Samnel, Hearken unLord.

to the voice of the people in all that they say unto 2. And it came to pass, while the ark abode in thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it rejected me, that I should not reign over them. was twenty years : and all the house of Israel 8 According to all the works which they have lamented after the LORD.

done since the day that I brought them up out of 3!! And Samuel spake unto all the house of Is- Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have rael, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with forsaken ine, and served other gods, so do they all your hearts, then put away the strange gods, also unto thee. and Ashtaroth, from anjong you, and prepare 9Now therefore hearken unto their voice: how. your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: beit, yet protest solemuly unto them, and shew and he will deliver you out of the hand of the them the manner of the king that shall reign over Philistines

them. 4 Then the children of Israel did put away 10 11 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD Baalim, and Ashitaroth, and served the LORD only. unto the people that asked of him a king. 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Miz- 11 And he said, This will be the manner of the peh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord. (king that shall reign over you: Ue will take your

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CHAP. IX, X.

Samuel entertaineth Saul. sons, and appointthem for himself, for his chariots, come, let us go: so they went unto the city where and to be his horsemen; and some shall run be- the man of God was. fore his chariots.

11 11 And as they went up the hill to the city, 12 And he will appoint him captains over thou- they found young maidens going out to draw wä. sands, and captains over fifties; and will set them ter, and said unto them, Is the seer here? to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to 12 And they answered them, and said, lle is; make his instruments of war, and instrunienis of behold, he is before you: make haste now, for le his chariots.

came to-day to the city; for there is a sacrifice 13 And he will take your daughters to be con- of the people to-day in the high place: fectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall 14 And he will take your fields, and your vinc- straightway find him, before he go up to the high yards, and your olive-yards, even the best of place to eat : for the people will not eat unti he them, and give them to his servants.

come, because he doth bless the sacritice; and 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and aferwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and get you up: for about this time ye shall find him. to his servants.

14 And they went up into the city: and when 16 And he will take your men-scrvants, and your they were coine into the city, behold,

Samuel caine maid-scrvants, and your goodliest young men, out against then, for to go up to the high place. and your asses, and put them to his work. 15 ! Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear

17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye a day before Saul came, saying, shall be his servants.

16 10-inorrow about this time I will send thee 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt your king which ye shall have chosen you; and anoint him to be captain over iny people Israel, the LORD will not hear you in that day. that lie inay save my people out of the hand of

19 1 Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the Philistines : for I have looked upon my peo the voice ot' Samuel ; and they said, Nay; but ple, because their cry is come unto ine. we will have a king over us ;

17 And whicn Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said 20 That we also may be like all the nations ; unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee and that our king may judge us, and go out be- of this same shall reign over my people. fore us, and fight our battles.

18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the peo- and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's ple, and he rehearsed then in the ears of' tlic house is. LORD.

19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the 2 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto scer: go up beforeine unto the high place; for ye their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel shall eat with me to-day, and to-morrow I will let said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every mau thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thy heart. unto his city.

20 And as for thine asses that were lost three CHAP. IX.

days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are Saul seeks his father's asses. found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel?

there was a man of Benjamin, whosc Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house? name was Kish, the son of Abiel, lhe son of. 21 Aud Saul answered and said, Am not I a BenZeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a jamnite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel ? and Benjamitc, a mighty man of power.

my family the least of all the families of the tribe 2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a ot Benjamiu ? wherefore then speakest thou so choice young man, and a goodly: and there was to me? not among the children ot' Israel a goodlier per- 22 And Samuel took Saul, and his servant, and son than he: from his shoulders and upward he brought them into the parlour, and made them wQ3 lrigher than any of the people.

sit in the chicfest place among them that were 3 And the asses of Kislı, Saul's father, were lost. bidden, which were about thirty persons. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of 23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto 4 And he passed through mouit Ephraim, and thec, Sct it by thee. passed through the land of Shalisha, but they 24. And the cook took up the shoulder, and that found them not: then they passed through the which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And land of Shalini, and there they were not: and he Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it passed through the land of the Benjamiles, but before thee, and cat; for unto this time hath it they for!nd them not.

been kept for three since I said, I have invited ihe 5 And when they were come to the land of Zuple, people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day. Saulsaid to his servant that was with him, Come, 25 if And when they were come down from the nd let us return; lest my father leave caring for high place into the city, Samuel communed with the asses, and take thought for us.

Saul mpon the top of the house. 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is 26 And they arose carly: and it came to pass in this city a nian of God, and he is an honoura- about the spring of the day that Samuel called ble man; all that he saitli coineth surely to pass: Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I now let ns go thither; peradventure lu can shewmay send thee away. And Saul arose, and they us our way that we should go.

went out both of thein, he and Samuel, abrond. 7 Then said Saul to his servant, But behold, if 27 And as they were going down to the end of wego, what shall we bring the maii? for the bread the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou to bring to the man of God: what have we? still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. 8 And the servant answered Saul again, and

CHAP. X. said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth parı

Samoc! anointeth Saul. of a shekel of silver : that will I give tu the man

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TIEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured of God, to tell us our way.

il upon his head, and kissed him, and said, 9 (Beforețiinc in Israel, when a man went to in- Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee quire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to be captain over his inheritance ? to the seer : for he that is now called a Prophet ? When thou art departed from me to-day, then was beforetime called a Seer.)

thou shalt sind two men by Rachel's sepulchre iu 10 Tueu said Saul to his scrvant, Well said ; the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will

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