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Saul prophesieth.


He is saluted King say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to if the man should yet come thither. And the seck are found : and lo, thy father ha!h left the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, among the stuff. What shall I do for iny son ?

i 23 And they ran and fetched bimthence: and when 3 Then shalt thou go on forwarıl from thence, he stood among the neople, he was higher than and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and any of the people from his shoulders and upward, there shall meet thee three men going up to 24 And Samuel said to all the people, Sce ye God to Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and him whoin the LORD hath chosen, that there is another carrying three loaves of bread, and ano-none like him among all the people? And all ile ther carrying a bottle of wine:

people shouled, and said, God save the king. 4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two 23 Then Samuel told the people the manner of luanes of bread; which thou shalt receive of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid 11 their hands.

lup before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the 5 Aller that thou shalt come to the hill of God, people away, every man to his house. where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it 20 | And Saul also went honie to Cibea!ı; and shall come to pass, when thou art come thither there went with him a band or inen, wlose to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of hearts God had touched. prophcts coming down from the high place with 27 But the children of Belial said, Ilow sluall a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp this man save us? And they despised liin, and betore them; and they shall prophesy:

brought himn no presents. But lie held his peace. 6 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon

CIAP. XÍ. thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and

Saul smiteth the Ammonites. shall be turned into another man.

ITUEN Nahash the Ammonite came up, and 7 And let it be, when these signs are come into I encamped against Jabesh-gilead: and all the theo, that thou do as occasion shall serve thee; men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a cove for God is with thee.

nant with us, and we will serve thee. 8 And thou shalt go down before mc to Gilgal; 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, and behold, I will come down unto thee, to ofier On this condition will I make a covenant wiib burnt-oflerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, peace-offerings : seven days shalt thou tarry, till and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel. I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do. 3 And the elders ot' Jabesh said unto him, Cive 119 91 And it was so that when he had turned his seven days respite, that we may send messcligers back to go from Samuel, God gave him another unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there heart: and all those siguis came to pass that day. lc no man to save us, we will come out to thçe.

10 And when they came thither to the hill, be- 4 1 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of hold, a company of prophets inet him; and the Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: Spirit of God came upon him, and le prophe- and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept. sied among them.

1 5 And behold, Saul came after the herd out of 11 And it came to pass when all that know him thic field; and Saul said, What aileth the people beforctime, saw, that, behold, he prophesied that they weep? And they told him the tidings among the propliets, thien the people said one to or the men of Jabes!ı. another, What is this that is come unto the son 6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when of Kish? Is Sanl also among the prophets? llie heard those tidings, und his anger was kin

12 And one of the same place answered and said, dlcd greatly. But who is their father? Therefore it becanic al 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and liewed them proverb, Is Sanl also among the prophets ? in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts '13 And wlien he had made an end of prophesy- of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying. ing, he came to the high place."

Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after 4 1 Aud Saul's uncle said unto him and to his Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To the fear of the Lord fell on the people, and they seek the asses: and when we saw that they were came out with one consent. no where, we came to Samuel.

18 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the 15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, children of Israel were three hundred thousand, what Samuel said unto you.

and the men of Judah thirty thousand. 16 And Saul said unto his uncle, lle told us 9 And they said unto the inessengers that came, plainly that the asses were found.' But of the Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, Tomorrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall he told him not.

have help. And the messengers came and shewed 17 11 And Samuel called the people together it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. unto the LORD to Mizpeh;

| 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To-mor18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus row we will come out into you, and ye shall do Baith le LORD God of Israel, I brought up Is- with us all that seemeth good unto you. rael out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the 11 And it was so on the morrow, that Sadu put hand of the Egyptians, and out of the land of the people in three companies; and they canie all kingdoins, and of them that oppressed you: into the milst of the host in the morning-watch,

19 And ye have this day rejected your God, and slew the Ammonites until the hcat of the who himself saved you out of all your ad versi-day: and it came to pass, that they which retics, and your tribulations; and ye have said mained were scattered, so that two of thein were unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now not let logether. therefore present yourselves before the LORD byl 12 il And the people said unto Samuel, Who is your tribes, and by your thousands.

The that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the 20. And irhen Sainucl had caused all the tribesmen, that we may put llicni to death, of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin 13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be was taken.

put 10 cicath this day: for to-day the Lord baih 21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to wrought salvation in Israel. come year by their families, the family of Matri 14 Then said Sanuel to the people, Come, and was taken, and Sanl the son of Kish was taken:llet us go to Gilgal, and renew ihe kingdom there. and when they sought him, he could not be found.l 15 And all the people went to Gilgal, and there 22 Therefore they inquired of the Lord further, they made Saul king before the LÜRD in Gilga!:

all the men of IstaCHAP. XII.

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Bannel testiketh his integrity. CHAP. XII, XIII.

The sacrifice of Saul and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace-j we die not: for we have added unto all our sins offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and this evil, to ask us a king. all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear

not: ye have done all this wickedness yet turn Samuel's solemn address at Gilgal. not aside from following the LORD, but serve AND Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I the LORD with all your heart : A have hearkened unto your voice in all that| 21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go ve said unto me, and have made a king over you.after vain things, which cannot profit nor de

2 And now, behold, the king walketh before liver; for they are vain. you: and I am old and gray-headed ; and behold, 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for my sons are with you and I have walked be-his great name's sake: because it hath pleased fore you from my childhood unto this day. the LORD to make you his people.

3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should the LORD, and before his anointed; whose ox have sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: i I taken ?' or whose ass have I taken? or whom but I will teach you the good and the right way: havel defrauded ? whom have I oppressed ? or of 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth whose hand have I received any bribe to blind with all your heart: for consider how great unine eyes therewith ? and I will restore it you. things he hath done for you.

4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken aught consumed, both ye and your king. of any man's hand.

CHAP. XIII. 5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness

Sanl reproved by Samuel. against you, and his anointed is witness this day, SAUL reigned one year; and when he had that ye have not found aught in my hand. And reigned two years over Israel, they answered, He is witness.

2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel: 6 And Samuel said unto the people, it is the whereof two thousand were with Saul in MichLORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that mash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the

7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason rest of the people he sent every man to his tent. with you before the LORD of all the righteous 3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Phiacts of the LORD, which he did to you and to listines that was in Geba; and the Philistines your fathers.

heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet through8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your out all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear. fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD senti 4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fa-garrison of the Phiiistines, and that Israel also was thers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this had in abomination with the Philistines: and the place.

people were called together after Saul to Gilgal. 9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he 5 | And the Philistines gathered themselves sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chahost of llazor, and into the hand of the Philis- riots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as tines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, the sand which is on the sea-shore in multitude: and they fought against them.

and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, east10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We ward from Beth-aven. have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, 6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but a strait (for the people were distressed) then the now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickand we will serve thee.

lets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. U And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, 7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he out of ihe hand of your enemies on every side, was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him and ye dwelled safe.

trembling. 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of 8 11 And he tarried seven days, according in the children of Ammon came against you, ye the set time that Samuel had appointed: but said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were us: when the LORD your God was your king. scattered from him.

13 Now therefore, behold the king whom yel 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt-offering to have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and me, and peace-offerings. And he offered the behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. burnt-offering.

14 If ve will fear the LORD, and serve him, and 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had obey his voice, and not rebel against the com-made an end of offering the burnt-offering, be mandinent of the LORD, then shall both ye, and hold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet also the king that reigneth over you, continue him, that he might salute him. following the LORD your God.

11 T And Samuel said, What hast thou done ? 15 But if ve will not obey the voice of the LORD, And Saul said, Because I saw that the people but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, were scattered from me, and that thou camest then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, not within the days appointed, and that the Philis as it was against your fathers.

Itines gathered themsclves together at Michmash; 16 | Now therefore stand and see this great 12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not

17 Is it not wheat-harvest to-day? I will call made supplication unto the LORD: I forced my. unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and self therefore, and offered a burnt-offering. rain: that ve may perceive and see that your| 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done wickedness is great, which ye have done in the foolishly : thou hast not kept the conimandment sight of the LORD, in asking you a king of the LORD thy God, which he commanded

is So Samuel called unto the LORD, and the thee: for now would the LORD have establisle LORD sent thunder and rain that day. and all the ed thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. people greatly reared the LORD and Samuel. | 14 But now thy kingilom shall not continne:

LORD hath sought him a man after his own fur thy servants mio the LORD thy God, that heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to le

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The policy of the Philistines. · I. SAMUEL.

Sant's unadvised adjuration captain over his people, because thou hast not than and his armour-bearer, and said, Come up kept that which the LORD cominanded thee. to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jona

15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gil-than said unto his armour-bearer, Come up after gal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul number-me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the ed the people that were present with him, about hand of Israel. six hundred men.

13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands 16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the peo-land upon his feet, and his arinour-bearer aller ple that were present with them, abode in Gibeah him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his of Benjamin : but the Philistines encamped in armour-bearer slew after him. Michmash.

14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and 17 | And the spoilers came out of the camp of his armour-bearer made, was about twenty men, the Philistines in three companies: one compa- within as it were a half-acre of land, which a ny turned unto the way that leadeth to Ophrah, yoke of oren might plough. unto the land of Shual:

T15 And there was trembling in the host, in the 18 And another company turned the way to field, and among all the people: the garrison, Beth-horon : and another company turned to the and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth way of the border that looketh to the valley of quaked: so it was a very great trembling. Zeboim toward the wilderness.

16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Ben19 1 Now there was no smith found throughont jamin looked ; and behold, the multitude melted all the land of Israel: (for the Philistines said, away and they went on beating down one another. Lest the llebrews make them swords or spears :)17 Then said Saul unto the people that were

20 But all the Israelites went down to the Phi- with him, Number now, and see who isgone from listines, to sharpen every man his share, and his us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonacoulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

than and his armour-bearer were not there. 21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for 18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time and to sharpen the goads.

with the children of Israel. 29 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that 19 1 And it came to pass while Saul talked unto there was neither sword nor spear found in the the priest, that the noise that was in the host of hand of any of the people that were with Saul the Philistines went on, and increased: and Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan said unto the priest, Withdraw thy hand. his son was there found.

20 And Sauland all the people that were with him 23 And the garrison of the Philistines went outlassembled themselves, and they came to thebattle: to the passage of Michmash.

and behold, every man's sword was against his CHAP. XIV.

fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture. Jonathan smiteth the Philistines.

21 Moreover, the Hebrews that were with the N OW it came to pass upon a day, that Jona- Philistines before that time, which went up with

than the son of Saul said unto the young them into the camp from the country round about, man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go even they also turned to be with the Israelites over to the Philistines' garrison that is on the that were with Saul and Jonathan. other side. But he told not his father.

22 Likewise all the men of Israel which had 2 And Saul tarried in the utterniost part of Gi- hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they beah under a pomegranate-tree which is in Mi-heard that the Philistines fled, even they also gron: and the people that were with him were followed hard after them in the battle. about six hundred inen;

23 So the Lord savcd Israel that day: and the 3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chabod's bro- batile passed over unto Beth-aven. ther, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the 24 1 And the men of Israel were distressed that LORD'S priest in Shiioh, wearing an ephod. And day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, the people knew not that Jonathan was gone. Cursed be the man that eateth any rood until 41 And between the passages by whichJonathan evening, that I may be avenged on mine encsought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, mies. So none of the people lasted any food. thcre was a sharp rock on the one side, and a 25 And all they of the land came to a wood : sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the and there was honey upon the ground. one nas Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. 26 And when the people were come into the

5 The forefront of the one was situate north-wood, behold, the honey dropped: but no man ward over against Michniash, and the other put his hand to his mouth; for the people fear. southward over against Gibeah.

ed the oath. . 6 And Jonathan said to the young man that barej 27 But Jonathan heard not when his father his armour, Coine, and let us go over unto the charged the people with the oath : wherefore he varrison of these incircumcised: it may be that put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, the LORD will work for us : for there is no re- and dipped it in a honey-comb, and put his hand straint to the LORD to save by many or by few. to his mouth ; and his eyes were enlightened.

7 And his armour-bearer said unto him, Do all 28 Then answered one of the people, and said, that is in thy heart; turn thee; behold, I am Thy father straitly charged the people with an with thee according to thy heart.

Toatlı, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any 8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass; food this day. And the people were faint. over unto these men, and we will discover our- 29 Then said Jonathan, Niy father hath trouselves into them.

bled the land : sce, I pray yout, how mine eyes 918 they say thus unto iis, Tarry until we come have been enlightened, because I tasted a little 10 you; then we will stand still in our place, of this honey. and will not go tip unto thein.

7 30 How much more, if haply, the people had 10 But if they say thus, Comic up unto us; then caten freely io-day or the spoil of their enemies we will goup: for the LORD hatli delivered then which they found? for bad there not been now into our hand; and this shall be a sign unto us. a much greater slaughter among the Philistines 1

11 And both of them discovered themselves un- 31 And they smote the Philistines that day lo the garrison of the Philistines: and the Phi- trom Miciunash to Aijalon: and the people wero listincs said, Behold, the Hebrews come forih out very taint. of the holes whicre they had hid themselves. | 39 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took 12 And the men of the garrison answered Jona- sleep, and 0.xent, and c:lives, and slew thein un

other side. And thathan my son will be on one and would not utterly and all that was good.

Jonathan's trespass discovered.


Saul spareth Aga the ground: and the people did eat them with

CHAP. XV. the blood.

Saul sent to destroy Amalek. 33 | Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, thel SAMUEL also said unto Saul, The LORD sent people sin against the LORD, in that they eat me to anoint thee to be king over his people, with the blood. And he said, Ye have trans-over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto gressed: roll a great stone unto me this day. the voice of the words of the LORD.

34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among| 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the 3 Now go and emite Amalek, and utterly deLORD in eating with the blood. And all the stroy all that they have, and spare them not; but people brought every man his ox with him that slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, night, and slew them there.

ox and sheep, camel and ass. 35 And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the 4 And Saul gathered the people together, and same was the first altar that he built unto the numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thou. LORD:

sand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judan. 36 And Saul said, Let us go down after the Phi- 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and iaid listines by night, and spoil them until the morn-wait in the valley. ing light, and let us not leave a man of them. 6 | And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good get you down from among the Amalekites, lest unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindnear hither unto God.

ness to all the children of Israel when they cane 37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from down after the Philistines ? wilt thou deliver among the Amalekites. them into the hand of Israel? But be answered 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havi him not that day.

lah, until thou comest to Shur, that is over 38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither all the against Egypt. chief of the people: and know and see wherein 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites this sin hath been this day.

alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with 39 For as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, the edge of the sword. though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the die. But there was not a man among all the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the people that answered him.

40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one and would not utterly destroy them: but every side, and I and Jonathan iny son will be on the thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyother side. And the people said unto Saul, Do ed utterly. what seemeth good unto thee.

| 10 Then came the word of the LORD unto 41 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Samuel, saying, Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jona- 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to bo than were taken: but the people escaped king: for he is turned back from following me,

42 And Saul said, Cast lots between me and and hath not performed my commandments. Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what|LORD all night. thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, 12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul I did but taste a little honey with the end of the in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Sant rod that was in my hand, and lo, I must die. came to Carmel, and behold, he set him up a

44 And Saul answered, God do so, and more place, and is gone about, and passed on, and also: for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan. gone down to Gilgal.

45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jona-13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said than die, who hath wrought this great salvation unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have in Israel? God forbid : as the LORD liveth, there performed the commandment of the LORD. shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground;l 14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this for he hath wrought with God this day. So the bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowpeople rescued Jonathan, that he died not. ling of the oxen which I hear? 46 'Then Saul went up from following the Philis- 15 And Saul said, They have brought then tines: and the Philistines went to their own place. from the Amalekites: for the people spared tho 47 \ So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and best of the shecp and of the oxen, to sacrifice fought against all his eneuries on every side, unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have against Moab, and against the children of Am- utterly destroyed. inon, and against Edom, and against the kings of 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whither- will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me soever he turned himself, he vexed them. Ithis night. And he said unto him, Say ou.

48 And he gathered a host, and smote the Ama- 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in lekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of them that spoiled them."

the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee 49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and king over Israel ? Ishui, and Melchi-shua : and the names of his! 18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and two daughters were these; the name of the first-Isaid, Go, and utterly destroy the sinners the born Merab, and the name of the younger Michal: Amalekites, and fight against them until they bu

50 And the name of Sanl's wife was Ahinoam, Iconsumed. the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of thel 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, Saul's uncle. ,

land didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 51 And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner! 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have the father of Abner was the son of Abiel. Tobeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone 52 And there was sore war against the Philis- the way which the LORD sent me, and have tines all the days of Saul; and when Saul saw brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have any strong man or any valiant man, he took utterly destroyed the Amalekites. him unto him.

i 21 But the peopie took of the spoil, whoop and

Saul's humiliation.


Samuel anointeth David oxcn, the chief of the things, which should have because I have refused him for the LORD seeth been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward thy God in Gilgal.

appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey the LORD chosen this. is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And fat of rams.

he said. Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pase stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Be-before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, cause thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, The Lord hath not chosen these. he hatb also rejected thee from being king. | 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy

24 11 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sin-children ? And he said, There remaineth yet the ned: for I have transgressed the commandment youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheen. And of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: the peopie. and obeyed their voice.

I for we will not sit down till he come hither. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance,

26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Arise, anoint him : for this is he. Lord, and the LORD hath rejected thee froin be- 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointing king over Israel.

ed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit 27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he of the LORD came upon David from that day forlaid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. ward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramal.

29 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath 14 1 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled and hath given it to a neighbour of thine that is him. better than thou.

1 15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. lor repent: for he is not a man, that he should 16 Let our lord now command thy servants, repent.

which are before thee, to seek out a man who is 30 Then he said, I have sinned: vet honour me a cunning player on a harp: and it shall come to now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, pass, wlien the evil spirit from God is upon thee, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that that he shall play with his hand, and thou shali I may worship the LORD thy God.

be well. 31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me Saul worshipped the LORD.

now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 32 11 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to mel 18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Ago g Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-lecame unto him delicately. And Agag said, hemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty Surely the bitterness of death is past.

valiant mani, and a mian of war, and prudent in 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is women childless, so shall thy mother be child- with him. less among women. And Samuel hewed Agag 19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, in picces before the LORD in Gilgal.

and said, Send me David thy son, which is with 34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saullthe sheep. went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. | 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and

35 Anil Samuel came no more to see Saul un- a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by til the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel David his son unto Saul. mourned for Saul: and the LORD repcnted that 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before he had made Saul king over Israel.

him: and lie loved him greatly; and he becanie CHAP. XVI.

his armour-bearer. Samuel cometh to Beth-lchem.

| 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, AND the LORD said unto Samuel, How long I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found I wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have re- favour in my sight. jected him from reigning over Israel ? fill thyl 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and the Beth-leliemite: for I have provided me a played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and Xing anong his sons.

was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. And Samuel said, Ilow can I go? if Saul hear

CHIAP. XVII. . it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take a

Goliath's proud challenge. heifer with thee, and say, I ani come to sacrifice N OW the Philistines gathered together their to the LORD.

armies to battle, and were gathered together 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will at Shochon, which belongeth to Judah,and pitched shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt between ShochohandAzekah,in Ephes-dammim. anoint unto nie him whom I name unto thee. 2 And Saul and the men ot' Israel were gathered

4 And Samucl did that which the LORD spake, together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the set the battle in array against the Philistinies.. town trembled at his caining, and said, Comest 3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the thout peaceably?

Jone side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the 5 Aud he said. Peaceably: I am come to sacri- other side: and there was a valley between then. fice into the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and 4 11 And there went out a chainpion out of the come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, or Gath, Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. whose height noas six cubits and a spail.

6 9 And it came to pass when they were come, 5 And he had a helmet of brass upon his head, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the Lord's anointed is before him.

weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of i But the LORD said unto Sannuel, Look not on brass. his countenance, or on the height of his stature; 6 And he had greaves or brass upon his leges

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