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1 Samuel - Chapter 016

16:1
And the Lord said unto Samuel: 'How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? fill thy horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite; for I have provided Me a king among his sons.'

16:2
And Samuel said: 'How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me.' And the Lord said: 'Take a heifer with thee, and say: I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.

16:3
And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will tell thee what thou shalt do; and thou shalt anoint unto Me him whom I name unto thee.'

16:4
And Samuel did that which the Lord spoke, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said: 'Comest thou peaceably?'

16:5
And he said: 'Peaceably; I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.' And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

16:6
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he beheld Eliab, and said: 'Surely the Lord'S anointed is before Him.'

16:7
But the Lord said unto Samuel: 'Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.'

16:8
Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said: 'Neither hath the Lord chosen this.'

16:9
Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said: 'Neither hath the Lord chosen this.'

16:10
And Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse: 'The the Lord hath not chosen these.'

16:11
And Samuel said unto Jesse: 'Are here all thy children?' And he said: 'There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep.' And Samuel said unto Jesse: 'Send and fetch him; for we will not sit down till he come hither.'

16:12
And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of beautiful eyes, and goodly to look upon. And the Lord said: 'Arise, anoint him; for this is he.'

Continued...

16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

16:14
Now the spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrified him.

16:15
And Saul's servants said unto him: 'Behold now, an evil spirit from God terrifieth thee.

16:16
Let our lord now command thy servants, that are before thee, to seek out a man who is a skilful player on the harp; and it shall be, when the evil spirit from God cometh upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.'

16:17
And Saul said unto his servants: 'Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.'

16:18
Then answered one of the young men, and said: 'Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that is skilful in playing, and a mighty man of valour, and a man of war, and prudent in affairs, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.'

16:19
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said: 'Send me David thy son, who is with the sheep.'

16:20
And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.

16:21
And David came to Saul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer.

16:22
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying: 'Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.'

16:23
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand; so Saul found relief, and it was well with him, and the evil spirit departed from him.

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-- 1 Samuel - Chapter 016 --





 
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