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Saul prophesieth.

CHAP. X. Saul is chosen at Mizpeh. asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, verb, Is Saul also among the prophets? What shall I do for my son?

13 And when he had made an end 3 Then shalt thou go on forward of prophesying, he came to the high from thence, and thou shalt come to the place. plain of Tabor, and there shall meet 14 And Saul's uncle said unto thee three men going up to God to him and to his servant, Whither went Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and ye? And he said, To seek the asses : another carrying three loaves of bread, and when we saw that they were no and another carrying a bottle of wine: where, we came to Samuel.

4 And they will salute thee, and give 15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I thee two loaves of bread; which thou pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. shalt receive of their hands.

16 And Saul said unto his uncle, 5 After that thou shalt come to the He told us plainly that the asses were bill of God, where is the garrison of found. But of the matter of the kingthe Philistines : and it shall come to dom, whereof Samuel spake, he told pass, when thou art come thither to him not. the city, that thou shalt meet a com 17 And Samuel called the people pany

of prophets coming down from together unto the LORD to Mizpeh; the high place with a psaltery, and a 18 And said unto the children of Istabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before rael, Thus saith the LORD God of them; and they shall prophesy: Israel, I brought up Israel out of

6 And the Spirit of the LORD will Egypt, and delivered you out of the come upon thee, and thou shalt pro- hand of the Egyptians, and out of the phesy with them, and shalt be turned hand of all kingdoms, and of them into another man.

that oppressed you: 7 And let it be, when these signs are 19 And ye have this day rejected come unto thee, that thou do as occa your God, who himself saved you out sion serve thee; for God is with thee. of all your adversities and your tribu

8 And thou shalt go down before lations; and ye have said unto him, me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will Nay, but set a king over us. Now come down unto thee, to offer burnt therefore present yourselves before offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of the Lord by your tribes, and by your peace offerings : seven days shalt thou thousands. tarry, till I come to thee, and shew 20 And when Samuel had caused all thee what thou shalt do.

the tribes of Israel to come near, the 9 And it was so, that when he had tribe of Benjamin was taken. turned his back to go from Samuel, 21 When he had caused the tribe of God gave him another heart: and all Benjamin to come near by their fathose signs came to pass that day. milies, the family of Matri was taken,

10 And when they came thither to and Saul the son of Kish was taken: the hill, behold, a company of pro- and when they sought him, he could phets met him; and the Spirit of not be found. God came upon him, and he pro 22 Therefore they enquired of the phesied among them.

LORD further, if the man should yet 11 And it came to pass, when all

come thither.

And the LORD anthat knew him beforetime saw that, swered, Behold, he hath hid himself behold, he prophesied among the pro- among the stuff. phets, then the people said one to 23 And they ran and fetched him another, What is this that is come unto thence: and when he stood among the the son of Kish? Is Saul also among people, he was higher than any of the the prophets ?

people from his shoulders and upward. 19 And one of the same place an 24 And Samuel said to all the peoswered and said, But who is their ple, See ye him whom the LORD hath father? Therefore it became a pro- chosen, that there is none like him

unto you,


Saul rescueth Jabesh-gilead.

1 SAMUEL Ilis kingdom is confirmed. among all the people? And all the after Samuel, so shall it be done unto people shouted, and said, God save

his oxen. And the fear of the LORD the king:

fell on the people, and they came out 25 Then Samuel told the people with one consent. the manner of the kingdom, and wrote 8 And when he numbered them in it in a book, and laid it up before the Bezek, the children of Israel were LORD. And Samuel sent all the peo- three hundred thousand, and the men ple away, every man to his house. of Judah thirty thousand.

26 | And Saul also went home to 9 And they said unto the messengers Gibeah; and there went with him a that came, Thus shall ye say unto the band of men, whose hearts God had men of Jabesh-gilead, To morrow, by touched.

that time the sun be hot, ye shall have 27 But the children of Belial said, help. And the messengers came and How shall this man save us? And shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they despised him, and brought him they were glad. no presents. But he held his peace. 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh CHAP. XI.

said, To morrow we will come out

and 1 Nahash offereth them of Jubesh-gilend a re

shall do with us all

ye prouchful condition. 4 "They send messengers, that seemeth good unto you. and are delirered by Saul. 1. Saul thereby is 11 And it was so on the morroni, confirmed, and his kingdom renewed.

that Saul put the people in three comThen Nahash the Ammonite came panies; and they came into the midst up, and encamped against Jabesh-of the host in the morning watch, gilead: and all the men of Jabesh and slew the Ammonites until the heat said unto Nahash, Make a covenant of the day: and it came to pass, that with and we will serve thee. they which remained were scattered, so

Q And Nahash the Ammonite an that two of them were not left together. swered them, On this condition will 12 | And the people said unto SamI make a covenant with you, that I uel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul may thrust out all your right eyes, and reign over us? bring the neen, that we lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.

may put them to death. 3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto 13 And Saul said, There shall not him, Give us seven days' respite, that a man be put to death this day: for we may send messengers unto all the to day the LORD hath wrought salcoasts of Israel: and then, if there be vation in Israel. no man to save us, we will come out 14 Then said Samuel to the peoto thee.

ple, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, 4 | Then came the messengers to and renew the kingdom there. Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in 15 And all the people went to Gilthe ears of the people: and all the peo-gal; and there they made Saul king ple lifted up their voices, and wept. before the Lord in Gilgal; and there

5 And, behold, Saul came after the they sacriticed sacrifices of peace herd out of the field; and Saul said, offerings before the Lord; and there What aileth the people that they Saul and all the men of Israel reweep? And they told him the tidings joiced greatly. of the men of Jabesh.

CHAP. XII. 6 And the Spirit of God caine upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and

1 Samuel testifieth his integrity. 6 He repro

reth the people of ingratitude. 16 He terrifbis anger was kindled greatly.

eth them with thunder in harvest time. 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and

He comforteth them in God's mercy. hewed them in pieces, and sent them And Samuel said unto all Israel, throughout all the coasts of Israel by Behold, I have hearkened unto your the hands of messengers, saying, Who- voice in all that ye said unto me, and soever cometh not forth after Saul and have made a king over you.


Samuel reprovell the people. CHAP. XII. He lerrifieth them with thunder.

2 And now, behold, the king walk- king of the children of Ammon caine eth before you: and I am old and against you, ye said unto me, Nay; grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are but a king shall reign over us : when with you: and I have walked before the LORD your God was your king. you from my childhood unto this day: 13 Now therefore behold the king

3 Behold, here I am: witness against whom ye have chosen, and whom ye me before the LORD, and before his have desired! and, behold, the LORD anointed : whose ox have I taken? or hath set a king over you. whose ass have I taken? or whom have 14 If ye will fear the Lord, and I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? serve him, and obey his voice, and not or of whose hand have I received any rebel against the commandment of bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? the LORD, then shall both ye

and also and I will restore it you.

the king that reigneth over you con4 And they said, Thou hast not de- tinue following the LORD your God: frauded us, nor oppressed us, neither 15 But if ye will not obey the voice bast thou taken ought of any man's of the LORD, but rebel against the hand.

commandment of the LORD, then shall 5 And he said unto them, The Lord the hand of the Lord be against you, is witness against you, and his anointed as it was against your fathers. ispitness this day, that ye have not 16 | Now therefore stand and see found ought in my hand. And they this great thing, which the Lord will answered, He is witness.

do before your eyes. 6 And Samuel said unto the


17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? ple, It is the LORD that advanced Mo- I will call unto the LORD, and he shall ses and Aaron, and that brought your send thunderand rain; that ye may perfathers up out of the land of Egypt. ceive and see that your wickedness is

7 Now therefore stand still, that I great, which ye have done in the sight may reason with you before the LORD of the Lord, in asking you a king. . of all the righteous acts of the LORD, 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; which he did to you and to your fathers and the LORD sent thunder and rain

8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, that day: and all the people greatly and your fathers cried unto the LORD, feared the LORD and Samuel. then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, 19 And all the people said unto which brought forth your fathers out Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto of Egypt, and made them dwell in this the LORD thy God, that we die not: place.

for we have added unto all our sins 9 And when they forgat the Lord this evil, to ask us a king. their God, he sold them into the hand 209 And Samuel said unto the peoof Sisera, captain of the host of Ha- ple, Fear not: ye have done all this zor, and into the hand of the Philis- wickedness : yet turn not aside from lines, and into the hand of the king of following the LORD, but serve the Moab, and they fought against them. LORD with all your heart;

10 And they cried unto the LORD, 21 And turn ye not aside: for then and said, We have sinned, because we should ye go after vain things, which have forsaken the LORD, and have cannot profit nor deliver ; for they served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but are vain. now deliver us out of the hand of our 22 For the LORD will not forsake enemies, and we will serve thee. his people for his great name's sake :

11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, because it hath pleased the LORD to and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, make you his people. and delivered you out of the hand of 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid your enemies on every side, and ye that I should sin against the Lord in dwelled safe.

ceasing to pray for you: but I will 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the teach you the good and the right way:

for you.

Saul's selected band.

I SAMUEL Saul reproved by Samuel 24 Only fear the Lord, and serve cording to the set time that Samuel him in truth with all your heart: for had appointed : but Samuel came not consider how great things he hath done to Gilgal; and the people were scat

tered from him. 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a ye shall be consumed, both ye and burnt offering to me, and peace offeryour king.

ings. And he offered the burnt offering.

10 And it came to pass, that as soon CHAP. XIII.

as he had made an end of offering the i Saul's selected band, 3 He calleth the Hebrews

to Gilgal against the Philistines, whose gurri- burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; son Jonathan had smitten. 5 The Philistines' and Saul went out to meet him, that great host. 6 The distress of the Israelites

. he might salute him. 8 Saul, weary of staying for Samuel, sacrificeth. 11 Samuel reproveth him. 17 The three spoil.

u And Samuel said, What hast ing bands of the Philistines. 19 The policy of thou done? And Saul said, Because the Philistines, to suffer no smith in Israel.

I saw that the people were scattered Saul reigned one year ; and when he from me, and that thou camest not had reigned two years over Israel, within the days appointed, and that

2 Saul chose him three thousand the Philistines gathered themselves men of Israel; whereof two thousand together at Michmash; were with Saul in Michmash and in 12 Therefore said I, The Philistines mount Beth-el, and a thousand were will come down upon me to Gilgal, with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and I have not made supplication unto and the rest of the people he sent the LORD: I forced myself therefore, every man to his tent.

and offered a burnt offering. 3 And Jonathan smote the garrison 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou of the Philistines that was in Geba, hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept and the Philistines heard of it. And the commandment of the LORD thy Saul blew the trumpet throughout all God, which he commanded thee : for the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear. now would the Lord have established

4 And all Israel heard say that Saul thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. had smitten a garrison of the Philis 14 But now thy kingdom shall not tines, and that Israel also was had in continue : the Lord hath sought him abomination with the Philistines. And a man after his own heart, and the the people were called together after Lord hath commanded him to be Saul to Gilgal.

captain over his people, because thou 5 And the Philistines gathered hast not kept that which the LORD themselves together to fight with Is-commanded thee. rael, thirty thousand chariots, and six 15 And Samuel arose, and gat him thousand horsemen, and people as the up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Bensand which is on the seashore in multi- jamin. And Saul numbered the peotude: and they came up, and pitched in ple that were present with him, about Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven. six hundred men.

6 When the men of Israel saw that 16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, they were in a strait, (for the peo- and the people that were present with ple were distressed,) then the people them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: did hide themselves in caves, and in but the Philistines encamped in thickets, and in rocks, and in high Michmash. places, and in pits.

17 And the spoilers came out of 7 And some of the Hebrews went the camp of the Philistines in three over Jordan to the land of Gad and companies: one company turned unto Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto Gilgal, and all the people followed the land of Shual : him trembling.

18 And another company turned the 8 And he tarried seven days, ac way to Beth-horon: and another com

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The policy of the Philistines. CHAP. XIV. Jonathan smiteth the Philistines. pany turned to the way of the border a sharp rock on the one side, and a ihat looketh to the valley of Zeboim sharp rock on the other side : and the toward the wilderness.

name of the one was Bozez, and the 19 Now there was no smith found name of the other Seneh. throughout all the land of Israel : for 5 The forefront of the one was sithe Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews tuate northward over against Michmake them swords or spears : mash, and the other southward over

20 But all the Israelites went down against Gibeah. to the Philistines, to sharpen every

6 And Jonathan said to the young man his share, and his coulter, and man that bare his armour, Come, and his ax, and his mattock.

let us go over unto the garrison of 21 Yet they had a file for the mat. these uncircumcised: it may be that tocks, and for the coulters, and for the the LORD will work for us : for there forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen is no restraint to the Lord to save by the goads.

many or by few. 22 So it canie to pass in the day of 7 And his armourbearer said unto battle, that there was neither'sword him, Do all that is in thine heart : nor spear found in the hand of any of turn thee; behold, I am with thee acthe people that were with Saul and Jo-cording to thy heart. nathan : but with Saul and with Jo 8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we nathan his son was there found.

will pass over unto these men, and we 29 And the garrison of the Philistines will discover ourselves unto them. went out to the passage of Michmash. 9 If they say thus imto us, Tarry CHAP. XIV.

until we come to you ; then we will 1 Jonathan, unwitting to his father, the priest, stand still in our place, and will not of the people, goeth and miraculously smiteth go up unto them. the Philistines' garrison. 15 A divine terror 10 But if they say thus, Come up maketh them beat themselves. 17 Saul, not staying the priest's answer, setteth on them. 21

unto us ; then we will The captivated Hebrews, and the hidden Israel Lord hath delivered them into our iles, join against them. 24 Saul's unadvised, hand: and this shall be a sign unto us. adjuration hindereth the victory. 32 He restraineth the people from eating blood. 35 He

11 And both of them discovered buildeth an altar. 36 Jonathun, taken by lot, themselves unto the garrison of the is sated by the people. 47 Saul's strength and Philistines : and the Philistines said, family.

Behold, the Hebrews come forth out Now it came to pass upon a day, of the holes where they had hid themthat Jonathan the son of Saul said selves. unto the young man that bare his ar 12 And the men of the garrison anmour, Come, and let us go over to swered Jonathan and his armourbearthe Philistines' garrison, that is on the er, and said, Come up to us, and we other side. But he told not his father. will shew you a thing. And Jonathan

2 And Saul larried in the uttermost said unto his armourbearer, Come up part of Gibeah under a pomegranate after me: for the Lord hath delivertree which is in Migron : and the peo-ed them into the hand of Israel. ple that were with him were about six 13 And Jonathan climbed up upon hundred men;

his hands and upon his feet, and his 3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, arniourbearer after him: and they fell I-chabod's brother, the son of Phine before Jonathan ; and his armourhas, the son of Eli, the Lord's priest bearer slew after him. in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the 14 And that first slaughter, which people knew not that Jonathan was Jonathan and his armourbearer made, gone.

was about twenty men, within as it 49 And between the passages, by

were an half acre of land, which a yoke which Jonathan sought to go over un- of oren might plow. to the Philistines' garrison, there was

15 And there was trembling in the

go up: for the

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