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Saul consulteth the priests. I SAMUEL, Saul's unadvised adjaration. host, in the field, and among all the 26 And when the people were come people: the garrison, and the spoilers, into the wood, behold, the honey dropthey also trembled, and the earth quak- ped; but no man put his hand to his ed: so it was a very great trembling. mouth: for the people feared the oath.

16 And the watchmen of Saul in 27 But Jonathan heard not when his Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, be- father charged the people with the hold, the multitude melted away, and oath : wherefore he put forth the end they went on beating down one another. of the rod that was in his hand, and

17 Then said Saul unto the people dipped it in an honeycomb, and put that were with him, Number now, and his hand to his mouth; and his eyes see who is gone from us.

And when were enlightened. they had numbered, behold, Jonathan 28 Then answered one of the peoand his arinourbearer were not there. ple, and said, Thy father straitly charg

18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring ed the people with an oath, saying, hither the ark of God. For the ark Cursed be the man that eateth any food of God was at that time with the this day. And the people were faint. children of Israel.

29 Then said Jonathan, My father 19 And it came to pass, while hath troubled the land : see, I

pray Saul talked unto the priest, that the you, how mine eyes have been ennoise that was in the host of the Phi lightened, because I tasted a little of listines went on and increased : and this honey. Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw 30 How much more, if haply the thine hand.

people had eaten freely to day of the 20 And Saul and all the people that spoil of their enemies which they were with him assembled themselves, found? for had there not been now a and they came to the battle: and, be much greater slaughter among the hold, every man's sword was against Philistines : his fellow, and there was a very great 31 And they smote the Philistines discomfiture.

that day from Michmash to Aijalon : 21 Moreover the Hebrews that were and the people were very faint. with the Philistines before that time, 32 And the people flew upon the which went up with them into the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and camp from the country round about, calves, and slew them on the ground: even they also turned to be with the and the people did eat them with the Israelites that were with Saul and blood. Jonathan.

33 Then they told Saul, saying, 22 Likewise all the men of Israel Behold, the people sin against the which had hid themselves in mount Lord, in that they eat with the blood. Ephraim, when they heard that the And he said, Ye have transgressed : Philistines fled, even they also fol- roll a great stone unto me this day. lowed hard after them in the battle. 34 And Saul said, Disperse your

23 So the LORD saved Israel that selves among the people, and say unday: and the battle passed over unto to them, Bring me hither every man Beth-aven.

his ox, and every man his sheep, and 24 And the men of Israel were slay them here, and eat; and sin not distressed that day: for Saul had ad-against the Lord in eating with the jured the people, saying, Cursed be blood. And all the people brought the man that eateth any food until every man his ox with him that night, evening, that I may be avenged on and slew them there. mine enemies. So none of the peo 35 And Saul built an altar unto the ple tasted any food.

LORD: the same was the first altar 25 And all they of the land came to that he built unto the LORD. a wood; and there was honey upon 36 And Saul said, Let us

down the ground.

after the Philistines by night, and spoil


Jonathan's trespass discovered. CHAP. XV. Saul sent to destroy Amalek. them until the morning light, and let us against the children of Ammon, und not leave a man of them. And they against Edom, and against the kings said, Do whatsoever seemeth good of Zobah, and against the Philistines: unto thee. Then said the priest, Let and whithersoever he turned himself, us draw near hither unto God. he vexed them.

37 And Saul asked counsel of God, 48 And he gathered an host, and Shall I go down after the Philistines smote the Amalekites, and delivered wilt thou deliver them into the hand Israel out of the hands of them that of Israel? But he answered him not spoiled them. that day.

49 Now the sons of Saul were Jo38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hi- nathan, and Ishui, and Melchi-shua : ther, all the chief of the people : and and the names of his two daughters know and see wherein this sin hath were these; the name of the firstborn been this day.

Merab, and the name of the younger 39 For, as the LORD liveth, which Michal : saveth Israel, though it be in Jona 50 And the name of Saul's wife was than my son, he shall surely die. But Ahinoan, the daughter of Ahimaaz : there wus not a man among all the and the name of the captain of his host people that answered him.

was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle. 40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be 51 And Kish was the father of Saul; ye on one side, and I and Jonathan and Ner the father of Abner was the my son will be on the other side. And

son of Abiel. the people said unto Saul, Do what 52 And there was sore war against seemeth good unto thee.

the Philistines all the days of Saul: and 41 Therefore Saul said unto the when Saul saw any strong man, or any LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect valiant man, he took him unto him. lot. And Saul and Jonathan were

CHAP. XV. taken : but the people escaped.

1 Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amaleh. 42 And Saul said, Cast lots between Saul faroureth the Kenites. 8 He sparetk me and Jonathan my son. And Jo Agag and the best of the spoil. 10 Samuel de

nounceth unto Saul, commending and excusing nathan was taken.

himself, God's rejection of him

for his disobe. 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell dience. 24 Saul's humiliation. 33 Samuel me what thou hast done. And Jona killeth Agay. 34 Samuel and Saul part. than told him, and said, I did but taste Samuel also said unto Saul, The a little honey with the end of the rod Lord sent me to anoint thee to be that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must king over his people, over Israel: now die.

therefore hearken thou unto the voice 44 And Saul answered, God do so of the words of the LORD. and more also: for thou shalt surely 2. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I die, Jonathan.

remember that which Amalek did to 45 And the people said unto Saul, Israel, how he laid wait for him in the Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought way, when he came up from Egypt. this great salvation in Israel? God for 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and bid: as the LORD liveth, there shall utterly destroy all that they have, and not one hair of his head fall to the spare them not; but slay both man ground; for he hath wrought with and woman, infant and suckling, ox God this day. So the people rescued and sheep, camel and ass. Jonathan, that he died not.

4 And Saul gathered the people to46 Then Saul went up from follow-gether, and numbered them in Telaim, ing the Philistines: and the Philis-two hundred thousand footmen, and tines went to their own place. ten thousand men of Judah.

47 So Saul took the kingdom over 5 And Saul came to a city of Ama. Israel and fought against all his ene- lek, and laid wait in the valley: mies of every side, against Moab, and 6 9 And Saul said unto the Kenites,


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Saul spareth Agag.

1 SAMUEL, Saul rejected for disobedience. Go, depart, get you down from anong thou not made the head of the tribes the Amalekites, lest I destroy you of Israel, and the Lord anointed with them: for ye shewed kindness to thee king over Israel? all the children of Israel, when they 18 And the. LORD sent thee on a came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites journey, and said, Go and utterly dedeparted from among the Amalekites.stroy the sinners the Amalekites, and

7 And Saul smote the Amalekites fight against them until they be confrom Havilah until thou conest to sumed. Shur, that is over against Egypt. 19 Wherefore then didst thou net

8 And he took Agag the king of the obey the voice of the Lord, but didst Amalekites alive, and utterly destroy- Ay upon the spoil, and didst evil in the ed all the people with the edge of the sight of the LORD? sword.

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, 9 But Saul and the people spared I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, Agag, and the best of the sheep, and and have gone the way which the of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and LORD sent me, and have brought the lambs, and all that was good, and Agag the king of Amalek, and have would not utterly destroy them: but utterly destroyed the Amalekites. every thing that was vile and refuse, 21 But the people took of the spoil, that they destroyed utterly.

sheep and oxen, the chief of the things 10 ? Then came the word of the which should have been utterly deLord unto Samuel, saying,

stroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD 11 It repenteth me that I have set thy God in Gilgal. up Saul to be king: for he is turned 22 And Samuel said, Hath the back from following me, and hath not LORD as great delight in burnt offerperformed my commandments. And ings and sacrifices, as'in obeying the it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey the Lord all night.

is better than sacrifice, and to hear12 And when Samuel rose early to ken than the fat of rams. meet Saul in the morning, it was told 23 For rebellion is as the sin of Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniand, behold, he set him up a place, quity and idolatry. Because thou and is gone about, and passed on, and hast rejected the word of the LORD, gone down to Gilgal.

he hath also rejected thee from being 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and king. Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of 24 | And Saul said unto Samuel, I the LORD: I have performed the have sinned: for I have transgressed commandment of the LORD.

the commandment of the LORD, and 14 And Samuel said, What mean thy words: because I feared the peoeth then this bleating of the sheep in ple, and obeyed their voice. mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, parwhich I hear?

don my sin, and turn again with me, 15 And Saul said, They have brought that I may worship the LORD. them from the Amalekites: for the 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, 1 people spared the best of the sheep will not return with thee: for thou and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the hast rejected the word of the LORD, LORD thy God; and the rest we have and the Lord hath rejected thee from utterly destroyed.

being king over Israel. 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, 27 And as Samuel turned about to Stay, and I will tell thee what the go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of Lord hath said to me this night. his mantle, and it rent. And he said unto him, Say on.

28 And Samuel said unto him, The 17 And Samuel said, When thou Lord hath rent the kingdom of Isqast little in thine own sight, wast rael from thee this day, and hath given

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Samuel anointeth Darid. it to a neighbour of thine, that is bet- LORD spake, and came to Bethter than thou.

lehem. And the elders of the town 99 And also the Strength of Israel trembled at his coming, and said, will not lie nor repent: for he is not Comest thou peaceably? a man, that he should repent.

5 And he said, Peaceably: I am 30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet come to sacrifice unto the LORD: honour me now, I pray thee, before sanctify yourselves, and come with me the elders of my people, and before to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Israel, and turn again with me, that I Jesse and his sons, and called them may worship the LORD thy God. to the sacrifice.

31. So Samuel turned again af- 6 9 And it came to pass, when they ter Saul; and Saul worshipped the were come, that he looked on Eliab, LORD.

and said, Surely the Lord's anointed 32 | Then said Samuel, Bring ye is before him. · hither to me Agag the king of the 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Amalekites. And Agag came unto Look not on his countenance, or on him delicately. And Agag said, Sure- the height of his stature; because I ly the bitterness of death is past. have refused him: for the LORD

33 And Samuel said, As thy sword seeth not as man seeth; for man lookhath made women childless, so shall eth on the outward appearance, but thy mother be childless among wo the Lord looketh on the heart.

And Samuel hewed Agag in 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and pieces before the Lord in Gilgal. made him

pass before Samuel. And 34 | Then Samuel went to Ramah; he said, Neither hath the Lord choand Saul went up to his house to Gi- sen this. beah of Saul.

9 Then Jesse made Shammah to 35 And Samuel came no more to pass by. And he said, Neither hath see Saul until the day of his death : the Lord chosen this. nevertheless Samuel mourned for 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his Saul: and the LORD repented that he sons to pass before Samuel. And had made Saul king over Israel. Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord

hath not chosen these. CHAP. XVI.

11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, 1 Samuel sent by God, under pretence of a sacrifice, cometh to Beth-lehem. 6 His human

Are here all thy children? And he judgment is reprored. 13 He anointeth Da said, There remaineth yet


youngrid. 19 Saul'sendeth for David to quiet his est, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep: evil spirit.

And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send And the LORD said unto Samuel, and fetch him: for we will not sit How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, down till he come hither. seeing I have rejected him from reign 12 And he sent, and brought him in. ing over Israel? fill thine horn with Now he was ruddy, and withal of a oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse beautiful countenance, and goodly to the Beth-lehemite: for I have provid- look to. And the Lord said, Arise, ed me a king among his sons. anoint him : for this is he.

2 And Samuel said, How can I go? 13 Then Samuel took the horn of if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And oil, and anointed him in the midst of the LORD said, Take an heifer with his brethren: and the Spirit of the thee, and

say, I am come to sacrifice LORD came upon David from that day to the LORD.

forward. So Samuel rose up, and 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and went to Ramah. I will shew thee what thou shalt do: 14 | But the Spirit of the Lord deand thou shalt anoint unto me him parted from Saul, and an evil spirit whom I name unto thee.

from the Lord troubled him. 4 And Samuel did that which the 15 And Saul's servants said unto

Saul sendeth for David.

1 SAMUEL, Goliath's proud challenge. him, Behold now, an evil spirit from 2 And Saul and the men of Israel God troubleth thee.

were gathered together, and pitched 16 Let our lord now command by the valley of Elah, and set the batthy servants, which are before thee, to tle in array against the Philistines. seek out a man, who is a cunning play 3 And the Philistines stood on er on an harp: and it shall come to mountain on the one side, and Israel pass, when the evil spirit from God stood on a mountain on the other side; is upon thee, that he shall play with and there was a valley between them. his hand, and thou shalt be well.

4 And there went out a cham17 And Saul said unto his servants, pion out of the camp of the PhilisProvide me now a man that can play tines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose well, and bring him to me.

height was six cubits and a span. 18 Then answered one of the ser 5 And he had an helmet of brass vants, and said, Behold, I have seen upon his head, and he was armed with a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that a coat of mail; and the weight of the is cunning in playing, and a mighty coat was five thousand shekels of brass. valiant man, and a man of war, and 6 And he had greaves of brass upon prudent in matters, and a comely per- his legs, and a target of brass between son, and the LORD is with him. his shoulders.

19 | Wherefore Saul sent messen 7 And the staff of his spear was like gers unto Jesse, and said, Send me a weaver's beam; and his spear's head David thy son, which is with the sheep. weighed six hundred shekels of iron :

20 And Jesse took an ass laden with and one bearing a shield went before bread, and a bottle of wine, and a him. kid, and sent them by David his son 8 And he stood and cried unto the unto Saul.

armies of Israel, and said unto them, 21 And David came to Saul, and Why are ye come out to set your battle stood before him: and he loved him in array ? am not I a Philistine, and ye greatly; and he became his armour servants to Saul? choose you a man for bearer.

you, and let him come down to me. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, 9 If he be able to fight with me, and Let David, I pray thee, stand before to kill me, then will we be your serme; for he hath found favour in my vants : but if I prevail against him, sight.

and kill him, then shall ye be our ser23 And it came to pass, when the vants, and serve us. evil spirit from God was upon Saul, 10 And the Philistines said, I defy that David took an harp, and played the armies of Israel this day; give me with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, a man, that we may fight together. and was well, and the evil spirit de 11 When Saul and all Israel heard parted from him.

those words of the Philistine, they CHAP. XVII.

were dismayed, and greatly afraid. 1 The armies of the Israelites and Philistines 12 | Now David was the son of being reudy to battle, 4 Goliuth cometh

provide that Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-judah, sent by his father to visit his brethren, taketh whose name was Jesse; and he had the challenge. 28 Eliub chideth him. 50 He eight sons: and the man went among is brought to Suul. 32 He sheweth the reason of his confidence. 38 Without armour, urmed

men for an old man in the days of Saul. by faith, he slaycth the giant. 55 Saul takсth 13 And the three eldest sons of notice of David.

Jesse went and followed Saul to the Now the Philistines gathered toge-battle: and the

names of his three sons ther their armies to battle, and were that went to the battle were Eliab the gathered together at Shochoh, which firstborn, and next unto him Abinabelongeth to Judah, and pitched be- dab, and the third Shammah. tween Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes 14 And David was the youngest: and danimim.

the three eldest followed Saul.

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