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Samuel anoints David. CHAP. XVI, XVII. The challenge of Goliath. CHAP. XVI.

16 Let our lord now command thy serA ,

long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing man who is a cunning player on a harp.; I have rejected him from reigning over Is- and it shall come to pass, when the evil rael? fill thy horn with oil, and go, I will spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall send thee to Jesse the Beth-lebemite : for play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. I have provided me a king among his sons. 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Pro

2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if vide me now a man that can play well, Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD and bring him to me. said, Take a heifer with thee, and say, , I

18 Then answered one of the servants, am come to sacrifice to the LORD. and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jes

3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I se the Beth-lehemite, that is cunning in will shew thee what thou shalt do: and playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I man of war, and prudent in matters, and a name unto thee.

comely person, and the LORD is with him. 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD 19 | Wherefore Saul sent messengers spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy elders of the town trembled at his coming, son, which is with the sheep. and said, Comest thou peaceably?

20 And Jesse took an ass laden with 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify your sent them by David his son unto Saul. selves, and come with me to the sacrifice. 21 And David came to Saul, and stood And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and before him: and he loved him greatly; and called them to the sacrifice.

he became his armour-bearer. 6 | And it came to pass when they were 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, David, I pray thee, stand before me; for Surely the Lord's anointed is before him. he bath found favour in my sight.

7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look 23 And it came to pass, when the evil not on his countenance, or on the height of spirit from God was upon Saul, that David his stature ; because I have refused him: took a harp, and played with his hand : for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and man looketh on the outward appearance, the evil spirit departed from him. but the LORD looketh on the heart.

CHAP. XVII. 3. Then Jesse called, Abinadab; and NOW the Philistines gathered

together made said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. thered together at Shochoh, which belong.

9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. eth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh And he said, Neither hath the LORD chó- and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. sen this.

2 And Saul and the men of Israel were 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons gathered together, and pitched by the valto pass before Samuel. And Samuel said ley of Elah, and set the battle in array unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen against the Philistines. these.

3 And the Philistines stood on a moun11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are tain on the one side, and Israel stood on a bere all thy children? And he said, There mountain on the other side: and there was remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, a valley between them. he keepeth the sheep: And Samuel said 4 And there went out a champion out unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we of the camp of the Philistines, named Gowill not sit down till he come hither. liath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits

12 And he sent, and brought him in. and a span. Now be was ruddy, and withal of a beau 5 And he had a helmet of brass upon tiful countenance, and goodly to look to. his head, and he was armed with a coat of And the LORD said, Arise, anoint bim : for mail; and the weight of the coat was five this is he.

thousand shekels of brass. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his and anointed him in the midst of his breth legs, and a target of brass between bis ren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon shoulders. David from that day forward. So Samuel 7 And the staff of his spear was like a rose up, and went to Ramah.

weaver's beam; and his spear's headweigh14 But the Spirit of the LORD depart- ed six hundred shekels of iron : and one ed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the bearing a shield went before him. LORD troubled him.

8 And he stood and cried unto the ar15 And Saul's servants said unto bim, mies of Israel, and said unto them, Why Bebold now, an evil

spirit from God are ye come out to set your battle in array? troubleth thee.

am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to

David accepts
1. SAMUEL.

the challenge. Saul? choose you a man for you, and let give him his daughter, and make his faLim come down to me.

iher's house free in Israel. 9 If he be able to fight with me, and to 26 And David spake to the men that kill me, then will we be your servants : stood by him, saying, What shall be done but if I prevail against him, and kill him, to the man that killeth this Philistine, and then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. taketh away the reproach from Israel? for

10 And the Philistine said, I defy the who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that armies of Israel this day; give me a man, he should defy the armies of the living God? that we may fight together.

27 And the people answered him after 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those this manner, saying, So shall it be done words of the Philistine, they were dismay- to the man that killeth him. ed, and greatly afraid.

28 | And Eliab his eldest brother heaid 12 9. Now David was the son of that when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-judah, whose anger was kindled against David, and he name was Jesse; and he had eight sons : said, Why camest thou down bitber? and and the man went among men for an old with whom hast thou left those few sheep man in the days of Saul.

in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and 13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse the naughtiness of thy heart; for thou art went and followed Saul to the battle: and come down that thou mightest see the battle. the names of his three sons that went to the 29 And David said, What have I now battle were Eliab the first-born, and next done? Is there not a cause? untohim Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 30 | And he turned from him toward

14 And David was the youngest : and another, and spake after the same manner: the three eldest followed Saul.

and the people answered him again after 15 But David went and returned from the former manner. Saul to feed his father's sheep at Beth 31 And when the words were heard lehein.

which David spake, they rehearsed them 16 And the Philistine drew near morn before Saul : and he sent for him. ang and evening, and presented himself 32 | And David said to Saul, Let no forty days.

man's heart fail because of him; thy ser17 And Jesse said unto David his son, vant will go and fight with this Philistine. Take now for thy brethren an ephah of 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art this parched corn, and these ten loaves, not able to go against this Philistine to and run to the camp to thy brethren: fight with bim : for thou art but a youth,

18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the and he a man of war from his youth. captain of their thousand, and look how 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy serthy brethren fare, and take their pledge. vant kept his father's sheep, and there

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fight-out of the flock: ing with the Philistines.

35 And I went out after him and smote 20 | And David rose up early in the him, and delivered it out of his mouth : inorning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and when he arose against me, I caughtkim and took, and went, as Jesse had com- by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. manded him; and he came to the trench, 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and as the host was going forth to the fight, the bear; and this uncircumcised Philisand shouted for the battle,

tine shall be as one of them, seeing he 21 For Israel and the Philistines had put hath defied the armies of the living God. the battle in array, army against army. 37 David said moreover, The LORD 22 And David left bis carriage in the that delivered me out of the paw

of the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he into the army, and came and saluted his will deliver me out nf the hand of this brethren.

Philistine. And Saul said unto David, 23 And as he talked with them, behold, Go, and the LORD be with thee. here came up the champion, the Philistine 38 | And Saul armed David with his fGath, Goliath by name, out of the ar-armour, and he put a belmet of brass upniesof the Philistines, and spake according on his head; also he armed him with a to the same words. and David heard then. coat of mail.

24 And all the men of Israel, when 39 And David girded his sword upon they saw the man, fled from him, and were his armour, and he assayed to go; for he sore afraid.

had not proved it. And David said unto 25 And the men of Israel said, Have yc Saul, I cannot go with these, for I have not seen this man that is come up? surely to proved them. And David put them off him. defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, 40 And he took his staff in his hand, that the man who killeth him, the king and chose him five smooth stones out of will enrich him with great riches, and will the brook and put them in a shepherd's

He slays Golrath.

CHAP. XVIII.

Jonathan loves David. bag which he had, even in a scrip; and[listine, and brought it to Jerusalem; knut his sling was in bis hand : and he drew he put his armour in his tent. near to the Philistine.

55 | And when Saul saw David go 41 And the Philistine came on, and forth against the Philistine, he said unto drew near unto David; and the man that Abner the captain of the host, Abner, bare the shield went before him.

whose son is this youth? And Abner said, 42 And when the Philistine looked As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. about, and saw David, he disdained him : 56 And the king said, Inquire thou for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of whose son the stripling is. a fair countenance.

57 And as David returned from the 43 And the Philistine said unto David, slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with him, and brought him before Saul with the staves ? and the Philistine cursed David head of the Philistine in his hand. by his gods.

58 And Saul said to him, Whose son 44 And the Philistine said to David, art thou, thou young man?' And David Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the Beth-lehemite. the field.

CHAP. XVIII. Thou comes to me with a sword, and tune AND it came to pass, when he had

made an end of speaking unto Saul, a spcar, and with a shield: but I come to that the soul of Jonathan was knit with thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the the soul of David, and Jonathan loved God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast him as his own soul. defied.

2 And Saul took him that day, and 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee would let him go no more home to his fainto my hand; and I will smite thee, and ther's house. take thy head from thee; and I will give 3 Then Jonathanand David made a covethe carcasses of the host of the Philistines nant, because he loved him as his own soul. this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the wild beasts of the earth: that all the earth robe that was upon him, and gave it to may know that there is a God in Israel. David, and his garments, even to his

47 And all this assembly, shall know sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. that the LORD saveth not with sword and 5 s And David went out whithersoever spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisehe will give you into our hands. ly: and Saul set him over the men of war,

48 And it came to pass, when the Phi- and he was accepted in the sight of all listine arose, and came and drew nigh to the people, and also in the sight of Saul's meet David, that David hasted, and ran servants. toward the army to meet the Philistine. 6 And it came to pass as they came,

49 And David put his hand in his bag, when David was returned from the slaugh and took thence a stone, and slang it, and ter of the Philistine, that the women came smote the Philistine in his forehead, that out of all the cities of Israel, singing and the stone sunk into his forehead; and he dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, fell upon his face to the earth.

with joy, and with instruments of music. 50 So David prevailed over the Philis 7 And the women answered one another tine with a sling and with a stone, and as they played, and said, Saul bath slain smote the Philistine and slew him; but his thousands, and David his ten thousands. there was no sword in the hand of David.

8 And Saul was very wroth, and the 51 Therefore David ran and stood upon saying displeased him; and he said, They the Philistine, and took his sword, and have ascribed unto David ten thousands, drew it oui of the sheath thereof, and slew and to me they have ascribed but thou: him, and cut off his head therewith. And sands : and what can he have more but waen the Philistines saw their champion the kingdom ? was dead, they fled.

9 And Saul eyed David from that day 52 And the men of Israel and of Ju-land forward. dah arose, and shouted, and pursued the 10 | And it came to pass on the morPhilistines, until thou come to the val- row, that the evil spirit from God came ley, and to the gates of Ekron.. And the upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst wounded of the Philistines fell down by of the house : and David played with his the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and hand, as at other times : and there was a unto Ekron.

javelin in Saul's hand. 53 And the children of Israel returned 11 And Saul cast the jarelin ; for he from chasing after the Philistines, and they said, I will smite Vavid even to the wall spoiled their tents.

with it. And David avoided out of his 54 And David took the head of the Phi- presence twice.

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