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6 And it came to pass, when they 16 Let our lord now command were come, that he looked on Eliab, thy servants, which are before thee, and said, Surely the Lord's anoint to seek out a man, who is a cunning ed is before him.

player on an harp: and it shall 7 But the LORD said unto Sa come to pass, when the evil spirit muel, Look not on his countenance, from God is upon thee, that he shall or on the height of his stature; be play with his hand, and thou shalt cause I have refused him : for the be well. LORD seeth not as man seeth ; for 17 And Saul said unto his serman looketh on the outward appear vants, Provide me now a man that ance, but the LORD looketh on the can play well, and bring him to heart.

me. 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, 18 Then answered one of the serand made him pass before Samuel. vants, and said, Behold, I have seen And he said, Neither hath the LORD a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, chosen this.

that is cunning in playing, and a 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to mighty valiant man, and a man of pass by. And he said, Neither hath war, and prudent in matters, and a the LORD chosen this.

comely person, and the LORD is 10 Again, Jesse made seven of with him. his sons to pass before Samuel. And 19 Wherefore Saul sent messenSamuel said unto Jesse, The LORD gers unto Jesse, and said, Send me hath not chosen these.

David thy son, which is with the 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, sheep. Are here all thy children? And he 20 And Jesse took an ass laden said, There remaineth yet the young with bread, and a bottle of wine, est, and, behold, he keepeth the and a kid, and sent them by David sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, his son unto Saul. Send and fetch him : for we will 21 And David came to Saul, and not sit down till he come hither. stood before him: and be loved

12 And he sent, and brought him him greatly ; and he became his in. Now he was ruddy, and withal armourbearer. of a beautiful countenance, and 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, goodly to look to. And the LORD Let David, I pray thee, stand before said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. me; for he hath found favour in my

13 Then Samuel took the horn of sight. oil, and anointed him in the midst 23 And it came to pass, when of his brethren : and the Spirit of the evil spirit from God was upon the LORD came upon David from Saul, that David took an harp, and that day forward. So Samuel rose played with his hand : so Saul was up, and went to Ramah.

refreshed, and was well, and the 14 But the Spirit of the LORD evil spirit departed from him. departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

C H AP. XVII. 15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from

N ow the Philistines gathered God troubleth thee.

together their armies to battle, and

were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.

2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.

3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.

4 And there went out a chainpion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam ; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array ? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants : but if I prevail against bim, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.

10 And the Philistine said, I dety the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight toge

11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.

13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle : and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.

14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.

15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Beth-lehem.

16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.

17 And Jesse said unto David bis son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren ;

18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.



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22 And David left his carriage in ward another, and spake after the the hand of the keeper of the car same manner: and the people anriage, and ran into the army, and I swered him again after the former came and saluted his brethren.

manner. 23 And as he talked with them, 31 And when the words were behold, there came up the cham heard which David spake, they repion, the Philistine of Gath, Go hearsed them before Saul: and he liath by name, out of the armies of sent for him. the Philistines, and spake according 32 And David said to Saul, Let to the same words: and David no man's heart fail because of him; heard them.

thy servant will go and fight with 24 And all the men of Israel, this Philistine. when they saw the man, fled from 33 And Saul said to David, Thou him, and were sore afraid.

art not able to go against this Phi25 And the men of Israel said, listine to fight with him: for thou Have ye seen this man that is come art but a youth, and he a man of up? surely to defy Israel is he come war from his youth. up: and it shall be, that the man 34 And David said unto Saul, who killeth him, the king will en Thy servant kept his father's sheep, rich him with great riches, and will and there came a lion, and a bear, give him his daughter, and make and took a lamb out of the flock: his father's house free in Israel.

35 And I went out after him, and 26 And David spake to the men smote him, and delivered it out of that stood by him, saying, What his mouth : and when he arose ashall be done to the man that killeth gainst me, I caught him by his beard, this Philistine, and taketh away the and smote him, and slew him. reproach from Israel? for who is 36 Thy servant slew both the lion this uncircumcised Philistine, that and the bear : and this uncircumhe should defy the armies of the cised Philistine shall be as one of living God?

them, seeing he hath defied the ar27 And the people answered him mies of the living God. after this manner, saying, So shall 37 David said moreover, The it be done to the man that killeth LORD that delivered me out of the him.

paw of the lion, and out of the paw 28 And Eliab his eldest brother of the bear, he will deliver me out heard when he spake unto the men; of the hand of this Philistine. And and Eliab's anger was kindled a Saul said unto David, Go, and the gainst David, and he said, Why Lord be with thee. camest thou down hither? and with 38 And Saul armed David with whom hast thou left those few sheep his armour, and he put an helmet of in the wilderness ? I know thy pride, brass upon his head; also he armed and the naughtiness of thine heart; him with a coat of mail. for thou art come down that thou 39 And David girded his sword mightest see the battle.

upon his armour, and he assayed to 29 And David said, What have I go; for he had not proved it. And now done? Is there not a cause? David said unto Saul, I cannot go

30 And he turned from him to with these ; for I have not proved

them. And David put them off | him.

40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.

42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves ? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth ; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear : for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.

48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him ; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fed.

52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.

53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.

54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem ; but he put his armour in his tent.

55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.

56 And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.

· 57 And as David returned from .8 And Saul was very wroth, and the slaughter of the Philistine, Ab the saying displeased him; and he ner took him, and brought him said, They have ascribed unto Dabefore Saul with the head of the vid ten thousands, and to me they Philistine in his hand.

have ascribed but thousands; and 58 And Saul said to him, Whose what can he have more but the son art thou, thou young man? And kingdom? David answered, I am the son of 9 And Saul eyed David from that thy servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite. day and forward.

10 And it came to pass on the CHAP. XVIII.

morrow, that the evil spirit from

God came upon Saul, and he proAND it came to pass, when he had phesied in the midst of the house : made an end of speaking unto and David played with his hand, as Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was at other times : and there was a knit with the soul of David, and javelin in Saul's hand. Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for

2 And Saul took him that day, he said, I will smite David even to and would let him go no more the wall with it. And David avoided home to his father's house.

out of his presence twice. . 3 Then Jonathan and David made 12 And Saul was afraid of David, a covenant, because he loved him because the Lord was with him, as his own soul.

and was departed from Saul. · 4 And Jonathan stripped himself 13 Therefore Saul removed him of the robe that was upon him, and from him, and made him his captain gave it to David, and his garments, over a thousand; and he went out even to his sword, and to his bow, and came in before the people. and to his girdle.

14 And David behaved himself 5 And David went out whither wisely in all his ways; and the LORD soever Saul sent him, and behaved was with him. himself wisely : and Saul set him 15 Wherefore when Saul saw over the men of war, and he was that he behaved himself very wisely, accepted in the sight of all the he was afraid of him. people, and also in the sight of 16 But all Israel and Judah loved Saul's servants.

David, because he went out and 6 And it came to pass as they came in before them. came, when David was returned 17 And Saul said to David, Befrom the slaughter of the Philistine, hold my elder daughter Merab, her that the women came out of all will I give thee to wife: only be cities of Israel, singing and dancing, thou valiant for me, and fight the to meet king Saul, with tabrets, LORD's battles. For Saul said, Let with joy, and with instruments of not mine hand be upon him, but let music.

the hand of the Philistines be upon 7 And the women answered one him. another as they played, and said, 18 And David said unto Saul, Saul bath slain his thousands, and Who am I? and what is my life, David bis ten thousands.

or my father's family in Israel, that

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