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244 A description of Saul. I. SAMUEL.

He cometh to Samuel. obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, 11 10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well Nay; but we will have a king over us; said ; come, let us go: so they went unto

20 That we also may be like all the na- || the city where the man of God was. tions; and that our king may judge us, and 11 | And as they went up the hill to go out before us, and fight our battles. the city, they found young maidens going

21 And Samuel heard all the words of out to draw water, and said unto them, the people, and he rehearsed them in the Is the seer here? ears of the LORD.

12 And they answered them, and said, 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, | He is; behold, he is before you : make Hearken unto their voice, and make them haste now, for he came to-day to the city; a king. And Samuel said unto the men for there is a sacrifice of the people to-day of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city. in the high place : CHAP. IX.

13 As soon as ye be come into the city, 1 Saul despairing to find his father's ass- ye shall straightway find him, before

€8, 6 by the counsel of his servant, 11 he go up to the high place to eat: for the and direction of young maidens, 15 ac- people will not eat until he come, be

cording to God's revelation, 18 cometh | cause he doth bless the sacrifice; and af- to Samuel. 19 Samuel entertaineth Saul. | terwards they eat that be bidden. Now N OW there was a man of Benjamin, therefore get you up: for about this time

I whose name was Kish, the son cfi ye shall find him. Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Be 14 And they went up into the city : chorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, and when they were come into the city, a mighty pian of power.

behold, Samuel came out against them, 2 And he had a son, whose name was for to go up to the high place. Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly : | 15 | Now the LORD had told Samuel and there was not among the children of in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, Israel a goodlier person than he: from his 16 To-morrow about this time I will shculders and upward he was higher than send thee a man out of the land of Benany of the people.

jamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be 3 And the asses of Kish, Saul's father, captain over my people Israel, that he may were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, l save my people out of the hand of the Phi

T ke now one of the servants with thee, listines : for I have looked upon my peo and arise, go seek the asses.

ple, because their cry is come unto me. 4 And he passed through mount E 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the phraim, and passed through the land of LORD said unto him, Behold the man Shalisha, but they found them not : then whom I spake to thee of! this same shall they passed through the land of Shalim, | reign over my people. and there they were not: and he passed 18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in through the land of the Benjamites, but the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, they found them not.

where the seer's house is. 5 And when they were come to the 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant said, I am the seer: go up before me unthat was with him, Come, and let us re- || to the high place; for ye shall eat with turn; lest my father leave caring for the me to-day, and to-morrow I will let thee asses, and take thought for us.

go, and will tell thee all that is in thine 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, | heart. there is in this city a man of God, and he 20 And as for thine asses that were lost is an honourable man; all that he saith three days ago, set not thy mind on them; cometh surely to pass : now let us go for they are found. And on whom is all thither ; peradventure he can shew us our the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and way that we should go.

on all thy father's house? 7 Then said Saul to his servant, But 21 And Saul answered and said, Am behold, if we go, what shall we bring not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the the man? for the bread is spent in our tribes of Israel ? and my family the least of vessels, and there is not a present to bring all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? to the man of God: what have we? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

8 And the servant answered Saul again, 22 And Samuel took Saul, and his and said, Behold, I have here at hand the servant, and brought them into the parfourth part of a shekel of silver : that lour, and made them sit in the chiefest will I give to the man of God, to tell us place among them that were bidden, pur way.

which were about thirty persons.. 9 (Beforçtime in Israel, when a man 23 And Samuel said unto the cook, went to inquire of God, thus he spake, | Bring the portion which I gave thee, of Come, and let us go to the seer : for he which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. that is now called a Prophet was before- ! 24 And the cook took up the shoulder, time called a Seer.)

and that which was upon it, and set je

Samuel anointeth Saul.


Saul propesieth. 245 before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold | to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down that which is left! set it before thee, and unto thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and eat ; for unto this time hath it been kept | to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings : for thee since I said, I have invited the seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do. day.

9 And it was so, that when he had 25 And when they were come down turned luis back to go from Samuel, God from the high place into the city, Samuel gave him another heart : and all those communed with Saul upon the top of || signs came to pass that day. the house.

10 And when they came thither to the 26 And they rose early : and it came hill, behold, a company of prophets met to pass about the spring of the day, that || him ; and the Spirit of God came upon Samuel called Saul to the top of the him, and he prophesied among them. house, saying, Up, that I may send thee 11 And it came to pass when all that: away. And Saul arose, and they went | knew him beforetime saw, that, behold, out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. he prophesied among the prophets, then

27 And as they were going down to the people said one to another, What is the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, | this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Bid the servant pass on before us, (and Saul also among the prophets? he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, 12 And one of the same place answerthat I may shew thee the word of God. led and said, But who is their father? CHAP. X.

|| Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul 1 Samuel anointeth Saul. 2 He confirmethalso among the prophets? him by predictionof three signs. 9 Saul's | 13 And when he had made an end of heart is changed, and he prophesieth. \ prophesying, he came to the high place. THEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and 14 f And Saul's uncle said unto him

1 poured it upon his head, and kissed and to his servant, Whither went ye? him, and said, Is it not because the LORD And he said, To seek the asses; and when hath anointed thee to be captain over his we saw that they were no where, we came inheritance ?

ll to Samuel. 2 When thou art departed from me 15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I to-day, then thou shalt find two men by pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Ben 16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He jamin at Zelzah ; and they will say un- | told us plainly that the asses were found. to thee, The asses which thou wentest | But of the matter of the kingdom, whereto seek are found: and lo, thy father of Samuel spake, he told him not. hath left the care of the asses, and sor 17 T And Samuel called the people toroweth for you, saying, What shall I do gether unto the LORD to Mizpel; for my son.

18 And said unto the children of Israel, 3 Then shalt thou go on forward from Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I thence, and thou shalt come to the plain brought up Israel out of Egypt, and deof Tabor, and there shall meet thee three livered you out of the hand of the Egypmen going up to God to Beth-el, one tians, and out of the hand of all kingcarrying three kids, and another carrying doms, and of them that oppressed you: three loaves of bread, and another carry 19 And ye have this day rejected your ing a bottle of wine :

God, who himself saved you out of all 4 And they will salute thee, and give your adversities, and your tribulations; thee two loaves of bread; which thou and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set shalt receive of their hands.

a king over us. Now therefore present 5 After that thou shalt come to the yourselves before the LORD by your hill of God, where is the garrison of the tribes, and by your thousands. Philistines : and it shall come to pass, 20 And when Samuel had caused all when thou art come thither to the city, the tribes of Israel to come near, the that thou shalt meet a company of proph tribe of Benjamin was taken. ets coming down from the high place 21 When he had caused the tribe of with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, Benjamin to come near by their families, and a harp before them ; and they shall || the family of Matri was taken, and Saul prophesy :

the son of Kish was taken: and when 6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come they sought him, he could not be found. upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with il 22 Therefore they inquired of the them, and shalt be turned into another LORD further, if the man should yet man.

come thither. And the LORD answered, 7 And let it be, when these signs are Behold, he hath hid himself among the come unto thee, that thou do as occasion hall serve thee; for God is with thee, 23 And they ran and fetched him 3 And thou shalt go down before me thence : and when tre stood among the


246 Saul chosen king.


Samuel's integrity. people, he was higher than any of the time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. people from his shoulders and upward. And the messengers came and shewed it

24 And Samuel said to all the people, to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. See ye him wliom the LORD hath chosen, 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, that there is none like him among all the Tomorrow we will come out unto you, people? And all the people shouted, and and ye shall do with us all that seemeth said, God save the king.

good unto you. 25 Then Samuel told the people the 11 And it was so on the morrow, that manner of the kingdom, and wrote it | Saul put the people in three companies ;. in a book, and laid it up before the and they came into the midst of the host LORD. And Samuel sent all the people in the morning-watch, and slew the Amaway, every man to his house.

monites until the heat of the day : and it 26 | And Saul also went home to Gib- came to pass, that they which remained eah; and there went with him a band of were scattered, so that two of them were men, whose hearts God had touched. not left together.

27 But the children of Belial said, How 12 f And the people said unto Samuel, shall this man save us! And they despis- Who is he that said, Small Saul reign oed him, and brought him no presents. ver us? bring the men, that we may put But he held his peace.

them to death. CHAP, XI.

13 And Saul said, There shall not a 1 Nahash offereth them of Jabesh-gilead man be put to death this day: for to-day

a reproachful condition. 4 They send the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel. to Saul, and are delivered. 12 Saul 14 Then said Samuel to the people, confirmed king.

Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew THEN Nalash the Ammonite came the kingdom there.

1 up, and encamped against Jabesh 15 And all the people went to Gilgal ; gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said and there they made Saul king before the unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, || LORD in Gilgal: and there they sacriand we will serve thec.

ficed sacrifices of peace-offerings before 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answer- || the LORD ; and there Saul and all the ed them, On this condition will I make a men of Israel rejoiced greatly. covenant with you, that I mar thrust out

CHAP. XII. all your right eyes, and lay it for a re 1 Samuel testifieth his integrity. 6 He proach upon all Israel.

reproveth the people of ingratitude. 3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto 16 He terrifieth them with thunder in him, Give us seven days respite, that we | harvest-time; 20 and comforteth them may send messengers unto all the coasts in God's mercy, of Israel: and then, if there be no man to AND Samuel said unto all Israel, Besave us, we will come out to thee.

A hold, I have hearkened unto your 49 Then came the messengers to Gib 1. voice in all that ye said unto me, and eah of Saul, and told the tidings in the have made a king over you. ears of the people : and all the people 2 And now, behold, the king walketh lifted up their voices, and wept.

Il before you : and I am old and gray5 And behold, Saul came after the || headed; and behold, my sons are with herd out of the field; and Saul said, Il you: and I have walked before you from What aileth the people that they weep? 1 my childhood unto tlus day. And they told him the tidings of the men 3 Behold, here I am : witness against of Jabesh.

me before the LORD, and before his an6 And the Spirit of God came upou ointed; whose ox have I taken? or whose Saul when he heard those tidings, and his | ass have I taken? or whom have I deanger was kindled greatly

frauded? whom have I oppressed ? or 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and l of wliose hand have I received any bribe hewed them in pieces, and sent them to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will throughout all the coasts of Israel by the restore it you. hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever 4. And they said, Thou hast not decometh not forth after Saul and after frauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. || thou taken aught of any man's hand. And the fear of the LORD fell on the peo- 5 And he said unto them, The LORD ple, and they came out with one consent. || is witness against you, and his anointed

8 And when he numbered them in Be- || is witness this day, that ye have not zek, the children of Israel were three || found aught in my hand. And they anhundred thousand, and the men of Judah | swered, He is witness. thirty thousand.

6 And Samuel said unto the people, 9 And they said unto the messengers | It is the Lord that advanced Moses and that came, Thus shall ye say unto the Aaron, and that brought your fathers up men of Jabesh-gilead, To-morrow by that out of the land of Egypt.

Samuel reproveth the people.

Chap. XIII.

Saul's selecied band. 247

reason with you before the LORD of all your heart; the righteous acts of the LORD, which he | 21 And turn ye not aside: for then did to you and to your fathers.

8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, not profit nor deliver; for they are vain. and your father's cried unto the LORD, 22 For the Lord will not forsake his then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, people for his great name's sake : bewhich brought forth your fathers out of cause it hath pleased the LORD to make Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. you his people.

9 And when they forgat the Lord their 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that God, he sold them into the hand of Sise I should sin against the LORD in ceasing ra, captain of the host of Hazor, and into to pray for you : but I will teach you the the hand of the Philistines, and into the good and the right way: hand of the king of Moab, and they fought || 24 Only fear the Lord, and serve him against them.

in truth with all your heart : for consider °10 And they cried unto the LORD, and how great things he hath done for you said, We have sinned, because we have 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye forsaken the LORD, and have served Ba- shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

CHAP. XIII. out of the hand of our enemies, and we | 1 Saul's selected band. 5 The Philistine's vil serve thee.

great host. 6 The Israelites distress. 8 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Saul, cveary of staying for Samuel, sacBedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and | rificeth. 11 Samuel reproveth him. delivered you out of the hand of your en- | SAUL reigned one year; and when he emies on every side, and ye dwelled safe. had reigned two years over Israel,

12 And when ye saw that Nahash the 2 Saul chose him three thousand men of king of the children of Ammon came Israel ; whereof two thousand were with against you, ye said unto me, Nay ; but Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, a king shall reign over us : when the and a thousand were with Jonathan in LORD your God was your king.

Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the 13 Now therefore, behold the king people he sent every man to his tent. whom ye have chosen, and whom ye || 3. And Jonathan smote the garrison of have desired! and behold, the LORD hath the Philistines that was in Geba; and the set a king over you

Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew 14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve the trumpet throughout all the land, sayhim, and obey huis voice, and not rebel li ing, Let the Hebrews hear. against the commandment of the LORD, 4 And all Israel heard say that Saul then shall both ye, and also the king that had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, reigneth over you continue following the and that Israel also was had in abominaLORD your Goch

tion with the Philistines : and the people 15 But if ye will not obey the voice of were called together after Saul to Gilgal. the LORD, but rebel against the com-| 5 | And the Philistines gathered themmandment of the LORD, then shall the selves together to fight with Israel, thirty hand of the LORD be against you, as it thousand chariots, and six thousand horsewas against your fathers.

men, and people as the sand which is on 16 Now therefore stand and see this the sea shore in multitude: and they came great thing, which the LORD will do be- ll up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward iure your eyes.

from Beth-aven. 17 Is it not wheat-harvest to-day? I 6 When the men of Israel saw that will call unto the LORD, and he shall send they were in a strait (for the people were thunder and rain; that ye may perceive distressed) then the people did hide themand see that your wickedness is great, selves in cares, and in thickets, and in which ye have done in the sight of the rocks, and in high places, and in pits. LORD, in asking you a king.

7 And some of the Hebrews went over 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. and the LORD sent thunder and rain that As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all day : and all the people greatly feared the people followed him trembling. the LORD and Samuel

8 | And he tarried seven days, ac19 And all the people said unto Samuel, cording to the set time that Samuel had Pray for thy servants unto the LORD appointed : but Samuel came not to Gilthy God, that we die not: for we have gal; and the people were scattered from added unto all our síus this evil, to ask us a king.

9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt20 | And Samuel said unto the people, ffering to me, and peace-offerings. And Fear not: ye have done all this wicked ] e offered the burnt-offering. less : yet turn not aside from following ! 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as

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248 Samuel reproveth Saul. I. SAMUEL: he had made an end of offering the burnt- 11

The Philistines smitten. CHAP. XIV.

went out to meet him, that he might sa- tisiines garrison. 15 A divine terror lute him.

maketh them beat themselves. 24 Saul's 11 | And Samuel said, What hast thou unadvised adjuration hindereth the vicdone? And Saul said, Because I saw that i tory. the people were scattered from me, and N OW it came to pass upon a day, that that thou camest not within the days ap I Jonathan the son of Saul said unto pointed, and that the Philistines gathered the young man that bare his armour, themselves together at Michmash; Come, and let us go over to the Philistines

12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will garrison, that is on the other side. But come down now upon me to Gilgal, and he told not his father. I have not made supplication unto the 2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost Lord: I forced myself therefore, and of- part of Gibeah under a pomegranate-tree fered a burnt-offering.

which is in Migron : and the people that 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast were with him were about síx hundred done foolishly : thou hast not kept the men ; commandment of the LORD thy God, 3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chawhich he commanded thee : for now bod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son would the Lord have established thy of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, wearkingdom upon Israel for ever.

ing an ephod. And the people knew not 14 But now thy kingdom shall not that Jonathan was gone. continue : the Lord hath sought him | 4 | And between the passages by which a man after his own heart, and the Jonathan sought to go over unto the PhiLORD hath commanded him to be cap- | listines garrison, there was a sharp rock tain over his people, because thou hast on the one side, and a sharp rock on the not kept that which the LORD command other side : and the name of the one was ed thee.

Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. 15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up 5 The forefront of the one was situate from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. | northward over against Michmash, and And Saul numbered the people that were the other southward orer against Gibeah. present with him, about six hundred 6 And Jonathan said to the young man men.

that bare his armour, Come, and let us 16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and go over unto the garrison of these uncirthe people that were present with them, cumcised: it may be that the LORD will abode in Gibeah of Benjamin : but the | work for us: for there is no restraint to Philistines encamped in Michmash. the LORD to save by many or by few.

17 [ And the spoilers came out of the 1 7 And his armour-bearer said unto camp of the Philistines in three compa- | him, Do all that is in thine heart: turni nies: one company turned unto the way thee; behold, I am with thee according that lcadeth 10 Ophrah, unto the land of to thy heart. Shual:

8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will 18 And another company turned the pass over unto these men, and we will way to Beth-horon : and another compa discover ourselves unto them. ny turned to the way of the border that | 9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward we come to you ; then we will stand still the wilderness,

in our place, and will not go up unto 19 Now there was no smith found them." throughout all the land of Israel: (for the 10 But if they say thus, Come up unto Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make us ; then we will go up: for the LORD them swords or spears :)

hath delivered them into our hand; and 20 But all the Israelites went down to this shall be a sign unto us. the Philistines, to sharpen every man his 11 And both of them discovered themshare, and his coulter, and his ax, and his selves unto the garrison of the Philistines :. mattock.

and the Philistines said, Behold, the He21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, | brews come forth out of the holes where and for the coulters, and for the forks, and they had hid themselves. for the axes, and to sharpen the goads. 12 And the men of the garrison an

22 So it came to pass in the day of bat- swered Jonathan and his armour-bearer, tle, that there was neither sword nor spear and said, Come up to us, and we will shew found in the hand of any of the people that you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his svere with Saul and Jonathan : but with armour-bearer, Come up after me : for Saul and with Jonathan his son was there the Lord hath delivered them into the found.

hand of Israel. 23 And the garrison of the Philistines I 13 And Jonathan climbed up upon went out to the passage of Michmash his hands and upon his feet, and his ar

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