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sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lok D sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, shee and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as {. delight in burnt-offerings and sacri, as in obeying the voice of the LoRD 2 behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lok D, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words; because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lon D, and the LoRD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27 And as Samuel turned about to away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28 And Samuel said unto him, The LoRD hath rentthe kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent : for he is not a man, that he should repent. 30 Then he said, I have sinned : yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may wor

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ship the LöRD thy God. 31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LoRD. 32 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy motherbe childless among women. And Sam

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34 T Then Samuel went to Ramah ; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. 35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death : nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LoRD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel. CHAP. XVI. 1 Samuel sent by God under firetence of a sacrifice, cometh to Beth-lehem. 6. His human judgment is refiroved. 13 He anointeth David. ND the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigni over Israel? fill thine horn with o j É. I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LoRD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 4 And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably * 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord : sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 6 s And it came to pass when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him. 7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lok D looketh on the heart. 8. Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this. 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LoRD chosen this. 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he tras ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look tc. 252 Goliath's challenge.

And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 14 T But the Spirit of the LoRD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LoRD troubled him. 15 And Saul's servant said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out, a man who is a cunning player on an harp; and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and i. comely person, and the Lord is with m

19 s Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and 'said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him : and he loved him greatly ; and he became his armour-bearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Le: David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath § favour in my sight. 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand : so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. §§ XVII. 1 The armies of the Israelites and Phi. listines being ready to battle, 4 Goliath cometh firoudly forth to challenge a combat. 12 David accefiteth the chal§§ ; 38 and slayeth the giant. TN OW the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were athered ther at Shochoh, which bengeth 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.

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4 T And there went out a champion 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 .# 'ed 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 2 am not 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 him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. 10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day ; give me a man, that we may fight together. 11 When §§ and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. 12 s 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 overe Eliab the firstoorn, and next unto him Abinadab, and time third Shammah. 14, And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul. 15 But David went and returned from . to feed his father's sheep at Beth-leInern. 16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. 17 And Jesse said unto David his 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 piedge. 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men f Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20 M And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, und . and went, as Jesse had commanded him ; and he came to the trench, is the host was §§ forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle, - -

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man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh awaythe reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? 27 And the people answered him after this manner, sayi f So shall it be done to the man that to. h him. 28's And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither 2 and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness 2 I know thy pride, and themaughtiness of thineheart; for thou art comedownthat thou mightestseethebattle. 29 And David said: What have I now done? Is there not a cause 2 30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manmer: and the people answered him again after the former manner. 31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them Saul: and he sent for him. 32 T And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy serwant will go and fight with this Philistine. 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art of able to go against this Philistine to fight with him : for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy serwant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: .35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: onlyhenhearose againstrue, I caught him by hisbeard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philisthe shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defici the armies of the living God.”

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37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. 38 || And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head ; he armed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go ; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these, for I have oved them. And David put them llin. 40 And he took his staffin 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

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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 2 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 §: the carcasses of the host of the Phiistines 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. 50SoDavid prevailedover the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote 254 Jonathan loveth David:

the Philistine, and slew him ; but there avas 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 thcrewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. 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 T 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 2 and Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. 56 And the king said, Inquire thou whose son the stripling is. 57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite. CHAP. XVIII. 1 Jonathan loveth David. 5 Saul envieth his fraise, 10 seeketh to kill him in his fury, 12 feareth him for his good success. 17. He offereth him his daughters for a snare. A” it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a * because he loved him as his own

soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. 5 T And David went out withersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and . in the sight of Saul's servants. 6 And it came to passasthey came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out

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of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom 2 9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 10 " And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand. 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. 12 || And Saul was afraid of David, Because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand ; and he went out and came in before the people. 14 And David behaved himself wisel in all his ways; and the LoRD was wi him. 15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them. 17 || And Saul said to David, Behold, my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife : only be thou valiant forme, and fight the Lorp's battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be u him. 18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-inlaw to the king 2 19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should have been iven to David, that she was given unto §. the Meholathite,to wife. 20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David : and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, ul shalt this day be my son-in-law, in the one of the twain. 22 || And Saul commanded his servants,

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and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's son-in-law. 23 And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be aking's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed 2 24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying. On this manner spake David. 25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but anhundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law: and the days were not expired. 27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife. 28 And Saul saw and knew that the LoRD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter loved him. 3 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually. 3. Then the princes of the Philistines wentforth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by. CHAP. XIX. 1%mathan discloseth his father's surfiose to kill David. 4 He persuadeth his Jother to reconciliation. 8 Saul’s malitious rage breaketh out again. 12 Mithose fratagem to save 1)avid. A\o Saul jo: to Jonathan his son, and to his servants, that they should kill David. 2. But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David : and Jonathan told David, : Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: ow therefore, I pray thee, Take heed to *self until the morning, and abide in a *ret face, and laide thyself: : And I will go out and stand beside my er in the field where thou art, and will commune with my father of thee; *nd what I see, that I will tell thee. .** And Jonathan spake good of Da§ unto Saul his father, and said unto * Let not the king sin against his seront, against David; because he hath not *ned against thee, and because his works * bron to thee-ward very : * For he did put his life in his hand, *d slew the Philistine, and the Lord "rought a great salvation for afi Israel :

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thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause? 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan : and Saul sware, As the LoRD liveth, he shall not be slain. 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. d Jonathan brought David to Saul, a was in his presence, as in times past. 8 || And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him. 9 And the evil spirit from the Lorn was upon Saul, as he satin his house with his javelin in his hand : and David played with his hand. 10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall : and David fled, and escaped that night. . 11 Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David's wife told him, saying, If thou save not thy life to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain. 12 So Michallet David downthrough a window : and he went, and fled, and escaped. 13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth. 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick. 15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him. 16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillar of goats hair for his bolster. 17And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away-mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee * 18 || So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah. 20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third thme, and they prophesied also

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