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Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thy hand. 20 And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, and there was a

ver §.t discomfiture. # oreover, the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan. 22 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle. t 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto $o. 24 And the men of Israel were istressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that 1 may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food. 25 And all them & the land came to a wood; of here was honey upon the nd. 26 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped: but no man put his hand to #. mouth; for the people feared the oath. 27 But Jonathan heard not when is father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in a honey-comb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. . Then o one of o e, and said, Thy father strait §. the people with an o ...; Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint. f 29. Then said Jonathan, My father hath so the land: see, I F f:

pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey. 30. How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to-day of the spoil of their enemies which they found ...” had there not been now a naut ater slaughter amon the oi..." g g go 31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very

faint. 32 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen,

and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people did eat them with the blood. 33 || Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the Lord, in that they eat with the blood. And he said. Ye have transgressed: roll a great stone unto me this day. 34 Ånd Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me i. every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the Lord in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there. f 35 And Saul built an altar unto the Lord : the same was the first altar that he built unto the Lon D : 36 And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God. 37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines 1 will thou deliver them into the hand of Israel ! But he answered him not that day. 38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither all the chief of the people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day. 341

30 For as the Lord liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. Ibut there was not a man among all the people that answered him.

o hen said he unto all Israel, Beye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side, And the people said unto io, Do what seemeth good unto

41 Therefore Saul said unto the RD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken : but the people escaped. 42 And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken. 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand, and lo, I must die. 44 And Saul answered, God do so, and more also : for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan. 45 And the people said unto

{j Shall Jonathan die, who hath Eg

wrought this great salvation in Is-
rael 7 God forbid : as the Lord
liveth, there shall not one hair of his
head fall to the ground; for he hath
wrought with God this day. So the
people rescued Jonathan, that he
died not.
46 Then Saul went up from sol-
lowing the Philistines: and the Phi-
listines went to their own place.
g 47 's So Saul took the kingdom
over Israel, and fought against all
his enemies on every side, against
Moab, and against the children of
Ammon, and against Edom, and

shua: and the names of his two
daughters were these; the name of
the first-born Merab, and the name
of the vounger Michal:
50 Ånd the name of Saul's trife
was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahi-
maaz : and the name of the captain
of his host was Abner, the son of
Ner, Saul's uncle.
51 And Kish tras the father of
Saul; and Ner the father of Abner
was the son of Abiel.
52 And there was sore war
against the Philistines all the days
j. and when Saul saw any
strong man, or any valiant man, he
took him unto him.
P. XV.
d QAMUEL also said unto Saul,
The Lord sent me to anoint
thee to be king over his people, over
Israel: now therefore hearken thou
unto the voice of the words of the
LoRD.
2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts
I remember that which Amalek did
to Israel, how he laid wait for him
in the way, when he came up from

vot. Ijö'Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. g 4 And Saul gathered the le together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. f 5 And Saul came to a city of Alokk. and laid wait in the valev.

% " And Saul said unto the Ke

against the kings of Zobah, and inites, Go, depart, get you down from against the Philistines: and whither- among the Amalekites, lest I destro soever he turned himself, he vexed you with them : for ye shewed kind. them. ness to all the children of Israel 48 And he gathered a host, and when they came up out of Egypt. smote the Amalekites, and delivered So the Keniles departed from among Israel out of the hands of them that the Amalekites. spoiled them. g 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites f 49 Now the sons of Saul were from Havilah, until thou comest to onathan, and Ishui, and Melchi-Shur, that * “g against Egypt. 42

f 8 And he took Agag the king of ihe Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. c 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them : but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. 10 || Then came the word of the ord unto Samuel, saying, 11 It repenteth me t atThave set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. g 12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. f 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord : I have performed the commandment of the Lord. 14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine "ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, tay, and I will tell thee what the LoRD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel ? 18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go, and utterly destroy the 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 7 c 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But the le took of the spoil, sheep ind oxen, the chief of the thi: gs, which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. d" 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt-ofserings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. w 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being

king. s T And Saul said unto Samuel, have sinned : for I have transessed the commandment of the ord, 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 Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. r 28 And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine that is better than thou. t 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. f 30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me "..." pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God

3. So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord. f 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 mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal. g 34 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. f No'oroam's the Lord said unto SaA. muel, How long will thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have reiected him from reigning over Israel 1 fill thy horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite : for I have provided me a king among his sons. D # And Samuel said, How can I * if Saul hear it, he will kill me. nd the Lord said, Take a 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 shall do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 4 And Samuel did that which the RD spake, and came to Beth-lehem. nq the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably 7 f 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord : sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanc

tified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 6 || And it came to pass when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him. t 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 inan seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lo RD looketh on the heart. f 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. s." Again Jesse made seven of is sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse Are fire ai"my 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 was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is

e. t 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 i. from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. f 14 || But the Spirit of the Lorn departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul's servants 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 a harp : and it shall come to pass, when oil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be

well. f 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 a comely person, and the Lord is with him. f 19 || Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy sou, 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. f 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him ; and he loved him [...; ; and he became his armourarer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. m 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand; so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. CHAP. XVII. g No. the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, of helongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. g 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 Philistincs. f 3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel tood on a mountain on the other side : and there was a valley between them. g 4 W And there went out a cham

pion out of the camp of the Philistimes, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. f 5 And he had a 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. s: And the staff of his spear was ike a weaver's beam ; and his spear's head weighed six hundred i. of iron; and one bearing a shield went before him. 3 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set our battle in array ? am not I a hilistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to ine. 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. c 10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. g 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. f 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 first-born, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 And David was the youngest : and the three eldest followed Saul. g 15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Beth-lel em.

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