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31 worship the Lord thy God. So Samuel returned up after Saul,

and when he had worshipped the Lord, Samuel said, Bring be 32 fore me Agag the king of Amelek. And when Agag came

before him, trembling, Agag said, Ah! how bitter is death! 33 Whereupon Samuel said to Agag, As thy sword hath made

women childless, so shall thy mother be made childless among

women. So Samuel slew Agag before the Lord at Galgal. 34 Then Samuel went to Armathaim, and Saul went up to his 35 house to Gabaa, and Samuel came no more to see Saul to the day of his death.

Because Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord repented XVI. that he had made Saul king over Israel, therefore the

Lord said to Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul ?
As for me, I have rejected him from being king over Israel.

Fill thy horn with oil, and come, let me send thee to Jessai to 2 Bethlehem; for I have seen among his sons a king for me. And

Samuel said, How can I go? Saul will hear and will kill me.

And the Lord said, Take with thee a heifer from the kine, 3 and thou shalt say, I come to sacrifice to the Lord; and thou

shalt invite Jessai to the sacrifice, and I will let thee know

what thou shalt do, and thou shalt anoint him whom I point out 4 to thee. So Samuel did all that the Lord spoke to him. Now

when he came to Bethlehem, the elders of the city were sur5 prised at meeting him, and said, Seer! Is thy coming peace

able? And he said, It is peaceable. I come to sacrifice to the 6 Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and rejoice with me to-day. And

when he was hallowing Jessai and his sons and inviting them

to the sacrifice, he beheld Eliab as they were coming in and 7 said, Is not the Lord's anointed before him? But the Lord

said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, nor the height of his stature, for I have rejected him : for God looketh not

superficially as man looketh; for man looketh at the outward 8 appearance, but God will look to the heart. Then Jessai called

Aminadab, and he passed by before Samuel. And when he 9 said God hath not chosen him, Jessai brought forward Sama; 10 but he said, Neither hath the Lord made choice of him. And

when Jessai had brought his seven sons before Samuel, Samuel 11 said, The Lord hath not made a choice among these. Then Samuel said to Jessai, Are these all thy children? And he said,

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There is still one more, the youngest. Behold he is tend12 ing the fock. And Samuel said to Jessai, Send for him ; for

we cannot sit down till he come. So he sent for him. Now he was of a ruddy complexion, with beautiful eyes, and comely in

appearance to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, Arise 13 and anoint David, for he is good. So Samuel took the hon:

of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And a

Spirit of the Lord came upon David, from that day forward. 14 Then Samuel arose and went to Armathaim. And the Spirit

of the Lord departed from Saul; and an evil spirit from the 15 Lord tormented him. Whereupon the servants of Saul said to

him, Behold now an evil spirit from the Lord tormenteth thee. 16 Pray let thy servants before thee give orders, and seek for

our lord a man who is skilled in playing on a kynara. And when

the evil spirit is upon thee, let him play on his kynara, and it 17 will be good for thee and give thee ease. And Saul said to his

servants, Look out, I pray you, for a man who playeth well, 18 and bring him to me. Then one of his servants answered and

said, Behold I have seen a son of Jessai the Bethlemite. He is skilled in music, and is a man of understanding and a warrior,

graceful in speech, and of a comely appearance, and the Lord is 19 with him. Thereupon Saul sent messengers to Jessai saying, 20 Send to me thy son David who is with the flock. So Jessai

took a gomer of bread, and a skin of wine, and a kid of the

goats, and sent them to Saul by the hand of his son David. 21 And when David came to Saul, and stood before him, he loved 22 him greatly, and made him his armour bearer. And Saul sent

to Jessai, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for 23 he hath found favour in my sight. And whenever the evil spirit

came upon Saul, David took his kynara, and played with his hand, and it composed Saul and gave him relief; and the evil

spirit departed from him. XVII. Now the Philistines had assembled their armies for bat

tle, and having formed a junction at Sokchoth of Judea, they 2 encamped between Sokchoth and Azeka-ephermen. Where.

upon Saul and the men of Israel assembled and encamped in

the valley, and drew up in array for battle, over against the 3 Philistincs. And while the Philistines stood on a mountain on

the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side,

with a vale between them, there came forth a mighty man 4 from the line of the Philistines. His name was Goliath, of Geth. 5 His height was four cubits and a span. And he had a helmet

on his head, and was clad with a breast plate of chain work;

and the weight of his breast plate was five thousand shekels. 6 It was of brass and steel: and the greaves on his legs were of 7 brass; and he had a target of brass between his shoulders. And

the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam: and his javelin 8 was six hundred shekels of iron. And his armour bearer walk

ed before him. And he stood, and cried with a loud voice, to the line of Israel, and said to them, Why come ye out to array yourselves for battle against us? Am not I a Philistine ; and

you Hebrews the servants of Saul ? Chuse out for yourselves 9 a man, and let him come down to me. And if he be able to fight

with me, and kill me, we will be your slaves; but if I prevail, 10 and kill him, you shall be our slaves, and serve us. Then the

Philistine said, Behold I have now this day defied the army of

Israel. Give me a man that we may fight at single combat. 11 When Saul, and all Israel, heard these words of the Philistine, 32 they were dismayed, and greatly terrified. Whereupon David

said to Saul, Let not, I pray thee, the heart of my lord be dis33 couraged, thy servant will go and fight this Philistine. And

Saul said to David, Thou canst not go against the Philistine

to fight with him; for thou art but a youth, and he is a warrior 34 from his youth. And David said to Saul, Thy servant tended

his father's flock. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and 35 took a sheep from the Aock, I went out after him, and smote

him, and rescued it out of his mouth. And if he rose up against

me, I seized him by the throat, and smote, and killed him. 36 Thy servant hath slain a lion and a bear; and this uncircum

cised Philistine shall be like one of them. Shall I not go and smite him, and remove, this day, a reproach from Israel? For

who is this uncircumcised, that he should defy the army of 37 the living God? The Lord who 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 uncircumcised Philistine. Then Saul 38 said to David, Go; and the Lord be with thee. And when

Saul had clad David with a coat of mail, and put a helmet of brass on his head, and girded his sword on David over the

39 coat of mail, he essayed to walk about once or twice. Then

David said to Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not been 40 accustomed to them. So they took them off him. Then he

took his staff in his hand, and having chosen for himself five smooth stones, out of the brook, he put them in the shep

herd's scrip, which he kept for a purse, and with a sling in 42 his hand, he went out to meet the man the Philistine. When

Goliath saw David, He despised him exceedingly ; for he was

a mere youth, and was of a ruddy complexion with beautiful 43 eyes. And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that thou

shouldst come out against me with a stick, and with stones? 44 And David said, Nay, but worse than a dog. Upon which the

Philistine cursed David by his gods. And when the Philistine

said to David, Come hither to me, and I will give thy flesh to 45 the birds of the air, and the beasts of the earth, David said to

the Philistine, Thou comest against me with a sword, and a spear, and a shield, but I am coming to thee with the name of

the Lord God of Sabbaoth, of the army of Israel, which thou 46 hast, this day, defied. And the Lord will deliver thee this day

into my hand, and I will kill thee, and cut off thy head, and give thy carcass, and the carcasses of the army of the Philis

tines this day, to the birds of the air, and to the wild beasts of 47 the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in

Israel; and that all this assembly may know that the Lord

saveth not with a sword or a spear. For the battle is the Lord's, 48 and the Lord will deliver you into our hands. Then the Phi49 listine arose and went to meet David. And David put his hand

in the scrip, and took out a stone, and slinged it, and smote the Philistine on the forehead, and the stone pierced through

the helmet, into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the 51 ground. And David ran, and stood upon him, and took his 52 sword, and killed him, and cut off his head. And when the

Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled; and the men of Israel, and Juda, arose, and shouted, and pursued them to the entrance of Geth, and to the gate of Ascalon. And

the wounded of the Philistines fell on the road to the gates, all 53 the way to Geth, and even to Akkaron. And when the men of

Israel returned from pursuing the Philistines, they trampled 54 down their camps. And David took the head of the Philistine,

and carried it to Jerusalem; but his arms he laid up in his tent.

XVIII. 6 Now when the choirs of women came out from all

the cities of Israel to meet David, dancing to tympanums, and 7 singing songs of triumph, accompanied with cymbals, and the women in responsive strains, said,

Saul hath slain his thousands;

And David his ten thousands, 8 the thing appeared evil in the eyes of Saul, because of this

expression; and he said, The ten thousands they have ascribed 12 to David ; and to me they have ascribed thousands. And

Saul became afraid of David, and removed him from about 13 his person, and made him a captain over a thousand, and he 14 went out and came in before the people. And David behaved 15 wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. And when

Saul saw with what great wisdom he conducted himself, he 16 was afraid of him; but all Israel and Juda loved David, be. 20 cause he went out and came in before the people. And Mel21 chol, the daughter of Saul, fell in love with David. When this

was told Saul, it was well pleasing in his sight, and Saul said,

I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him. Now 22 the hand of the Philistines was against Saul, therefore Saul

gave orders to his servants, saying, Speak privately to David, and say, Behold the king is well pleased with thee; and all his

servants love thee, therefore thou must be the king's son in law. 23 But when the servants of Saul rehearsed these words in the

hearing of David, David said, Is it a light matter in your

eyes to be son in law to a king? As for me, I am a man of 24 humble condition, and not entitled to honour. And when

Saul's servants told him the words which David had spoken, 25 Saul said, Thus shall you say to David, The king desireth no

other dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be

avenged of the king's enemies. Now Saul thought to throw 26 him into the hands of the Philistines. When Saul's servants

told David these words, the condition on which he was to be the 27 king's son in law, pleased David. Therefore he arose and went

with his men, and smote among the Philistines a hundred men, and brought their foreskins, and contracted to be the king's

son in law, and he gave him his daughter Melchol to wife. 28 But when Saul saw that the Lord was with David, and that XIX. all Israel loved him, he still continued to fear David; there

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