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V.

The ark is taken.

Chap. v. Dagon falleth before the ark. they might bring from thence the ark 18 And it came to pass, when he made of the covenant of the LORD of hofts, mention of the ark of God, that he fell which dwelleth between the cherubims : from off the seat backward by the side of and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: Phinehas, were there with the ark of the for he was an old man, and heavy. And covenant of God.

he had judged Israel forty years. 5 And when the ark of the covenant 19 And his daughter in law, Phinebas' of the LORD came into the camp, all Jr. wife, was with child, near to be deliverrael shouted with a great shout, so that ed : and when he heard the tidings that the earth rang again.

the ark of God was taken, and that her 6. And when the Philistines heard the father in law and her husband were dead, noise of the shout, they said, What mean- the bowed herself and travailed ; for her eth the noise of this great thout in the pains came upon her. camp of the Hebrews ? and they under 20 And about the time of her death stood that the ark of the LORD was come the women that stood by her said unto into the camp.

her, Fear not ; for thou hast born a son. 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for But the answered not, neither did the they said, God is come into the camp. regard it. And they said, Woe unto us! for there 21 And she named the child I-chabod, hath not been such a thing heretofore. saying, The glory is departed from Israel:

8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out because the ark of God was taken, and of the hand of these mighty Gods? these because of her father in law and her are the Gods that smote the Egyptians husband. with all the plagues in the wilderness. 22 And she said, The glory is departed

9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like from Ifrael: for the ark of God is taken. men, O. ye Philistines, that ye be not

СНАР. fervants unto the Hebrews, as they have 1 The Philistines bring the ark into the bouse been to you : quit yourselves like men, of Dagon. 3 Dagon falle thdown, 6, 9, and fight.

12 They are smitten with einerods. 10 T-And the Philistines fought, and Israel was finitten, and they fled every God, and brought it from Ebenman into his tent: and there was a very ezer unto Aldod. great faughter; for there fell of Ifrael 2 When the Philistines took the ark of thirty thousand footmen.

God, they brought it into the house of II' And the ark of God was taken ; Dagon, and set it by Dagon. and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and 3 [ And when they of Ashdod arose Phinehas, were Nain.

early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was 12 | And there ran a man of Benjamin fallen upon his face to the earth before the out of the army, and came to Shiloh the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, same day with his clothes rent, and with and set him in his place again. earth upon his head.

4. And when they arose early on the 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon morrow morning, behold, Dagon was a seat by the wayside watching : for his fallen upon his face to the ground before heart trembled for the ark of God. And the ark of the Lord; and the head of when the man came into the city, and Dagon and both the palms of his hands told it, all the city cried out.

were cut off upon the threshold ; only the 14. And when Eli heard the noise of fiump of Dagon was left to him. the crying, he said, What meaneth the 5 Therefore neither the priests of Danoise of this tumult? And the man came gon, nor any that come into Dagon's in hastily, and told Eli.

house, tread on the threshold of Dagon 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years in Ashdod unto this day. old; and his eyes were dim, that he 61 But the hand of the Lordwas heavy could not fee.

upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed 16 And the man said unto Eli, I am them, and smote them with emerods, even he that came out of the army, and I fed Ashdod and the coasts thereof. to day out of the army. And he said, 7 And when the men of Alhdod raw What is there done, my son ?

that it was so, they said, The ark of the 17 And the messenger answered and God of Israel shall not abide with us : said, Ifrael is Aled before the Philistines, for his hand is sore upon us, and upon and there hath been also a great Naughter Dagon our god. among the people, and thy-two sons also, 8 They tent therefore and gathered Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the all the lords of the Philistines unto them, ark of God is taken.

and said, Wbat Iball we do with the ark

of

The Philistines fend back the ark. I. SAMUEL. The Beth-shemites smitten. of the God of Israel ? and they an- they not let the people go, and they swered, Let the ark of the God of Israel departed ? be carried about unto Gath. And they Now therefore make a new cart, and carried the ark of the God of Israel take two milch kine, on which there hath about thither.

come no yoke, and tie the kine to the 99 And it was so, that, after they had cart, and bring their calves liome from carried it about, the hand of the LORD them : was against the city with a very great de 8 And take the ark of the LORD, and fruction : and he smote the men of the lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels city, both small and great, and they had of gold, which ye return him for a trespass emerods in their secret parts.

offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; 10 Therefore they sent the ark of God and send it away, that it may go. to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark 9 And fee, if it goeth up by the way of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites of his own coast to Beth-themes, then cried out, saying, They have brought he hath done us this great evil: but if about the ark of the God of Israel to us, not, then we shall know that it is not his to say us and our people.

hand that smote us; it was a chance that 11 So they sent and gathered together happened to us. all the lords of the Philistines, and said, 10 And the men did so; and took two Send away the ark of the God of Israel, milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and let it go again to his own place, that and shut up their calves at home : it lay us not, and our people : for there 11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upwas a deadly destruction throughout all on the cart, and the coffer with the mice the city ; the hand of God was very of gold and the images of their emerods.' heavy there.

12 And the kine took the straight way 12' And the men that died not were to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went fmitten with the emerods: and the cry along the highway, lowing as they went, of the city went up to heaven.

and turned not aside to the right hand C H 4 P. VI.

or to the left; and the lords of the PhiI The Philistines counsel how to send back listines went after them unto the border

the ark. 10 They bring it on a new cart of Beth-lhemelh. to Beth-shemesh. 19 The people smitten. 13. And they of Beth-fhemesh were

the country of the Philistines seven and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the months.

ark, and rejoiced to see it. 2 And the Philiftines called forthe priests 14 And the cart came into the field of and the diviners, saying, What shall we Joshua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, do to the ark of the Lord ? tell us where where there was a great stone : and they with we shall send it to his place. clave the wood of the cart, and offered

3 And they said, If ye fend away the the kine a burnt offering unto the Lord. ark of the God of Israel, send it not 15 And the Levites took down the ark empty; but in any wise return him a of the Lord, and the coffer that was trespass offering : then ye shall be healed, with it, wherein the jewels of gold were, and it shall be known to you why his and put them on the great stone : and the hand is not removed from you.

men of Beth-shemeth offered burnt offerA Then said they, What shall be the ings and facrificed facrifices the same day trespass offering which we shall return to unto the Lord. him? They answered, Five golden eme J6 And when the five lords of the Phirods, and five golden mice, nccording to listines had seen it, they returned to Ekthe number of the lords of the Philistines : ron the same day. for one plague was on you all, and on 17 And these are the golden emerods

which the Philistines returned for a tress Wherefore ye shall make images of pass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdodyour emerods, and images of your mice one, for Gaza one, for Aselon one, for that mar the land; and ye shall give glory Gath one, for Ekron one ; unto the God of Israel : peradventure 18 And the golden mice, according to he will lighten his hand from off you, the number of all the cities of the Phiand from off your gods, and from off listines belonging to the five lords, both of

fenced cities, and of country villages, even 6 Wherefore then do ye harden your unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh set down the ark of the Lord: which hardened their hearts? when he bad Rone remaincth unto this day in the field wrought wonderfully among them, did of Joshua, the Beth-themite.

your lords.

your land.

19 | And

Ifrael's repentance.

Chap. vii, vii.

The people desire a king. 19 1 And he smote the men of Beth- unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto Memesh, because they had looked into the Lord for Israel; and the LORD the ark of the Lord, even he fmote heard him. of the people fifty thousand and three 10 And as Samuel was offering up the score and ten men: and the people burnt offering, the Philistines drew near lamented, because the Lord had smit- to battle against Israel : but the LORD ten many of the people with a great thundered with a great thunder on that slaughter.

day upon the Philistines, and discom20 And the men of Beth-memesh said, fited them; and they were fmitten beWho is able to stard before this holy fore Ifrael. Lord God? and to whom shall he go up II And the men of Israel went out of from us?

Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, 21 And they sent messengers to the in. and smote thein, until they came under habitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Beth-car. Philistines have brought again the ark of 12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set the Lord; come ye down, and fetch it it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called up to you.

the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, HitherCHA P. VII.

to hath the Lord helped us. ,3 The ffraclites, by Samuel's means, folemn 13 So the Philistines were subdued,

ly repent at Mizpeh. 9 Samuel praying, and they came no more into the coast the Phili/lines are discomfited.

of Israel: and the hand of the LORD

A AD fie ec men of the jai h-ifarim Lame, ut Samainst the Philistines all the days

and fetched up ark of the Lord, of Samuel. and brought it into the house of Abinia 14 And the cities which the Philistines dab in the hill, and fanctified Eleazar liis had taken from Israel were restored to son to keep the ark of the Lord. Ifrael, from Ekron even unto Gath; and

2 And it came to país, while the ark the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time of the hands of the Philistines. And was long ; for it was liventy years : and there was peace between Israel and the all the house of Israel lamented after the Amorites. LORD.

15 And Samuel judged Ifrael all the 3 | And Samuel spake unto all the days of his life. house of Ifrael, saying, If ye do return

16 And he went from year to year unto the LORD with all your hearts, then in circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and put away the strange gods and Astaroth Mizpeh, and judged Ifrael in all those from among you, and prepare your hearts places. unto the LORD, and serve him only: and 17 And his return was to Ramah ; for he will deliver you out of the hand of there was his house; and there he judged the Philistines.

Ifrael; and there he built an altar unto 4 Then the children of Israel did put the LORD. away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and ferved

CHAP. VIII. the Lord only.

1 By the occasion of the ill government of 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Ifrael Samuel's sons the Israelites ask a king. to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto 10 The manner of a king. the Lord.

ND it came to pass, when Samuel

was old, that he made his fons peh, and drew water, and poured it out judges over Israel. before the Lord, and falted on that day, 2 Now the name of his firstborn was and said there, We have finned against Joel ; and the name of his second, Abial : the Lord. And Samuel judged the chil- they were judges in Beer-Meba. dren of Itrael in Mizpeh.

3 And his fons walked not in his ways, 7 And when the Philistines heard that but turned aside after lucre, and took the children of Israel were gathered to- bribes, and perverted judgment. gether to Mizpeh, the lords of the Phi 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered listinçs went up against Israel. And when themselves together, and came to Samuel the children of Israel heard it, they were unto Ramah, afraid of the Philistines

5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art 8 And the children of Israel said to old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD now make us a king to judge us like all our God for us, that he will save us out the nations. of the hand of the Philistines.

6. But the thing displeased Samuel, 9 | And Samuel took a fucking lamb, when they said, Give us a king to judge and offered it for a burnt offering wholly us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

6 And they gathered together to Miz. A

A king described by Samuel. 1. SAMUEL. Saul seeketh his father's affes. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel,

CHAP. IX. Hearken unto the voice of the people in Saul, despairing to find his father's affes, all that they say unto thee : for they have 6 by the counsel of his servant, II and dinot rejected thee, but they have rejected reâion of young maidens, 15 according to me, that I should not reign over them. God's revelation, 18 cometh to Samuel. 8 According to all the works which 19 Samuel entertaineth Saul.

OW out of Egypt even

whose name was Kishthe fon of this day, wherewith they have forsaken Abiel, the son of Zeror, the fon of me, and served other gods, so do they Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjaalso unto thee.

mite, a mighty man of power. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their 2 And he had a son, whose name was voice : howbeit yet proteft folemnly unto Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly : them, and shew them the manner of the and there was not among the children of king that shall reign over them.

Israel a goodlier person than he : from 10 I And Samuel told all the words of his shoulders and upward he was higher the LORD unto the people that alked of than any of the people. him a king.

Ġ And the affes of Kish Saul's father II And he said, This will be the man- were loft. And Kish said to Saul his fon, ner of the king that shall reign over you: Take now one of the servants with thee, He will take your sons, and appoint them and arise, go seek the alles. for himself, for his chariots, and to be his 4. And he passed through mount Ehorfemen; and some shall run before his phraim, and passed through the land of chariots.

Shalisha, but they found them not: then 12 And he will appoint him captains they passed through the land of Shalim, over thousands, and captains over fifties; and there they were not: and he passed and will set them to ear his ground, and through the land of the Benjamites, but to reap his harvest, and to make his in- they found them not. Itruments of war, and instruments of his 5 And when they were come to the chariots.

land of Ziph, Saul said to his servant 13 And he will take your daughters that was with him, Come, and let us to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and return; left my father leave caring for the to be bakers.

asses, and take thought for us. 14 And he will take your fields, and 6 [ And he said unto him, Behold, your vineyards, and your oliveyards, now, there is in this city a man of God, even the best of them, and give theni to and he is an honourable man; all that he his servants.

faith cometh surely to pass : now let us 15 And he will take the tenth of your go thither; peradventure he can few us Seed, and of your vineyards, and give to our way that we Mould go. his officers, and to his servants.

7 Then said Saul to his fervant, But, IS And he will take your menservants, behold, if we go, what shall we bring and your maidservants, and your good- the man? for the bread is fpent in our liest young men, and your asses, and put (vessels, and there is not a present to bring them to his work.

to the man of God: what have we? 17 He will take the tenth of your lheep: 8 And the servant answered Saul again, and ye Thall be his servants.

and said, Behold, I have here at hand the 18 And ye shall cry out in that day fourth part of a thekel of silver : that because of your king which ye thall have will I give to the man of God, to tell us chosen you; and the LORD will not hear

our way: you in that day.

9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man 19 Nevertheless the people refused to went to enquire of God, thus he spake, obey the voice of Samuel ; and they faid, Come, and let us go to the seer : for he Nay;

but we will have a king over us ; that is now called a Prophet was before20 That we also may be like all the na- time called a Seer.) tions; and that our king mayjudgets, and 10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well go out before us, and fight our battles. faid ; come, let us go. So they went unto

2And Samuel heard all the words of the city where the man of God was. the people, and he rehearsed them in the IJ I And as they went up the hill to ears of the LORD.

the city, they found young maidens going 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, out to draw water, and said unto them, Hearken unto their voice, and makethem Is the seer here? a king. And Samuel faid unto the men 12 And they answered them, and of Israel, Go ye every man uuto bis city. Taid, He is; behold, he is before you:

make

jamin, and thou thalt anoint him en by T'puured

it upon his head, and killed

Samuel entertaineth Saul, Chap. x.

and anointeth him. make bafte now, for he came to day to 25 And when they were come down the city; for there is a sacrifice of the from the high place into the city, Samuel people to day in the high place : communed with Saul upon the top of

13 As soon as ye be come into the city, the house. ye shall straightway find him, before he 26 And they arose early: and it came go up to the high place to eat : for the to pass about the spring of the day, that people will not eat until he come, because Samuel called Saul to the top of the he doth bless the sacrifice; and after- house, saying, Up, that I may send thee wards they eat that be bidden. Now away. And Saul arose, and they went therefore get you up; for about this time out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. ye shall find him.

27 And as they were going down to 14 And they went up into the city: the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, and when they were come into the city, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and behold, Samuel came out against them, he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, for to go up to the high place.

that I may shew thee the word of God. 15 T Now the LORD had told Samuel

C H A P. X. in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 1 Samuel anointeth Saul. 2 He confirmeth 16 To morrow about this time I will

him by prediction of three signs. 9 Saul's send thee a man out of the land of Ben heart is changed, and he prophefieth.

THEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and captain over my people Israel, that he may {ave my people out of the hand of the Phi- him, and said, Is it not because the LORD listines : for I have looked upon my peo- hath anointed thee to be captain over his ple, because their cry is come unto me. inheritance ?

17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the 2 ? When thou art departed from me LORD said unto him, Behold the man to day, then thou İhalt find two men by whom I (pake to thee of ! this same thall Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Berireign over my people.

jamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto 18 1 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in thee, The alles which thou wentett to the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, seek are found : and, lo, thy father hath where the seer's house is.

let the care of the asses, and sorroweth 19 9 And Samuel answered Saul, and for you, saying, What shall I do for my said, I am the seer: go up before me un-ron? to the high place ; for ye ihall eat with 3 Then Malt thou go on forward from me to day, and to morrow I will let thence, and thou Malt come to the plain thee go, and will tell thee all that is in of Tabor, and there Mall meet thee three thine heart.

men going up to God to Beth-el, one 20 And as for thine asses that were lost carrying three kids, and another carrying three days ago, fet not thy mind on them; three loaves of bread, and another carry for they are found. And on whom is all ing a bottle of wine : the defire of Israel ? is it not on thee, and 4 And they will salute thee, and give on all thy father's house?

thee two loaves of bread; which thou 21 And Saul answered and faid, Am Malt receive of their hands. not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the 5 After that thou shalt coire to the tribes of Israel ? and my family the least of hill of God, where is the garrison of the all the families of the tribe of Benjamin ?, Philistines : and it shall come to pass, wherefore then Ipeakeft thou fo to me? when thou art come thither to the city, 22 And Samuel took Saul and his ser- that thou malt meet a company of

provant, and brought them into the parlour, pheis coming down from the high place and made them fit in the chiefest place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, among them that were bidden, which and a harp, before them ; and they thail were about thirty persons.

prophesy : 23 And Samuel said unto the cook, · And the Spirit of the Lord will Bring the portion which I gave thee, of come upon thee, and thou shalt prophewhich I said unto thee, Sit it by thee. ity with them, and thalt be turned into

24 And the cook took up the Moulder, another man. and that which was upon it, and set it 7 And let it be, when these figns are before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold come unto thee, that thou do as occasion that which is left ! set it before thee, and serve thee ; for God is with thee. eat ; for unto this time hath it been kept 8 And thou thalt go down before me for thee since I said, I have invited the to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down people. Sq Saul did eat with Samuel unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and that day.

to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings :

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