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Saul is chosen king :

J. SAMUEL. He discomfiteth the Ammonites. seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to people, he was higher than any of the thee, and thew thee what thou shalt do. people from his shoulders and upward.

91 And it was so, that when he had 24 And Samuel faid to all the people, turned his back to go from Samuel, God See ye him whom the LORD hath cholen, gave him another heart: and all those that there is none like him among all the iigns came to pass that day.

people ? and all the people shouted, and 10 And when they came thither 10 the said, God save the king. hill, behold, a company of prophets met 25 Then Samuel told the people the hint; and the Spirit of God came upon manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in him, and he prophesied among them. a book, and laid it up before the LORD.

II And it came to pass, when all that And Samuel fent all the people away, knew him before time saw that, behold, every man to his house. he prophesied among the prophets, then 26 And Saul also went home to Gibethe people faid one to another, What is ah ; and there went with him a band of this that is come into the son of Kiih? Is men, whole hearts God had touched. Saul also among the prophets ?

27 But the children of Belial said, How 12 And one of the same place answer- tall this man save us ? and they despised ed and said, But who is their father? him, and brought him no presents. But Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul he held his peace. also among the prophets ?

C H A P. XI. 13 And when he had made an end of 1 Nahash offereth them of Fabesh-gilead a prophesying, he came to the high place. reproachful condition. 4 They send to Saul,

14 And Saul's uncle faid unto him and are delivered. 12 Saul confirmed king. and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when

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up, and encamped against Jabelliwe saw that they were no where, we came gilead : and all the men of Jabeth faid to Samuel.

unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, 15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I and we will serve thee. pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answer.

16 And Saul said unto his uncle, Heed them, On this condition will I make a told us plainly that the asses were found. covenant with you, that I may thrust out But of the matter of the kingdom, where all your right eyes, and lay it for a reof Samuel spake, he told him not. proach upon all Ifrael.

17 And Samuel called the people to 3 And the elders of Jabeth said unto gether unto the LORD to Mizpeh; him, Give us seven days' respile, that we

18 And said unto the children of Israel, may send meslengers unto all the coasts Thus faith the LORD God of Israel, I of Israel: and then, if there be no man to brought up Israel out of Egypt, and de-save us, we will come out to thee. livered you out of the hand of the Egyp 4 | Then came the messengers to Gitians, and out of the hand of all king. beah of Saul, and told the tidings in the doms, and of them that oppressed you: cars of the people : and all the people

19 And ye have this day rejected your lifted up their voices, and wept. God, who himself saved you out of all 5 And, behold, Saul came after the your adversities and your tribulations ; herd out of the field; and Saul said, and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set What aileth the people that they weep.? a king over us. Now therefore present And they told him the tidings of the men yourselves before the LORD by your of Jabelli. tribes, and by your thousands.

6 And the Spirit of God came upon 20 And when Samuel had caused all Saul when he heard those tidings, and his the tribes of Israel to come near, the anger was kindled greatly. tribe of Benjamin was taken,

7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and 21 When he had caused the tribe of hewed them in pieces, and sent them Benjamin to come near by their families, throughout all the coasts of Ifrael by the the family of Matri was taken, and Saul hands of meslengers, saying, Whosoever the son ofķish was taken: and when they cometh not forth after Saul and after sought him, he could not be found. Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen.

22 Therefore they enquired of the And the fear of the LORD fell on the peoLORD further, if the man should yet ple, and they came out with one confent. come thither. . And the Lord answered, 8 And when he numbered them in Behold, he hath hid himself among the Bezek, the children of Israel were three ituff.

hundred thousand, and the men of Judah And they ran and fetched him thirty thousand. thence; and when he stood among the 9 And they said unto the messengers

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Samuel's integrity :

Chap. xii.

He reproveth the people. that came, Thus shall ye say unto the found ought in my hand. And they anmen of Jabesh-gilead, To morrow, by Iwered, He is witness. that time the fun be hot, ye shall have 69 And Samuel said unto the people, help. And the messengers came and It is the LORD that advanced Moses and Thewed it to the men of Jabesh; and Aaron, and that brought your fathers they were glad.

up out of the land of Egypt. 1o Therefore the men of Jabesh said, z Now therefore stand still, that I may To morrow we will come out unto you, reason with you before the LORD of all and ye shall do with us all that seemeth the righteous acts of the LORD, which he good unto you.

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fathers. II And it was so on the morrow, that 8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, Saul put the people in three companies; and your fathers cried unto the Lord, and they came into the midst of the host then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, in the morning watch, and New the Am- which brought forth your fathers out monites until the heat of the day: and it of Egypt, and made them dwell in this came to pass, that they which remained place. were scattered, so that two of them were 9. And when they forgat the LORD not left together.

their God, he fold them into the hand of 12 | And the people said unto Samuel, Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over into the hand of the Philistines, and into us? bring the men, that we may put the hand of the king of Moab, and they them to death.

fought against them. 13 And Saul said, There shall not a man 10 And they cried unto the LORD, and be put to death this day : for to day the said, We have finned, because we have LORD hath wrought salvation in Ifrael. forsaken the LORD, and have served

14 Then said Samuel to the people, Baalim and Astaroth: but now deliver Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew us out of the hand of our enemies, and the kingdom there.

we will serve thee. 15 And all the people went to Gilgal ; 11 And the Lord sent Jeruboaal, and and there they made Saul king before Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and the Lord in Gilgal; and there they fa- delivered you out of the hand of your enecrificed facrifices of peace offerings be- mies on every fide, and ye dwelled safe. fore the Lord; and there Saul and all 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the the men of Israel rejoiced greatly. king of the children of Ammon came CHAP. XII.

against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but 1 Samuel testifieth his integrity. 6 He re- a king ihall reign over us: when the proveth the people of ingratitude. 16 He LORD your God was your king. terrifieth them with thunder in harvest 13 Now therefore behold the king time ; 20 and comforteth them in God's whom ye have chosen, and whom ye mercy,

have desired ! and, behold, the LORD AD Samuel Said unto ad Ifrael, Berhath fet aking partneri

14 If ye will fcar the Lord, and serve voice in all that ye said unto me, and him, and obey his voice, and not rebel have made a king over you.

against the commandment of the LORD, 2 And now, behold, the king walketh then shall both ye and also the king that before you: and I am old and gray- reigneth over you continue following the headed; and, behold, my sons are with LORD your God: you: and I have walked before you from 15 But if ye will not obey the voice of my childhood unto this day.

the Lord, but rchel against the com3 Behold, here I am : witness against mandment of the Lord, then thall the me before the LORD, and before his hand of the LORD be against you, as it anointed: whose ox have I taken? or was against your fathers. whose ass have I taken? or whom have I 16 [ Now therefore stand and see this defrauded ? whom have I oppressed? or great thing, which the LORD will do beof whose hand have I received any bribe fore your eyes. to blind mine eyes therewith ? and I will 17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I

will call unlo the LORD, and he thall 4 And they said, Thou hast not de- fend thunder and rain ; that ye may fraudcd us, nor oppressed us, neither haft perceive and see that your wickedness is thou taken ought of any man's hand. great, wilch ye bave done in the fight of

5 And he said unto them, The LORD the Lorn, in asking you a king, is witness againk you, and his anointed 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD ; is wiiness this day, that ye have not and the Lord fent thunder and rain

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1. SAMUEL.

Samuel reproveth him. that day; and all the people greatly 7 And some of the Hebrews went over feared the Lord and Samuel.

Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. 19. And all the people said unto Sa- As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all muel, Pray for thy servants unto the the people followed him trembling. LORD thy God, that we die not: for we 81 And he tarried seven days, accordhave added unto all our sins this evil, to ing to the fet time that Samuel had apask us a king.

pointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; 209 And Samuel said unto the people, and the people were scattered from him. Fear not : ye have done all this wicked 9 And Saul said, Bring hither á burnt ness: yet turn not aside from following offering to me, and peace offerings. And the LORD, but serve the LORD with all he offered the burnt offering. your heart;

10 And it came to pafs, that as soon as 21 And turn ye not aside: for then he had made an end of offering the burnt Should ye go after vain things, which cannot offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul profit nor deliver; for they are vain. went out to meet him, that he might fa

22 For the LORD will not forsake his lute him. people for his great name's fake: because II | And Samuel said, What hast thou it hath pleased the LORD to make you done? and Saul said, Because I saw that his people.

the people were scattered from me, and 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid i hat ihou camest not within the days apthat I should fin against the Lord in pointed, and that the Philistines gathered cealing to pray for yon: but I will teach themselves together at Michmash; you the good and the right way:

12 Therefore said ), The Philistines 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him will come down now upon me to Gilgal, in truth with all your heart: for conlider and I have not made fupplication unto how great things he haih done for you. the LORD: I forced myself therefore,

25 But if ye ihall still do wickedly, ye and offered a burnt offering, shall be consumed, both ye and your king. 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou CHAP. XIII.

hast done foolishly : thou haft not kept I Saul's fileći band. 5 The Philistines' the commandment of the Lord thy God, great hoft. 6 The Israelites' distress. 8 which he commanded thee: for now Saul, weary of staying for Samuel, facri- would the Lord have established thy ficeth. II Samuel reproveth him. kingdom upon Israel for ever. AUL reigned one yeat; and when he 14 But now thy kingdom thall not con

had reigned two years over Israel, tinue : the LORD hath fought him a man 2 Saul chofe him three thousand men of after his own heart, and the LORD hath Ifrael; whereof two thousand were with commanded him to be captain over his Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, people, because thou hast not kept that and a thousand were with Jonathan in which the Lord commanded thee. Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the 15 And Samuel arofe, and gat him people he fent every man to his tent. up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin.

3 And Jonathan fmote the garrison of And Saul numbered the people that were the Philisines that was in Geba, and the present with him, about six hundred Philittines heard of it. And Saul blew men. the trumpet throughout all the land, fay 16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, ing, Let the Hebrews hear.

and the people that were present with 4 And all Ifrael heard say that Saul had them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin : but smitten a garriton of the Philistines, and the Philistines encamped in Michmalh. that Ifrael also was had in abomination 17 And the spoilers came out of the with the Philistines. And the people camp of the Philistines in three compa. were called together after Saul to Gilgal. nies: one.company turned unto the way

59 And the Philistines gathered them- that leadeth 10 Ophrah, unto the land of selves together to fight with Israel, thir- Shual : ty thousand chariots, and fix thousand 18 And another company turned the horsemen, and people as the sand which way to Beth-horon : and another comis on the sea shore in multitude: and they pany turned to the way of the border came up, and pitched io Michmath, east-Ithat looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward from Beth-avill.

ward the wilderness. 67 When the men of Ifrael firw that 19 Now there was no smith found they were in altraight.(for the people were throughout all the land of Ifrael: for the ditrefied,) then the people did hide them. Philiflines faid, Left the Hebrews make ülves in caves, and in thickets, and in them swords or spears : rocks, and in high places, and in pits. 20 But all the Israelites went down to

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Jonathan miraculously fmiteth Chap. xiv.

the Philistines' garrifon. the Philistines, to sharpen every man his 10 But if they say thus, Come up unto share, and his coulter, and his ax, and us; then we will go up : for the LORD his mattock,

hath delivered them into our hand : and 21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, this Mall be a sign unto us. and for the coulters, and for the forks, and II And both of them discovered them. for the axes, and to sharpen the goads. felves unto the garrison of the Philistines :

22 So it came to pass in the day of and the Philistines said, Behold, the Heþattle, that there was neither sword' nor brews come forth out of the holes where 1pear found in the hand of any of the they had hid theinfelves. people that were with Saul and Jonathan : 12 And the men of the garrison an. but with Saul and with Jonathan his son [wered Jonathan and his armourbearer, was there found.

and said, Come up to us, and we will 23 And the garrison of the Philistines thew you a thing. And Jonathan said went out to the passage of Michinash. unto his armourbearer, Come up after CHA P. XIV.

me : for the LORD hath delivered them I Jonathan miraculously smiteth the Philif into the hand of Israel.

tines' garrison. 15 A divine terror mak 13 And Jonathan climbed up upon eth them beat themselves. 24 Saul's un- his hands and upon his feet, and his aradvised adjuration hinderetb the victory. mourbearer after him: and they fell be

that Jonathan the . unto the young man that bare his ar 14 And that first Daughter, which Jomour, Come, and let us go over to the nathan and his armourbearer made, was Philistines' garrison, that is on the other about twenty men, within as it were an lide. But he told not his father. half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen

2 And Saul tarried in the uttermoft might plow. part of Gibeah under a pomegranate Is í And there was trembling in the tree which is in Migron: and the people hoft, in the field, and among all the peothat were with him were about fix hún- ple: the garrison, and the spoilers, they

allo trembled, and the earth quaked : so 3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-cha- it was a very great treinbling. bod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the 16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gie son of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, beah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, wearing an ephod. And the people knew the multitude melted away, and they not that Jonathan was gone.

went on beating down one another. 4 And between the passages, by which 17 Then said Saul unto the people Jonathan fought to go over unto the that were with him, Number now, and Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp fee who is gone from us. And when they rock on the one side, and a sharp rock had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his on the other side: and the name of the armourbearer were not there. one was Buzez, and the name of the 18 And Saul said unto Ahiali, Bring other Seneh.

hither the ark of God. For the ark of 5 The forefront of the one was situ- God was 'ät that time with the children ate northward over against Michmath, of Israel. and the other southward over against 19 And it came to pafs, while Saul Gibeah.

talked unto the priest, that the noise that 6 And Jonathan said to the young man was in the host of the Philistines went on that bare his armour, Come, and let us and increafed ; and Saul zaid unto the go over unto the garrison of these uncir- priest, Withdraw thine hand. 'cumcised : it may be that the LORD will 20 And Saul and all the people that work for us: for there is no restraint to were with him aflembled themselves, and the Lord to save by many or by few. they came to the battle : and, behold,

7 And his armourbearer said unto him, every man's sword was against his fellow, Do all that is in thine heart : turn thee; and i here was a very great discomfiture. behold, I am with thee according to thy

21 Moreover the Hebrews that were heart.

with the Philistines before that time, 8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will which went up with them into the camp pats over unto these men, and we will dif- from the country round about, even they cover ourselves unto them.

also turned to be with the Ifraelites that 9 If they say thus umto ús, Tarry un- were with Saul and Jonathan. til we come to you; then we will 22 Likewife all the men of Ifael which Itand still in our place, and will not go had hid themfelves in mount Ephraim, up unto them,

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Saul's unadvised ailjuration I. SAMUEL.

hindereth the victory. even they also followed hard after them not leave a man of them. And they said, in the battle.

Do whatsoever feemeth good unto thee. 23 So the Lord saved Ifracl that day : Then said the priest, Let us draw near and the battle parled over unto Beth-aven. hither unto God.

2.4 T And the men of Israel were dis 37 And Saul asked counfel of God, 'tressed thai day: for Saulliad adjured the Shall I go down after the Philistines ? wilt people, saying, Cursed be the man that thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? eateth

any food until evening, that I may but he answered him not that day. be avengid on mine enemics. So none 38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hiof the people tasted апу

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ther, all the chief of the people: and 2; And all they of the land came to a know and see wherein this fin hath been wood; and there was honey upon the this day. ground.

39 For, as the Lord liveth, which fav. 26 And when the people were come eth Ifrael, though it be in Jonathan my, into the wood, behold, the honey drop-fon, he shall surely die. But there was ped; but no man put his hand to his not a man among all the people that anmouth: for the people feared the oath. Tivered him.

27 But Jonathan heard not when bis 40 Then faid lie unto all Israel, Be ye father charged the people with the oath : on one side, and I and Jonathan my son wherefore he put forth the end of the rod will be on the other side. And the peothat was in his hand, and dipped it in an ple said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good honeycomb, and put his hand to his into thee. mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. 41 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD

28 Then answered one of the people, God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And and said, Thy father straitly charged the Saul and Jonathan were taken : but the people with an oath, saying, Curfed be people escaped. the man that eateth any food this day. 42 And Saul said, Cast lots between And the people were faint.

me and Jonathan my fun. And Jona29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath than was taken. troubled the land: see, I pray you, how 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell mine eyes have been enlightened, because me what thou has done. And Jonahan' I tasted a little of this honey.

told him, and said, I did but taste a little 30 How much more, if haply the peo- honey with the end of the rod that was ple had eaten freely to day of the spoil in mine hand, and, lo, I must die. of their enemies which they found ? for 44. And Saul answered, God do so had there not been now a much greater and more also: for thou shalt surely die, Daughter among the Philistines?

Jonathan. 31 And they finoto the Philistines that 45 And the people faid unto Saul, day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought people were very faint.

this grcat salvation in Ifrael? God for32 And the people flew upon the spoil, bid: as the Lord liveth, there thall not and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and one hair of his head fall to the ground; flew thein on the ground: and the people for he hath wrought with God this day. did eat them with the blood.

So the people rescued Jonathan, that he 33 Then they told Saul, saying, Be- died not. hold, the people fin against the Lord, in 46 Then Saul went up from following that they eat with the blood. And he the Philistines : and the Philistines went said, Ye have tranfgrefTed: roll a great to their own place. Itone unto me this day.

47 So Saul took the kingdom over If-' 34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves rael, and fought against all his enemies on among the people, and lay unto them, every side, against Moab, and against the Bring me hither every man his ox, and children of Ammon, and against Edom, every man his Meep, and slay them here, and against the kings of Zobah, and aand eat; and fin not against the LORD gainst the Philistines : and whithersoever in eating with the blood. And all the he turned himself, he vexed them. people brought every man his ox with 48 And he gathered an hoft, and fmote him that night, and sew them there. the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out

35 And Saul built an altar unto the of the hands of them that spoiled them. LORD: the same was the first altar that 49 Now the fons of Saul were Jonahe built unto the Lord.

than, and Ilhui, and Melchi-lua: and 36 And Saul said, Let us go down the names of his two daughters were after the Philistines by night, and spoil these; the name of the firstborn Merab, them until the inorning light, and let us and the name of the younger Michal:

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