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Saul sent to destroy the Amalekites : Chap. xv.

Hifpareth Agag. 50 And the name of Saul's wife was 12 And when Samuel rofe early to meet Aninoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, the name of the captain of his host was saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle. he fet him up a place, and is gone about,

51 And Kith was the father of Saul; and pafled on, and gone down to Gilgal. and Ner the father of Abner was the 13 And Samuel came io Saul: and Saul son of Abiel.

Taid unto him, Blessed be thou of the 52 And there was fore war against the Lord: I have performed the commandPhilistines all the days of Saul: and when ment of the Lord. Saul'faw any strong man, or any valiant 14 And Samuel faid, What meaneth man, he took hiin unto him.

then this bleating of the theep in mine CHA P. XV.

ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amalek. I hear? .8 He spareth Agag, and the best of the 15 And Saul faid, They have brought Spoil. 32 Samuel killeth Agag. them from the Amalekites: for the peuAMUEL also said unto Saul, The ple spared the best of the flicep and of


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king over his people, over Ifrael : now God; and the rest we have utterly detherefore hearken thou unto the voice of stroyed. the words of the Lord.

16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, 2 Thus faith the Lord of hofts, I re- and I will tell thee what the Loro hath member that which Amalek did to Ifrael, taid to me this night. And he said unto how , he laid wait for him in the way, me, Say on. when he came up from Egypt.

14 And Samuel said, When thou was go

and smite Amalek, and ut- little in thine cwn fight, waft thou not terly destroy all that they have, and spare made the head of the tribes of Ifrael, them not; but Nay both man and wo-and the Lord anointed thee king over man, infant and luckling, ox and sheep, Ifrael? camel and ass.

18 And the Lord sent thee on a jour4 And Saul gathered the people toge- ney, and said, Go and utterly deftroy ther, and numbered them in Telaim, the finners the Amalekites, and fight 'two hundred thousand footmen, and ten against them until they be consumed. thousand men of Judah.

19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey s And Saul came to a city of Amalek, the voice of the LORD, but did sly upon and laid wait in the valley.

the spoil, and didst evil in the light of 6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, the LORD? depart, get you down from among the A 20 And Saui said unto Samuel, Yea, I malekites, left I destroy you with them : have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and for ye shewed kindness to all the children have gone the way which the LORD sent of Israel, when they came up ont of Egypt. me, and have brought Agag the king of So the Kenites departed from among the Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

Amalekites. 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from 21 But the people took of the spoil, Havilah until thou comeft to Shur, that is Theep and oxen, the chief of the things over against Egypt.

which should have been utterly destroy: 8 9 And he took Agag the king of the ed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed in Gilgal. all the people with the edge of the sword. 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD

9 But Saul and the people spared A. as great delight in burnt ofierings and gag, and the best of the sheep, and of the sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, LORD? Behold, to obey is better than and all that was good, and would not facrifice, and to hearken than the fat of utterly destroy them: but every thing rams. that was yile and refuse, that they de 23 For rebellion is ds the fin of witchstroyed utterly.

craft, and stubbornness is iniquity and 10. Then came the word of the LORD idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the unto Samuel, saying,

word of the LORD, he hath also rejected 11 lt repenteth me that I have set up thee from being king. Saul to be king'; for he is turned back 24. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have from following me, and hath not per- fined: for I have transgressed the comformed my commandments. And it mandment of the Lord, and thy words: grieved Samuel; and he cried' unto the because I feared the people, and obeyed Lord all nights

their voice.


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Samuel killeth Agag.


He anointeth David. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon And Samuel did that which the LORD my sin, and turn again with me, that I (pake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the may worship the Lord.

elders of the town trembled at his come 26 And Samuel lid unto Saul, I willing, and said, Comest thou peaceably? not return with thee : for thou hast re And he said, Peaceably: I am come jected the word of the Lord, and the to facrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourLord hath rejected thee from being king selves, and come with me to the sacrifice. over Ifrael.

And he fanctified Jeffe and his sons, and 27 And as Samuel turned about to go called them to the sacrifice. away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his 6 And it came to pass, when they mantle, and it rent.

were come, that he looked on Eliab, and 28 And Samuel said unto him, The said, Surely the Lord's anointed is beLord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from fore him. thưe this ciay, and hath given it to a neigh 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look bour of thine, that is better than tholi. not on his countenance, or on the height.

29 And also the Strength of Israel will of his stature; because I have refused him: not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for that he should repent.

man looketh on the outward appearance, 30 Then he said, I have finned : yet but the Lord looketh on the heart. honour me now, I pray thee, before the 8 Then Jeffe called Abipadab, and elders of my people, and before Ifrael, made him pafs before Samuel. And he and turn again with me, that I may wor-faid, Neither hath the LORD chosen this, ihip the LORD thy God.

9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass 31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD and Saul wor!hipped the Lord.

chosen this. 32 1 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hi 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons ther to me Agag the king of the Amalek- to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said jies. And Agag came unto him delicate-Junto Jesie, The Lord bath not chosen ly. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness there. of death is paft.

u s And Samuel said unto Jeffe, Are 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword here all tlsy children? And he said, There hath made women childless, so shall ihy remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, mother be childless among women. And he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the unto Jeffe, Send and fetch him: for we Lord in Gilgal.

will not fit down till he come hither. 34 Then Samuel went to Ramah ; and 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beauSaul.

tiful countenance, and goodly to look to. 35 And Smuel came no more to fee And the Lord said, Arile, anoint him : Saul un'il the day of his death: never- for this is be. theless Simuel mourned for Saul: and 13 Then Samuel took the liorn of oil, the Lord repelle'i that he had made and anointed him in the midst of his breSaul king over lirucl.

thren: and the Spirit of the LORD came CHAP. XVI.

upon David from that day forward. So i Samuel sent by (od under a pretence of a Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. facrifice, conieth to Beth-lebem. 6 His 14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed buman judgment is reproved. II He froin Saul, and an evil spirit from the Quointeth David.

LORD troubled him.
ND the LORD said unto Samuel, 15 And Saul's servants said unto him,

A How long wilt thoai ch unten Forsael, Behold no oz. si fermantpirated from Bord

seeing I have rejedled him from reigning troubleth thee. over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and 16 Let our lord now command thy go, I will send thee to Jefe the Beth-le- fervants, which are before thee, to seek bemite: for I have provided me a king out a man, who is a cunning player on among his fons.

an harp: and it shall come to pass, when 2 And Samuel frid, How can I go? If the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the he shall play with his hand, and thou Lord said, Take an hieifer with them, and malt be well. say, I am come to facrifice to the Lord. 17 And Saul said unto his servants,

3 And call Jefit to the facrifice, and I Provide me now a man that can play will shew thee what thou shalt do: and well, and bring him to me. thou halt anoint unto me bim whom I 18 Then antwered one of the servants, name unto thee.

and said, Behold, I have seen a son of


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Goliath's challenge.

Chap. xvii.

David acceptih it. Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that is cunning 9

If he be able to fight with me,

and in playing, and a mighty valiant man, to kill me, then will we be your servants : and a man of war, and prudent in mat- but if I prevail against him, and kill him, ters, and a comely person, and the LORD then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. is wiih him.

Jo And the Philistine said, I defy the 19 Wherefore Saul fent messengers un- armies of Ifrael this day; give me a man, to Jeffe, and said, Send me David thy that we may fight together. fon, which is with the sheep.

II When Saul and all Ifrael heard 20 And Jesse took an als laden with thole words of the Philisine, they were bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, dismayed, and greatly afraid. and sent them by David his son unto Saul. 12 | Now David avas the son of that

21 And David came to Saul, and stood Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-judah, whole before him: and he loved him greatly ; name was jesie; and he had eight fons : and he became his armourbearer. and the man went among men for an old

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let man in the days of Saul. David, I pray thee, stand before me; for 13 And the three elden sons of Jesse he hath found favour in my fight. went and followed Saul to the batile :

23 And it came to pass, when the evil and the names of his three fons that went spirit from God was upon Saul, that Da- to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and vid took an harp, and played with his next unto him Abinadab, and the third hand: fo Saul was refreshed, and was well, Shammah. and the evil spirit departed from him. 14 And David was the youngest : and c H A P. XVII.

the three eldest followed Saul. I The armies of the Israelites and Philistines 15 But David went and returned from

being ready to battle, 4 Goliath cometh Saul to feed his father's Theep at Bethproudly forth to challenge a combat. 12. lehem. David-accepteth the challenge ; 38 and

16 And the Philistine drew near morn. Nayeth the giant.

ing and evening, and presented himself rów the Philistines gathered toge- forty days.

13 And Jeffe said unto David his for, were gathered together at Shochoh, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of which belongeth to Judah, and pitched this parched corn, and these ten loaves, between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes- and run to the camp to thy brethren; dammim.

18 And carry theic ten cheeses unto the 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were captain of their thousand, and look how gathered together, and pitched by the thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. valley of Elah, and set the battle in array 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the mea against the Philistines.

of Israel, avere in the valley of Elah, figlit. 3 And the Philistines stood on a moun-ing with the Philistines. tain on the one side, and Israel stood on 20 And David rose up early in the a mountain on the other side: and there morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, was a valley between them.

and took, and went, as Jesle had com4 And there went out a champion manded him; and he came to the trench, out of the camp of the Philistines, named as the boft was going forth to the fight, Goliath, of Gath, whose height suas fix and Mouted for the battle. cubits and a span.

25 For Israel and the Philistines had put 5 And he had an helmet of brass upon the battle in array, army against army. his head, and he was armed with a coat 22 And David left his carriage in the of mail; and the weight of the coat was hand of the keeper of the carriage, and five thousand shekels of brass.

ran into the army, and came and saluted 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his his brethren. legs, and a target of brass between his 23 And as he talked with them, be. houlders.

hold, there came up the champion, the 7 And the staff of his spear was like a Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out weaver's beam; and his spear's head of the armies of the Philistines, and spake weighed fix hundred Miekels of iron : and according to the fame words: and David one bearing a shield went before him. heard them.

8 And he stood and cried unto the ar 24 And all the men of Israel, when mies of Israel, and said unto them, Why they faw the man, ned from bim, and are ye come out to fet your battle in array? were fore afraid. am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to 25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye Stul? choose you a man for you, and let seen this man that is come up? Turely io him come down to me.

defy Ifrael is he come up; and it Mall be,



David engageth with,



sareth Goliath. that the man who killeth him, the king his armour, and he aflayed to go; for he will enrich him with great riches, and had not proved it. And David said unto will give him his daughter, and make Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have his father's house free in Ifracl.

not proved then. And David put them 26 And David spake to the men that off him. stood by him, saying, What shall be done 40 And he took his fiaff in his hand, to the man that killeth this Philistine, and chose him five smooth stones out of and taketh away the reproach from-If- the brook, and put them in a fhepherd's rael? for who is this uncircumcifcd Phi- bag which he had, even in a fcrip; and listine, that he thould defy the armies of his lingvos in his hand : and he drew the living God?

ncar to the Phililine. 27 And the people answered him after 41 And the Philistine came on and this manner, taying, So shall it be done drew near unto Davidi; and the man that to the man that killeth him.

bare the shield went before him. 28 Aud Elias his eldest brother heard 42 And when the Philistine looked awhen he spake into the iren; and Eliab's bout, and saw David, he disdained him: anger was kindled against David, and he for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and said, Why camut thou down hither? and of a fair countenance. with whom haft thou left those few fhecp 4.3 And the Philistine said unto David, in the wilderneis ? I know thy pride, and sin. I a dog, that thou comeft to me with the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou taves? And the Fhilistine cursed David art come down that thou mightest Tee the by his gods. battle.

44 And the Philistine said to David, 29 And David said, W'hat have I now Cuine to me, and I will give thy fleth unclone? Is there not a cause?

to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts 30 And he tuned from him toward of the field. another, and fpale aster the fame man 45 Then said David to the Philistine, ner: and the people antivered him again Thou comeit to me with a sword, and after the former manner.

with a spear, and with a shield: but I 31 And when the words were heard come to thee in the name of the LORD which David 1pake, they rehearted tizens of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, before Saul: and he sent for him. whom thou hast defied.

32 And David faidi.. caul, Let no man's 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee heart fail because of him; thy fervant! into mine bind; and I will smite thee, will go and fight with this Pliliiine. and take thine head from thee; and I will

33 And Saul taid to David, Thou at give the carcates of the host of the Philifnot able to go apainki thi. ?iilistine to tines this day unto the fowls of the air, fight with limitvi thiol art but a youth, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that and he a man of var frui: his youth. all the earth may know that there is a

34 And Clic fais :24:6, Saul, Thy God in Israel. servant kepi isi 1.11.rol?', and there i. 47 And all!his assembly fall know that came a lion, and a bear, was is, viac lamb 'the Lord fuveth not with sword and out of the Hok:

ipcar: for the baitle is the Lord's, and 3.5 And I went out afica bion, and he will give you into our hands. smote him, ne delimitd it out of his 18. And it came to pass, when the Phi. month: and when he wrole 25einst me, lifine arose, and came and drew nigh to I cauglit bim by his béarl, and finote micet David, Hat David hafted, and ran him, and llcw him.

toward the army to meet the Philistine. 36 Thy fervant lew both the lion and 49 And David put his hand in his bag, the bear; and this uncircumcited Philit- and took thence a stone, and Nang it, and tine shall be as one of them, lecing he hath sinote the Philistine in his forehead, that defied the armies of the living God. the itone funk into his forehead ; and he

37 David faid morcover, The Lord fell upon his face to the earth. that delivered me out of the paw of the 50 So David prevailed over the Philiflion, and out of the paw of the bear, he tine with a sing and with a stone, and will deliver me out of the hand of this Imote the Phililtine, and New him ; but Phililline. And Saul fais unto David, there was no sword in the hand of David. Go, and the Lord be with thưe.

51 Therefore David ran, and stood up38 ? And Saul armed David with his on the Philistine, and took his sword, and armour, and he put an helmet of brals drew it out of the fheath thereof, and upon his livad; also he armed him with new him, and cut off his head therewith, a coat of mail.

And when the Philistines saw their cham39 And David girded his sword upon pion was dead, they fed.

Saul envieth David's praise, Chap. xviii.

and seeketh to kill him. 52 And the men of Israel and of Ju 8 And Saul was very wroth, and the dah arose, and shouted, and pursued the saying displeased him; and he said, They Philistines, until thou come to the valley, have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to the gates of Ekron. And the and to me they have ascribed but thouwounded of the Philisines fell down by sands: and what can he have more but the way to Shaarim, even unto Gath, the kingdom? and unto Ekron,

2 And Saul eyed David from that day 53 And the children of Israel returned and forward. from chasing after the Philistines, and 10 And it came to pass on the morthey spoiled their tents.

row, that the evil spirit from God cane 54 And David took the head of the upon Saul, and he prophesied in the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; midst of the house : and David played but he put his armour in his tent. with his hand, as at other times: and

55 And when Saul saw David go foith there was a javelin in Saul's hand. against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he the captain of the host, Abner, whose son said, I will smite David even to the wall is this youth? And Abner said, As thy with it. And David avoided out of his soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. presence twice.

56 And the king faid, Enquire thou 12 q And Saul was afraid of David, whose son the stripling is.

because the LORD was with him, and 57 And as David returned from the was departed from Saul. Daughter of the Philistine, Abner took 13 Therefore Saul removed him fron him, and brought him before Saul with him, and made him his captain over a the head of the Philistine in his hand. thousand ; and he went out and came in

58 And Saul said to him, Whose son before the people. art thou, thou young man? And David 14 And David behaved himself wisely answered, I am the son of thy servant in all his ways; and the LORD avas with Jefle the Beth-lehemite.


15 Wherefore when Saul saw that le 1 Jonathan loveth David. 5 Saul envieth behaved himtelf very wisely, he was de

bis praise, 10 seeketh to kill him in his fraid of him. fury, 12 feareth him for his good success, 16 But all Israel and Judah loved Da17 offereth him his daughter for a snare. vid, because he went out and came in

made an end of speaking unto Saul, 17 | And Saul said to David, Behold that the foul of Jonathan was knit with my elder daughter Merab, her will I give the soul of David, and Jonathan loved thee to wife: only be thou valiant for hiin as his own soul.

me, and fight the Lord's battles. For 2 And Saul took him that day, and Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon would let him go no more home to his him, but let the hand of the Philillines father's house.

be upon him. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a 18 And David said unto Saul, Who covenant, because he loved him as his am I? and what is my life, or my father's oun foul.

family in Ifrael, that' I should be son in 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the law to the king? robe that was upon him, and gave it to 19 But it came to pass at the time David, and his garments, even to his whén Merab Saul's daughter should have sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. been given to David, that the was given

5 I And David went out whitherfo- unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife. ever Saul fent him, and behaved himself 20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved wisely: and Saul set him over the men David : and they told Saul, and the of war, and he was accepted in the fight thing pleased him. of all the people, and also in the fight of 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, Saul's servants.

that she may be a snare to him, and that 6 And it came to pass as they came, the hand of the Philistines may be against when David was returned from the Naugh him. Wherefore Saul said to David, ter of the Philistine, that the women cam Thou shalt this day be my son in law out of all cities of Israel, singing and danc- in the one of the twain. ing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with 22 And Saul commanded his servants, joy, and with instruments of music. saying, Commune with David secretly,

7 And the women answered one ano- and lay, Behold, the king hath delight iler as they played, and said, Saul hath in thee, and all his servants love thee: 11iin his thousands, and David his ten. now therefore be the king's son in law. thousands.

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