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The Pleilistines return the ark. S. SAMUEL. Repentance of the Israelites. tines: for one plague was on you all, and 18 And the golden mice, according to on your lords.

the number of all the cities of the Philis. ☆ Wherefore ye shall make images of tines belonging to the five lords, both of your emerods, and images of your inice fenced cities, and of country villages, even ihat mar the land ; and ye shall give glory unto the great stone of Abel, whereon they unto the God of Israel : peradventure he set down the ark of the LORD : which stone. will lighten his hand from off you, and remaineth unto this day in the field of from off your gods, and from off your land. Joshua

the Beth-shemite. 6 Wherefore then do ye harden your 19 T And he smote the men of Bethhearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh shemesh, because they had looked into the hardened their hearts? when he had ark, of the LORD, even he smote of the wrought wonderfully among them, did people fifty thousand and threescore and they not let the people go, and they de- ten men : and the people lamented, beparted?

cause the LORD had smitten many of the 7 Now therefore make a new cart, and people with a great slaughter. take two milch-kine op which there hath 20 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, Who is able to stand before this holy and bring their calves home from them; LORD God? and to whom shall he go up

8 And take the ark of the LORD, and from us? Jay it upon the cart; and put the jewels 21 | And they sent messengers to the of gold which ye return him for a trespass- inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; Philistines have brought again the ark of and send it away, that it may go. the Lord; come ye down, and fetch it up

9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of to you. his own coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath

CHAP. VII. done us this great evil : but if not, then we

A -, shall know that it is not his hand that smote and fetched up the ark of the LORD, us; it was a chance that happened to us. and brought it into the house of Abinadab

10 | And the men did so; and took in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son two milch-kine, and tied them to the cart, to keep the ark of the Lord. and shut up their calves at home :

2 And it came to pass, while the ark 11 And they laid the ark of the LORD abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice long; for it was twenty years: and all the of gold and the images of their emerods. house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

12 And the kine took the straight way 3 And Samuel spake unto all the to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went house of Israel, saying, If ye do return along the highway, lowing as they went, unto the LORD with all your hearts, ther. and turned not aside to the right hand or put away the strange gods, and Ashtaroth, to the left; and the lords of the Philis- from among you, and prepare your hearts tines went after thema unto the border of unto the LORD, and serve him only: and Beth-shemesh.

he will deliver you out of the hand of the 13 And they of Beth-shemesh were reap- Philistines. ing their wheat harvest in the valley: and 4 Then the children of Israel did put they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, away Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and served and rejoiced to see it.

the Lord only. 14 And the cart came into the field of 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel Joshua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto where there was a great stone: and they the LORD. clave the wood of the cart, and offered 6 And they gathered together to Mizthe kine a burnt-offering unto the Lord. peh, and drew water, and poured it out

15 And the Levites took down the ark before the Lord, and fasted on that day, of the LORD, and the coffer that was with and said there, We have sinned against it, wherein the jewels of gold were, and the Lord. And Samuel judged the chilput them on the great stone: and the men dren of Israel in Mizpeh. of Beth-shemesh offered burnt-offerings 7 And when the Philistines heard that and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the children of Israel were gathered tothe LORD.

gether to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philis16 And when the five lords of the Phi- tines went up against Israel. And when listines had seen it, they returned to Ek- the children of Israel heard it, they were ron the same day.

afraid of the Philistines. 17 And these are the golden emerods 8 And the children of Israel said to Sawhich the Philistines returned for a tres- muel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our pass-offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod God for us, that he will save us out of the one, for Gaza one, for Askelou one, for hand of the Philistines. for Ekron one;

9 And Samuel look a sucking lamb

Gath one,

The Philistines discomfited. CHAP. VIII, IX, The monner of a king, and offered it for a burnt-offering wholly| 9 Now therefore hearken unto their unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the voice: howbeit, yet protest solemnly unto Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him. them, and shew them the manner of the

10 And as Samuel was offering up the king that shall reign over them. burnt-offering, the Philistines drew near 10 | And Samuel told all the words of to battle against Israel: but the LORD the LORD unto the people that asked of thundered with a great thunder on that day bim a king. upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; 11 And he said, This will be the manand they were smitten before Israel. ner of the king that shall reign over you:

11 And the men of Israel went out of He will take your sons, and appoint them Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and for himself, for his chariots, and to be his smote them, until they came under Beth-car. horsemen; and some shall run before his

12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set chariots. it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called 12 And he will appoint him captains the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto over thousands, and captains over fifties; bath the Lord helped us.

and will set them to ear his ground, and to 13 So the Philistines were subdued, and reap bis harvest, and to make his instruthey came no more into the coast of Israel: ments of war, and instruments of his chaand the hand of the LORD was against the riots. Philistines all the days of Samuel.

13 And he will take your daughters to 14 And the cities which the Philistines be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to had taken from Israel were restored to Is- be bakers. rael, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the 14 And he will take your fields, and coasts thereof did. Israel deliver out of the your vineyards, and your olive-yards, hands of the Philistines; and there was even the best of them, and give them to bis peace between Israel and the Amorites. servants.

15 And Samuel judged Israel all the 15 And he will take the tenth of your days of his life.

seed, and of your vineyards, and give to 16 And he went from year to year in his officers, and to his servants. circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Miz 16 And he will take your men-servants, pel, and judged Israel in ali those places. and your maid-servants, and your good

17 And his return was to Ramah; for liest young men, and your asses, and put there was his house; and there he judged them to his work. Israel; and there he built an altar unto the 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: LORD.

and ye shall be his servants. CHAP. VIII.

18 And ye shall cry out in that day be. A

old, that he made his sons judges chosen you; and the Lord will not hear over Israel.

you in that day. 2 Now the name of his first-born was 19 | Nevertheless, the people refused Joel; and the naine of his second, Abiah: to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, they were judges in Beer-sheba.

Nay; but we will have a king over us; 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, 20 That we also may be like all the nabut turned aside after lucre, and tooktions; and that cur king may judge us, and bribes, and perverted judgment. go out before us, and light our battles.

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered 21 And Samuel heard all the words of themselves together, and came to Samuel the people, and he rehearsed them in the uno Ramah,

ears of the Lord. 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearkold, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: en unto their voice, and make them a king. now make us a king to judge us like all And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, the nations.

Go ye every man unto his city. 6 9 But the thing displeased Samuel,

CHAP. IX.

Tow there was us: and Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of BechoHearken unto the voice of the people in rath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a all that they say unto thee: for they have mighty man of power. not rejected thee, but they have rejected 2 And he had a son, whose name was ne, that I should not reign over them. Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly:

8 According to all the works which they and there was not among the children of pave done since the day that I brought Israel a goodlier person than he: from his them up out of Egypt even unto this day, shoulders and upward he was higher than wherewith they have forsaken me, and any of the people. served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 3 And the asses of Kish, Saul's father,

when they said, Give us a king to judge Now hele name was" Kish, the son of

when they were come into the city, bet poured it upon his head, and kissed

Saul is entertained by Samuel. * I. SAMUEL. He is anointed by Samuel. were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, ple, because their cry is come unto me. Take now one of the servants with thee, 17 And when Samuel saw Saui, the and arise, go seek the asses.

LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom 4 And he passed throughn ount Ephraim, I spake to thee of this same shall reign and passed through the land of Shalisha, over my people, but they found them not: then they passed 18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in through the land of Shalim, and there they the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, were not: and he passed through the land where the seer's house is. of the Benjamites, but they found them not. 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said,

5 And when they were come to the I ain the seer: go up before me unto the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that high place; for ye shall eat with me to-day, was with him, Come, and let us return; and to-morrow I will let thee go, and will lest my father leave caring for the asses, tell thee all that is in thine heart. and take thought for us.

20 And as for thine asses that were lost 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, three days ago, set not thy mind on them; there is in this city a man of God, and he is for they are found. And on whom is all the an horourable man; all that he saith com- desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on eth surely to pass : now let us go thither; all thy father's house? peradventure be can shew us our way that 21 And Saul answered and said, Am not we should go.

I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes 7 Then said Saul to his servant, But of Israel? and my family the least of all behold, if we go, what shall we bring the the families of the tribe of Benjamin ? man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, wherefore then speakest thou so to me? and there is not a present to bring to the 22 And Samuel took Saul, and his serman of God: what have we?

vant, and brought them into the parlour, 8 And the servant answered Saul again, and made them sit in the chiefest place and said, Behold, I have here at hand the among them that were bidden, which were fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will l about thirty persons. give to the man of God, to tell us our way. 23 And Samuel said unto the cook,

9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man Bring the portion which I gave thee, of went to inquire of God, thus he spake, which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. Come, and let us go to the secr: for he that 24 And the cook took up the shoulder, is now called a Prophet was beforetime and that which was upon it, and set it becalled a Seer.)

fore Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that 10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well which is left! set it before thee, and eat; said; come, let us go: so they went unto for unto this time hath it been kept for thee the city where the man of God was. since I said, I have invited the people.

11 † And as they went up the hill to So Saul did eat with Samuel that day the city, they found young maidens going 25 | And when they were come down out to draw water, and said unto them, Is from the high place into the city, Samuel the seer here?

communed with Saul upon the top of the 12 And they answered them, and said, house. He is; behold, he is before you: make 26 And they arose early: and it came to hraste now, for he came to-day to the city; pass about the spring of the day,that Samuel for there is a sacrifice of the people to-day called Saul to the top of the house, saying, in the high place :

Up, that I inay send thee away. And Saul 13 As soon as ye be come into the city, Jarose, and they went out both of them, be ye shall straightway find bim, before he go and Samuel, abroad. up to the bigh place to eat: for the people 27 And as they were going down to the will not eat until he come, because he doth end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they the servant pass on before us, (and he eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you passed on;) but stand thou still a while, up: for about this time ye shall find him. that I may shew thee the word of God. 14 And they went up into the city: and

CHAP. X.

WHEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and hold, came out against them, for to go up to the high place.

him, and said, Is it not because the LORD 15 T Now the Lord had told Samuel in hath anointed thee to be captain over his his ear a day before Saul came, saying, inheritance ?

16 To-morrow about this time I will 2 When thou art departed from me tosend/thce a man out of the land of Benja- day, then thou shalt find two men by Ramin, and thou shalt anoint him to be cap- chel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin tain over my people Israel, that he may at Zelzah ; and they will say unto thee, save my people out of the hand of the Phi- The asses which thou wentest to seek are listines: for I have looked upon my peo- found: and lo, thy father hath left the care

Saul prophesies.

CHAP. XI.

He is chosen king. of the asses,and sorroweth for you, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I What shall I do for my son?

brought up Israel out of Egypt, and de. 3 Then shalt thou go on forward from livered you out of the hand of the Egypthence, and thou shalt come to the plain oftians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, Tabor, and there shall meet thee three and of them that oppressed you: men going up to God to Beth-el, one car 19 And ye have this day rejected your rying three kids, and another carrying God, who himself saved you out of all three loaves of bread, and another carry- your adversities, and your tribulations; ing a bottle of wine:

and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a 4 And they will salute thee, and give king over us. Now therefore present thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, receive of their hands.

and by your thousands. 5 After that thou shalt come to the hill 20 And when Samuel had caused all the of God, where is the garrison of the Philis- tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of tines: and it shall come to pass, when thou Benjamin was taken. art come thither to the city, that thou shalt 21. When he had caused the tribe of meet a company of prophets coming down Benjamin to come near by their families, from the high place with a psaltery, and the family of Matri was taken, and Saul a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp before the son of Kish was taken: and when they them; and they shall prophesy: sought him, he could not be found.

6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come 22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with further, if the man should yet come thither. them, and shalt be turned into another man. And the Lord answered, Behold, he hath

7 And let it be, when these signs are hid himself among the stuff. come unto thee, that thou do as occasion 23 And they ran and fetched bin shall serve thee; for God is with thee. thence: and when he stood among the peo

8 And thou shalt go down before me to ple, he was higher than any of the people Gilgal; and behold, I will come down unto from his shoulders and upward. thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacri 24 And Samuel said to all the people, fice sacrifices of peace-offerings: seven See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, that there is none like him among all the and shew thee what thou shalt do. people ? And all the people shouted, and

9 | And it was so, that when he had said, God save the king: turned his back to go from Samuel, God 25 Then Samueltold the people the mangave him another heart: and all those signs ner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, came to pass that day.

and laid it up before the Lord. And 10 And when they came thither to the Samuel sent all the people away, every bill, behold, a company of prophets met man to his house.

and the Spirit of God came upon 26 | And Saul also went home to Gi. him, and he prophesied among them. beah; and there went with him a band of

11 And it came to pass when all that men, whose hearts God had touched. knew him before-time,saw,that, behold, he 27 But the children of Belial said, How prophesied among the prophets, then the shall this man save us ? And they despised people said one to another, What is this him, and brought him no presents. But that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul he held his peace. also among the prophets ?

CHAP. XI. 12 And one of the same place answered THEN Nahash the Ammonite came up, fore it became a proverb, is Saul also and all the men of Jabesh said unto Naamong the prophets?

hash, Make a covenant with us, and we 13 And when he had made an end of will serve thee. prophesying, he came to the high place. 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered

14 T And Saul's uncle said unto him and them, On this condition will I make a co: to his servant, Whither went ye? And he venant with you, that I may thrust out all said, to seek the asses: and when we saw your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach that they were nowhere, we came to Samuel. upon all Israel.

15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I 3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. him, Give us seven days respite, that we

16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He may send messengers unto all the coasts told us plainly that the asses were found. of Israel: and then, if there be no man to But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof save us, we will come out to thee. Samuel spake, he told him not.

4 T Then came the messengers to Gi17 [ And Samuel called the people to- beah of Saul, and told the tidings in the gether unto the Lord to Mizpeh; ears of the people: and all the people lift18 And said unto the children of Israel, 'ed up their voices, and wept.

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Scul delivers Jabesh-gilead. 1. SAMUEL. Samuel reproves the people.

5 And behold, Saul came after the herd ed; whose ox have I taken? or whose ass out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth have I taken? or whom have I defrauded! the people that they weep? And they told whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand him the tidings of the men of Jabesh. have I received any bribe to blind mine

6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. when be heard those tidings, and his anger 4 And they suid, Thou hast not defraudwas kindled greatly.

ed us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed taken aught of any man's hand. them in pieces, and sent them throughout 5 And he said unto them. The LORD is all the coasts of Israel by the hands of mes- witness against you, and his anointed is sengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not witness this day, that ye have not found forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall aught in my hand. And they answered, it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of He is witness. the Lord fell on the people, and they 6 | And Samuel said unto the people, came out with one consent.

It is the Lord that advanced Moses and 8 And when he numbered them in Be- Aaron, and that brought your fathers up zek, the children of Israel were three bun- out of the land of Egypt. dred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may thousand.

reason with you before the Lord of all 9 And they said unto the messengers that the righteous acts of the LORD, which he camę, thus shall ye say unto the men of did to you and to your fathers. Jabesh-gilead, To-morrow, by that time 8 Wben Jacob was come into Egypt, the sun be bot, ye shall have help. And and your fathers cried unto the Lord, the messengers came and shewed it to the then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, men of Jabesh; and they were glad. which brought forth your fathers 'out of

10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. Tomorrow we will come out unto you, 9 And when they forgat the Lord their and shall do with us all that seemeth God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, good unto you.

captain of the host of Hazor, and into the 11 And it was so on the morrow, that hand of the Philistines, and into the land Saul put the people in three companies ; of the king of Moab, and they fought and they came into the midst of the host against them. in the morning-watch, and slew the Am 10 And they cried unto the LORD, and monites until the heat of the day: and it said, We have sinned, because we have came to pass, that they which remained forsaken the LORD, and have served Baawere scattered, so that two of them were lim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out not left together.

of the hand of our enemies, and we will 12 | And the people saiù unto Samuel, serve thee. Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and us? bring the men, that we may put them Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and to death.

delivered you out of the hand of your 13 And Saul said, There shall not a man enemies on every side, and yedwelled safe. be put to death this day: for to-day the 12 And when ye saw that Nahash the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel. king of the children of Ammon came

-14 Then said Samuel to the people, against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew king shall reign over us: when the LORD the kingdom there.

your God was your king. 15 And all the people went to Gilgal; 13 Now therefore, behold the king and there they made Saul king before the whom ye have chosen, and whon ye have Lord in Gilgal: and there they sacrificed desired! and behold, the Lord hath set a sacrifices of peace-offerings before the king over you. LORD; and there Saul and all the men of 14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve Israel rejoiced greatly.

him, and obey his voice, and not_rebel CHAP. XII.

against the commandment of the LORD,

, hold, I have hearkened unto your reigneth over you, continué following the voice in all that ye said unto me, and have Lord your God. made a king over you,

15 But if ye will not obey the voice of 2 And now, behold, the king walketh the LORD, but rebel against the commandbefore you: and I am old and gray-headed;ment of the Lord, then shall the hand of and behold, my sons are with you: and Ijthe Lord be against you, as it was against have walked before you from my child- your fathers. hood unto this day.

16 | Now therefore stand and see this 3 Behold, here I am: witness against great thing, which the Lord will do beme before the LORD, and before his anoint- fore your eyes.

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