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CHAP. XIII.

Samuel reproves him. 17 Is it not wheat-harvest to-day? 1. 7 And some of the Hebrews went over will call unto the Lord, and he shall send Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. thunder and rain; that ye may perceive ws for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all and see that your wickedness is great, ihe people followed him trembling. which ye have done in the sight of the 8 T And he tarried seven days, accord. LORD, in asking you a king.

ing to the set time that Samuel had ap18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; Jointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal: and the LORD sent thunder and rain that and the people were scattered from him. day: and all the people greatly feared the 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burntLORD and Samuel.

offering to me, and peace-offerings. And 19 And all the people said unto Samuel, he offered the burnt-offering: Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as God, that we die not: for we have added he had made an end of offering the burntanto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul

20 And Samuel said unto the people, went out to meet him, that he might salute Fearnot: ye have done all this wickedness: him. yet tur not aside from following ihe LORD, 11 9 And Samuel said, What hast thou but serve the Lord with all your heart; done? And Saul said, Because I saw that

23 And turn ye not aside : for then the people were scattered from me, and should ye go after vain things, which can- that thou camest not within the days apnot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. pointed, and that the Philistines gathered

22 For the LORD will not forsake his themselves together at Michmash; people for his great name's sake: because 12 Therefore said I, The Philistines it hath pleased the Lord to make you his will come down now upon me to Gilgal, people.

and I have not made supplication unto the 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that LORD: I forced myself therefore, and ofI should sin against the Lord in ceasing to fered a burnt-offering. pray for you : but I will teach you the 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast good and the right way:

done foolishly: thou hast not kept the 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him commandment of the Lord thy God, in truth with all your heart: for consider which he commanded thee: for now would bow great thangs he bath done for you. the LORD have established thy kingdom

25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye upon Israel for ever. shall be consumed, both ye and your king. 14 But now thy kingdom shall not conCHAP. XIII.

tinue: the LORD hath sought him a man SAUL reigned one year; and when he after his own heart, and the Lord hath

him 2 Saul chose him three thousand men of people, because thou hast not kept that Istael ; whereof two thousand were with which the LORD commanded thee. Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, 15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up and a thousand were with Jonathan in from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the And Saul numbered the people that were people he sent every man to his tent. present with him, about six hundred men,

3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of 16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the Philistines that was in Geba; and the the people that were present with them, Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew abode in Gibeab of Benjamin: but the the trumpet throughout all the land, say- Philistines encamped in Michmash. ing, Let ihe Hebrews hear.

17 T And the spoilers came out of the 4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had camp of the Philistines in three companies: smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and one company turned unto the way that that Israel also was had in abomination leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual: with the Philistines: and the people were 18 And another company turned the called together after Saul to Gilgal. way to Beth-horon : and another company

5 T And the Philistines gathered them- turned to the way of the border that lookselves together to fight with Israel, thirty eth to the valley of Zeboim towards the thousand chariots, and six thousand horse - wilderness. men, and people as the sand which is on 19 | Now there was no smith found the sea-shore in multitude: and they came throughout all the land of Israel : (for the up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make from Beth-aven.

them swords or spears:) 6 When the men of Israel saw that they 20 But all the Israelites went down to were in a strait (for the people were dis- the Philistines, to sharpen every man his tressed) then the people did bide them- share, and his coulier, and his axe, and his zelves in caves, and in thickets, and in mattock. rocks, and in high places, and in pits. 21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks,

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Jonathan miraculously smites I. SAMUEL the garrison of the Philistines. and for the coulters, and for the forks, and 13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his for the axes, and to sharpen the goads. hands and upon his feet, and his armour

22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, bearer after him; and they fell before Jonthat there was neither sword nor spear athan; and his armour-bearer slew after found in the hand of any of the people that him. were with Saul and Jonathan: but with 14 And that first slaughter, which JonaSaul and with Jonathan his son was there than and his armour-bearer made, was found.

about twenty men, within as it were a 23 And the garrison of the Philistines half-acre of land, which a yoke of oxen went out to the passage of Michmash. might plough. CHAP. XIV.

15 And there was trembling in the host, TOW it came to pass upon a day, that in the field, and among all the people: the the

young man that bare his armour, Come, bled, and the earth quaked: so it was a and let us go over to the Philistines' garri- very great trembling. son,

that is on the other side. But he told 16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah not his father.

of Benjamin looked; and behold, the mul2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part titude melted away, and they went on of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which beating down one another. is in Migron: and the people that were 17 Then said Saul unto the people that with him were about six hundred men ; were with him, Number now, and see who

3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-cha- is gone from us. And when they had numbod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son bered, behold, Jonathan and his armourof Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, wear- bearer were not there. ing an ephod. And the people knew not 18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring that Jonathan was gone.

hither the ark of God. For the ark of God 4 | And between the passages by which was at that time with the children of Israel. Jonathan sought to go over unto the Phi 19 | And it came to pass while Saul listines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on talked unto the priest, that the noise that the one side, and a sharp rock on the other was in the host of the Philistines went on, side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and increased: and Saul said unto the and the name of the other Seneh. priest, Withdraw thine hand.

5 The forefront of the one was situate 20 And Saul and all the people that northward over against Michmash, and the were with him assembled themselves, and other southward over against Gibeah. they came to the battle: and behold, every

6 And Jonathan said to the young man man's sword was against his fellow, and that bare his armour, Come, and let us go there was a very great discomfiture. over unto the garrison of these uncircum 21 Moreover, the Hebrews that were cised: it may be that the LORD will work with the Philistines before that time, which for us : for there is no restraint to the LORD went up with them into the camp from to save by many or by few.

the country round about, even they also 7 And his armour-bearer said unto him, turned to be with the Israelites that were Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee ; be- with Saul and Jonathan. hold, I am with thee according to thy heart. 22 Likewise all the men of Israel which

8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, pass over unto these men, and we will dis- when they heard that the Philistines fed, cover ourselves unto them.

even they also followed hard after them in 9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until the battle. we come to you; then we will stand still 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day: in our place, and will not go up unto them. and the battle passed over unto Beth-aven.

10 But if they say thus, Come up unto 24 | And the men of Israel were disus; then we will go up: for the Lord hath tressed that day: for Saul had adjured the delivered them into our hand; and this people, saying, Cursed be the man that shall be a sign unto us.

eateth any food until evening, that I may 11 And both of them discovered them- be avenged on mine enemies. So none of selves unto the garrison of the Philistines: the people tasted any food, and the Philistines said, Behold, the He 25 And all they of the land came to a brews come forth out of the holes where wood; and there was honey upon the they had hid themselves.

ground. 12 And the men of the garrison answer 26 And when the people were come ed Jonathan and his armour-bearer, and into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; said, Come up to us, and we will shew you but no man put his hand to his mouth: for athing. And Jonathan said unto his armour- the people feared the oath. bearer, Come up after me: for the LORD 27 But Jonathan heard not when his hath delivered thiem into the hand of Israel./father charged the people with the oath :

Saul's unadvised adjuration CHAP. XV.

hinders the victory. wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And. was in his hand, and dipped it in a honey- Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the comb, and put his hand to his mouth; and people escaped. his eyes were enlightened.

42 And Saul said, Cast lots between me 28 Then answered one of the people, and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was and said, Thy father straitly charged the taken. people with an oath, saying, Cursed be 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me the man that eateth any food this day. what thou hast done. And Jonathan told And the people were faint.

him, and said, I did but taste a little honey 29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath with the end of the rod that was in mine troubled the land: see, I pray you, how hand, and lo, I must die. mine eyes have been enlightened, because 44 And Saul answered, God do so, and I tasted a little of this honey.

more also: for thou shalt surely die, Jona30 How much more, if haply the people than. had eaten freely to-day of the spoil of their 45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall enemies which they found? for had there Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great not been now a much greater slaughter salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the among the Philistines?

Lord liveth, there shall not one hair of his 31 And they smote the Philistines that head fall to the ground; for he hath day from Michmash to Ajalon: and the wrought with God this day: So the peopeople were very faint.

ple rescued Jonathan, that he died not. 32 And the people flew upon the spoil, 46 Then Saul went up from following and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and the Philistines : and the Philistines ' went slew them on the ground: and the people to their own place. did eat them with the blood.

47 | So Saul took the kingdom over 33 | Then they told Saul, saying, Be- Israel," and fought against all his enemies hold, the people sin against the Lord, in on every side, against Moab, and against that they eat with the blood. And he the children of Ammon, and against Edom, said, Ye have transgressed: roll a great andagainst the kings of Zobah, and against stone unto me this day.

the Philistines: and whithersoever he 34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves turned himself, he vexed thein. among the people, and say unto them, 48 And he gathered a host, and smote Bring me hither every man his ox, and the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out every man his sheep, and slay them here, of the hands of them that spoiled them. and eat; and sin not against the Lord in 49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, eating with the blood. And all the people and Ishui, and Melchi-shua: and the names brought every man his ox with him that of his two daughters were these ; the name night, and slew them there.

of the first-born Merab, and the name of 35 And Saul built an altar unto the the younger Michal : LORD: the same was the first altar that he 50 And the name of Saul's wife was built unto the LORD :

Abinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and 36 And Saul said, Let us go down after the name of the captain of his host was Abthe Philistines by night, and spoil them ner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle. until the morning light, and let us not leave 51 And Kish was the father of Saul; a man of them. And they said, Do what- and Ner the father of Abner was the son soever seemeth good unto thee. Then of Abiel. said the priest, Let us draw near hither 52 And there was sore war against the unto God.

Philistines all the days of Saul: and when 37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt man, he took him unto him. thou deliver them into the hand of Israel?

CHAP. XV. But he answered him not day.

AMUEL also unto Saul, all the chief of the people : and know and king over his people, over Israel: now see wherein this sin hath been this day, therefore hearken ihou unto the voice of

39 For as the LORD liveth, which sayeth the words of the LORD. Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I reshall surely die. But there was not a man member that which Amalek did to Israel, among all the people that answered him. how he laid wait for him in the way, when

40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye he came up from Egypt. on one side, and I and Jonathan my son 3 Now go and suite Amalek, and utwill be on the other side. And the people terly destroy all that they have, and spare said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good them not ; but slay both man and woman unto thee.

infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel 41 Therefore Saul said unto the Lord and ass.

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Saul smites the Amalekites. I. SAMUEL.

Samuel kills Agag. 4 And Saul gathered the people toge-l. 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I ther, and numbered them in Telaim, two have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and hundred thousand footmen, and ten thou-have gone the way which the LORD sent sand inen of Judah.

me, and have brought Agag the king of 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the and laid wait in the valley,

Amalekites. 6 | And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, 21 But the people took of the spoil, depart, get you down from among the sheep and oxen, the chief of the things Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: which should have been utterly destroyed, for ye shewed kindness to all the children to sacrifice unto the LORD thy Godin Gilgal. of Israel when they came up out of Egypt. 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD So the Kenites departed from among the as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacAmalekites.

rifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, Havilah, until thou comest to Shur, that and to hearken than the fat of rams. is over against Egypt.

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witch8 And he took Agag the king of the craft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed idolatry: Because thou hast rejected the all the people with the edge of the sword. word of the LORD, he hath also rejected

9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, thee from being king: and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, 24 T And Saul said unto Samuel, I have and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all sinned : for I have transgressed the comthat was good, and would not utterly de- mandment of the LORD, and thy words: stroy them: but every thing that was vile because I feared the people, and obeyed and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. their voice.

10 1 Then came the word of the LORD 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon unto Samuel, saying,

my sin, and turn again with me, that I may 11 It repenteth me that I have set up worship the Lord. Saul to be king: for he is turned back from 26 Ånd Samuel said unto Saul, I will following me, and hath not performed my not return with thee : for thou hast rejectcommandments. And it grieved Samuel; ed the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath and he cried unto the LORD all night. rejected thee from being king over Israel.

12 And when Samuel rose early to meet 27 And as Samuel turned about to go Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, mantle, and it rent. he set him up a place, and is gone about, 28 And Samuel said unto him, The and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from

13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul thee this day, and hath given it to a neighsaid unto him, Blessed be thou of the bour of thine that is better than thou. LORD: I have performed the command 29 And also the Strength of Israel will ment of the LORD.

not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, 14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then that he should repent. this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, 30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet and the lowing of the oxen which I hear honour me now, I pray thee, before the el

15 And Saul said, They have brought ders of my people, and before Israel, and them from the Amalekites: for the people turn again with me, that I may worship spared the best of the sheep and of the the Lord thy God. oxén, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; 31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. and Saul worshipped the LORD.

16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, 32 T Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither and I will tell thee what the Lord hath tome Ägag the king of the Amalekites. And said to me this night. And he said unto Agag came unto himdelicately. And Agag him, Say on.

said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword bath little in thine own sight, wast thou not made women childless, so shall thy mother made the head of the tribes of Israel, and be childless among women.

And Samuel the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in

18 And the LORD sent thee on a jour-Gilgal. ney, and said, Go, and utterly destroy the 34 | Then Samuel went to Ramah; and sinners the Amalekites, and fight against Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. them until they be consumed.

35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey until the day of his death: nevertheless Sa. the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon muel mourned for Saul: and the LORD rethe spoil, and didst evil in the sight of pented that he had made Saul king over the Lord?

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Samuel anoints David, CHAP. XVI, XVII. The chullenge of Goliath CHAP. XVI.

16 Let our lord now command thy serlong wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing man who is a cunning player on a harp: I have rejected him from reigning over Is- and it shall come to pass, when the evil rael? 6ll thine horn with oil, and go, I will spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite : for play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. I have provided me a king among his sons. 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Pro

2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if vide me now a man that can play well, Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD and bring him to me. said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I 18 Then answered one of the servants, am come to sacrifice to the Lord. and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jese

3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I se the Beth-lehemite, that is cunning in will shew thee what thou shalt do: and playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I man of war, and prudent in matters, and a name unto thee.

comely person, and the LORD is with him. 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD 19 T Wherefore Saul sent messengers spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy elders of the town trembled at his coming, son, which is with the sheep. and said, Comest thou peaceably?

20 And Jesse took an ass laden with 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify your- sent them by David his son unto Saul. selves, and come with me to the sacrifice. 21 And David came to Saul, and stood And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and before him: and he loved him greatly; and called them to the sacrifice.

he became his armour-bearer. 6 | And it came to pass when they were 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, David, I pray thee, stand before me; for Surely the LORD's anointed is before him. he hath found favour in my sight.

7. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look 23 And it came to pass, when the evil not on his countenance, or on the height of spirit from God was upon Saul, that David his stature; because I have refused him: took a harp, and played with his hand: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and man looketh on the outward appearance, the evil spirit departed from him. but the LORD looketh on the heart.

CHAP. XVII.

TOW made him pass before Samuel. And he their armies to battle, and were gasaid, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. thered together at Shochoh, which belong

9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. eth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh And he said, Neither hath the Lord cho- and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.

2 And Saul and the men of Israel were 10 Again Jesse made seven of bis sons gathered together, and pitched by the valto pass before Samuel. And Samuel said ley of Elah, and set the battle in array unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen against the Philistines. these.

3 And the Philistines stood on a moun11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are tain on the one side, and Israel stood on a here all thy children? And he said, There mountain on the other side: and there was remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, a valley between them. he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said 4 1 And there went out a champion out unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we of the camp of the Philistines, named Gowill not sit down till he come hither. liath, ot Gath, whose height was six cubits

12 And he sent, and brought him in. and a span. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beau 5 And he had a helmet of brass upon tiful countenance, and goodly to look to. his head, and he was armed with a coat of And the lord said, Arise, anoint him : for mail; and the weight of the coat was five this is he.

thousand shekels of brass. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil,! 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his and anointed him in the midst of his breth- legs, and a target of brass between bis ren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon shoulders. David from that day forward. So Samuel 7 And the staff of his spear was like a rose up, and went to Ramah.

weaver's beam; and his spear's head weigh14 † But the Spirit of the LORD depart- ed six hundred shekels of iron : and one ed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the bearing a shield went before him. LORD troubled him.

8 And he stood and cried unto the ar15 And Saul's servants said unto him, mies of Israel, and said unto them, Why Behold now, an evil spirit from God are ye come out to set your battle in array? troubleth thee.

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