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What shall we do with the ark was in the country of the Phiof the God of Israel ? And they listines seven months. answered, Let the ark of the 2 And the Philistines called God of Israel be carried about for the priests and the diviners, unto Gath. And they carried saying, What shall we do to the the ark of the God of Israel ark of the LORD ? tell us whereabout thither.'
with we shall send it to his 9 And it was so, that, after place. they had carried it about, the 3 And they said, If ye send hand of the LORD was against away the ark of the God of Isthe city with a very great de- rael, send it not empty; but in struction : and he smote the any wise return him a trespassmen of the city both small and offering: then ye shall be healgreat, and they had emerods ined, and it shall be known to their secret parts.
you why his hand is not remov10 Therefore they sent the ed from you. ark of God to Ekron. And it 4 Then said they, What shall came to pass as the ark of God be the trespass-offering which came to Ekron, that the Ekron we shall return to him? They ites cried out, saying, They answered, (Five golden emehave brought about the ark of rods, and five golden mice, acthe God of Israel to us, to slay cording to the number of the us and our people.
lords of the Philistines : for 11 So they sent and gathered one plague was on you all, and together all the lords of the Phi
on your lords. listines, and said, Send away 5 Wherefore ye shall make the ark of the God of Israel, images of your emerods, and and let it go again to his own images of your mice that mar place, that it slay us not, and the land ; and ye shall give gloour people : for there was a ry unto the God of Israel : perdeadly destruction throughout adventure he will lighten his all the city ; the hand of God hand from off you, and from off was very heavy there.
your gods, and from off your 12 And the men that died not, land. were smitten with the emerods: 6 Wherefore then do ye hardand the cry of the city went up on your hearts, as the Egypto heaven.
tians and Pharaoh hardened
their hearts ? when he had CHAP. VI.
wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the peo
ple go, and they departed ? AND the ark of the LORD 7 Now therefore make a new
THE ARK SENT BACK.
cart, and take two milch kine, || the ark, and rejoiced to see it. on which there hath come no 14. And the cart came into the yoke, and tie the kine to the field of Joshua)
, a Beth-shemite, cart, and bring their calves and stood there, where there was home from them :
a great stone: and they clave 8 And take the ark of the Lord, the wood of the cart, and offer(and lay it upon the cart; and ed the kine a burnt-offering unput the jewels of gold, which ye to the Lord. return him for a trespass-offer 15 And the Levites took down ing, in a coffer by the side the ark of the LORD, and the thereof; and send it away, that coffer that was with it, wherein it may go.
the jewels of gold were, and put 9 And see, if it goeth up by them on the great stone: and the way of his own coast to the men of Beth-shemesh offerBeth-shemesh, then he hath edburnt-offerings and sacrificed done us this great evil : but if sacrifices the same day unto the not, then we shall know that it LORD. is not his hand that smote us ; | 16
16 And when the five lords of it was a chance that happened the Philistines had seen it, they to us!
returned to Ekron the sameday. 10 And the men did so; and 17 And these are the golden took two milch kine, and tied emerods which the Philistines them to the cart, and shut up returned for a trespass-offering their calves at home :
unto the LORD ; for Ashdod 11 And they laid the ark of one, for Gaza one, for Askelon the LORD upon the cart, and one, for Gath one, for Ekron the coffer with the mice of gold, one ; and the images of their eme 18 And the golden mice, acrods.
cording to the number of all the 12 And the kine took the cities of the Philistines belongstraight way to the way of Beth- ing to the five lords, both of fenshemesh, and went along the ced cities, and of country villahigh-way, lowing as they went, ges, even unto the great stone of and turned not aside to the right Abel, whereon they set down hand or to the left; and the l the ark of the LORD: which lords of the Philistines went af- stone remaineth unto this day in ter them unto the border of the field of Joshua, the BethBeth-shemesh.
shemite. 13 And they of Beth-shemesh 19 And he smote the men of werc reaping their wheat-har-Beth-shemesh, because they vest in the valley : and they had looked into the ark of the listed up their eyes, and saw Lord, even he smote of the
people fifty thousand and three and he will deliver you out of score and ten men :) and the the hand of the Philistines. people lamented because the 4 Then the children of Israel LORD had smitten many of did put away Baalim, and Ashthe people with a great slaugh taroth, and served the LORD ter.
only. 20 And the men of Beth-she. 5 And Samuel said, Gather mesh said, Who is able to stand all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will before this holy Lord God ? pray for you unto the LORD. and to whom shall he go up 6 And they gathered together from us?
to Mizpeh, and drew water, 21 And they sent messengers and poured it out before the to the inhabitants of Kirjath Lord, and fasted on that day, jearim, saying, The Philistines and said there, We have sinned have brought again the ark of against the Lord. And Sathe LORD; come ye down, and muel judged the children of Isfetch it up to you.
rael in Mizpeh.
7 And when the Philistines CHAP. VII.
heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Miz.
peh, the lords of the Philistines AND the men of Kirjath-jea went up against Israel. And rim came and fetched up the when the children of Israel ark of the LORD, and brought heard it, they were afraid of the it into the house of Abinadab Philistines. in the hill, and sanctified Elea 8 And the children of Israel zar his son, to keep the ark of said to Samuel, Cease not to the LORD.
cry unto the LORD our God for 2 And it came to pass, while us, that he will save us out of the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, the hand of the Philistines. that the time was long; for it 9 And Samuel took a sucking was twenty years : and all the lamb, and offered it for a burnthouse of Israel lamented after offering wholly unto the LORD: the LORD.
and Samuelcried unto the LORD 3 And Samuel spake unto all for Israel ; and the LORD heard the house of Israel, saying, If him. ve do return unto the LORD 10 And as Samuel was offerwith all your hearts, then put ing up the burnt-offering, the away the strange gods and Ash-Philistines drew near to battle taroth from among you, and against Israel : but the Lord prepare your hearts unto the thundered with a great thunder LORD, and serve him only : on that day upon the Philis
THE ISRAELITES REPENT.
tines, and discomfited them; and Samuel was old, that he made they were smitten before Israel. his sons judges over Israel.
11 And the men of Israel went 2 Now the name of his firstout of Mizpeh, and pursued the born was Joel, and the name of Philistines, and smote them, his second, Abiah: they were until they came under Beth-car. I judges in Beer-sheba.
12 Then Samuel took a stone 3 And his sons walked not in and set it between Mizpeh and his ways, but turned aside after Shen, and called the name of it lucre, and took bribes, and perEben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath | verted judgment. the LORD helped us.
4 Then all the elders of Israel 13 So the Philistines were sub- gathered themselves together, dued, and they came no more and came to Samuel unto Rainto the coast of Israel: and the mah, hand of the LORD was against 5 And said unto him, Behold, the Philistines all the days of thou art old, and thy sons walk Samuel
not in thy ways: now,lmake us 14 And the cities which the a king to judge us, like all the Philistines had taken from Isra- nations.) el were restored to Israel, from 6 But the thing displeased SaEkron even unto Gath ; and the muel, when they said, Give us coasts thereof did Israel deliver a king to judge us.
And Sa. out of the hands of the Philis-muel prayed unto the LORD. tines : and there was peace be 7 And the LORD said unto tween Israel and the Amorites. Samuel, Hearken unto the voice
15 And Samuel judged Israel of the people in all that they say all the days of his life.
unto thee : for they have not 16 And he went from year to rejected thee, but they have reyear in circuit to Beth-el, and jected me, that I should not Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judg. reign over them. ed Israel in all those places. 8 According to all the works
17 And his return was to Ra- which they have done since the mah; for there was his house : day that I brought them up out and there he judged Israel ; and of Egypt even unto this day, there he built an altar unto the wherewith they have forsaken LORD.
me, and served other gods; so
do they also unto thee. CHAP. VIII.
9 Now therefore, hearken unto their voice: howbcit, yet protest solemnly unto them, and
shew them the manner of the AND it came to pass, when | king that shall reign over them.
THE ISRAELITES DESIRE
10 And Samuel told all the | and the LORD will not hear
you words of the LORD unto the in that day
fused to obey the voice of Sa11 And he said, This will be muel, and they said, Nay: but the manner of the king that shall we will have a king over us ; reign over you : He will take 20 That we also may be like your sons and appoint them for all the nations; and that our himself, for his chariots, and to king may judge us, and go out be his horsemen ; and some shall before us, and fight our battles. run before his chariots.
21 And Samuel heard all the 12 And he will appoint him words of the people, and he recaptains over thousands, and hearsed them in the ears of the captains over fifties; and will LORD. set them to ear his ground, and 22 And the LORD said to Sato reap his harvest, and to make muel,[Hearken unto their voice, his instruments of war, and in- and make them a king. And struments of his chariots.
Samuel said unto the men of 13 And he will take your Israel, Go ye every man unto daughters to be confectionaries, his city. and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
CHAP. IX. 14 And he will take your
SAMUEL ENTERTAINETI fields, and your vineyards, and
SAUL. your olive-yards, even the best of them, and give them to his NOW, there was a man of servants.
Benjamin, whose name 15 And he will take the tenth Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of your seed, and of your vine- of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, yards, and give to his officers, the son of Aphiah a Benjamite, and to his servants.
a mighty man of power. 16 And he will take your men
2 And he had a son, whose servants, and your maid-ser- name was Saul, a
name was Saul, a choice young vants, and your goodliest young man, and a goodly: and there men, and your asses, and put was not among the children of them to his work.
Israel a goodlier person than 17 He will take the tenth of he: from his shoulders and upyour sheep: and ye shall be his ward he was higher than any of servants.
the people. 18 And ye shall cry out in 3 And the asses of Kish, that day because of your king Saul's father, were lost. And which ye shall have chosen you; | Kish said to Saul his son, Take