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ners, faying, What shall we do to the Ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his Place.

3 And they said, If you send away the Ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty ; but in any wise return him a Trespass-offering : then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you, why his Hand is not removed from you. ,

4. Then said they, What shall be the Trespass-offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden Emerods, and five golden Mice, according to the Number of the Lords of the Philistines : for one Plague was on you all, and on your Lords.

5 Wherefore ye shall make Images of your Emerods, and Images of your Mice that mar the Land, and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel : peradventure he will lighten his Hand from off you, and from off your Gods, and from off your Land.

6 Wherefore then do ye HARDEN your HEARTS, as the EGYPTIANS and PHARAOH HARDNED their HEARTS ? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the People go, and they departed ?

Now therefore make a new Cart, and take two Milchkine on which there hath come no Yoke, and tie the Kine to the Cart, and bring their Calves home from them.

8 And take the Ark of the Lord, and lay it upon the Cart, and put the Jewels of Gold which ye return him for a Trespass-offering, in a Coffer by the side thereof, and send it away, that it may go.

9 And fee, if it goeth up by the way of his own Coast to Beth-shemesh, then he hath done us this great Evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his Hand that smote us; it was a Chance that happened to us.

10 And the Men did so.

12 And the Kine took the straight Way to the Way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the Highway, lowing as they went; and the Lords of the Philistines went after them unto the Border of Beth-shemesh.

13 And they of Beth-memesh were reaping their Wheatharvest in the Valley : and they lifted up ther Eyes, and saw the Ark, and rejoyced to see it.

14 And the Cart came into the field of Joshua a Bethshemite, and stood there, where there was a great Stone: and they clave the Wood of the Cart, and offered the Kine * Burnt-offesing unto the LORD.

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15 And the Levites took down the Ark of the LORD, and the Coffer that was with it, wherein the Jewels of Gold were, and put them on the great Stone : and the Men of Beth-fhemesh offered Burnt-offerings, and sacrificed Sacrifices the same Day unto the LORD.

16 And when the five Lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same Day.

17 And these are the golden Emerods which the Philistines returned for a Trespass-offering unto the LORD ; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one.

18 And the golden Mice, according to the Number of all the Cities of the Philistines belonging to the five Lords, both of fenced Cities, and of Country Villages, even unto the great Stone of Abel, whereon they set down the Ark of the LORD : which Stone remaineth unto this Day, in the Field of Joshua the Beth-shemite.

19 And he smote the Men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked into the Ark of the LORD, even he smote of the People fifty thousand and threescore and ten Men: and the People lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the People with a great Slaughter.

20 And the Men of Beth-fhemesh said, Who is able to stand before this Holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?

21 And they sent Messengers to the Inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the Ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you.

CH A P. VII.

Ź The Israelites, by Samuel's Means, folemnly repent at Miz

peh. 9 Samuel praying, 13 the Philiflines are discomfited. Ver. 15 AND Samuel judged Israel all the Days of his

A Life. 16 And he went from Year to Year in Circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those Places.

17 And his Return was to Ramah ; for there was his House : and there he judged Israel, and there he built an Allar unto the LORD.

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CH A P. VIII. 1 By the Occasion of the ill Government of Samuel's Sons, the

Ifraelites ask a King. 10 The Manner of a King.

Ver. 1 AND it came to pass when Samuel was old, that

A he made his Sons Judges over Israel. 2 Now the Name of his First-born was Joel, and the Name of his second, Abiah : they were Judges in Beerheba.

3. And his Sons walked not in his Ways, but TURNED aside after Lucre, and TOOK Bribes, and PERVERTED JUDGMENT.

4. Then all the Elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy Sons walk not in thy Ways : now make us a King to judge us like all the Nations.

6 But the Thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a King to judge us : and Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the Voice of the People in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have REJECTED me, that I should not REIGN OVER THEM.

8 According to all the Works which they have done since the Day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even unto this Day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other Gods : so do they also unto thee.

9 Now therefore hearken unto their Voice : howbeit, yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the Manner of the King that shall reign over them.

10 And Samuel told all the Words of the LORD unto the People, that asked of him a King.

ii And he said, This will be the Manner of the King that shall reign over you : He will take your Sons, and appoint them for himself, for his Chariots, and to be bis Horsemen, and some shall Run before his Chariots.

12 And he will appoint him CAPTAINS Over Thousands, and Captains over Fifties, and will set of them to ear his Ground, and to reap his Harvest, and to make his Inftru. ments of War, and Instruments of his Chariots.

33 And he will take your Daughters to be Confectionaries, and to be Cooks, and to be Bakers.

14 And he will take your FIELDS, and your Vineyards, and your Olive-yards, even the best of them, and give them to his Servants.

15 And he will take the Tenth of your SEED, and of your Vineyards, and give to his OFFICERS, and to his Servants.

16 And he will take your Men-fervants, and your Maid. servants, and your goodliest Young Men, and your Afles, and put them to his Work.

17. He will take the Tenth of your Sheep: and ye shall be his Servants.

18 And ye sall cry out in that Day, because of your KING which ye shall have CHOSEN you ; and the LORD will not hear you in that Day.

19 Nevertheless, the People REFUSED to obey the Voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay, but we will have a King orer us.

20 That we also may be like all the Nations, and that our King may judge us, and go out before us, and FIGHT our Battles.

21 And Samuel heard all the Words of the People, and he rehearsed them in the Ears of the LORD.

22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their Voice, and make them a King. And Samuel said unto the Men of Israel, Go ye every Man unto his City.

CH A P. IX. I Saul despairing to find his Father's Afles, 6 by the Counsel of his Servants, ni and Direction of young Maidens, 15 according to God's Revelation, 18 cometh to Samuel : 19 Samiel entertaineth bim at the Feast,

CH A P. X. 1 Samuel anointeth Saul, 2 and confirmeth him by a Prediction

of three Signs. 9 Saul's Heart is changed : 17 He is chosen by Lot.

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not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be Captain over his Inheritance?

2 When thou art departed from me Today, then thou shalt find two Men by Rachel's Sepulchre : and they will say unto thee, The Alles which thou wentest to seek are found.

5 After that, thou shalt come to the Hill of God, where is the Garison of the Philistines : and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the City, that thou shalt meet a Company of Prophets coming down from the High Place, with a Psaltery, and a Tabret, and a Pipe, and a Harp before them, and they shall prophesy.

6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt PROPHESY with them, and shalt be TURNED INTO ANOTHER MAN.

7 And let it be when these Signs are come unto thee, that thou do as Occasion shall serve thee, for God is WITH THEE.

o x And it was so, that "Ezek. xxxvi. 26 A new Heart alwhen he had turned his Back

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will I put within you. to go from Samuel, God gave him ANOTHER HEART: and all those Signs came to pass that Day.

10 And when they came thither to the Hill, behold, a Company of Prophets met him, and the SPIRIT of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

11 And it came to pass when all that knew him beforetime, saw that behold he prophesied among the Prophets, then the People said one to another, What is this that is come unto the Son of Kish? Is Saul also among the Prophets?

12 Therefore it became a Proverb, Is Saul also among the Prophets ?

13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the High Place.

17 And Samuel called the People together unto the LORD to Mizpeh ;

18 And said unto the Children of Israel, Thus faith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the Hand of the Egyptians, and out of the Hand of all Kingdoms, and of them that opprefled you. 19 And ye have this Day REJECTED your God, who

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