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CHAPTER III.

1 How the Irani of the Lord was first revealeit to Samuel. 11 God tellcth Samuel the destruction of Eli's house. IS Samuel, though loth, telleth Eli the vision. 1'J SamMel groweth in credit.

AND »the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And Hho word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, c and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not sec;

3 And ere the dlamp of God went out eiu the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God teas, aud Samuel was laid down to oZeep;

4 That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst inc. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

6 And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

7 it Now Samuel < did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.

8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call mc. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.

9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down In his place.

10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

11 1[ And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, fat which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

12 In that day I will perform against Eli ^all thing* which I have spoken concerning his house: twhen I begin, I will also make an end.

13 8 'For I have told him that I

will kjudge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because 'his sons made themselves il vile, aud he t» restrained them not.

14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house ■>shall: not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

15 *\ And Samuel lay until the | morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.

10 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. Aud he answered, Here am I.

17 And lie said, What is the thing that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: °God do so to thee, and tmore also, if thou hide any II thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

18 And Samuel told him t every whit, and hid nothing from him. Aud he said, Pit (a the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

19 1 And Samuel i grew, and 'the Lord was with nim, "and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

20 And all Israel 1 from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel teas .1 established to be a prophet of the Lord.

21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by "the word of the Lord.

CHAPTER IV.

1 T/ie Israelites are overcome by the. Philistines at Eben-ezer. 3 They .fetch the ark unto the terror of the Philistines. 10 They are smitten again, the ark taken, Hophni and Phinehas are slain. 12 Eli at the news, falling backward, hreaketh his neck. 19 Phinehas' wife, discouraged in her travail with l-chabod, dieth.

AND the word of Samuel lit came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched heside »Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when tthey joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of tthe army in the field about four thousand men.

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le were ! elders

of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us t fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.

4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, b which dwelleth between c the cherubim: and the two sons of Eli, Hophnl and Phinchas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp.

7 And the Philistines were afraid; for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing theretofore.

8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods'that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.

9 dBe strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, eas they have been to you: t quit yourselves like men, and fight.

10 ? And the Philistines fought, and f Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.

11 And ethe ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Ilophni and Phinchas, t were slain.

13 U And there ran B man of Benjamin out of the army, and 'came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and*with earth upon his head.

13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon 1 a seat by the way side watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.

14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.

15 Slow Eli was ninety and eight years old; and mhis eyes twere dim, that he could not see.

16 And the man said unto Eli,

I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, 11 What tis there done, my son?

17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinchas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.

18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. II And he had judged Israel forty years.

19 T And his daughter in law, Phinchas' wife, was with child, near ! to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains

i t came upon her.

20 And about the time of her death °the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast borne a son. But she answered not, t neither did she regard it.

21 And she named the child ll P Ichabod, saying, i The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.

22 And she said, The departed from Israel: ark of God is taken.

CHAPTER V.

1 The Fhili."tine.t ha ring brought the ark into Afhdod^ set it in the house of Dngon. 3 iMigon w smitten doum and rot in pieces, and they of Ashdod smitten with rnterods. 8,So Gotldenhth with thrm of Oath.when it was brought thither: \0andso with them of Ktram, when it was brought thither.

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AND the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it afrom Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of b Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

3 T And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was c fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and dset him in his place again.

4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and ethe head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only II the stump of Dagon was left to him.

5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, 'tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.

6 But s the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he h destroyed them, and smote them with 1 cmerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.

7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.

9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, kthc hand of the Lord was against the city ■with a very great destruction: and mhe smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

10 II Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to tus, to slay us and our people.

11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay tus not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; ° the hand of "God was very heavy there.

12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

CHAPTER VI.

I After seven months, the Philistines take counsel how to send back the ark. 10 They bring it on a new cart with an offering unto Beth-shemesh. 19 The people are smitten/or looking into the ark. 21 They send to them of Kirjath-jearim to fetch it.

AND the ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months.

2 And the Philistines "called for the priests and the diviners, saying, 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 ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not h empty; but in any wise return him c a trespass offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall Jbe 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, c according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague teas on tyou 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 sgive glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he willh lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.

6 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, kas the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought

II wonderfully among them, I did they not let tthe people go, and they departed?

7 Now therefore make ma new cart, and take two milch kine, "on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the

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L SAMUEL.

The Bcth-shemites smitten.

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cart, and bring their calves home from them:

8 And take the ark of the Loud, 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 see, if it gocth up by the way of his own coast to Beth- shemesh, then a he hath done us this great evil: but if not, then i we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us; it was a chance that happened to us.

10 IT And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:

11 And they laid the ark of the Lord upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their cmerods.

12 And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh.

13 And they of Beth-shcmesh irere reaping their wheat harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. i

14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Beth-shcmite, and stood there, where there was a great stone: and they clave the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the Lord.

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-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto the Lord.

16 And when rthc five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.

17 'And these are the golden cmerods which the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the Loud; 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 II great stone of Abel,
whereon they set down the ark
of the Lord: which stone remain-
eth unto this day in the field of
Joshua, the Beth-shcmite.
19H And1 he smote the men of
Beth-shemesh, because they had
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-shemesh said, "Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? and to whom shall he go up from us?

21 If And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of "Kirjathjcarim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the Lord; come ye down, and fetch it up to you.

CHAPTER WT.

1 They of Kirjaih-jearim bring the ark into the house of Atn'nadab, and sanrtify Eleazarhis foil to keep it. 2 After twenty years

3 the Israelites, by SamveT* meow, solemnly recent at 3/izjieh. 7 While Samuelprafteth and sacrifteeth, the Lord disrotnjiteth the Philistines by thunder at Ebenezer.

The Philistines are subdued. 16 Samuel peaceably and religiously judycth Israel.

AND the men of »Kirjathjcarim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of "Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Loud.

2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jcarim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

3 1 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do c return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then 'put away the strange gods and e Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and eserve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

4 Then the children of Israel did put away "Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only. 11

The Israelites repent at Mizpeh. L SAMUEL.

They desire a king.

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5 And Samuel said, 1 Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.

6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, k and drew water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, »We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

7 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.

8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, t "Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

9 H And Samuel t ook a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord I heard him.

10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: P but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.

11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car.

12 Then Samuel 9 took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it IIEben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.

13 1 rSo the Philistines were subdued, and they 'came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

15 And Samuel 'judged Israel all the days of his life.

10 And he went from year to year tin circuit to Beth-cl, and

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Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged | Before Israel in all those places. U1?1!?TM 17 And "his return was to Ra-! ?TM mah; for there was his house; ] "cii.8.4. and there he judged Israel; and j there he * built an altar unto the |1 Judg. 21.4. Lord.

CHAPTER VIII.

1 By occasion of the ill government of Sam- ,
uePs sons, the Israelites ask a king, fi Sam- I
itel limiting in grief, is eoin/'orted be God : I
10 lie telleth the manner of a king. HI I
God irilleth Samuel to yield unto the im-
portunity of the people.

AND it came to pass, when
Samuel was old, that he
amade his bsons judges over
Israel.

2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer-sheba.

3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside "after lucre, and etook bribes, and perverted judgment.

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramali,

5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sous walk not in thy ways: now fmake us a king to judge us like all the nations.

0 U But the thing t 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 5they have not rejected thee, but 11 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 II hearken unto their voice: H 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.

11 And he said, kThis will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you : 1 he will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to

f ver. 19, 20. Deut 17.14. Una. 13. 10. Acta 13. 2L

t Heh. Ml evil in the eyes of Samuel.

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