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... 4 And Saul gathered the o together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. o 6" And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, Test I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah, until thou comest to Shur, that is over F. o: 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fathngs, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. 10 || Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samues; and he cried unto the Lord all night. 12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LoRD: I have performed the commandment of the Lord. 14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then

and the lowing of the oxen which shear? 15 And Saul, said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. 16. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine, own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LoRd anointed thee king over Israel? 18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go, and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lond, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Load?

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20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Loftd sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God j. 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacriffces, asino eying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. . Because thou hast rejected the word of the LoRD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 24 || And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned : for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words : because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee : for thou hast rejected the word of the LoBD, and the Loro hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28 And Samuel said unto him, The LoRD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine that is better than thou. 29. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. 30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God. 31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul ...}. the food. 32"| Then said Samuel, Bringye hither tome Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag. said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel o Agag in pieces before the Lord in liga!. § T Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul; 35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the Lord re

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Samuel anoints David.

CHAP. XVI. ND the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Is: rael? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite : for I have provided me a king among his sons. 2 And Samuel said, How can I go 2 if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 4 And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably 2 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord : sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 6 *| And it came to pass when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him. 7 É. the LoRD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him : for the LöRijseein not as man seeth ; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this. 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Load chosen this. 10 Again Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LoRD hath not chosen

these. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse. Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And theoloko said, Arise, anoint him : for this is he. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel

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16 Let our lord now command thy serwants, which are before thee, to seek out a man who is a cunning player on a harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil o from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. it'And Saussaid unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a come! Wi. and the Lord is with him. 19 # Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him ; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. CHAP. XVII. NOW the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belong eth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were o: together, and [... by the valey of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. 3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side : and there was a valley between them. 4 || And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 And he had a helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. 7 And the staff of his spear was like a

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Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. 10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. 12 || Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-judah, whose name was Jesse ; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men }. an old man in the days of Saul. 13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the first-born, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul. 15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem. 16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. 17 And Jesse said unto David his son,

this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren: 18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the jo of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 20 T And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was É. forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle, 21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. 22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and aiuted his brethren. 23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came .# the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up 7 surely to

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ive him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel. 26 And David spake, to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel } for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armiesofthe living God? 27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. 28 || And Eliab his eldest brotherheard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few *:::: in the wilderness 2 I know thy pride, an the naughtiness of thine heart; for thouart comedown that thoumightest see the battle. 29 And David said, What have I now done 7 Is there not a cause 7 30 T And be turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. 31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul : and he sent for him. 32 T And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him ; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine: 33 of. said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said unto Saul, Thyservant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a láhb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him,and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slewhim: 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37 David said moreover, The Lohn that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said o David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. 38 Ts And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put a helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these, for I have not proved them. And David put them of him. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and P; !em in a shepherd's He slays Goliath. CHAP.

bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine. 41 And the Philistine came on, and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him : for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 43 And the Philistine said unto David, .4m. I a dog, that thou comest-to me with staves 2 and the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistinethis day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth: that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. }; And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear : for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands. 48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 50. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. 51. Therefore David ran and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, an t off his head there with. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gatn, and unto Ekron. 53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.

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XVIII. Jonathan loves David.

listine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent. 55 || And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abnersaid, .1s thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. 56 And the king said, Inquire thou whose son the stripling is. 57 And as David returned from the slaughter, of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man 2 And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite. CHAP. XVIII. AN. it came to pass, when he had ; \ made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to łi. father's house. 3 Then Jonathanand David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. 5 || And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's Servants. 6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing,to meet king Saul, with #. with joy, and with instruments of music. 7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom 7 9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 10 T And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house : and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a

javelin in Saul's hand.

11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his

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Saul conspires against David.

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Jonathan discloses it to him.

12 T And Saul was afraid of David, be-lking's son-in-law. And Saul gave him

cause the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the to: 14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him. 15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. 16. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them. 17 || And Saul said to David, Behold, my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife : only be thou valiant for me and fight the Lord’s battles. For Sau said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand ofthe Fiji. on him. 18 And David said unto Saul, Who an I? and what is my life, or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-inlaw to the king 7 19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been iven to David, that she was given unto driel the Meholathite to wife. 20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David : and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law, in the one of the twain. 22 | And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's son-in-law. 23 And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king's son-in-law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed ? 24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David. 25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David; the king desireth not any dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be i." of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. 26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law: and the days were not expired. 27 Wherefore David arose and went,

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Michal his daughter to wife. 28 || And Saul saw and knew that the Lond was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him. 29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually. 30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth : and it came to pass, after the went forth, that David behaved i. more wisely than all the servants of Saul : so that his name was much set by. CHAP. XIX. ND Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to als, his servants, that they should kill David. 2. But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David : and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: 3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee. 4 T And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good: 5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the Lord wrought a great salvation for all Israel; thousawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause ! 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan : and Saul sware, .As the Lord liveth, he shall not be slain. 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past. 8 || And there was war again; and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaugh

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9 And the evil spirit from the Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his ed with his hand.

10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.

11 Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him

he and his men, and slew of the Philistines in the morning: and Michal David's wife

two hundred men; and David brought

their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the

told him, saying, If thou save not thy life

to-night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain. 12 || So Michallet David down through

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