1 Samuel 16

Samuel Goes to Bethlehem

Now the  Lord said to Samuel, a How long will you grieve over Saul, since b I have rejected him from being king over Israel? c Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to d Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have e selected a king for Myself among his sons.” But Samuel said, “How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the  Lord said f Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the  Lord.’ You shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and g I will show you what you shall do; and h you shall anoint for Me the one whom I
Lit say to you
designate to you.”
So Samuel did what the  Lord said, and came to j Bethlehem. And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said k Do you come in peace?” He said, “In peace; I have come to sacrifice to the  Lord. l Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” He also consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they entered, he looked at m Eliab and thought, “Surely the  Lord’s anointed is before Him.” But the  Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for
So with Gr; Heb He does not see what man sees
God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, o but the  Lord looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called p Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “The  Lord has not chosen this one either.” Next Jesse made
In 2 Sam 13:3, Shimeah; in 1 Chr 2:13, Shimea
r Shammah pass by. And he said, “The  Lord has not chosen this one either.”
10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The  Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said s There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and
Lit take
bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

David Anointed

12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with u beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the  Lord said v Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and w anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and x the Spirit of the  Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

14  y Now the Spirit of the  Lord departed from Saul, and z an evil spirit from the  Lord terrorized him. 15 Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. 16 Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that aa he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well.” 17 So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me now a man who can play well and bring him to me.” 18 Then one of the young men said, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician ab a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and ac the  Lord is with him.” 19 So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David who is with the flock.” 20 Jesse ad took a donkey loaded with bread and a jug of wine and a young goat, and sent them to Saul by David his son. 21 Then David came to Saul and
Lit stood before him
af attended him; and
Lit he
Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer.
22 Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23 So it came about whenever ah the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.
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