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Paul's rash adjuration. 1. SAMUEL. Jonathan's trespass discovered.

20 Aod Saui and all the people that them here, and eat ; and sin not against acre with him assembled themselves, the LORD in eating with the blood. and they came to the battle : and be And all the people brought every maq hold, every man's sword was against his ox with bim that night, and slew his fellow, and there was a very great them there. discomfitúre.

35 And Saul built an altar unto the 21 Moreover the Hebrews that were LORD: the scale was the first altar with the Philistines before that time, that he built unto the LORD. which went up with them into the 36 || And Saul said, Let us go down camp from the country round about, after the Philistines by night, and spoi! even they also turned to be with the them until the morning light, and let Israelites that were with Saul and Jo- us not leave a man of thein. And they nathan.

said, Do whatsoever seeineth good un 92 Likewise all the men of Israel to thee. Then said the priest, Let us which had hid themselves in mount draw near hither unto God. Ephrain, when they heard that the 37 | And Saul asked counsel of God, Philistines fied, even they also fol- Sball i go down after the Philistines lowed hard after them in the battle. wilt thou deliver them into the band

23 So the LORD saved Israel that of Israel > But he answered him not day; and the battle passed over unto that day. Beth-aven.

35 9 And Saul said, Draw ye near hi24 [ And the men of Israel were disther all the chief of the people, and tressed that day: for Saul bad adjured know and see wherein this sin batba the people, Saying, Cursed be the man been this day. chat eateth'any food until evening, that 39 For, as the LORD liveth, which I may be avenged on mine enemies. So saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan none of the people tasted any food. iny son, he shall surely die. But there

25 And all they of the land came to was not a man among all the people a wood; and there was honey upon that answered hun. the ground.

40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be 26 And when the people were come ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my into the wood, behold, the honey son will be on the other side. And the dropped, but no man put his band to people said unto Saui, Do what seemhis inouth: for the people feared the elb good unto thee. oath,

41 Therefore Saul said unto the 27 But Jonathan heard not when his LORD God of Israel, Gire a perfect Sather cha ged the people with the lot. And Saul and Jonathan were ta oath: wherefore he put forth the end ken: but the people escaped. of the rod that was in his hand, and 42 And Saul said, Cast lots between dipped it in an honey-comb, and put me and Jonathan my son. And Jona his hand to his mouth; and his eyes than was taken. were enlightened.

43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tey 29 Tben answered one of the people, me what thou hast done. And Jonaand said, l'hy father straitly charged than told him, and said, I did but taste the people with an oath, saying, Cursed a little honey with the end of the rod be the man that eateth any food this that was in mine band, and lo, I must day. And the people were faint. die.

29 Then said Jonathan, My father 44 And Saul answered, God do so, hath troubled the land: see, I pray and more also: for thou shalt surely you, how mine eyes have been en-die, Jonathan. fightened, because I tasted a little of 45 And the people said unto Saul, this honey.

Sball Jonathan die, who bath wrought 30 How much more, if haply the this great salvation in Israel? God people liad eaten freely to-day of the forbid : as the LORD lweth, there shall spoil of their enemies which they not one hair of his head fall to the fund for bad there not been now a ground; for be hath wrought with God much greater slaug bier among the this day. So the people rescued JonaPhilistines?

than, that he died not. 31 And they smote the Philistines 46 Then Saul went up from follow that day from Michmash to Ajalon : ing the Philistines: and the Philistines and the people were very faint. went to their own place.

32 And the people fiew upon the 47 So Saui took the kingdom over spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and Israel, and fougbt against all his enecalves, and slew them on the ground : mies on every side, against Moab, and and the people did eat them with the against the children of Ainmon, and blood.

against Edom, and against the kings 33 | Then they told Sau!, saying, Be- of Zolah, and against the Philistines : hold, the people sin against the LORD, and whithersoever he turned himself in that they eat with the blood. And he vexed them. be said, Ye have transgressed : roli a 48 And be gathered an .ost, and great stone unto me this day.

smcte the Amalekites, and delivered 34 And Saul said, Disperse your. Israel out of the hands of them that Eelres among the people, and say unto spoiled them. atheni, Bring me hither every man his 49 1 Now the sons of Saul were Jona,0, and every man his sbeep, and slay Itban, and isbu., and Melch-silua and

Saul sent to destroy the Amalekites. CHAP.XY.

He sparelh Agag. the names of his two daughters were 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and these; the name of the first-borr Me-Saul said unto him, Blessed be thon of rab, and the name of the younger the LORD : I have performed the com. Michal:

mantlment of the LORD. 50 And the name of Saul's wife was 14 And Samuel said, what meaneth Abinoam, tbe daugbter of Ahimaaz: then this bleating of the sheep in mine and the name of the captain of his ears, and the luwing of the oxen which kost was Abder, the son of Ner, Saul's I hear? uncle.

15 And Sant said, They have brought 51 And Kish was the father of Saul, them from the Ainalekites : for the and Ner the father of Abner was the people spared the best of the sheep son of Abiel.

and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the 32 And there was sore war against LORD thy God; and the rest we have the Philistines all the days of Saul : utterly destroyed. and when Saul saw any strong man, 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, or any valiant man, he took hinn uoto and I will tell thee what the LORD him.

hath said to me this night. And he CHAP. XV.

said unto him, Say on. SA AMUEL also said unto Saul, The 17 And Samuel said, When thon

LORD sent me to anoint tbee to be i toast little in thine own sight, mass king over bis people, over Israel: now thou not made the head of the tribes therefore hearken thou unto the voice of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee of the words of the LORD.

king over Israel? 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I 18 And the LORD sent thee en a remember that which Ainalek did to journey, and said, Go, and utterly deIsraei, how he laid wait for him in stroy the sinners, the Amalekites, anch the way, when he came up from fight against them until they be conEgypt.

sumed. 3 Now gozand sinite Amalek, and ut 19 Wherefore then didst thou not terly destroy all that they bave, and obey the voice of the LORD, but did it spare them not; but slay both man fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in and wornan, infant and suckling, ox the sight of the LORD? and sheep, camel and ass.

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, 4 And Saul gathered the people lo- I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, gerber, and numbered them in Telaim, and have gone the way which the iwo hundred thosand footmen, and LORD sent me, and have brought ten thousand men of Judah.

Agag the king of Amalek, and have 3 And Saul came to a city of Ama- utterly destroyed the Arnalekites. lek, and laid wait in the valley. 21 But the people took of the spoil,

6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, sheep and oxen, the chief of the Go, depart, get you down from among things which should bave been ntierly the Amalekites, lest i destroy you destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD with them : for ye shewed kindness ihy God in Gilgal. to all the children of Israel, when 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD they carne up out of Egypt. So the as great delight in burnt-offerings and Kenites departed from among the sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Amalekites.

the LORD? Behold, to obey is better 7 | And Saul smote the Amalekites han sacrifice, and to bearten than from Havilah until thou comest to the fat of rams. Sbur, that is over against Egypt.

23 For rebellion is as the sin of 8 And he took Agag the king of the witcheraft, and stubbornness is as iniAmalekites alive, and utterly destroy-quity and idolatry, Because thou hast ed all the people with the edge of the rejected the word of the LORD, he sword.

hath also rejected thee from being king. 9 But Saul and the people spared

24 And Saul said unto Samuel, 1 Agag, and the best of the sheep, and have sinned : for I have transgressed of the oxen, and op the fatlings, and the cominundment of the LORD and the lambs, and all that was goort, and thy words: because I feared the peowould not utterly destroy theni: but ple, and obeyed their voice. every thing that was vile and refuse, 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, parthat they destroyed utterly.

don my sin, and turn again with me, 10 Then caine the word up the that I may worship the LORD. 1.ORD unto Samuel, saying,

26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will 11 It reperceth me that I have set not return with thee : for thou hast up Saul to bc king : for he is tui n'ed rejected the word of the LORD, and back from following me, and hath not the LORD bath rejected thee from performed my cominandments, and being king over Israel. it grieved Saniue!; and he cried unto 27 And as Samuel turned about to go thč LORD all nigbt.

away, he laid hold upon the skirt of 12 And when Samuel rose early to his mantle, and it rent. meet Saul in the morning, it was told 29 And Samuel said unto him, The Samue!, saying, Saul came to Carmel, LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel and bebold, be set him up a place from thee this day, and hath given and is gone about, and passed on,

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Samset's quagment reproued. 1. SAMUEL

Samuel anointeth Darta. 29 And also the Strength of Israel sons to pass before Sarnuel. And Sa. will not lie nor repent : for he is not a muel said unto Jesse, The LORD hard man, that he should repent.

not chosen these. 30 Then he said, I have sinned : yet 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are honour me now, I pray thee, before here all thy childrenAnd he said, the elders of iny people, and before There remaineth yet the youngest, Israel, and turn again with me, that and hehold, he keepech the sheep. I may worship the LORD thy God. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and !

31 So Samuel turned again after fetch him : for we will not sit down Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD. till he come hither

39 | Then said Samuel, Bring ye hi 12 Anit he sent, and brought him in. ther to me Agag the king of the Ama- Now he was ruddy, and withal of a lekites. And Agag canze unto him beautiful countenance, and goodly, lo delicately. And Agag said, Surely the look to. And the LORD said, Arise, bitterness of death is past.

anoint him : for this is he. 3 And Sarnuel said, As thy sword 13 Then Sainuel took the horn of hath made women childless, so sha! oil, and anointed him in the midst of ihy mo:her he childless among women. his brethrer : and the Spirit of the And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces be- LORD came upon David from that day fore the LORD in Gilgal.

forward. So Samuel rose up, and went 34 | Then Samuel went to Ramah ; to Ramah. and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah 14 But the Spirit of the LORD de. of Saul.

paried froin Saul, and an evil spirit 35 And Samuel came no more to see from tbe LORD troubled bimn. Saul until the day of his death : never 15 And Saul's servants said unto theless Samuel mourned for Saul: and him, Behold now, an evil spirit from the LORD repented that he had made God troubleth thee. Saul king over Israel.

16 Let our lord row command thy CHAP. XVI.

servants, which are before thee, to AND the ,

How long, wilt thou mourn for player on an harp: and it shall come Saul, seeing I have rejected him from to pass, when the evil spirit from God reigning over Israel fill thine horn is upon thee, that he shall play witle with oil, and go, I will send thee to his hand, and thou sbalt be well! Jesse the Beth-lehemite : for I have 17 And Saul said unto bis servants, provided me a king among his sons. Provide ine now a man that can play

2 And Samuel said, How can I go? well, and bring him to me. if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And 13 Then answered one of the serthe LORD said, Take an heiser with vants, and said, Behold, I have seen a thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice son of Jesse the Beth-lebemite, that is to the LORD;

cunning in playing, and a mighty 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and valiant inan, and a man of war, and 1 will shew thee what thou shalt do: prudent in matters, and a comely perand thou shalt anoint unto me hins son, and the LORD is with him. wbom I name unto thee.

19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers 4 And Samuel did that which the unto Jesse, and said, Send me David LORD spake, and came to Beth-lehem. thy son, which is with the sheep. And the elders of the town trembled 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with at his coming, and said, Comest thou bread, and a bottle of wine, and a peaceably?

kid, and sent them by David'his son 5 And he said, Peaceably : I am unto Saul. coine to sacrifice unto the LORD : 21 And David came to Saul, and sanctify yourselves, and come with stood before him: and he loved him ine to the sacrifice.' And he sanctified greatly; and he became his armour. Jesse and his sons, and called them to bearer. The sacrifice.

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, 6 And it came to pass, when they Let David, I pray thee, stand before were come, that he iooked on Eliab, me ; for be bath sound favour in my and said, Surely the LORD's anointed sight. is before him.

23 And it came to pass, when the 7 B:1: the LORD said unto Samuel, evil spirit froin God was upon Saul, Look not on his countenance, or on that Dawid took an barp, and played the height of his stature ; because ! with his hand. So Saul was refreshed, trave refused him ; for the LORD seeth and was well, and the evil spirit de. not as man seeth ; for man looketh parted from him. on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

CHAP. XVII. Then Jesse called Abinadab, and Now the Philistines gathered to inade bim pass before Samuel. And

to and he said, Neither bath the LORD chosen were gatbered together at Shochob, tbis.

which belonccth, to Judah, and pitched 9 Then Jesse made Siammah to pass hetween Shuchola and Azckala in by. And he said, Neither hath the Ephes-dammim. LORD chosen this.

9 And Saul and the men of Israel 10 Again, Jesse made seven of bis were gathered toge:ber, and picked

Goliath's challenge.

CHAP. An.

David acceptct 19. by the valley of Elah, and set the battle keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse m array against the Philistines.

had commanded him; and he carne 3 And the Philistines stood on a to the trench, as the host was going mountain on the one side, and Israel forth to the tight, and sbouted for the stood on a mountain on the other battle. side : and there was a valley between 21 For Israel and the Phuistines them.

had put the battle in array, army 4 And there went out a champion against army, out of the camp of the Philistines, 22 And David left his carriage in the named Goliath, of Gath, whose height hand of the keeper of the carriage, and was six cubits and a span.

ran into the ariny, and came and sa5 And he had an helinet of brass luted bis brethren. upon his head, and he was armed with 23 And as he talked with tbem, bea coat of mail: and the weight of the hold, there came up the champion, coat was five thousand shekels of the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by brass.

name, out of the armies of the Philis 6 And he had greaves of brass upon tines, and spake according to the same bis legs, and a target of brass between words: and David heard them. his shoulders.

94 And all the men of Israel, when 7 And the staff of his spear was like.they saw the man, fled froin hiin, and a weaver's beam; and his spear's head were sore afraid. weighed șix bundred shekels of iron : 25 And the men of Israel said, Have and one bearing a shield went before ye seen this man that is come up ? him.

surely to defy Israel is he come up: 8 And be stood and cried unto the anil it shall be, that the man who armies of Israel, and said unto them, killeth him, the king will enrich binta Why are ye come out to set your bat: with great riches, and will give him tle in array ? am not I a Philistine, and his daughter, and make his father's ye servants to Saul choose you a house free in Is: ael. man for you, and let him come down 26 And David spake to the men tha: to me.

stood by him, saying, What shall be 9 If he be able to fight with me, and done to the man that killeth this Phi. to kill me, then will we be your ser-listine, and taketh away the reproach vants : but if I prevail against him, from Israel? for who is this uncircunand kill him, then sball ye be out ser-cised Philistine, that he should defy Tants, and serve us.

the armies of the living God? 10 And the Philistine said, I defy 27 And the people answered bin the armies of Israel this day ; give me after this inanner, saying, so sball a man, that we may fight together. it be done to the man that killeth

11 When Saul and all Israel heard him. those words of the Philistine, they 28 | And Eliab his eldest brother were dismayed, and greatly afraid. heard when he spake unto the men :

18 Now David tras the son of that and Eliab's anger was kindled against Ephrachite of Beth-lehein-judah, whose David, and he said, Why camest ļbou name was Jesse ; and he had eight down hither and with whom hast sens: and the man went among men thou left those few sheep in the wils for an old man in the days of Saul. derness? I know thy príde, and the

13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse naugbtiness of thine heart ; for thou went and followed Saul to the battle : art come down that thou mightest sce and the names of his three sons that tbe battle. went to the battle were Eliab the first 99 And David said, What have I born, and next unto bim Abinadab, now donei is there not a cause? and tbe third Shainmah.

30 And he turned from him toward 14 And David was the youngest : another, and spake after the same man. and the three eldest followed Saul. ner: and the people answered bim

15 But David went and returned again after the former maoner. from Saul to feed his father's sheep at 31 And when the words were heard Beth-lebem.

which David spake, they rebearsed 16 And the Philistine drew near them before Saul: and he seat for him. morning and evening, and presented 32 And David said to Saul, Let no hinself forty days.

man's heart fail because of bin ; 17 And Jesse said unto David his thy servant will go and sight with this son, Take now for thy brethren an Philistine. ephah of this parched corn, and these 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy not able to go against this Philistine brethren ;

to fight with him ; for thou art but a 18 And carry these ten cheeses unto south, and be a man of war from bis the captain of their thousand, and look youth. low thy brethren fare, and take their 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy pledge.

servant kept his father's sheep, ani 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the there came a lion, and a bear, and men of Israel, were in the valley of took a lamb out of the fock: Elab, fighting with the Philistines. 35 And I went out after him, and

20 and David rose up early in the smote him, and delivered it out of his Morning, and left the sheep with a mouth and when he arose against

David killet: Goliath.

5. SAMUEL Jonathan's love for Davit. me, I caught him by his beard, and his forehead; and he fell upon his Sinote him, and slew bim.

face to the earth. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion 50 So David prevailed over the Phr and the bear: and this uncircumcised listine with a sling and with a stone, Philistine shall be as one of them, see- and smote the Philistine, and sleve ing he hath defied the armies of the him; but there was no sword in the living God.

hand of David. 37 David said moreover, The LORD 51 Therefore David ran and stood that delivered me out of the paw of upon the Philistine, and took his the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, sword, and drew it out of the sheath he will deliver me out of the hand of thereof, and slew him, and cut off his this Philistine. And Saul said unto head therewith. And when the PhiDavid, Go, and the LORD be with listines saw their champion was dead, tbee.

they fed. 38 | And Saul armed David with his 52 And the men of Israel and of armour, and he put an helmet of brass Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued upon his head ; also be armed him the Philistines, until thou come to the with a coat of mail.

valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And 39 And David girded his sword upon tbe wounded of the Philistines felt his armour, and he assayed to go for down by the way to Shaaraim, even he had not proved it. And David said unto Gath, and unto Ekron. unto Saul, i cannot go with these ; for 53 And the children of Israel reI have not proved them. And David turned from chasing after the Pbilis put them off himn.

tines, and they spoiled their tents. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, 54 | And David took the head of the and chose him five smooth stones out Philistine, and brought it to Jerusa of the brook, and put them in a shep, lem ; but he put his armour in his herd's bag which he had, even in a tent. scrip; and his sling was in his hand : 55 | And when Saul saw David go and he drew near to the Philistine. forth against the Philistine, he said

41 And the Philistine came on, unto Abner, the captain of the host, and drew near unto David ; and the Abner, whose son is this youth? And anan that bare the shield wen: before Abner'said, As thy soul liveth, 0 king, him.

I cannot tell. 42 And when the Philistine looked 56 And the king said, Inquire thou about, and saw David, he disdained whose son the stripling is. him : for he was but a youth, and 57 And as David returned from ebe ruddy, and of a fair countenance. slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took

43 And the Philistine said unto Da- him, and brought him before Saul, vid, Am I a dog, that thou comest to with the head of the Philistine in his ine with staves? 'And the Poilistine hand. cursed David by his gods.

59 And Saul said to him, whose son 44 And the Philistine said to David, art thou, thou young man And David Come to me, and I will give thy flesh answered, I am the son of thy servant unto the fowls of the air, and to the Jesse the Beth-lchemite. beasts of the field.

CHAP. XVIII. 45 Then said David to the Philistine; AND it came to pass when he with a spear, and with a shield : but I Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was come to thee in the name of the LORD knit with the soul of David, and Jonaof bosts, the God of the armies of Is- than loved him as his own soul. rael, whom thou hast defied.

2 And Saul took him that day, and 46 This day will the LORD deliver would let him go no more home to thee into mine band ; and I will smite bis father's bouse. thee, and take thine head from thee : 3 l'hen Jonatban and David made and I will give the carcases of the host a covenant, because he loved him as of the Philistines this day into the his own soul. fowls of the air, and to the wild 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of beasts of the earth; that all the the robe that was upon him, and gave earth may know that there is a God in it to David, and his garments, even to Israel.

bis sword, and to his bow, and to his 47 And all this assembly shall know girdle. that the LORD saveth not with sword 5 And David went out whithersoand spear for the battle is the ever Saul sent him, and behaved him LORD's, and he will give you into our self wisely : and Saul set bim over the hands.

nen of war, and he was accepted in 49 And it came to pass, when the the sight of all the people, and also in Philistine arose, and came and drew the sight of Saul's servants. nigh to meet David, that David hasted, 67 And it came to pass as they came, and ran toward the army to meet the when David was returned from tbe Philistine.

slaughter of the Philistine, that the 49 And David put his hand in his women came out of all the cities of Is. bag, and took thence 'a stone, and rael, singing and dancing, to meet king slang it, and smote the Philistine in Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and was is forehead, that tbe stone sunk into instrumeats of music.

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