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248 Samuel refiroveth Saul. I SAMUEL The Philistines smitten. he had made an end of offering the burnt

CHAP. XIV. offering, behold, Samuel came ; and Saul 1 Jonathan miraculously smiteth the Phiwent out to meet him, that he might sa- listines garrison. 15 A divine terror lute him.

maketh them beat themstlves. 24 Saul's 11 s And Samuel said, What hast thou unadvised adjuration hindereth the vicdone? And Saul said, Because I saw that

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Jonathan the son of Saul said unto poirted, and that the Philistines gathered the young man that bare his armour, themselves together at Michmash; Come, and let us go over to the Philistines

12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will garrison, that is on the other side. But come down now upon me to Gilgal, and he told not his father. I have not made supplication unto the 2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost LORD: I forced myself therefore, and of- part of Gibeah under a pomegranate-tree fered a burnt-offering:

which is in Migron : and the people that 13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast were with him were about six hundred done foolishly: thou hast not kept the men ; commandment of the LORD thy God, 3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chawhich he commanded thee : for now bod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son would the Lord have established thy of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, wearkingdom upon Israel for ever.

ing an ephod. And the people knew not 14 But now thy kingdom shall not that Jonathan was gone. continue : the Lord hath sought him 4 9 And between the passages by which a man after his own heart, and the Jonathan sought to go over unto the PhiLord hath commanded him to be cap- listines garrison, there qvas a sharp rock tain over his people, because thou hast on the one side, and a sharp rock on the not kept that which the LORD command other side: and the name of the one was ed thee.

Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. 15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up 5 The forefront of the one was situate from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. northward over against Michmash, and And Saul numbered the people that were the other southward orer against Gibeah. present with him, about six hundred 6 And Jonathan said to the young man

that bare his armour, Come, and let us 16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and go over unto the garrison of these uncirthe people that were present with them, cumcised: it may be that the Lord will abode in Gibeah of Benjamin : but the work for us: for there is no restraint to Philistines encamped in Michmash. the Lord to save by many or by few.

17 f And the spoilers came out of the 7 And his armour-bearer said unto camp of the Philistines in three compa- him, Do all that is in thine heart : turni nies: one company turned unto the way thee; behold, I am with thee according that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of to thy heart. Shual :

8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will 18 And another company turned the pass over unto these men, and we will way to Beth-horon : and another compa- discover ourselves unto them. ny turned to the way of the border that 9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward we come to you ; then we will stand still the wilderness,

in our place, and will not go up unto 19 | Now there was no smith found them. throughout all the land of Israel : (for the 10 But if they say thus, Come up unto Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make us ; then we will go up: for the LORD them swords or spears:)

hath delivered them into our hand; and 20 But all the Israelites went down to this shall be a sign unto us. the Philistines, to sharpen every man his 11 And both of them discoverell themshare, and his coulter, and his ax, and his selves unto the garrison of the Philistines :. mattock.

and the Philistines said, Behold, the He21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, | brews come forth out of the holes where and for the coulters, and for the forks, and they had hid themselves. for the axes, and to sharpen the goals. 12 And the men of the garrison an

22 So it came to pass in the day of bat- swered Jonathan and his armour-bearer, tle, that there was neither sword nor spear and said, Come up to us, and we will shew found in the hand of any of the people that you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his were with Saul and Jonathan : but with armour-bearer, Come up after me: for Saul and with Jonathan his son was there the LORD hath delivered them into the found.

hand of Israel. 23 And the garrison of the Philistines 13 And Jonathan climbed up upon went out to the passage of Michmash. his hands and upon his feet, and his ar


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CHAP. XIV. hindereth the victory. 249 mour-bearer after him: and they fell b. hat was in his hand, and dipped it in an fore Jonathan ; and his armour-bearer Toney-comb, and put his hand to his slew after him.

mouth ; and his eyes were enlightened. 14 And that first slaughter, which Jon- 28 Then answered one of the people, athan and his armour-bearer macle, wiis ind said, Thy father straitly charged the about twenty men, within as it were an people with an oath, saying, Cursed be half-acre of land, which a yoke of oxen the man that eateth any food this day. might plough.

And the people were funt. 15 And there was trembling in the host, 29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath in the field, and among all the people : troubled the land : see, I pray you, how the garrison, and the spoilers, they also mine eyes have been enlightened, because trembled, and the earth quaked : so it I tasted a little of this honey. was a very great trembling:

30 How much more, if haply the people 16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gib- || had eaten freely to-day of the spoil of eah of Benjamin looked; and behold, their enemies which they found ? for had the multitude melted away, and they went there not been now a much greater slaughon beating down one another.

ter among the Philistines ? 17 Then said Saul unto the people that 31 And they smote the Philistines that were with him, Number now, and see day from Michmash to Ajalon: and the who is gone from us. And when they had || people were very faint. numbered, behoid, Jonathan and his ar- 32 And the people flew upon the spoil, mair-bearer were not there.

and took sheep and oxen, and calves, and 18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring || slew them on the growd: and the people hither the ark of God. For the ark of | did eat them with the blood. God was at that time with the children of 33 ? Then they told Saul, saying, Be Israel.

hold, the people sin against the LORD, in 19 (And it came to pass while Saul talk- || that they eat with the blood. And he ed unto the priest, that the noise that was said, Ye have transgressed : roll a great in the host of the Philistines went on, and stone unto me this day. increased : and Saul said unto the priest, 34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves Withdraw thine hand.

among the people, and say unto them, 20 And Saul and all the people that Bring me híther every man his ox, and were with him assembled themselves, ll every man his shcep, and slay them here, and they came to the battle : and behold, and eat; and sin not against the Lord in every man's sword was against his fel- eating with the blood. And all the people low, and there was a very great dis- brought every man his ox with him that comfiture.

night, and slew them there. 21 Moreover the Hebrews that were 35 And Saul built an altar unto the with the Philistines before that time, LORD: the same was the first altar that which went up with them into the camp ne built unto the LORD : from the country round about, even they 36 { And Siul said, Let us go down after also turned to be with the Israelites that the Philistines by night, and spoil them were with Saul and Jonathan.

until the morning lighi, and let us not 22 Likewise all the men of Israel which leave a man of them. And they said, Do had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, | whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then when they heard that the Philistines fled, said the priest, Let us draw near hither even they also followed hard after them in unto God. the battle.

37 And Saul asked counsel of God, 23 So the LORD saved Israel that day: Shall I go down after the Philistines ? wilt and the battle passed over unto Beth-aven. thou deliver them into the hand of Israel?

24 F And the men of Israel were dis- But he answered him not that day. tressed that day: for Saul had adjured the 38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither people, saying, Cursed be the man that all the chief of the people : and know and eateth any food until evening, that I may see wherein this sin hath been this day. be avenged on mine enemies. So none of 39 For as the Lord liveth, which saythe people tasted any food.

eth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my 25 And all they of the land came to a son, he shall surely die. But there was wood; and there was honey upon the not a man among all the people that anground.

swered him. 26 And when the people were come

40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye into the wood, behold, the honey drop- on one side, and I and Jonathan my son ped ; but no man put his hand to his will be on the other side. And the peo mouth: for the people feared the oath. ple said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good

27 But Jonathan heard not when his. unto thee. father charged the people with the oath : 41 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD wherefore he put forth the end of the rod ll God of Israel, Give a perfeet lot. And

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250 Saul smiteth the Amalekites. I. SAMUEL.

He sfareth Agag. Saul and Jonathan were taken : but the an, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, people escaped.

camel and ass. 42 And Saul said, Cast lots between 4 And Saul gathered the penple togethme and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan er, and numbered them in Telaim, two was taken.

hundred thousand footmen, and ten thou43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tellsand men of Judah. me what thou hast done. And Jonathan 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, told him, and said, I did but taste a little and laid wait in the valley. honey with the end of the rod that was 6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, in mine hand, and lo, I must die.

depart, get you down from among the A44 And Saul answered, God do so, malekites, lest I destroy you with them : and more also : for thou shalt surely die, for ye shewed kindness to all the children Jonathan.

of Israel when they came up out of E45 And the people said unto Saul, gypt. So the Kenites departed from aShall Jonathan die, who hath wrought mong the Amalekites. this great salvation in Israel ? God for- 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from bid : as the LORD liveth, there shall not Havilah, until thou comest to Shur, that one hair of his head fall to the ground; is over against Egypt. for he hath wrought with God this day. 8 And he took Agagithe king of the ASo the people rescued Jonathan, that he malekites alive, and utterly destroyed all died not.

the people with the edge of the sword. 46 Then Saul went up from following 9 But Saul and the people spared Athe Philistines : and the Philistines went gag, and the best of the sheep, and of the to their own place.

oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, 47 S. Saul took the kingdom over Is- and all that was good, and would not utrael, and fought against all his enemies on terly destroy them: but every thing that every side, against Moab, and against the was vile and refuse, that they destroyed children of Ammon, and against Edom, utterly. and against the kings of Zobah, and a- 10 | Then came the word of the LORD gainst the Philistines : and whithersoever unto Samuel, saying, he turned himself, he vexed them.

11 It repenteth me that I have set up 48 And he gathered an host, and smote Saul to be king : for he has turned back the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out from following me, and hath not per of the hands of them that spoiled them. formed my commandments. And it

49 Now the sons of Sul were Jona- grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the than, and Ishui, and Melchi-shua : and LORD all night. the names of his two daughters were 12 And when Samuel rose early to meet these ; the name of the first-born Merab, Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, and the name of the younger Michal: saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold,

50 And the name of Saul's wife was he set him up a place, and is gone about, Altinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. the name of the captain of his host was 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle. said unto him, Blessed be thou of the

51 And Kish was the father of Saul ; LORD: I have performed the commandand Ner the father of Abner was the son ment of the LORD. of Abiel.

14 And Samuel said, What meaneth 52 And there was sore war against the then this bleating of the sheep in mine Pliilistines all the days of Saul: and when ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant hear? man, he took him unto him.

15 And Saul said, They have brought CHAP. XV.

them from the Amalekites : for the peo1 Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Ama- ple spared the best of the sheep and of

lek. 8 He spareth Agag, and the best of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy

the spoil. 32 Samuel killeth Agag. God; and the rest we have utterly deSA

AMUEL also said unto Saul, The stroyed.

LORD sent me to anoint thee to be 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, king over his people, over Israel: now and I will tell thee what the Lord hath therefore lrearken thou unto the voice of said to me this wight. And he said unto the words of the LORD.

him, Say on. 2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I re- 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast member that which Amalek did to Isra- little in thine own sight, wusl thou not el, how he laid wait for him in the way, | made the head of the tribes of Israel, when he came up from Egypt.

and the LORD anointed thee king over 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and ut- | Israel ? terly destroy all that they have, and spare 18 And the Lord sent thee on a jourthem pot; but slay boản man and wom- ney, and said, Go, and utterly destroy the

sinners the Amalekites, and fight against || and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah

Samuel killeth Agag.


He anointeth David. 251

34 | Then Samuel went to Ramah ; them until they be consumed.

19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey of Saul. the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon 35 And Samuel came no more to see the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Saul until the day of his death : neverLORD?

theless Samuel inourned for Saul : and the 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I LORD repented that he had made Saul have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and king over Israel. have gone the way which the LORD sent

CHAP. XVI. me, and have brought Agag the king of 1 Samuel sent by God under pretence of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the a sacrifice, cometh to Beth-lehem. 6. Amalekites.

His human judgment is reproved. 18 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep He anointeih David. should have been utterly destroyed, to saet A Nonghe le chousandunt of Samuel, How

long wilt thou mourn for Saulseecrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. ing I have rejected him from reigning

22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and great delight in burnt-offerings and sacri- go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehces, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? hemite: for I have provided me a king behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and among his sons. to hearken than the fat of rams.

2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witch- | Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the craft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. Word of the LORD, he hath also rejected 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I thee from being king:

will shew thee what thou shalt do: and 24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I simed: for I have transgressed the com- name unto thee. mandment of the LORD, and thy words; 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD because I feared the people, and obeyed spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the their voice.

elders of the town trembled at his coming, 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon and said, Comest thou peaceably? my sin, and turn again with me, that I 5 And he said, Peaceably : I'am come may worship the LORD.

to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify your 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will selves, and come with me to the sacrifice. not return with thee: for thou hast re- And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and jected the word of the LORD, and the called them to the sacrifice. Lord hath rejected thee from being king 6 | And it came to pass when they over Israel.

were come, that he looked on Eliab, and 27 And as Samuel turned about to go said, Surely the Lord's anointed is be away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his fore him. mantle, and it rent

7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look 28 And Samuel said unto him, The not on his countenance, or on the height LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from of his stature; because I have refused him: thee this day, and hath given it to a neigh- for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for bour of thine, that is better than thou. man looketh on the outward appearance,

29. And also the Strength of Israel will but the LORD looketh on the heart. not lie nor repent : for he is not a man, & Then Jesse called Abinadab, and that he should repent.

made him pass before Samuel. And he 30 Then he said, I have sinned : yet said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. honour me now, I pray thee, before the 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass elders of my people, and before Israel, by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD and turn again with me, that I may wor- chosen this. ship the LORD thy God.

10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons 31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said and Saul worshipped the LORD. unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen

32 { Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither these. to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are And Agag came unto him delicately. here all thy children? And he said, There And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, 252 Goliath's challenge. I. SAMUEL

he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said. 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath unto Jesse, Send and fetch him; for we made women childless, so shall thy moth- will not sit down till he come hither. er be childless among women. And Sam- 12 And lie sent, and brought him in, uel hewed Agag in pieces before the Now, he was ruddy, and withal of a beauLord in Gilgal.

tiful countenance, and goodly to look to.

death is past.

David accepteth its And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him : 4 And there went out a champion for this is he.

out of the camp of the Philistines, named 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six and anointed him in the midst of his breth- cubits and a span. ren: and the Spirit of the Lord came up- 5 And he had an helmet of brass upon on David from that day forward. So Sam- his head, and he was armed with a coat uel rose up, and went to Ramah.

of mail ; and the weight of the coat was 14 | But the Spirit of the LORD depart- five thousand shekels of brass. ed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the 6 And he had greaves of brass upon his LORD troubled him.

legs, and a target of brass between his 15 And Saul's servant said unto him, shoulders. Behold now, an evil spirit from God 7 And the staff of his spear was like a troubleth thee.

weaver's beam ; and his spear's head 16 Let our lord now command thy weig'ıed six hundred shekels of iron : and servants, which are before thee, to seek one bearing a shield went before him. out a man who is a cunning player on 8 And he stood and cried unto the ar. an harp: and it shall come to pass, when mies of Israel, and said unto them, Why the evil spirit from God is upon thee, are ye come out to set your battle in array? that he shall play with his hand, and thou am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to shalt be well.

Saul? choose you a man for you, and let 17 And Saul said unto his servants, || hin come down to me. Provide me now a man that can play well, 9 If he be able to fight with me, and and bring him to me.

to kill me, then will we be your servants : 18 Then answered one of the servants, but if I prevail against him, and kill him, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that is cunning in 10 And the Philistine said, I defy the playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a armies of Israel this day ; give me a man, man of war, and prudent in matters, and that we may right together. a comely person, and the LORD is with 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those him.

words of the Philistine, they were dismay19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers ed, and greatly afraid. unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy 12 s Now David was the son of that son, which is with the sheep.

Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-judah, whose 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and the man went among men for an old and sent them by David his son unto Saul man in the days of Saul.

21 And David came to Saul, and stood 13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse before him: and he loved him greatly ; went and followed Saul to the battle : and he became his armour-bearer.

ind the names of his three sons that 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Le went to the battle were Eliab the firstDavid, I pray thee, stand before me; for orn, and next unto him Abinadab, and he hath found favoar in my sight.

cine third Shammah. 23 And it came to pass, when the evit 14 And David was the youngest : and spirit from God was upon Saul, that David | the three ellest followed Sáui. took an harp, and played with his hand : 15 But David went and returned from so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and Saul to feed his father's sheep at Beth-lethe evil spirit departed from him.

hem. CHAP. XVII.

16 And the Philistine drew near morn1 The armies of the Israelites and Phi- | ing and evening, and presented himself

listines being ready to battle, 4 Goliath forty days. cometh proudly forth to challenge a 17 And Jesse said unto David his son, combat. 12 David accepteth the chal- Take now for thy brethren an ephah of lenge ; 38 and slayeth the giant. this parched corn, and these ten loaves, OW the Philistines gathered togeth- and run to the camp to thy brethren;

their armies to battle, and were 18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the gathered together at Shochoh, which be- captain of their thousand, and look how longeth to Judah, and pitched between thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men

2 And Saul and the men of Israel were of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, tightgathered together, and pitched by the ing with the Philistines. valley of Elah, and set the battle in array 20 | And David rose up early in the against the Philistines.

morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, 3 And the Philistines stood on a moun- und took, and went, as Jesse had comtain on the one side, and Israel stood on manded him ; and he came to the trench, á mountain on the other side: and there is the host was going forth to the fight, suas a valley between them.

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