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1Samuel 16
New Revised Standard Version

David Anointed as King

16The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons."H3068H559H8050H56H7586H3988H4427H3478H4390H7161H8081H3212H7971H3448H1022H7200H4428H1121 2Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'H8050H559H3212H7586H8085H2026H3068H559H3947H1241H5697H3027H559H935H2076H3068 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you."H7121H3448H2077H3045H6213H4886H559 4Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, "Do you come peaceably?"H8050H6213H3068H1696H935H1035H2205H5892H2729H7125H559H935H7965 5He said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.H559H7965H935H2076H3068H6942H935H2077H6942H3448H1121H7121H2077 6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is now before the LORD."H935H7200H446H559H3068H4899 7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."H3068H559H8050H5027H4758H1364H6967H3988H120H7200H120H7200H5869H3068H7200H3824 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."H3448H7121H41H5674H6440H8050H559H3068H977 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."H3448H8048H5674H559H3068H977 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen any of these."H3448H7651H1121H5674H6440H8050H8050H559H3448H3068H977 11Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here."H8050H559H3448H8552H5288H559H7604H6996H7462H6629H8050H559H3448H7971H3947H5437H935H6311 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one."H7971H935H132H5973H3303H5869H2896H7210H3068H559H6965H4886 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.H8050H3947H7161H8081H4886H7130H251H7307H3068H6743H1732H3117H4605H8050H6965H3212H7414

David Plays the Lyre for Saul

14Now the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.H7307H3068H5493H7586H7451H7307H3068H1204 15And Saul's servants said to him, "See now, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.H7586H5650H559H7451H7307H430H1204 16Let our lord now command the servants who attend you to look for someone who is skillful in playing the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will feel better."H113H559H5650H6440H1245H376H3045H5059H3658H7451H7307H430H5059H3027H2895 17So Saul said to his servants, "Provide for me someone who can play well, and bring him to me."H7586H559H5650H7200H376H5059H3190H935 18One of the young men answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a warrior, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence; and the LORD is with him."H6030H259H5288H559H7200H1121H3448H1022H3045H5059H1368H2428H376H4421H995H1697H8389H376H3068 19So Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me your son David who is with the sheep."H7586H7971H4397H3448H559H7971H1732H1121H6629 20Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a kid, and sent them by his son David to Saul.H3448H3947H2543H3899H4997H3196H259H1423H5795H7971H3027H1732H1121H7586 21And David came to Saul, and entered his service. Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.H1732H935H7586H5975H6440H157H3966H5375H3627 22Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight."H7586H7971H3448H559H1732H5975H6440H4672H2580H5869 23And whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, and the evil spirit would depart from him.H7307H430H7586H1732H3947H3658H5059H3027H7586H7304H2895H7451H7307H5493


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