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1Samuel 16
Good News Translation

David Is Anointed King

16The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you go on grieving over Saul? I have rejected him as king of Israel. But now get some olive oil and go to Bethlehem, to a man named Jesse, because I have chosen one of his sons to be king."H3068H559H8050H56H7586H3988H4427H3478H4390H7161H8081H3212H7971H3448H1022H7200H4428H1121 2"How can I do that?" Samuel asked. "If Saul hears about it, he will kill me!" The LORD answered, "Take a calf with you and say that you are there to offer a sacrifice to the LORD.H8050H559H3212H7586H8085H2026H3068H559H3947H1241H5697H3027H559H935H2076H3068 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will tell you what to do. You will anoint as king the man I tell you to."H7121H3448H2077H3045H6213H4886H559 4Samuel did what the LORD told him to do and went to Bethlehem, where the city leaders came trembling to meet him and asked, "Is this a peaceful visit, seer?"H8050H6213H3068H1696H935H1035H2205H5892H2729H7125H559H935H7965 5"Yes," he answered. "I have come to offer a sacrifice to the LORD. Purify yourselves and come with me." He also told Jesse and his sons to purify themselves, and he invited them to the sacrifice.H559H7965H935H2076H3068H6942H935H2077H6942H3448H1121H7121H2077 6When they arrived, Samuel saw Jesse's son Eliab and said to himself, "This man standing here in the LORD's presence is surely the one he has chosen."H935H7200H446H559H3068H4899 7But the LORD said to him, "Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart."H3068H559H8050H5027H4758H1364H6967H3988H120H7200H120H7200H5869H3068H7200H3824 8Then Jesse called his son Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. But Samuel said, "No, the LORD hasn't chosen him either."H3448H7121H41H5674H6440H8050H559H3068H977 9Jesse then brought Shammah. "No, the LORD hasn't chosen him either," Samuel said.H3448H8048H5674H559H3068H977 10In this way Jesse brought seven of his sons to Samuel. And Samuel said to him, "No, the LORD hasn't chosen any of these."H3448H7651H1121H5674H6440H8050H8050H559H3448H3068H977 11Then he asked him, "Do you have any more sons?" Jesse answered, "There is still the youngest, but he is out taking care of the sheep." "Tell him to come here," Samuel said. "We won't offer the sacrifice until he comes."H8050H559H3448H8552H5288H559H7604H6996H7462H6629H8050H559H3448H7971H3947H5437H935H6311 12So Jesse sent for him. He was a handsome, healthy young man, and his eyes sparkled. The LORD said to Samuel, "This is the one - anoint him!"H7971H935H132H5973H3303H5869H2896H7210H3068H559H6965H4886 13Samuel took the olive oil and anointed David in front of his brothers. Immediately the spirit of the LORD took control of David and was with him from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.H8050H3947H7161H8081H4886H7130H251H7307H3068H6743H1732H3117H4605H8050H6965H3212H7414

David in Saul’s Court

14The LORD's spirit left Saul, and an evil spirit sent by the LORD tormented him.H7307H3068H5493H7586H7451H7307H3068H1204 15His servants said to him, "We know that an evil spirit sent by God is tormenting you.H7586H5650H559H7451H7307H430H1204 16So give us the order, sir, and we will look for a man who knows how to play the harp. Then when the evil spirit comes on you, the man can play his harp, and you will be all right again."H113H559H5650H6440H1245H376H3045H5059H3658H7451H7307H430H5059H3027H2895 17Saul ordered them, "Find me a man who plays well and bring him to me."H7586H559H5650H7200H376H5059H3190H935 18One of his attendants said, "Jesse of the town of Bethlehem has a son who is a good musician. He is also a brave and handsome man, a good soldier, and an able speaker. The LORD is with him."H6030H259H5288H559H7200H1121H3448H1022H3045H5059H1368H2428H376H4421H995H1697H8389H376H3068 19So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, the one who takes care of the sheep."H7586H7971H4397H3448H559H7971H1732H1121H6629 20Jesse sent David to Saul with a young goat, a donkey loaded with bread, and a leather bag full of wine.H3448H3947H2543H3899H4997H3196H259H1423H5795H7971H3027H1732H1121H7586 21David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much and chose him as the man to carry his weapons.H1732H935H7586H5975H6440H157H3966H5375H3627 22Then Saul sent a message to Jesse: "I like David. Let him stay here in my service."H7586H7971H3448H559H1732H5975H6440H4672H2580H5869 23From then on, whenever the evil spirit sent by God came on Saul, David would get his harp and play it. The evil spirit would leave, and Saul would feel better and be all right again.H7307H430H7586H1732H3947H3658H5059H3027H7586H7304H2895H7451H7307H5493


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