16The LORD said to Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because I have selected a king from his sons."H3068H559H8050H56H7586H3988H4427H3478H4390H7161H8081H3212H7971H3448H1022H7200H4428H1121 2Samuel asked, "How can I go? Saul will hear [about it] and kill me!" The LORD answered, "Take a young cow with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'H8050H559H3212H7586H8085H2026H3068H559H3947H1241H5697H3027H559H935H2076H3068 3Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what you are to do. You are to anoint for Me the one I indicate to you."H7121H3448H2077H3045H6213H4886H559 4Samuel did what the LORD directed and went to Bethlehem. When the elders of the town met him, they trembled and asked, "Do you come in peace?"H8050H6213H3068H1696H935H1035H2205H5892H2729H7125H559H935H7965 5"In peace," he replied. "I've come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.H559H7965H935H2076H3068H6942H935H2077H6942H3448H1121H7121H2077 6When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, "Certainly the LORD's anointed one is here before Him."H935H7200H446H559H3068H4899 7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart."H3068H559H8050H5027H4758H1364H6967H3988H120H7200H120H7200H5869H3068H7200H3824 8Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. "The LORD hasn't chosen this one either," Samuel said.H3448H7121H41H5674H6440H8050H559H3068H977 9Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, "The LORD hasn't chosen this one either."H3448H8048H5674H559H3068H977 10After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, "The LORD hasn't chosen any of these."H3448H7651H1121H5674H6440H8050H8050H559H3448H3068H977 11Samuel asked him, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," he answered, "but right now he's tending the sheep." Samuel told Jesse, "Send for him. We won't sit down to eat until he gets here."H8050H559H3448H8552H5288H559H7604H6996H7462H6629H8050H559H3448H7971H3947H5437H935H6311 12So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy, handsome appearance. Then the LORD said, "Anoint him, for he is the one."H7971H935H132H5973H3303H5869H2896H7210H3068H559H6965H4886 13So Samuel took the horn of oil, anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the LORD took control of David from that day forward. Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.H8050H3947H7161H8081H4886H7130H251H7307H3068H6743H1732H3117H4605H8050H6965H3212H7414 14Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD began to torment him,H7307H3068H5493H7586H7451H7307H3068H1204 15so Saul's servants said to him, "You see that an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.H7586H5650H559H7451H7307H430H1204 16Let our lord command your servants here in your presence to look for someone who knows how to play the harp. Whenever the evil spirit from God [troubles] you, that person can play the harp, and you will feel better."H113H559H5650H6440H1245H376H3045H5059H3658H7451H7307H430H5059H3027H2895 17Then Saul commanded his servants, "Find me someone who plays well and bring him to me."H7586H559H5650H7200H376H5059H3190H935 18One of the young men answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play [the harp]. He is also a valiant man, a warrior, eloquent, handsome, and the LORD is with him."H6030H259H5288H559H7200H1121H3448H1022H3045H5059H1368H2428H376H4421H995H1697H8389H376H3068 19Then Saul dispatched messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."H7586H7971H4397H3448H559H7971H1732H1121H6629 20So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and one young goat and sent them by his son David to Saul.H3448H3947H2543H3899H4997H3196H259H1423H5795H7971H3027H1732H1121H7586 21When David came to Saul and entered his service, Saul admired him greatly, and David became his armor-bearer.H1732H935H7586H5975H6440H157H3966H5375H3627 22Then Saul sent word to Jesse: "Let David remain in my service, for I am pleased with him."H7586H7971H3448H559H1732H5975H6440H4672H2580H5869 23Whenever the spirit from God [troubled] Saul, David would pick up his harp and play, and Saul would then be relieved, feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.H7307H430H7586H1732H3947H3658H5059H3027H7586H7304H2895H7451H7307H5493
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