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1Samuel 16
New King James Version

David Anointed King

16Now the LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons."H3068H559H8050H56H7586H3988H4427H3478H4390H7161H8081H3212H7971H3448H1022H7200H4428H1121 2And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears 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 3"Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you."H7121H3448H2077H3045H6213H4886H559 4So Samuel did what the LORD said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, "Do you come peaceably?"H8050H6213H3068H1696H935H1035H2205H5892H2729H7125H559H935H7965 5And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.H559H7965H935H2076H3068H6942H935H2077H6942H3448H1121H7121H2077 6So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him."H935H7200H446H559H3068H4899 7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."H3068H559H8050H5027H4758H1364H6967H3988H120H7200H120H7200H5869H3068H7200H3824 8So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And 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 10Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these."H3448H7651H1121H5674H6440H8050H8050H559H3448H3068H977 11And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here."H8050H559H3448H8552H5288H559H7604H6996H7462H6629H8050H559H3448H7971H3947H5437H935H6311 12So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!"H7971H935H132H5973H3303H5869H2896H7210H3068H559H6965H4886 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.H8050H3947H7161H8081H4886H7130H251H7307H3068H6743H1732H3117H4605H8050H6965H3212H7414

A Distressing Spirit Troubles Saul

14But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.H7307H3068H5493H7586H7451H7307H3068H1204 15And Saul's servants said to him, "Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you.H7586H5650H559H7451H7307H430H1204 16"Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well."H113H559H5650H6440H1245H376H3045H5059H3658H7451H7307H430H5059H3027H2895 17So Saul said to his servants, "Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me."H7586H559H5650H7200H376H5059H3190H935 18Then one of the servants answered and said, "Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him."H6030H259H5288H559H7200H1121H3448H1022H3045H5059H1368H2428H376H4421H995H1697H8389H376H3068 19Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me your son David, who is with the sheep."H7586H7971H4397H3448H559H7971H1732H1121H6629 20And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by his son David to Saul.H3448H3947H2543H3899H4997H3196H259H1423H5795H7971H3027H1732H1121H7586 21So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer.H1732H935H7586H5975H6440H157H3966H5375H3627 22Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight."H7586H7971H3448H559H1732H5975H6440H4672H2580H5869 23And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.H7307H430H7586H1732H3947H3658H5059H3027H7586H7304H2895H7451H7307H5493


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