1Eventually Jehovah said to Samuel: “For how long will you be mourning for Saul, while I, on the other hand, have rejected him from ruling as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I shall send you to Jes′se the Beth′le‧hem‧ite, because I have provided among his sons a king for myself.”2But Samuel said: “How can I go? Once Saul has heard of it he will certainly kill me.” And Jehovah went on to say: “A young cow of the herd you should take with you, and you must say, ‘To sacrifice to Jehovah is why I have come.’3And you must call Jes′se to the sacrifice; and I, for my part, shall make known to you what you should do, and you must anoint for me the one whom I designate to you.”
4And Samuel proceeded to do what Jehovah spoke. When he came to Beth′le‧hem the older men of the city began to tremble at meeting him, and so they said: “Does your coming mean peace?”5To this he said: “It means peace. To sacrifice to Jehovah is why I have come. Sanctify yourselves, and YOU must come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he sanctified Jes′se and his sons, after which he called them to the sacrifice.6And it came about that, as they came in and he caught sight of E‧li′ab, he at once said: “Surely his anointed one is before Jehovah.”7But Jehovah said to Samuel: “Do not look at his appearance and at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For not the way man sees [is the way God sees], because mere man sees what appears to the eyes; but as for Jehovah, he sees what the heart is.”8Then Jes′se called A‧bin′a‧dab and had him pass before Samuel, but he said: “Neither has Jehovah chosen this one.”9Next Jes′se had Sham′mah pass by, but he said: “Neither has Jehovah chosen this one.”10So Jes′se had seven of his sons pass before Samuel; still Samuel said to Jes′se: “Jehovah has not chosen these.”
11Finally Samuel said to Jes′se: “Are these all the boys?” To this he said: “The youngest one has till now been left out, and, look! he is pasturing the sheep.” At that Samuel said to Jes′se: “Do send and fetch him, because we shall not sit down to meal until his coming here.”12Accordingly he sent and had him come. Now he was ruddy, a young man with beautiful eyes and handsome in appearance. Then Jehovah said: “Get up, anoint him, for this is he!”13Accordingly Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the spirit of Jehovah began to be operative upon David from that day forward. Later Samuel rose and went his way to Ra′mah.
14And the very spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and a bad spirit from Jehovah terrorized him.15And the servants of Saul began to say to him: “Here, now, God’s bad spirit is terrorizing you.16Let our lord, please, command your servants before you that they should look for a skilled man playing upon the harp. And it must occur that, when God’s bad spirit comes to be upon you, he will have to play with his hand, and it will certainly be well with you.”17So Saul said to his servants: “Provide me, please, a man doing well at playing, and YOU must bring him to me.”
18And one of the attendants proceeded to answer and say: “Look! I have seen how a son of Jes′se the Beth′le‧hem‧ite is skilled at playing, and he is a valiant, mighty man and a man of war and an intelligent speaker and a well‐formed man, and Jehovah is with him.”19Then Saul sent messengers to Jes′se and said: “Do send to me David your son, who is with the flock.”20So Jes′se took an ass, bread and a skin bottle of wine and a kid of the goats and sent them by the hand of David his son to Saul.21Thus David came to Saul and attended upon him; and he got to loving him very much, and he came to be his armor‐bearer.22Consequently Saul sent to Jes′se, saying: “Let David, please, keep attending upon me, for he has found favor in my eyes.”23And it occurred that, when God’s spirit came to be upon Saul, David took the harp and played with his hand; and there was relief for Saul and it was well with him, and the bad spirit departed from upon him.