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1 Samuel 16:1-23

16  And Jehovah said to Samuel “How long will you keep mourning over Saul, when I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go, I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite; for I have picked out a king among his sons.” 2  And Samuel said “How am I to go? Saul would hear of it and kill me.” And Jehovah said “You are to take with you a heifer calf, and say ‘I have come to sacrifice to Jehovah,’ 3  and invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what to do; and you are to anoint for me the one I tell you to.” 4  And Samuel did what Jehovah had said, and came to Bethlehem; and the elders of the city came to meet him in alarm, and said “Your coming means that all is well?” 5  and he said “It does; I have come to sacrifice to Jehovah; hallow yourselves and hold festival with me today”; and he hallowed Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6*  And when they came in and he saw Eliab, he thought “It must be Jehovah’s warden, his anointed”; 7  but Jehovah said to Samuel “Do not look at his appearance and his tallness, for I have rejected him; for it is not what man sees, for man sees by the eyes but Jehovah sees by the heart.” 8  And Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass before Samuel; and he said “Jehovah has not chosen this one either.” 9  And Jesse had Shammah pass; and he said “Jehovah has not chosen this one either.” 10  And Jesse had all seven of his sons pass before Samuel; and Samuel said to Jesse “Jehovah has not chosen these.” 11*  And Samuel said to Jesse “Is this all there are of the boys?” and he said “There still remains the youngest: he is out shepherding.” And Samuel said to Jesse “Send and get him; for we will not sit down till he is here.” 12  And he sent and brought him—a ruddy, handsome-eyed, good-looking youth—and Jehovah said “There, anoint him: this is the one.” 13  And Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the spirit of Jehovah seized upon David from that day on. And Samuel went off to Ramah. 14  And the spirit of Jehovah had gone away from Saul, and a bad spirit from Jehovah used to overwhelm him. 15  And Saul’s officers said to him “There is a bad divine spirit overwhelming you; 16  say the word, sir,—your servants are before you,—have them look up a man expert as a lyre-player, and when there is a bad divine spirit on you he shall play his music and you will be better.” 17  And Saul said to his officers “Pick me out a man who plays well and bring him to me.” 18  And one of the henchmen answered “I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is expert at playing, and a man of energy and a fighter, and discreet in word, and a fine figure, and Jehovah is with him.” 19  And Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said “Send me your son David, the one who is with the sheep”; 20*  and Jesse took a load of bread and a bag of wine and one kid and sent them to Saul by his son David. 21  And David came to Saul and presented himself before him, and Saul took a great liking to him and had him as squire. 22  And Saul sent word to Jesse “Let David be in my service, because I like him.” 23  And when there was a divine spirit on Saul David would take his lyre and play his music, and Saul would be easier and better, and the bad spirit would go away from him.

Footnotes

16:6 Codd.* It must be that Jehovah’s anointed is in his presence
16:11 Or we shall not
16:20 (load of bread) Unc.; susp.