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The ark at Beth-Shemesh.

5 Wherefore ye shall make images to your emerods, and ho of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give h glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighteni his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land. 6 Wherefore then do ye harden four hearts, as the Egyptiansk and

haraoh hardened their hearts : when he had wrought, 2 wonderfully among them, did they not let 3 the people go, and they departed ol 7 Now therefore make a new m cart, and take two mileh kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them :

And take the ark of the LORD,

and lay it upon the cart; and put the n jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go.

9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Beth-shemesh, o then 4 he p hath done us this great evil: but if not, then q we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us; it was a chance that happened to us. 10 *s And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.

11 And they laid the ark of the y

LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold, and the images of their emerods, 12 And the kine took the straight ...} to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistimes went after them unto the border of Beth-shemesh. 13 And they of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat-harvest in the valley; and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to See it, 14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone : and r they cłave the wood 9f the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the Lord. 15 And the sevites took down the ark of the LoRD, and the coffer that was with it, whérein the jewels of gold were, and put them on the great Stone : and the men of Beth-she

mesh offered burnt offerings and

Sacrificed sacrifices the same day lunto the LORD. 16And when the fives lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron t the same day,

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Israelites repent at Mizpeh. 17 And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD ; for u Ashdod one, for Gaza w one, for Askelon w one, for Gath r one, for Ekron one ; 18 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities, and of | Country villages, even unto the 6 great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LoRD; which Stone remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite. 19 of And he smote the men of Beth-Shemesh, because y they hail looked into the ark of the LoRD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter. 20 And the men of Beth-Shemesh said, Who z is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us? a 21 of And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, b saying, The , Philistines have brought o the ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to

you. - CHAPTER VII. They of Kirjath-jearim bring the ark into the house of Abinadab, to keep it. ND the men of Kirjath-jearim came and fetched a up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of b Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified c Eleazar His son to keep the ark of the LORD. 2 And it came to pass, while the

6.ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that

the time was long; for it was | twenty years : and all the house of Israel lamented d after the LORD And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return e unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put f away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare g your | hearts unto the LoRD, and serve him h only ; and he i will deliver you out of the hand of the Philis

tin CŞ. 4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim k and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only, 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD. 6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured l it out before the iono. and fasted on that day, and said there, The Philistines subdued.

Wem have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel_judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh. 7 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8 Ants the children of Israel said to Samuel, 1 Cease not to cry unto the LORD Our God for n us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines. And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt of fering wholly unto the LORD : and Samuel cried unto the LoRp for Israel; and the LORD 2 heard 0 him. d as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited p them; and they were smitten before Israel. 11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistimes, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car. 12 Then Samuel took a stone, q and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it 8 Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us. 13 *|| So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath ; and the coasts thereof did israei deliver out of the hands of the Philistines : and there was peace between Israel and the Amorites. 15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 And he went from year to year 4 in circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places, 17 And his return was to Ramah;r for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD. HAPTER VIII.

By occasion of the ill government of Samuel's sons, the Israelites ask a

to . ND it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his first born was i Joel ; and the name of his


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The manner of a king. second, Abiah: they were judges in eer—sheba. 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucreg and took bribes, b and perverted judgment. 4 "Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5 And said unto him, Behold, thout art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king c to judge us like all the nations. 6 *| But the thing 2 displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us ; and Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for d they have not rejected thee but they have rejected me, that f should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore 3 hearken unto their voice : 4 howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew e them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. 10 *| And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. 11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you : He will take your Sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14. And he will take your fields, f and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his 5 officers, and to his ServantS. 16 And he will take your menservants, and your maid-servants and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep; and ye shall be his servants 18 And ye shall cry out in that

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day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hearg you in that day. 19 "T Nevertheless the people refusedh to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we wiii have a king over us; 20 That we also may be like i all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and sight our battles. 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the i. ople, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. 22 And the LORD said to Samuel Hearken k unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city. CHAPTER IX. 19 Samuel entertaineth Saul at the feast. 25 Samuel, after Secret communication, bringeth Saul on his way. OW there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, a the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, I a Benjamite, a mighty man of 2 power. 2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly; and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he from his shoulders and upward he was b higher than any of the people. 3 And the asses of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. 4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, c but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not : and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not. 5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us. 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city ad man of God, and he is an honourable man; alle that he saith cometh surely to pass : now let us go thither ; peradventure he can shew us our Way that we should go. 7 Then said Saul to his servant But, behold swego, what f shall We bring the man? for the bread is * spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what 4 have we?

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8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, 5 I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way. 9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer : for he that is now d. Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.g) 10 Then said Saul to his servant, 6. Well said; come, let us go : so they went unto the city where the man of God was. 11 *s And as they went up 7 the hill to the city, they found young maidens h going out to draw water, and Said unto them, Is the seer here 7 12 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, is before you : make haste now, for he came to day, to the city; for there is a 8 sacrifice i of the people to day ink the high place : 13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall o find him, before he go up to the #, place to eat : for the people wiłs not eat until he come, because he doth bless t the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up ; for about 9 this time ye shall find him. 14 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place. 15 T Now the Lostphad 10 told m Samuel in his ear a day before Saul camo, saying. 16. To morrow, about this time, 1 will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint n him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Ph. listines: for I have looked o upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. 17 And when Samuel saw Saul the LORD said unto him, £ehold the man whom I spake to thee of: this p same shall 11 reign over my


ple. P. Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, 1 pray thee, where the seer's house is. 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell q thee all that is in thine heart. 20 And as for thine asses r that were lost 12 three days ago, set not thy mund on them; for they are Saul anointed.

found. And on whom is all the desire s of Israel ! Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house? 21 And Saul answered and said, Am not a Benjamite, of the smallest t of the tribes of Israel 4 and my family w the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin § wherefore then speakest thou 13 so to me ! 22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons. 23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. 24 And the cook took up the v shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is 14 left! set it before thee, and eat; for unto this time hath it been kept for thee, since 1 said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day. 25 off And when they were comew down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top a of the house. 26 And they arose early : and it came to pass, about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. 27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still 15 a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. CHAPTER. X. 1 Samuel anointeth Saul. 2 He conrmeth him by prediction. HEN a Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured, it upon his head, and b kissed him, and said, is is not because the iorp hath anointed thee to be captain c over his inheritance 7 d 2. When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre e in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; f and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found : and lo, thy father hath left the i care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son 7 3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there


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Saul prophesucth. shall meet thee three men going up to God to Beth-el, g one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine : 4 And they will 2 salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread: which thou shalt receive of their hands. 5 After that thou shalt come to the hill h of God, where is the garrison i of the Philistines : and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high k place with a psaltery l and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them ; and they shall prophesy: m 6 And the Spirit n of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 7 And 3 let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, 4 that thou do as QCCasion scrve thee ; for God is with thee. 8 And thou shaft go down before me to Gilgal ; o and behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice Sacrifices of peace offerings : seven p days shalt thou tarry, till 1 come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do. 9 *|| And it was so, that when he had turned his 5 back to go from Samuel, God 6 gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold a company of prophets met him ; and the Spirit of God came q upon him, and he prophesied among them. 11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him before-time saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said 7 one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is r Saul also among the prophets? 12 And ome 8 of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets : 13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. 14 of And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to



15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto


Saul chosen at Mizpeh. 16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not. 17 's And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh; s - 18 Amd said unto the children of Israel, Thus t saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed

you : .19 And w ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved w you out of all your adversities, and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD w by your tribes, and by your thousands. 2) And when Samuei had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken. 21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish Was taken : and when they sought him he could not be found. 22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff. 23 And they ran and fetched him thence : and when he stood among the people, he a was higher than any of the people, from his shoulders and upward. 24 And Samuel said to all the †. See ye him whom the LORD math chosen, that there is none like him among all the people 1 And all the people shouted, and said, * God save the king. 25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and Wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. 26 of And Saul also went home to Gibeah ; y and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. 27 of But the children z of Belial said, How shall this man save \ls? And they despised him, and brought him no presents, a But he *" held his peace.


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b Jabesh-gilead : and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make c a covenant with us, and we will Serve thee. 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this d condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach e upon all Israel. 3 And the elders of Jahesh said unto him, 1 Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee. 4 * Then came the messengers to f Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept. 5 And behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep 1 And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh. 6 And g the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly, 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces h and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever i cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out 2 with one consent. 8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, k the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thouSand. 9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shali have 3 help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and l they were glad. 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, Tomorrow we will come out m unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you. 11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three n. companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morningwatch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day; and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together. 12 's And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, o Shall Saul reign over us? bring p

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