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Jonathan's exploit. I. SAMUEL

Saul joineth him. uate northward over against Mich-earth quaked : so it was a very great mash, and the other southward over trembling. against Gibeah.

16 And the watchmen of Saul in 6 And Jonathan said to the young Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, man that bare his armour, Come, behold, the multitude melted away, and let us go over unto the garrison and they went on beating down one of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us: for 17 Then said Saul unto the people there is no restraint to the Lord to that were with him, Number now, save by many or by few.

and see who is gone from us. And 7 And his armourbearer said unto when they had numbered, behold, him, Do all that is in thy heart: Jonathan and his armourbearer were turn thee; behold, I am with thee not there. according to thy heart.

18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, 8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we Bring hither the ark of God: for the will pass over unto these men, and ark of God was at that time with the we will discover ourselves unto children of Israel. them.

19 And it came to pass, while Saul 9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry talked unto the priest, that the noise until we come to you ; then we will that was in the host of the Philisstand still in our place, and will not tines went on and increased: and go up unto them.

Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw 10 But if they say thus, Come up thine hand. unto us; then we will go up: for 20 And Saul and all the people that the LORD hath delivered them into were with him assembled themselves our hand; and this shall be a sign and they came to the battle: and, be unto us.

hold, every man's sword was agains 11 And both of them discovered his fellow, and there was a very grea themselves unto the garrison of the discomfiture. Philistines: and the Philistines said, 21 Moreover, the Hebrews that wer Behold, the Hebrews come forth out with the Philistines before that time of the holes where they had hid which went up with them into th themselves.

camp from the country round abou 12 And the men of the garrison even they also turned to be with th answered Jonathan and his armour- Israelites that were with Saul an bearer, and said, Come up to us, Jonathan. and we will shew you a thing. And 22 Likewise all the men of Isra Jonathan said unto his armour- which had hid themselves in mou bearer, Come up after me: for the Ephraim, when they heard that t Lord hath delivered them into the Philistines fled, even they also f hand of Israel.

lowed hard after them in the batt 13 And Jonathan climbed up upon 23 So the LORD saved Israel tb his hands and upon his feet, and his day: and the battle passed over ur armourbearer after him: and they Beth-aven. fell before Jonathan; and his ar 24 T And the men of Israel w mourbearer slew after him.

distressed that day: for Saul had a 14 And that first slaughter, which jured the people, saying, Cursed Jonathan and his armourbearer the man that eateth any food w made, was about twenty men, with evening, that I may be avenged in as it were a half acre of land, mine enemies. So none of the which a yoke of oxen might plough. ple tasted any food. 15 And there was trembling in 25 And all they of the land cam the host, in the field, and among all a wood; and there was honey the people: the garrison, and the the ground. spoilers, they also trembled, and the 26 And when the people were c


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Jonathan's trespass. into the wood, behold, the honey spoil them until the morning light, dropped; but no man put his hand and let us not leave a man of them. to his mouth: for the people feared And they said, Do whatsoever seemthe oath.

eth good unto thee. Then said the 27 But Jonathan heard not when priest, Let us draw near hither unto his father charged the people with God. the oath: wherefore he put forth the 37 And Saul asked counsel of God, end of the rod that was in his hand, Shall I go down after the Philisand dipped it in a honeycomb, and tines ? wilt thou deliver them into put his hand to his mouth; and his the hand of Israel ? But he answereyes were enlightened.

ed him not that day. 28 Then answered one of the peo 38 And Saul said, Draw ye near ple, and said, Thy father straitly hither, all the chief of the people : charged the people with an oath, and know and see wherein this sin saying, Cursed be the man that eat- hath been this day: eth any food this day. And the peo 39 For, as the LORD liveth, which ple were faint.

saveth Israel, though it be in Jona29 Then said Jonathan, My father than my son, he shall surely die. hath troubled the land: see, I pray But there was not a man among all you, how mine eyes have been en- the people that answered him. lightened, because I tasted a little 40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be of this honey.

ye on one side, and I and Jonathan 30 How much more, if haply the my son will be on the other side. people had eaten freely to day of And the people said unto Saul, Do the spoil of their enemies which they what seemeth good unto thee. found? for bad there not been now 41 Therefore Saul said unto the a much greater slaughter among the Lord God of Israel, Give a perfect Philistines?

lot. And Saul and Jonathan were
31 And they smote the Philistines taken: but the people escaped.
that day from Michmash to Aijalon: 42 And Saul said, Cast lots be-
and the people were very faint. tween me and Jonathan my son.

32 And the people flew upon the And Jonathan was taken.
spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan,
calves, and slew them on the ground: Tell me what thou hast done. And
and the people did eat them with the Jonathan told him, and said, I did

but taste a little honey with the end
33 Then they told Saul, saying, Be- of the rod that was in mine hand,
hold, the people sin against the LORD, and, lo, I must die.
in that they eat with the blood. And 44 And Saul answered, God do so
he said, Ye have transgressed: roll and more also: for thou shalt surely
a great stone unto me this day. die, Jonathan.
34 And Saul said, Disperse your-| 45 And the people said unto
selves among the people, and say Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath
unto them, Bring me hither every wrought this great salvation in Is-
man his ox, and every man his rael? God forbid: as the LORD liv-
sheep, and slay them here, and eat; eth, there shall not one hair of his
and sin not against the LORD in eat head fall to the ground; for he hath
ing with the blood. And all the peo- wrought with God this day. So the
ple brought every man his ox with people rescued Jonathan, that he
him that night, and slew them there. died not.

35 And Saul built an altar unto the 46 Then Saul went up from fol-
LORD: the same was the first altar lowing the Philistines : and the Phi-
that he built unto the LORD. listines went to their own place.
36 And Saul said, Let us go down 47 So Saul took the kingdom
after the Philistines by night, and over Israel, and fought against all

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The ways of Saul.


He spareth Agag. his enemies on every side, against 5 And Saul came to a city of Moab, and against the children of Amalek, and laid wait in the valAmmon, and against Edom, and ( ley. against the kings of Zobah, and 6 And Saul said unto the Kenites, against the Philistines: and whith- Go,depart,get you down from among ersoever he turned himself, he vexed the Amalekites, lest I destroy you them,

with them: for ye shewed kindness 48 And he gathered a host, and to all the children of Israel, when smote the Amalekites, and deliver they came up out of Egypt. So the ed Israel out of the bands of them Kenites departed from among the that spoiled them.

Amalekites. 49 Now the sons of Saul were Jon-| 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites athan, and Ishui, and Malchishua : from Havilah until thou comest to and the names of his two daughters Shur, that is over against Egypt. were these; the name of the firstborn 8 And he took Agag the king of Merab, and the name of the younger the Amalekites alive, and utterly Michal :

destroyed all the people with the 50 And the name of Saul's wife edge of the sword. was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahi 9 But Saul and the people spared maaz: and the name of the captain Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and Saul's uncle.

the lambs, and all that was good, and 51 And Kish was the father of Saul; would not utterly destroy them: but and Ner the father of Abner was the every thing that was vile and refuse, son of Abiel.

that they destroyed utterly, 52 And there was sore war against 10 Then came the word of the the Philistines all the days of Saul: LORD unto Samuel, saying, and when Saul saw any strong man, 11 It repenteth me that I have set or any valiant man, he took him un-up Saul to be king: for he is turned to him.

back from following me, and hath CHAPTER XV.

not performed my commandments.

And it grieved Samuel; and he cried Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amalek. 6 Saul favoureth the Kenites. 8 He sparelh Agay and unto the LORD all night. the best of the spoil. 10 Samuel announceth unto 12 And when Samuel rose early to Saul God's rejection of him for his disobedience. meet Saul in the morning, it was 24 Snul's humiliation. 32 Samuel killeth Agaz. 34 Samuel and Saul part.

told Samuel, saying, Saul came to AMUEL also said unto Saul, The Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a

be king over his people, over Israel: ed on, and gone down to Gilgal. now therefore hearken thou unto the 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and voice of the words of the Lord. Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou

2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I of the LORD: I have performed the remember that which Amalek did to commandment of the LORD. Israel, how he laid wait for him in 14 And Samuel said, What meanthe way, when he came up from eth then this bleating of the sheep Egypt.

in mine ears, and the lowing of the 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and oxen which I hear? utterly destroy all that they have, 15 And Saul said, They have and spare them not; but slay both brought them from the Amalekman and woman, infant and suck- ites: for the people spared the best ling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. of the sheep and of the oxen, to sac

4 And Saul gathered the people to- rifice unto the Lord thy God; and gether, and numbered them in Tela- the rest we have utterly destroyed. im, two hundred thousand footmen, 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, and ten thousand men of Judah. Stay, and I will tell thee what the


God rejecteth Saul. I. SAMUEL

Agag put to death. Lord hath said to me this night. 28 And Samuel said unto him, The And he said unto him, Say on. Lord hath rent the kingdom of Is

17 And Samuel said, When thou rael from thee this day, and hath wast little in thine own sight, wast given it to a neighbour of thine, that thou not made the head of the tribes is better than thou. of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee 29 And also the Strength of Israel king over Israel?

will not lie nor repent: for he is not 18 And the Lord sent thee on a a man, that he should repent. journey, and said, Go and utterly 30 Then he said, I have sinned: destroy the sinners the Amalekites, yet honour me now, I pray thee, beand fight against them until they fore the elders of my people, and bebe consumed.

fore Israel, and turn again with me, 19 Wherefore then didst thou not that I may worship the LORD thy obey the voice of the Lord, but didst God. fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in 31 So Samuel turned again after the sight of the LORD?

Saul; and Saul worshipped the 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, Lord. I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, | 32 | Then said Samuel, Bring ye and have gone the way which the hither to me Agag the king of the LORD sent me, and have brought Amalekites. And Agag came unAgag the king of Amalek, and have to him delicately. And Agag said, utterly destroyed the Amalekites. Surely the bitterness of death is

21 But the people took of the spoil, past. sheep and oxen

, the chief of the 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword things which should have been ut- hath made women childless, so shall terly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the thy mother be childless among woLORD thy God in Gilgal.

men. And Samuel hewed Agag in 22 And Samuel said, Hath the pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. LORD as great delight in burnt of 34 Then Samuel went to Ramah ; ferings and sacrifices, as in obeying and Saul went up to his house to the voice of the LORD? Behold, to Gibeah of Saul. obey is better than sacrifice, and to 35 And Samuel came no more to hearken than the fat of rams. see Saul until the day of his death :

23 For rebellion is as the sin of nevertheless Samuel mourned for witchcraft

, and stubbornness is as Saul: and the LORD repented that iniquity and idolatry. Because thou he had made Saul king over Israel. hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from be

CHAPTER XVI. ing king.

Samuel sent to Bethlehem to anoint one of the sons 24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I

of Jesse. 6 Seven of his sons pass before Sam

vel. 12 Darid is chosen and anointed. 14 Saul, have sinned: for I have transgressed troubled by an evil spirit, sendeth for David. thy wordsI feared the peo

How long mourn for ple, and obeyed their voice. Saul, seeing I have rejected him from 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, par- reigning over Israel? fill thine horn don my sin, and turn again with me, with oil, an go, I will send thee to that I may worship the Lord. Jesse the Beth-lehemite: for I have

26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I provided me a king among his sons. will not return with thee: for thou 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? hast rejected the word of the Lord, if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And and the Lord hath rejected thee the LORD said, Take a heifer with from being king over Israel. thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice 27 And as Samuel turned about to to the LORD. go away, he laid hold upon the skirt 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, of his mantle, and it rent.

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Saul is troubled. shalt do: and thou shalt anoint un-departed from Saul, and an evil to me him whom I name unto thee. spirit from the LORD troubled him.

4 And Samuel did that which the 15 And Saul's servants said unto LORD spake, and came to Beth-le- him, Behold now, an evil spirit from hem. And the elders of the town God troubleth thee. trembled at his coming, and said, 16 Let our lord now command thy Comest thou peaceably?

servants, which are before thee, to 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am seek out a man, who is a cunning come to sacrifice unto the LORD: player on a harp: and it shall come sanctify yourselves, and come with to pass, when the evil spirit from me to the sacrifice. And he sanc- God is upon thee, that he shall play tified Jesse and his sons, and called with his hand, and thou shalt be them to the sacrifice.

well. 6 And it came to pass, when they 17 And Saul said unto his scrvants, were come, that he looked on Eliab, Provide me now a man that can play and said, Surely the Lord's anoint- well, and bring him to me. ed is before him.

18 Then answered one of the serv✓ But the LORD said unto Samuel, ants, and said, Behold, I have seen Look not on his countenance, or on a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, the height of his stature ; because that is cunning in playing, and a I have refused him: for the LORD mighty valiant man, and a man of seeth not as man seeth; for man look- war, and prudent in matters, and a eth on the outward appearance, but comely person, and the Lord is with the Lord looketh on the heart. him.

8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and 19 Wherefore Saul sent messenmade him

pass before Samuel. And gers unto Jesse, and said, Send me he said, Neither hath the LORD cho David thy son, which is with the sen this.

sheep. 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with pass by. And he said, Neither hath bread, and a bottle of wine, and a the Lord chosen this.

kid, and sent them by David his son 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his unto Saul. sons to pass before Samuel, And 21 And David came to Saul, and Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD stood before him: and he loved him hath not chosen these.

greatly; and he became his armour11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, bearer. Are here all thy children? And 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, he said, There remaineth yet the Let David, I pray thee, stand before youngest, and, behold, he keepeth me; for he hath found favour in my the sheep. And Samuel said unto sight. Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we 23 And it came to pass, when the will not sit down till he come hither. evil spirit from God was upon Saul,

12 And he sent, and brought him that David took a harp, and played in. Now he was ruddy, and withal with his hand: so Saul was refreshof a beautiful countenance, and ed, and was well, and the evil spirit goodly to look to. And the LORD departed from him. said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

CHAPTER XVII. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of The armies of the Israelites and Philistines arroy.

ed for battle. 4 Goliath's challenge. 12 David is oil, and anointed him in the midst sent by his father to visit his brethren, 28 Eliab of his brethren: and the Spirit of

chideth him. 32 David accepteth the challenge

and sheweth the ground of his confidence. 38 He the LORD came upon David from slayeth Goliath. 55 Saul asketh about David. that day forward. So Samuel rose W the Philistines gathered toup, and went to Ramah.

gether their armies to battle, 14 ( But the Spirit of the LORD and were gathered together at So

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