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Goliath's challenge.

I. SAMUEL. David in the camp. coh, which belongeth to Judah, and 13 And the three eldest sons of

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battle, and the names of his three 2 And Saul and the men of Israel sons that went to the battle were were gathered together, and pitched Eliab the firstborn, and next unto by the valley of Elah, and set the him Abinadab, and the third Shambattle in array against the Philis- mah. tines.

14 And David was the youngest : 3 And the Philistines stood on a and the three eldest followed Saul. mountain on the one side, and Is 15 But David went and returned rael stood on a mountain on the from Saul to feed his father's sheep other side: and there was a valley at Beth-lehem. between them.

16 And the Philistine drew near 4 And there went out a champion morning and evening, and presentout of the camp of the Philistines, ed himself forty days. named Goliath, of Gath, whose height 17 [ And Jesse said unto David was six cubits and a span.

his son, Take now for thy brethren 5 And he had a helmet of brass an ephah of this parched corn, and upon his head, and he was armed these ten loaves, and run to the with a coat of mail; and the weight camp to thy brethren; of the coat was five thousand shek 18 And carry these ten cheeses els of brass.

unto the captain of their thousand, 6 And he had greaves of brass upon and look how thy brethren fare, and his legs, and a target of brass be- take their pledge. tween his shoulders.

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the 7 And the staff of his spear was men of Israel, were in the valley of like a weaver's beam ; and his Elah, fighting with the Philistines. spear's head weighed six hundred 20 And David rose up early in the shekels of iron : and one bearing morning, and left the sheep with a shield went before him.

a keeper, and took, and went, as 8 And he stood and cried unto the Jesse had commanded him; and he armies of Israel, and said unto them, came to the trench, as the host was Why are ye come out to set your going forth to the fight, and shouted battle in array? am not I a Philis- for the battle. tine, and ye servants to Saul ? choose 21 For Israel and the Philistines you a man for you, and let him come had put the battle in array, army down to me.

against army. 9 If he be able to fight with me, 22 And David left his carriage in and to kill me, then will we be your the hand of the keeper of the carservants: but if I prevail against riage, and ran into the army, and him, and kill him, then shall ye became and saluted his brethren. our servants, and serve us.

23 And as he talked with them, 10 And the Philistine said, I defy behold, there came up the champion, the armies of Israel this day; give the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by me a man, that we may fight to- name, out of the armies of the Phigether.

listines, and spake according to the 11 When Saul and all Israel heard same words: and David heard them. those words of the Philistine, they 24 And all the men of Israel, when were dismayed, and greatly afraid they saw the man, fled from him, 12 Now David was the son of and were sore afraid. that Ephrathite of Beth-lehem-ju- 25 And the men of Israel said, Have dah, whose name was Jesse ; and he ye seen this man that is come up? had eight sons: and the man went surely to defy Israel is he come up: among men for an old man in the and it shall be, that the man who days of Saul.

killeth him, the king will enrich him


David accepteth


Goliath's challenge, with great riches, and will give him and the bear: and this uncircumhis daughter, and make his father's cised Philistine shall be as one of house free in Israel,

them, seeing he hath defied the ar26 And David spake to the men mies of the living God. that stood by him, saying, What 37 David said moreover, The LORD shall be done to the man that kill that delivered me out of the paw of eth this Philistine, and taketh away the lion, and out of the paw of the the reproach from Israel? for who bear, he will deliver me out of the is this uncircumcised Philistine, that hand of this Philistine. And Saul he should defy the armies of the liv- said unto David, Go, and the LORD ing God?

be with thee. 27 And the people answered him 38 And Saul armed David with after this manner, saying, So shall his armour, and he put a helmet of it be done to the man that killeth brass upon his head; also he armed him.

him with a coat of mail. 28 And Eliab his eldest brother 39 And David girded his sword heard when he spake unto the men ; upon his armour, and he assayed to and Eliab's anger was kindledgo; for he had not proved it. And against David, and he said, Why David said unto Saul, I cannot go camest thou down hither? and with with these ; for I have not proved whom hast thou left those few sheep them. And David put them off him. in the wilderness? I know thy pride, 40 And he took his staff in his and the naughtiness of thine heart; hand, and chose him five smooth for thou art come down that thou stones out of the brook, and put mightest see the battle.

them in a shepherd's bag which he 29 And David said, What have I had, even in a scrip; and his sling now done? Is there not a cause? was in his hand : and he drew near

30 s And he turned from him to- to the Philistine. ward another, and spake after the 41 And the Philistine came on and same manner: and the people an- drew near unto David; and the man swered him again after the former that bare the shield went before him. manner.

42 And when the Philistine looked 31 And when the words were heard about, and saw David, he disdained which David spake, they rehearsed him: for he was but a youth, and them before Saul: and he sent for ruddy, and of a fair countenance. him.

43 And the Philistine said unto 32 And David said to Saul, Let no David, Am I a dog, that thou comest man's heart fail because of him; thy to me with staves ? And the Philisservant will go and fight with this tine cursed David by his gods. Philistine.

44 And the Philistine said to Da33 And Saul said to David, Thou vid, Come to me, and I will give thy art not able to go against this Phi- flesh unto the fowls of the air, and listine to fight with him: for thou to the beasts of the field. art but a youth, and he a man of 45 Then said David to the Philiswar from his youth.

tine, Thou comest to me with a 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy sword, and with a spear, and with servant kept his father's sheep, and a shield: but I come to thee in the there came a lion, and a bear, and name of the LORD of hosts, the God took a lamb out of the flock: of the armies of Israel, whom thou

35 And I went out after him, and hast defied. smote him, and delivered it out of his 46 This day will the LORD deliver mouth: and when he arose against thee into mine hand; and I will smite me, I caught him by his beard, and thee, and take thine head from thee; smote him, and slew him.

and I will give the carcasses of the 36 Thy servant slew both the lion host of the Philistines this day unto


and slayeth him.

David promotechs the fowls of the air, and to the wild 57 And as David returned from the beasts of the earth; that all the earth slaughter of the Philistine, Abner may know that there is a God in Is- took him, and brought him before rael.

Saul with the head of the Philistine 47 And all this assembly shall in his hand. know that the LORD saveth not with 58 And Saul said to him, Whose sword and spear: for the battle is son art thou, thou young man? And the Lord's, and he will give you David answered, I am the son of thy into our hands.

servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite. 48 And it came to pass, when the

CHAPTER XVIII. Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hast- Jonathan's, affection for David. 5 Saul at first

promoleth him; 8 but afterwards envieth his ed, and ran toward the army to meet

praise, 10 and in his fury seeketh to kill him. 20

He offereth him his daughter as a snare ; 25 but the Philistine.

he esca peth the danger. 28 Saul's hatred and 49 And David put his hand in his

David's glory increase.

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slang it, and smote the Philistine in made end speaking unto his forehead, that the stone sunk Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was into his forehead; and he fell upon knit with the soul of David, and his face to the earth.

Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 50 So David prevailed over the 2 And Saul took him that day, and Philistine with a sling and with a would let him go no more home to stone, and smote the Philistine, and his father's house. slew him; but there was no sword 3 Then Jonathan and David made in the hand of David.

a covenant, because he loved him as 51 Therefore David ran, and stood his own soul. upon the Philistine, and took his 4 And Jonathan stripped himself sword, and drew it out of the sheath of the robe that was upon him, and thereof, and slew him, and cut off gave it to David, and his garments, his head therewith. And when the even to his sword, and to his bow, Philistines saw their champion was and to his girdle. dead, they fled.

5 And David went out whitherso52 And the men of Israel and of ever Saul sent him, and behaved Judah arose, and shouted, and pur- himself wisely: and Saul set him sued the Philistines, until thou come over the men of war, and he was to the valley, and to the gates of accepted in the sight of all the peoEkrón. And the wounded of the ple, and also in the sight of Saul's Philistines fell down by the way to servants. Shaaraim, even unto Gáth, and unto 6 And it came to pass as they Ekron.

came, when David was returned 53 And the children of Israel re- from the slaughter of the Philistine, turned from chasing after the Philis- that the women came out of all cittines, and they spoiled their tents. ies of Israel, singing and dancing, to

54 And David took the head of the meet king Saul, with tabrets, with Philistine, and brought it to Jeru-joy, and with instruments of music. salem; but he put his armour in And the women answered one

another as they played, and said, 55. And when Saul saw David go Saul hath slain his thousands, and forth against the Philistine, he said David his ten thousands. unto Abner, the captain of the host, 8 And Saul was very wroth, and Abner, whose son is this youth? And the saying displeased him; and he Abner said, As thy soul liveth, 0 said, They have ascribed unto David king, I cannot tell.

ten thousands, and to me they have 56 And the king said, Inquire thou ascribed but thousands : and what whose son the stripling is.

can he have more but the kingdom?

his tent.


Saul seeketh

to kill David. 9 And Saul eyed David from that 22 And Saul commanded his seryday and forward.

ants, saying, Commune with David 10 And it came to pass on the secretly, and say, Behold, the king morrow, that the evil spirit from God hath delight in thee, and all his came upon Saul, and he prophesied servants love thee: now therefore in the midst of the house: and Da- be the king's son in law. vid played with his hand, as at 23 And Saul's servants spake those other times; and there was a javelin words in the ears of David. And in Saul's hand.

David said, Seemeth it to you a light 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for thing to be a king's son in law, seehe said, I will smite David even to ing that I am a poor man, and lightthe wall with it. And David avoidly esteemed? ed out of his presence twice.

24 And the servants of Saul told him, 12 And Saul was afraid of David, saying, On this manner spake David. because the LORD was with him, and 25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye was departed from Saul.

say to David, The king desireth not 13 Therefore Saul removed him any dowry, but a hundred foreskins from him, and made him his captain of the Philistines, to be avenged of over a thousand; and he went out the king's enemies. But Saul thought and came in before the people. to make David fall by the hand of

14 And David behaved himself the Philistines. wisely in all his ways; and the Lord 26 And when his servants told Dawas with him.

vid these words, it pleased David 15 Wherefore when Saul saw that well to be the king's son in law: he behaved himself very wisely, he and the days were not expired. was afraid of him.

27 Wherefore David arose and 16 But all Israel and Judah loved went, he and his men, and slew of David, because he went out and the Philistines two hundred men; came in before them.

and David brought their foreskins, 17 And Saul said to David, Be- and they gave them in full tale to hold my elder daughter Merab, her the king, that he might be the king's will I give thee to wife: only be son in law. And Saul gave him thou valiant for me, and fight the Michal his daughter to wife. LORD's battles. For Saul said, Let not 28 And Saul saw and knew that mine hand be upon him, but let the the LORD was with David, and that hand of the Philistines be upon him. Michal Saul's daughter loved him.

18 And David said unto Saul, Who 29 And Saul was yet the more am I ? and what is my life, or my afraid of David; and Saul became father's family in Israel, that I should David's enemy continually. be son in law to the king ?

30 Then the princes of the Philis19 But it came to pass at the time tines went forth: and it came to pass, when Merab Saul's daughter should after they went forth, that David behave been given to David, that she haved himself more wisely than all was given unto Adriel the Mehol- | the servants of Saul; so that his athite to wife.

name was much set by. 20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul,

CHAPTER XIX. and the thing pleased him.

Jonathan discloseth his father's purpose to kill 21 And Saul said, I will give him

David. 4 He persuadeth his father to reconcili

ation. 8 By reason of David's success, Saul's her, that she may be a snare to him, rage breaketh out against him; 12 but he is res

cued by Michal. 18 David cometh to Samuel in and that the hand of the Philistines Vaioth. 20 Saul sendeth to take David. His may be against him. Wherefore

messengers, 22 and Saul himself, prophesy.

day be my son in law in the one of AND Saul spake to Jonathan his

his servants, that they should kill David.

the twain.


Jonathan's kindness. I. SAMUEL. The flight of Davido

2 But Jonathan Saul's son delight. If thou save not thy life to night, to ed much in David: and Jonathan told morrow thou shalt be slain. David, saying, Saul my father seek 12 So Michal let David down eth to kill thee: now therefore, I | through a window: and he went, pray thee, take heed to thyself until and fled, and escaped. the morning, and abide in a secret 13 And Michal took an image, and place, and hide thyself:

laid it in the bed, and put a pillow 3 And I will go out and stand be- of goats' hair for his bolster, and side my father in the field where covered it with a cloth. thou art, and I will commune with 14 And when Saul sent messenmy father of thee; and what I see, gers to take David, she said, He is that I will tell thee.

sick. 4 And Jonathan spake good of 15 And Saul sent the messengers David unto Saul his father, and again to see David, saying, Bring said unto him, Let not the king sin him up to me in the bed, that I may against his servant, against David; slay him. because he hath not sinned against

16 And when the messengers were thee, and because his works have come in, behold, there was an image been to thee-ward very good: in the bed, with a pillow of goats' 5 For he did put his life in his hair for his bolster. hand, and slew the Philistine, and 17 And Saul said unto Michal, the Lord wrought a great salvation Why hast thou deceived me so, and for all Israel: thou sawest it, and sent away mine enemy, that he is didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt escaped ? And Michal answered thou sin against innocent blood, to Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; slay David without a cause ? why should I kill thee

6 And Saul hearkened unto the 18 [ So David fled, and escaped, voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and As the Lord liveth, he shall not be told him all that Saul had done to slain.

him. And he and Samuel went and 7 And Jonathan called David, and dwelt in Naioth. Jonathan shewed him all those 19 And it was told Saul, saying, things. And Jonathan brought Da- Behold, David is at Naioth in Ravid to Saul, and he was in his pres-mah. ence, as in times past.

20 And Saul sent messengers to 8 | And there was war again: take David: and when they saw the and David went out, and fought company of the prophets prophesywith the Philistines, and slew them ing, and Samuel standing as apwith a great slaughter; and they pointed over them, the Spirit of God fled from him.

was upon the messengers of Saul, 9 And the evil spirit from the and they also prophesied. Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in 21 And when it was told Saul, his house with his javelin in his he sent other messengers, and they hand: and David played with his prophesied likewise. And Saul sent hand.

messengers again the third time, and 10 And Saul sought to smite David they prophesied also. even to the wall with the javelin ; 22 Then went he also to Ramah, but he slipped away out of Saul's and came to a great well that is in presence, and he smote the javelin Sechu: and he asked and said, Where into the wall: and David fled, and are Samuel and David ? And one escaped that night.

said, Behold, they be at Naioth in 11 Saul also sent messengers unto Ramah. David's house, to watch him, and to 23 And he went thither to Naioth slay him in the morning: and Mi- in Ramah: and the Spirit of God chal David's wife told him, saying, was upon him also, and he went on,

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