1 Samuel 16
Samuel sent by God, under pretence of a sacrifice, cometh to Beth-lehem.
1 Samuel 16:1 And the LORD said vnto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourne for Saul, seeing I haue reiected him from reigning ouer Israel? Fill thine horne with oile, and goe, I will send thee to Iesse the Bethlehemite: for I haue prouided mee a King among his sonnes. 1 Samuel 16:2 And Samuel said, How can I goe? if Saul heare [it], he will kill mee. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD. 1 Samuel 16:3 And call Iesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt doe: and thou shalt anoynt vnto mee [him] whom I name vnto thee. 1 Samuel 16:4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem: and the elders of the towne trembled at his comming, and said, Commest thou peaceably? 1 Samuel 16:5 And hee said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice vnto the LORD: sanctifie your selues, and come with me to the sacrifice: and he sanctified Iesse, and his sonnes, and called them to the sacrifice.
His human judgment is reproved.
1 Samuel 16:6 And it came to passe when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORDS anointed is before him. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said vnto Samuel, Looke not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature, because I haue refused him: for [the Lord seeth] not, as man seeth; For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:8 Then Iesse called Abinadab, and made him passe before Samuel: and he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 1 Samuel 16:9 Then Iesse made Shammah to passe by: and he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 1 Samuel 16:10 Againe Iesse made seuen of his sonnes to passe before Samuel; and Samuel said vnto Iesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. 1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel saide vnto Iesse, Are here all [thy] children? And he said, There remaineth yet the yongest, and behold, he keepeth the sheepe. And Samuel said vnto Iesse, Send, and fetch him: for we will not sit downe, till hee come hither. 1 Samuel 16:12 And he sent, and brought him in: now he [was] ruddy, [and] withal of a beautifull countenance, and goodly to looke to: And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this [is] he.
He anointeth David.
1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel tooke the horne of oile, and annointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came vpon Dauid, from that day forward: So Samuel rose vp and went to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:14 But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an euil spirit from the LORD troubled him. 1 Samuel 16:15 And Sauls seruants said vnto him, Behold now, an euill spirit from God troubleth thee. 1 Samuel 16:16 Let our lord now command thy seruants [which are] before thee, to seeke out a man, who [is] a cunning player on an harpe: and it shall come to passe when the euill spirit from God is vpon thee, that hee shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 1 Samuel 16:17 And Saul said vnto his seruants, Prouide mee now a man, that can play well, and bring him to me. 1 Samuel 16:18 Then answered one of the seruants, and said, Behold, I haue seene a sonne of Iesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of warre, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
Saul sendeth for David to quiet his evil spirit.
1 Samuel 16:19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers vnto Iesse, and said, Send me Dauid thy sonne, which [is] with the sheepe. 1 Samuel 16:20 And Iesse tooke an asse [laden] with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent [them] by Dauid his sonne vnto Saul. 1 Samuel 16:21 And Dauid came to Saul, and stood before him: and hee loued him greatly, and hee became his armour bearer. 1 Samuel 16:22 And Saul sent to Iesse, saying, Let Dauid, I pray thee, stand before me: for hee hath found fauour in my sight. 1 Samuel 16:23 And it came to passe, when the [euill] spirit from God was vpon Saul, that Dauid tooke an harpe, and played with his hand: So Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the euill spirit departed from him.