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1 Samuel 16

Samuel sent by God, under pretence of a sacrifice, cometh to Beth-lehem.

1 Samuel 16:1 The Lord then saide vnto Samuel, Howe long wilt thou mourne for Saul, seeing I haue cast him away from reigning ouer Israel? Fill thine horne with oyle and come, I will sende thee to Ishai the Bethlehemite: for I haue prouided mee a King among his sonnes. 1 Samuel 16:2 And Samuel sayde, Howe can I goe? For if Saul shall heare it, he will kill me. Then the Lorde answered, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to doe sacrifice to the Lord. 1 Samuel 16:3 And call Ishai to the sacrifice, and I will shewe thee what thou shalt doe, and thou shalt anoynt vnto me him whom I name vnto thee. 1 Samuel 16:4 So Samuel did that the Lorde bade him, and came to Beth-lehem, and the Elders of the towne were astonied at his coming, and sayd, Commest thou peaceablie? 1 Samuel 16:5 And he answeared, Yea: I am come to doe sacrifice vnto the Lorde: sanctifie your selues, and come with me to the sacrifice; he sanctified Ishai & his sonnes, & called them to the sacrifice.

His human judgment is reproved.

1 Samuel 16:6 And when they were come, hee looked on Eliab, and saide, Surely the Lordes Anointed is before him. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said vnto Samuel, Looke not on his countenance, nor on the height of his stature, because I haue refused him: for God seeth not as man seeth: for ma looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord beholdeth the heart. 1 Samuel 16:8 Then Ishai called Abinadab, & made him come before Samuel; he saide, Neither hath the Lord chosen this. 1 Samuel 16:9 Then Ishai made Shammah come; he said, Neither yet hath the Lorde chosen him. 1 Samuel 16:10 Againe Ishai made his seue sonnes to come before Samuel: and Samuel saide vnto Ishai, The Lord hath chosen none of these. 1 Samuel 16:11 Finally, Samuel said vnto Ishai, Are there no more children but these? And hee sayde, There remaineth yet a litle one behinde, that keepeth the sheepe. Then Samuel saide vnto Ishai, Sende and set him: for we will not sit downe, till he be come hither. 1 Samuel 16:12 And he sent, and brought him in: and he was ruddie, & of a good countenance, and comely visage; the Lorde saide, Arise, and anoynt him: for this is he.

He anointeth David.

1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel tooke the horne of oyle, and anoynted him in the middes of his brethren; the Spirit of the Lord came vpon Dauid, from that day forwarde: then Samuel rose vp, and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirite of the Lorde departed from Saul, and an euill spirite sent of the Lorde vexed him. 1 Samuel 16:15 And Sauls seruants said vnto him, Beholde nowe, the euill spirite of God vexeth thee. 1 Samuel 16:16 Let our Lord therefore command thy seruants, that are before thee, to seeke a man that is a cunning plaier vpon the harpe: that when the euil spirit of God commeth vpon thee, hee may play with his hand, and thou maiest be eased. 1 Samuel 16:17 Saul then saide vnto his seruantes, Prouide me a man, I pray you, that can play well, & bring him to me. 1 Samuel 16:18 Then answered one of his seruauntes, and sayde, Beholde, I haue seene a sonne of Ishai, a Bethlehemite, that can plaie, and is strong, valiant and a man of warre and wise 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 Ishai, and said, Send me Dauid thy sonne which is with the sheepe. 1 Samuel 16:20 And Ishai tooke an asse laden with breade and a flagon of wine and a kidde, and sent them by the hand of Dauid his sonne vnto Saul. 1 Samuel 16:21 And Dauid came to Saul, and stoode before him: and he loued him verie well, and he was his armour bearer. 1 Samuel 16:22 And Saul sent to Ishai, saying, Let Dauid nowe remaine with me: for he hath found fauour in my sight. 1 Samuel 16:23 And so when the euil spirite of God came vpon Saul, Dauid tooke an harpe and plaied with his hande, and Saul was refreshed, and was eased: for the euill spirit departed from him.

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