1 Samuel 16
Samuel sent by God, under pretence of a sacrifice, cometh to Beth-lehem.
1 Samuel 16:1 The Lorde sayde vnto Samuel: Howe longe wylt thou mourne for Saul, seynge I haue cast hym awaye from raygnynge ouer Israel? Fyll thyne horne with oyntment, and come, that I maye sende the to Isai the Bethlehemite, for I haue prouided me a kynge amonge hys sonnes. 1 Samuel 16:2 And Samuel sayd: howe can I goo? For yf Saul heare it, he will kyll me. The Lorde answered: Take an heifer wt the, and saye: I am come to offer to the Lorde. 1 Samuel 16:3 And call Isai to the offerynge, and I wyll shewe the, what þu shalt do: And thou shalt anoynt hym whom I name vnto the. 1 Samuel 16:4 And so Samuel dyd as the Lorde bad him, and came to Bethlehem, and the elders of the towne were astonnied at his commyng, and sayde: Commest thou peaceably? 1 Samuel 16:5 He answered: Yee, I am come to offer vnto the Lorde. Sanctifye youre selues, & come with me to the offerynge. And he sanctifyed Isai & his sonnes, & bad them to the offerynge.
His human judgment is reproved.
1 Samuel 16:6 And when they were come, he loked on Eliab, & sayde: Surely the Lordes anoynted is before hym. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lorde sayde vnto Samuel: loke not on his fashyon, or on þe heyght of hys stature, because I haue refused hym: for God seyth not as man seyth. For man loketh on the outwarde apperaunce but God beholdeth the harte. 1 Samuel 16:8 Then Isai called Abinadab, and made him come before Samuel. And he sayde: nether hath the Lorde chosen thys. 1 Samuel 16:9 Then Isai made Samma come, and he sayde: nether yet hath the Lorde chosen him. 1 Samuel 16:10 Agayne, Isai made seuen of his sonnes to come before Samuel. And Samuel sayde vnto Isai: the Lorde hath chosen none of these. 1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel sayde vnto Isai: are here all thy chyldren? He sayde: there is yet a lytle one behynde, that kepeth the shepe. And Samuel sayd vnto Isai: sende and fette him, for we will not sytte downe, tyll he be come hyther. 1 Samuel 16:12 And he sent, & brought hym in. And he was browne, and of an excellent bewtye, & well fauored in syght. And the Lorde sayde: Aryse, and anoynt him, for this is he.
He anointeth David.
1 Samuel 16:13 Therfore Samuel toke the horne wyth the oyntment, & anoynted him in the myddes of hys brethren. And the sprete of the Lorde came vpon Dauid, from that daye forwarde. And Samuel rose vp, and went to Rama.
1 Samuel 16:14 But the sprete of the Lorde departed from Saul, and an euell sprete sent of the Lorde vexed him. 1 Samuel 16:15 And Sauls seruauntes sayde vnto him: Beholde, an euell sprete sent of God vexed the, 1 Samuel 16:16 lett oure Lord therfore commaunde his seruauntes (that are before the) to seke a man, þt is a connynge player wyth an harpe: that when the euell sprete sent of God commeth vpon the, he maye playe with hys hande and thou shalt be eased. 1 Samuel 16:17 Saul sayde vnto his seruauntes: prouide me a man then that can playe well, and bringe him to me. 1 Samuel 16:18 Then answered one of his seruauntes and sayde: Beholde, I haue sene a sonne of Isai the Bethlehemite, that can playe vpon instrumentes, and is an actiue felowe, and a man of warre and prudent in doynge of feates, & well made and the Lorde is with hym.
Saul sendeth for David to quiet his evil spirit.
1 Samuel 16:19 Wherfore Saul sent messengers vnto Isai, and sayde: sende me Dauid thy sonne, which is wyth þe shepe. 1 Samuel 16:20 And Isai toke an asse laden with breed, and a flacket of wyne, and a kyd, and sent them by Dauid his sonne vnto Saul. 1 Samuel 16:21 And Dauid came to Saul, & stode before him, & he loued him very well, and he was made his harnesbearer. 1 Samuel 16:22 And Saul sent to Isai, sayinge: lett Dauid remayne with me, for he hath founde fauour in my syght. 1 Samuel 16:23 And so it fortuned, that when the euell sprete sent of God came vpon Saul, Dauid toke an harpe, & played wyth his hande, & so Saul was refreshed, & dyd amende, and the euell sprete departed from him.