1 Samuel 16
Samuel sent by God, under pretence of a sacrifice, cometh to Beth-lehem.
1 Samuel 16:1 And Yahweh said unto SamuelHow long, art thou going to pine for Saul, seeing that, I, have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill thy horn with oil, and come! let me send thee unto Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided me, among his sons, a king. 1 Samuel 16:2 And Samuel said, How can I go? As soon as Saul heareth, he will slay me. Then said Yahweh, A heifer, take thou with thee, and say, To sacrifice unto Yahweh, am I come. 1 Samuel 16:3 Then shall thou bid Jesse to the sacrifice,when, I, will let thee know what thou must do, so shalt thou anoint for me him whom I shall name unto thee. 1 Samuel 16:4 And Samuel did that which Yahweh had spoken, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him, and one saidPeaceably, comest thou? 1 Samuel 16:5 And he saidPeaceably: to sacrifice unto Yahweh, am I come. Hallow yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he hallowed Jesse and his sons, and bade them to the sacrifice.
His human judgment is reproved.
1 Samuel 16:6 And it came to pass, when they entered, that he looked upon Eliab,and said to himself, Surely, before Yahweh, is his Anointed. 1 Samuel 16:7 But Yahweh said unto SamuelDo not regard his countenance, or the height of his stature, for I have rejected him,for it is not what man looketh to but what God looketh to. For, man, looketh to the outward appearance, but, Yahweh, looketh to the heart. 1 Samuel 16:8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel,and he said, Neither of this one, hath Yahweh made choice. 1 Samuel 16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by,and he saidNor of this one, hath Yahweh made choice. 1 Samuel 16:10 So Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel,and Samuel said unto Jesse, Yahweh hath not made choice of these. 1 Samuel 16:11 Then said Samuel unto JesseAre these all the young men? And he saidThere yet remaineth, the youngest, but lo! he is tending the sheep. Then said Samuel unto JesseDo, send, and summon him, for we cannot sit round, until he cometh in hither. 1 Samuel 16:12 So he sent, and brought him in. Now, he, was ruddy, a stripling with handsome eyes, and noble mien. Then said YahwehRiseanoint him, for, this, is, he.
He anointeth David.
1 Samuel 16:13 And Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren. And the Spirit of Yahweh came mightily upon David, from that day forward. Then arose Samuel, and went his way unto Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:14 But, the spirit of Yahweh, departed from Saul,and there terrified him a sad spirit, from Yahweh. 1 Samuel 16:15 Then said the servants of Saul unto him,Lo! we pray thee, a sad superhuman spirit, doth terrify thee: 1 Samuel 16:16 Pray let our lord bid thy servants before thee, seek out a man, skilled in playing on the lyre,so shall it be, when a sad superhuman spirit cometh on thee, then shall he play with his hand, and thou shalt be joyful. 1 Samuel 16:17 And Saul said unto his servants,I pray you, look out for me a man that excelleth in playing, and bring him in unto me. 1 Samuel 16:18 Then responded one of the young men and saidLo! I have seena son of Jesse, the Bethlehemite, skilled in playing, and a mighty man of valour, and a man of war, and of intelligent speech, and a handsome man, and, Yahweh, is with him.
Saul sendeth for David to quiet his evil spirit.
1 Samuel 16:19 So Saul sent messengers unto Jesse,and said, Send, unto meDavid thy son, who is with the sheep. 1 Samuel 16:20 Then took Jesse an ass laden with bread, and a skin of wine, and one kid,and sent by the hand of David his son, unto Saul. 1 Samuel 16:21 And David came in unto Saul,and stood before him,and he loved him greatly, and he became his armour-bearer. 1 Samuel 16:22 And Saul sent unto Jesse, saying,I pray thee, let David stand before me, for he hath found favour in mine eyes. 1 Samuel 16:23 And so it used to be, when a superhuman spirit came unto Saul, then would David take the lyre, and play with his hand,and Saul would be refreshed, and be joyful, and, the sad spirit, would depart from him.