THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL compared
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THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
The 1st Chapter
here was a man of Ramathaimophim, of mount Ephraim nameElkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph an Ephrathite: had two wives the one Hannah and the other nd had children, but Hannah had . And th man went out of his city to and to unto the of hosts the two sons of EliHophni and and to all her sons and daughters portions But unto Hannah he gave a portion for he loved she went up to the house of the so her wept and not. Then said Elkanah her husband to her Hannah why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is heart ? am not I better to thee than ten sons
Hannah rose up after they had eaten and drunk. Eli the priest sat upon a by post of the temple of the . And she was in , and prayed unto the and wept sorend vowed a vow and said of hosts, if thou wilt look on the of thine handmaid and remember me and not forget thine handmaid, give unto thine handmaid a man child I will give him unto the all the days of his life and there shall razor come upon his head. And as she continued praying before the , Eli marked her mouth. Hannah she spake in her heart her lips , but her voice was not heard therefore Eli drunkennd said unto her, ow long wilt thou be drunken? put away from thee Hannah answered and said my lord, I am a woman sorrowful have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the . Count not thine handmaid a daughter of : for out of the abundance of my and grief have I spoken hitherto.
Eli answered and saido in peace the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. she said, et thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. o the woman went her way, and did eat and no more sad.
And they rose up early and before the , and returned and to their house to nd Elkanah his wife and the remembered her. and called his name Samuelecause ha asked him of the . And Elkanah and all his house went up to offer unto the the and his vowut Hannah went not up for she said unto her husbandI will until the be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the and there abide for ever. Elkanah her husband said hero what seemeth thee tarry until thou ha weaned him only the his . o the woman abode and gave her son suck until she weaned him. And when she had weaned him, with three bullocks and pha of flour and a bottle of wine, and brought him the house of the in the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the or this I prayed and the hath given me my which I asked of him: herefore also len him the as long as he be lent the .
The 2nd Chapter
And Hannah prayed and said heart rejoiceth in the , mine horn is in the my mouth is over mine enemies I rejoice in thy . There is none holy as the there is none theither is there any like our God. Talk no proudly let out of your mouth for the is a God of knowledge, and with strength. They that were full have hired out themselves for bread and they that were hungry cease so that the barren hath born seven and she that ha many children is waxed feeble.
and maketh alive bringeth down to and up The maketh poor, and maketh rich bringeth low, and up He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill to set them among princes, and to inherit of gloryor the pillars of the earth are the , and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints the wicked shall silen in darkness thunder upon themhe shall judge the ends of the and shall give unto his ing, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his housend the did minister unto the before Eli the priest.
the sons of Eli with the people was, any man offered the priests came, while the flesh was in seething, a three teeth in his handnd it into the pan, kettle, or pot all that the brought up the priest took . o they did unto all that came thither. before they the fat, the priests came and said to the man that ive flesh to roast for the priest for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. And if any man said unto him, would answer him, thou shalt give it me now, I will take it by force. the sin of the young men was very great before the or the offering of the .
But Samuel ministered before the girded with a linen phod. Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from to when she came up with her husband to offer the And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and saidhe give thee seed of this woman for lent the . And they went unto their own home. And the visited Hannah that she conceived and bare three sons and two daughters. the Samuel grew the .
Eli was very old and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel and how they with the women that the door of the tabernacle of nd said unto themhy do ye such things? or I hear your all people. ay my sonsor it is no good report that I hear ye make the people to . If one man sin against another, : but if a man sin against the , who ? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the would slay them. he child Samuel grew, and was in favour both with the and also with men.
And there came a man of God unto Eli and said unto himhus saith the I appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaos house And I chose out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest to offer upon mine altar to burn incense, to wear an phod before mend I gve unto the house of thy father all the offerings of the children of Israel Wherefore kick ye my sacrifice and mine offering which I command in habitation; and honourest thy above me, make yourselves fat the of all the offerings of Israel my people? Wherefore the God of Israel saith I said that house and the house of thy father should walk before me for everut now the saith far from me for them that me I will , and they that despise me shall be Behold the days come that I will cut off thine arm and the arm of thy fathers house, that there shall not be an in thine house. And thou shalt see enemy in habitation, in all shall Israel and there shall not be an in thine house of thine house shall die .And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, Hophni and in one day they shall die both of them. And I will me up a faithful priest that shall do is in mine heart and in my mindnd I will build him a sure housend he shall walk before mine anointed for ever. And that left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a of bread, and shall sayut me I pray thee in one the , that I may eat a of bread.
The 3rd Chapter
And the child Samuel ministered unto the before Elind the word of the was precious in those daysthere was no open vision. And it at that time, Eli in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim that he could not see And the lamp of God went out in the temple of the , where the ark of God was, and the called Samuel: and he , ere am Ind he ran unto Eli and saidere am I for thou called me. And he said I called not again. And he went and down And the called again Samuelnd Samuel arose and went to Eli and saidam thou didst call me. And he answered I called not my son the word of the unto him. And the called Samuel the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and saidam for thou call me. Eli perceived that the had called the . said unto , o lie down: and if he call thee say, peak for thy servant heareth. Samuel went and down in his place. And the came and stood and called as , Samuel, Samuel. Samuel peak for thy servant heareth.
the said to Samuelehold, I will do a thing in Israel, the ears of heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform Eli all I have spoken concerning his house: I will an end For I have told him that I will judge his house for everor the which he knoweth his sons , and he not And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the of Elis house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering. And Samuel lay morning and opened the doors of the house of the Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel and said Samuel my son. And he answeredere amI. And he said that he said unto thee And Samuel told him every whit and hid from him. And he t is the let him do what seemeth him .
And Samuel grew, and the was with him, and let none of his words . And all Israel from Dan to knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet. And the appeared again in Siloh: for the himself to Samuel in the word of the .
The 4th Chapter
And Samuel all Israel. Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside nd the Philistines pitched in Aphek. And put themselves in array against Israelnd the battle Israel was before the Philistinesnd slew ary the field about four thousand men.
And when the people were come into the, the elders of Israel saidherefore hath the us day before the Philistines? et us fetch the ark of the of the out of Siloh unto us, it come among us save us out of the hand of our enemies. the people sent to Siloh, from thence the ark of the of the of hosts which dwelleth between the nd the two sons of Eli, Hophni and with the ark of the of God. And when the ark of the of the came into the , all Israel shouted a shout, so that the earth rang again.
the Philistines heard the noise of the shout they saidhat meaneth the of this shout in the of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the was come into the . And the Philistines were afraid, God come into the who shall deliver us out of the hand of mighty God? the God that smote the Egyptians with all plagues in the wilderness. Be strong and quit yourselves like men, ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you men and fight.
And the Philistines fought, and Israel was and fled every man into his tentnd there was a great slaughter there of Israel thirty thousand footmen. And the ark of God was taken and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and were .
And there ran a man of Benamin out of the and came to Siloh the same day with his clothes rent and earth upon his head. And when the man came all the city cried.
Eli heard the noise of the crying, he that he could not see. And the man said unto Eli I am he that came out of the and fled out of the . And he said is , my son? And the messenger answered and said Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons, Hophni and are dead, and the ark of God is taken. And when he made mention of the ark of God, fell from off backward the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was old and nd he had judged Israel forty years.
And his daughter in law wife was with child and when she heard the tidings th the ark of God, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed for her pains came upon her. And about the time of her death the women that stood her said unto herear not for thou hast born a son. But she answered not regardit. And she named the child Ichabod saying is departed from Israelecause the ark of God was taken, and her father in law and her husband And she said, is from Israel the ark of God taken.
The 5th Chapter
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it unto the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Asdod the behold, Dagon upon the earth before the ark of the . And they took Dagon and set him in his place again. And when they early the morning behold, Dagon upon the ground before the ark of the and head and his hands cut off upon the threshold only was left him. neither the priests of Dagon, any that come into Dagons house tread on the threshold of Dagon in unto this day.
But the hand of the was heavy upon them of Asdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with merods, Asdod and the coasts thereof. And when the men of Asdod saw that it was so, they saidhe ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us for his hand is sore upon us and upon Dagon our god. hey sent and gathered all the ords of the Philistines unto them and saidhat shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? they et the ark of the God of Israel be carried about. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about. And they had carried it about, the hand of the was the city with a great and he smote the men of the city both small and great and they in their secret . they sent the ark of God to . And as the ark of God came to , the cried out sayinghey have brought the ark of the God of Israel us to slay us and our people. they sent and all the ords of the Philistines and saidend away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again his own place, that it slay us not our peopleor there was a throughout all the city the hand of God was there that died not were smitten with the merods: the cry of the city went up to heaven.
The 6th Chapter
And ark of the in the country of the Philistines seven months the Philistines called for the priests and the sayinghat shall we do the ark of the ? tell us wherewith we shall send it . hey f y send the ark of the God of Israel send it not emptyut a trespass offering: then ye shall be , and it shall be known to you why his hand not from you.
Then said they, hat shall be the trespass offering which we shall him? hey answeredive golden and five golden mice, according to the number of the ords of the Philistinesor one plague was on you all, and on your ords Wherefore ye shall make images your and images your mice that land and shall give glory unto the God of Israel: he his hand from off you, and from off your ods, and from off your land. Wherefore ye harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharao hardened their hearts let the people go and
Now therefore make a new cart and take two milch kine, on yokend tie the kine the cart, and bring the calves home from them take the ark of the and it the cart and put the ewels of goldwhich ye him for a trespass offering in a by the side thereof and send it away us this great evilut if not, then it is not his hand that smote us it was a chance that happened us.
And the men did they laid the ark of the upon the cart and the with the mice of gold and the images of their . And the kine took the straight way to of the Philistines went after them the border of .
And they of Bethshemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valleynd they lifted up their eyes and the arknd rejoiced sit. And the cart came into the of a Bethsmite, and stood therehere was a great stonend they the wood of the cart and offered the kine a burnt offering unto the . And the Levites took down the ark of the and the that was with it, wherein the ewels of gold were, and put them on the great stonend the men of sacrificed th same day unto the .
And when the five ords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to the same day. hese are the golden which the Philistines for a trespass offering the for Asdod one for Gaza one for Asklon one for Gth one for one And the golden miceaccording to the number of all the cities of the Philistines the five both of and of , even unto the great stoneAbel, whereon they set down the ark of the : which stone remaineth unto this day in the field of the Bethsmite.
he the men of , because they had the ark of the he of the people fifty thousand and and ten nd the people lamented, because the had great slaughter And the men of saidho is able to stand before holy God and to whom shall he go from us? And they sent messengers to the of saying The Philistines have brought again the rk of the come down and fetch it up to you.
The 7th Chapter
And the men of came and up the ark of the , and brought it the house of Abinadab in and sanctified Eleazar his son to the ark of the . And while the ark abode in , it was twenty years and all Israel lamented after the .
And Samuel spake unto all Israel sayingf ye unto the with all your hearts, then put away the strange ods from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the and serve him and you out of the hand of the Philistines. hen the children of Israel did put away Baalim and , and served the only. Samuelather all Israel to , I pray for you unto the . And they gathered together to , and drew water and poured it out before the and fasted day and said theree have sinned against the . And Samuel judged the children of Israel in .
hen the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to , the ords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard , they were afraid of the Philistinesnd said to Samuelease not to cry unto the our God for us, that he save us out of the hand of the Philistines. And Samuel took a sucking lamb and offered it for a burnt offering unto the and cried unto the for Israel and the heard him. And as Samuel the burnt offering, the Philistines to against Israelut the thundered a great thunder day upon the Philistines, and them they were before Israel. And the men of Israel out of and pursued the Philistines and them, until they came under Bethcar. he Samuel took a stone and it between and Sen, and called the name , saying hath the help us.
o the Philistines were they came no more into the coast of Israel: the hand of the was the Philistines all the days of Samuel. the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel to Israel, even the coasts Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. there was peace between Israel and the Amorites. And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life, and judged Israel in all those placesnd to for there was his house and there he judged Israel and there he built an altar unto the .
The 8th Chapter
hen Samuel was old, he made his sons judges over Israel. he name of his was Joel and the name of second were judges in . his sons not his but turned aside after and took , and perverted .
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel unto nd said unto himehold, thou art old and thy sons not thy waysow make us a king to judge us all nations But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, ive us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the . And the said unto Samuel, the voice of the people in all that they say unto theeor they have not thee, but me that I should not reign over them. they have done since I brought them out of Egypt unto this day, have forsaken me and served other ods so do they unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet unto them and shw them the of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of the unto the people that asked a kingnd he saidhis be the of the king that shall reign over you: e will take your sons and them his chariots and his horsemen and run before his to ear his ground, and to his harvest, and to make instruments of war and his chariots. And he will take your daughters your fields, and your vineyards and your , and give them to his servants. And he take the tenth of your seed and of your , and give to his , and to his servants. And he take your menservants and maidservants and young men, and your asses, and his work take the tenth of your sheep and ye shall be his servants. And ye cry out that your king which ye shall have chosen you the will not hear you Nevertheless the people the voice of Samuel, but a king over us we be like all nationsnd our king judge us, and go out before us and fight our battles. And Samuel heard all the words of the people and rehearsed them in the ears of the . And the said to Samuelearken unto their voice and make them a king. Samuel unto the men of Israelo every man his city.
The 9th Chapter
Now there was a man of Benjamin name the son of Abiel, the son of Zero the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, among the children of Israel goodlier than he from shoulders upward higher than the people.
And the sses of Sauls father were lost. said to Saul his son Take one of the with thee and go seek the sses. And through mount Ephraim and through the land of , found them nothen they through the land of Salim, and there they were not through the land of , they found them not.when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to that was with himome let us return lest my father leave caring for the sses, and take thought for us. And he himehold there is in this city a man of God, and all that he saith cometh to passow let us go thither peradventure he shw us we go. Then said Saul to his if we go what shall we bring the man? or bread is spent our and there is no present to bring the man of God what have we? And the answered Saul again and said I have the fourth part of a that will give the man of God to tell us our way. in Israel when a man went to of God, thus he spake, ome and let us go to the or he that is now called a rophet was called a Ser. Then said Saul to his ell said come let us go. o they went unto the city where the man of God was.
And as they up the city, they out to draw water, and said unto thems here And answered them, behold, he before youake haste now, for he came day to the city for the people day in the ye be come into the city, shall find him, before he go up to the to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he bless the nd they that be bidden. Now therefore get you up for shall find him. And they went up into the citynd when they were come into the city behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the . the had told Samuel a day before Saul came, saying this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, shalt anoint to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines for I have looked upon my people their cry is come unto me. hen Samuel saw Saul, the him, the man whom I spake to thee ofhis same shall reign over my people.
Then Saul to Samuel in the gate, and saidell me I pray thee, where the house is. 19 And Samuel answered Saul and said I am the go up before me unto the for ye shall eat with me to daynd I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heartnd as for thine asses that were lost three days, not them for they are found. And Saul answered and saidm not I a of the smallest tribe of Israel and my the least of all the of the tribe of Benjamin wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
And Samuel took Saul and his and brought them into the and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden which were about thirty persons. Samuel unto the cookring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said it thee. And the cook took up the shoulder and it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel saidehold that which is leftit before thee and eat Saul did eat with Samuel that day. And when they were come down from the the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the housend they arose earlynd about the spring of the day Samuel called Saul the top of the house sayingp that I may send thee away. And Saul arosend they went out both of them, he and Samuel. And they were of the , Samuel said to Saulid the before us, and he , but stand thou still , that I may shw thee God
The 10th Chapter
hen Samuel took a of oil and poured it upon his head and kissed him and said the hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritancehen thou art departed from me, thou shalt two men by sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at nd they will say unto thee, he asses which thou wentest to seek are found, thy father hath left the care of the sses and sorroweth for you sayinghat shall I do for my son? Then shalt go from thence and shalt come to the of nd there meet three men going to God to Bethel one carrying three kids and another carrying three laves of bread and carrying a bottle of wine And they will salute thee and give thee two laves of bread which thou shalt receive of their hands. After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where the Philistines when thou art come thither to the city thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the with a psalter, a , a pipe, and a harp before them and they And the pirit of the will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And when these signs are thee, thou for God is with thee. And thou shalt before me to nd behold I will come unto thee to sacrifice sacrifice peace offerings seven days till I come to thee and shw thee what thou shalt do.
And he had turned his to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart and all those came to pass that day. hen they came to the hill behold company of prophets met him and the pirit of God came upon him, and prophesied among them. all that knew him saw that he prophesied among the prophets, said to hat is this that is come unto the son of ? Saul also among the prophets? And one of the same place answered and said who is their father? a proverbSaul also among the prophets? And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the . Sauls said unto him and his hither went ye? And he o seek the asses and when we saw that they were no where, we to Samuel. Sauls uncleell me what Samuel said unto you And Saul his unclee told us that the asses were found. But of the kingdom whereof Samuel spake told him not.
Samuel called the people together unto the to nd said unto the children of Israelhus saith the God of Israel, I brought out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms that oppressed you And ye have this day your God you out of all your adversities and tribulationsnd ye have said unto him, a king over us. Now therefore before the by your tribes and your thousands. And when Samuel had all the tribes of Israel the tribe of Benjamin was . When he had the tribe of Benjamin by their , the of Mtri was and Saul the son of was nd they sought him he could not be found. they the further the man should come thither. And the answeredehold, he hath hid himself among the stuff. And they ran and fetched him thencend when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the peopleee ye whom the hath chosenthere is none like him among all the And all the people shouted and said God the king.
Then Samuel told the people the of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the nd sent all the people away, every man to his house. And Saul also went home to nd there went with him God ha touched But the children of saidow shall save us? nd despised him and brought him no presents. he hd
The 11th Chapter
Then Nahas the Ammonite came and Jabesnd all the of Jabes said unto Nahasake a covenant with us and we will thrust out all your right eyes, upon all Israel. the elders of Jabesive us seven days respite that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israelnd then if there no man to us, we will come out to thee. Then came the messengers to Saul, and told th tidings in the ears of the peoplend all the people lifted up their voices and wept.
And behold Saul came out of the field and hat ailethe people weep And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabes. the pirit of God upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and was . And took a yoke of oxen and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers sayinghosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall his oxen. the fear of the fell the people, and they came out one . And when numbered in Bezek the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Juda thirty thousand. And they said unto the messengers that came, say unto the men of Jabes by that time the be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and the men of Jabes and they were glad. the men of Jabes said we will come out unto you, ye do with us all that you. And on the morrow Saul put the people in three nd they came in the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the daynd they remained scattered so that two of them were not left together.
the people Samuel that saidhall Saul reign over us? bring that we may Then said Samuel the peopleome and let us go to Glgal, and renew the kingdom there. And the people went to peace offerings before the nd there Saul and all the rejoiced .
The 12th Chapter
Samuel unto all Israelehold I have your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made you And king walketh before you I am old and and behold my sons are with you and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. Behold here I am: me before the and before his anointed whose ox have I taken or whose ss have I taken? or whom have I ? of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you And they saidhou hast us, nor us, neither hast thou taken ought of any mans hand. said themhe is witness you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have found in my hand. And they answeredwitness.
Samuel unto the peoplet is the that Moses and Aaron, and brought your fathers out of Egypt. Now therefore stand still, m reason with you before the of all the of the which he
Jacob was come into Egypt, your fathers cried unto the , the sent Moses and Aaron, which brought your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. they forgt the their God he sold them into the hand of captain of of , and into the hand of the hilistines and into the hand of the ing of Moab, fought against them. they cried unto the and saide have sinned, because we have forsaken the and have served Baalim and ut now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies and we will serve thee. And the sent Jerbaal, Bdan, Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, ye dwelled . And when y saw that Nahas the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me a king shall reign over us when the your God was your ing. Now therefore behold the ing whom ye have chosen and whom ye have desired
that reigneth over you the your God if ye not the voice of the , but the then shall the hand of the be you your fathers.
Now stand and see this great thing which the will do before your eyess it not wheat harvest I will call unto the , and he shall send thunder and rain perceive and that your wickedness is great which ye have done in the sight of the in asking you a ing. Samuel called unto the the sent thunder and rain day. And all the people said unto Samuelray for thy servants unto the thy God, that we die not: for we have
unto the peopleear not ye have done all this wickedness yet not from the ut serve with all your will not forsake his people his great names sake: because hath to make you his people. Moreover God forbid that I should sin against the in for you you the good and right way Only fear the and serve him tru with all your heart: for he hath done for you. But if ye shall do wickedly shall both ye and your ing
The 13th Chapter
Saul o year when he had reigned two years over Israel, chose him three thousand men of Israelwo thousand were with Saul in and mount Bethel, and a thousand with Jonatha in Benjaminnd the rest of the people he sent every man to his And Jonatha the Philistines thin , and the Philistines . And Saul the trumpet throughout all the land sayinget the Hebrews hear. And all Israel heard saythat Saul had of the Philistines, and that Israel the Philistines. And the people after Saul to Glgal.
the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and ix thousand horsemen people the sand the sea in multitude and came up and pitched in Michmas eastward from Bethaven. hen the men of Israel saw in a strait, the people were ,) hid themselves in caves, the Hebrews went over Jordan the land of Gad and . Saul was yet in Glgal, and all the people followed him
And he tarried seven days, Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to and the people scattered from him. Saul saidring burnt to me and peace offerings. And he offered burnt . And as soon as he had made an end of offering burnt offering behold, Samuel camend Saul went him, alute him. Samuel hat hast thou done? And Saul said, ecause I saw that the people scattered from me, and thou camest not within the days appointed and that the gathered themselves together made supplication unto the hast done foolishly hast not kept the commandment of the thy God which he commanded theeor would the have thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continuehe hath sought him a man after his own heart, and hath commanded him to be captain over his people because thou hast not kept that which the commanded thee.
And Samuel arose and gat him from Glgal Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were present with him, about six hundred men. And Saul and Jonatha his son and the people that were present with them, in Benjaminut the Philistines in . And came out of the of the Philistines three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of And another company turned the way to Bethhoron: and company turned to the way of the that to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness. there was no smith throughout the land of Israelor the Philistines the Hebrews make them swords or spears all down to the Philistines, to every man his share, his mattock there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonatha: Saul and Jonatha his son was there found. And the arrison of the Philistines out the .
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it a day, that Jonatha the son of Saul said unto young man that bare his ome and let us go over to the that on the other side told not his father. Saul tarried in the part of under a pomegranate treein and the people that were with him were about six hundred men And Ahiah the son of Ichabods brother, the son of Phinehs, the son of Eli, the priest in an phod. the people knew not that Jonatha was gone.
And the by which Jonatha sought to go over unto the , there a sharp on the one side, and on the other side: the one Bozez, and the other Seneh. the one northward , and the other southward . to the young man that bare his ome and let us go over unto the of these uncircumcised said unto himo all that is in thine heart: thee I am with thee heart Then said Jonathaehold we over unto the men, and ourselves unto themf they say ths usarry until we come to you then we will stand still and not go up unto them. But if they say ome up unto us then we will go up for the hath delivered them into our handnd this shall be a sign unto us. And both themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines the Philistines said, the Hebrews come out of the holes where they had hid themselves And the men of the garrison answered Jonatha and his and saidome up to us, and we will shw you a thing. unto his ome up after me for the hath delivered them into the hand of Israel. And Jonathaclimbed upon hands and feet, and his after him they fell before Jonatha and his slew after him. And that first slaughter which Jonatha and his made was twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land. And there was in the host in the field, and among all the people:
And the watchmen of Saul in Benjamin Then said Saul unto the people that with himumber and see who is gone from us. And when they had behold, Jonatha and his were not there. And Saul said unto Ahiaring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at th time with the children of Israel. And while Saul talked unto the priest, the that in the host of the hilistines and nd Saul said unto the priestithdraw thine hand. And Saul and all the people that were with him, and to battlend behold every mans sword was against his fellow, a great . Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, with Saul and Jonatha. the which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, they heard that the Philistines fled, they followed after them in battle. Israel that daynd the battle unto Bethaven.
And the men of Israel that day: Saul adjured the people saying Cursed be the man that eateth any food until , that I may be avenged o mine enemies. o none of the people tasted any food. And all the land came to a woodhoney upon the ground. And when the people were come into the woodehold, the honey dropped b no man his hand to his mouth the people feared the .
But Jonatha heard not when his father the people wherefore he put forth the end of the that was in his hand, and dipped it in an , and put his hand to his mouth and his eyes . Then one of the people and saidhy father the people saying Cursed be the man that eateth any food this daynd the people were faint. Then said Jonathay father hath troubled the land: see, mine eyes , because I tasted a little of this honeyow if the people had eaten of the spoil of their enemies which they found had there not been a much greater slaughter among the Philistines? And they the Philistines that day from to nd the people were faint. the people the spoil and took sheep oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground and did eat with the blood. Then told Saul saying Behold the people sin against the , in that they eat with the blood. And he saide have roll a great stone unto me nd among the people and themring every man his ox and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and sin not against the in eating with the blood. And the people brought every man his ox hi night and slew them there. And Saul an altar unto the was the first altar that he unto the .
And Saul saidet us go down after the Philistines by night, and them until the morning, and let us not leave of them. And theo whatsoever . Then said the priestet us hither unto God.
And Saul asked of Godhall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into ? But he answered him not that . Saul the people and know and see this sin this dayor as the liveth which save Israel, though it be in Jonatha my son, he shall unto all Israele ye on one side, and I and Jonatha my son will be on . And the people said unto Saul what . Saul said unto the God of Israelive perfect . And Saul and Jonatha were the people escaped. Saulast lots between me and Jonatha my son. And Jonatha was . Then Saul said to Jonathaell me what thou hast done. And Jonatha told him and said I taste a little honey the end of that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must die.
Saul God do so and thou die Jonatha. the people said unto Saulhall Jonatha die hath Israel? God forbidas the liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground for he hath wrought with God this day. o the people Jonatha, that he died not. hen Saul from following the Philistinesnd the Philistines went to their own place.
o Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side against against the children of Ammon against against the kings of Zobah and against the Philistinesnd he turned himself, , and the Amalekites, and Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them. he sons of Saul were Jonatha, , and nd his two daughters were ; the name the and the younger And the name of Sauls wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaznd the name of captain was Abner the son of Ner Sauls uncle. And was fathernd Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel. And there was sore war the Philistines all the days of Saul Saul saw a strong man, an, he took him unto him.
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Samuel unto Saulhe sent me to anoint thee ing over his people Israelow therefore thou the voice of the words of the . Thus saith the of hosts Ithat which Amalek did to Israel how lawait for in the way, slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, and sheep, camel and ss.
And Saul the people, and numbered them in Telaim two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Juda. And Saul came a city of , and in valley. Saul said unto the Keniteso depart get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them for ye shwed Israel when they came out of Egypt. the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.
And Saul the Amalekites from of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the of the sheep and of the oxen and fat and the lambs and all that was good, and would not destroy themut that was and , that they destroyed utterly.
Then came the word of the unto Samuel sayingt repenteth me that I have Saul kingor he is turned from me and hath not performed my commandments Samuel and cried unto the all night. And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning it was told Samuel Saul to Carmel, and h set him up a
Saul said unto him Blessed be thou the I have the commandment of the . And Samuel hat meaneth then th bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the of the oxen which I hear? And Saul saidhey have brought them from the Amalekitesor the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the thy Godnd the we have destroyed.
Samuel said Saul and tell thee what the hath said to me this night. And he said unto himay on. And Samuel saidhen thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israelnd the anointed thee ing over Israel And the sent thee on a journey, and said utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites and fight against them until . herefore thou not obey the voice of the ut didst the and in the sight of the ?
And Saul said unto Samuel I have obeyed the voice of the , and the way which the sent me, and have brought Agag the ing of nd have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. the people took of the spoil, sheep oxen, the of the things which should have been destroyed, to ? Behold, to obey is better than , and to than the fat of rams. For is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is iniquity and dolatry. Because thou hast the word of the , hath
because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. ow my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the . Samuel unto Saul I will not return with thee: for thou hast over Israel. And as Samuel turned to go away, he of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine that is better than thou. And Israel will not nor repent: for he is not a man, that repent.Then he said I have sinnedyet honour me before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may the thy God. Samuel turned again Saulnd Saul the .
Then said Samuel Bring ye hither to me Agag the ing of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said the bitterness of death And Samuel said As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the in Glgal. hen Samuel to nd Saul went to his house to Saul. Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his deathevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul the repented that he had made ing over Israel.
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And the said unto Samuel How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have him from reigning over Israel? fill horn with , and I will send thee to the Bethlehemite for I have me a ing among his sons. Samuel ow I go? Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the said Take an heifer with thee, and say thee what thou shalt do: nd thou shalt anoint him whom I unto thee. And Samuel did the nd came to Bethlehem the elders of the town at his coming, and said and come with me to the . And he and his sons, and them to the .
And when they were come, he looked on Eliab and said the anointed is before him. But the said unto Samuelook not on his on the height of his stature I have refused himnot as man seethor man looketh on the outward appearance but the the heart. Then called Abinadab and made him before Samuel. he saideither hath the chosen this. Then made nd he saideither hath the chosen . made seven of his sons before Samuel. And Samuel said
, he keepeth the sheep. Samuel said unto end and fetch him for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent and brought him in. he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Samuel took the horn and anointed him in the of his brethrennd the pirit of the came upon David from that day forward. Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
But the pirit of the departed from Saul, and an evil spirit the him. servants unto him Behold, an evil spirit God theeet our ord command servants to seek a man is a cunning player an harpnd when the evil spirit God upon thee, that he play with his hand, and thou shalt be . And Saul said unto his servants me a man that can well, and bring him to me. Then answered one of servants and said, I have seen a son of the Bethlehemite, that cunning in playing, and and a man of war and prudent and , and the is with him Saul sent messengers unto and saidend me David thy son which is with the sheep. And took an ass laden with bread, and a of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. And David to Saul and before him and he loved him he his . Saul sent to sayinget David me for he hath found favour in my sight. And when the spirit God upon Saul, David took an harp and played with his hand so Saul was refreshed, and and the evil spirit departed from him.
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he Philistines gathered their to battle, and together to Juda, and pitched between and Azekah, in . Saul and the men of Israel against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on on the one side, and Israel stood on on the other side and a valley between them. And a out of the of the Philistines named Goliath of Gth, six cubits and a nd had an helmet of brass upon his head, and a coat of mail the weight of coat was five thousand of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a of brass his shoulders. And the of his spear was like a weavers beamnd his weighed six hundred of ironnd one bearing a shield went before him.
And he stood and unto the of Israel, and said unto them ye come out in array? am not I a Philistine, and y servants to Saul? hoose you a man, and let him come down to mef he be able to fight with me and to me, then will be your servantsut if I him and him then shall be our servants and serve us. And the Philistine said I the of Israel this day give me a man fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were and greatly afraid.
David was the son of Ephrathite of Bethleheman old man in the days of Saul And the three eldest sons of went and followed Saul to battlend the names of his three sons that went to battle wereEliab the , and next him Abinadab, and the third nd David was the youngestnd the three eldest Saul David went and from Saul to feed his fathers sheep at Bethlehem. And the Philistine morning and evening, and forty days.
And said unto David his sonake for thy brethren this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the to thy brethren And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain, and look how thy brethren fare, and their pledge. Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in valley fighting with the Philistines. And David rose up early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper, and took and went, as had commanded him and came the the host was going , and shouted the battleor Israel and the Philistines had put in array, against . David hi the hand of the keeper of the , and ran into the and came and saluted his brethren. And as he talked with themehold, there the , the Philistine by name, out of the of the Philistines, and spake the David heard . And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, from him, and were sore afraid. And mn of Israel said ye this man that is come to Israel is he comend that him the king great riches, and will give him his daughter and make his fathers house free in Israel. spake to the men that stood by What shall be done to the man that this Philistine and taketh away the from Israel? for whis this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should the of the living God? And the people answered sayingo shall it be done to the man that him. And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the and David and said Why camest thou and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride and the of thine heart thou art come see the battle. And David , hat have I now done? s there the same manner and the people answered him again.
And the words which David spake, rehearsed them before Saul him And David said to Saul Let no mans heart fail because of himhy servant will go and fight with Philistine. And Saul said to David, hou art not able to go this Philistine to fight with himor thou art but a , and he a man of war from his youth.
David unto Saul, hy servant kept his fathers sheep, there came a ion and a ear, and took a out of the flock And I went out after him and smote him, and it out of his mouthnd when he arose against me, I caught him by beard and smote him and slew him. hy servant nd this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, the of the living God. David moreover, he that delivered me out of the of the ion and out of the of the ear, he deliver me out of the hand of th Philistine.
put an helmet of brass upon his head a coat of mailnd David his sword upon his he assayed to go for he proved it. David unto Saul I cannot go these for I have not put them off him
nd took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of brook and put them in a shepherds bag which he had, in a and his sling in his hand and to the Philistine.And the Philistine came and drew near David the man that bare shield before him. And when the Philistine looked and saw David he disdained him for he was but a ruddy and And the Philistine said unto Davidm I a dog, that thou comest to me with ? nd cursed David the said to Davidome to me and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistinehou comest to me with a sword a spear and a shield: ut I come to thee in the name of the of hosts, the God of the of Israel whom thou hast This day the deliver thee into hand and I smite thee and take thine head from thee and will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air and to the beasts of the earth all the know that there is a God in Israel. And all this shall know that the saveth not with sword and spearor the battle is the , and he give you into our hands.
And when the Philistine arose and came and drew nigh David David hasted and ran ary the Philistine. And David put his hand in his and took a stone and slng it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead that the stone sunk into his forehead and he fell to the earth. o David the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and smote the Philistine and slew himno sword in hand ran and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword and drew it out of sheath and slew him and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and of Juda arose and shouted and the Philistines, until th cme to the valley and the gates of .
And the Philistines fell down by the way, even unto and . And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines and their tents. And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalemut he put his armor in his tent.hen Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner the captain of host, Abner, whose son is this ? And Abner , s thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. the king
when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine,
of the in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king it the time Merb Sauls daughter should have been given to David she was given unto Adiel to wife. Michl Sauls daughter loved Davidnd Saul the thing pleased him And said I will give him her that she may be a snare to him, the hand of the Philistines him. Saul said to Davidhou shalt this day be my son in law . And Saul commanded his servantsommune with David secretly and say Behold the ing hath thee, and all his servants love thee therefore the kings son in law.And Sauls servants spake those words in the ears of David. David eemeth it to you a light thing to be kings son in law, an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the kings enemies. Saul thought to make David fall the hand of the Philistines. his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the kings son in law, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men and brought their foreskins, and Saul gave him Michl his daughter to wife. And Saul saw and that the was with David, and that Michl daughter loved him was the more afraid of David and became Davids enemy . the Philistines went to , David behaved himself wise than all the servants of Saul so that his name was much set by.
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Saul Jonatha his son, and all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonatha Sauls son David and told David saying Saul my father to theeow therefore take heed to thyself , and abide in secret place, and hide thyself And I will go out and stand my father in the field where thou art, and will commune with my father of thee and I I will tell thee. And Jonatha spake of David unto Saul his father and said unto himet not the king sin against his servant David he hath not sinned against thee, and his works to theeward very good For he did put his life in his hand and slew the Philistine, and the wherefore then thou sin against innocent blood, slay David ? And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonatha and swares the liveth, he shall not . Jonatha called David and shwed him all those brought to Saulnd he was in his presence as in times past.
And war again and David went out and fought with the Philistines and slew a great slaughter and . And the evil spirit the was upon Saul as he sat in his house avelin in his hand and David played with his hand. And Saul to David to the wall with the avelinut out of Sauls presence and he smote the into the wall David fled and that night.
Saul sent messengers unto Davids house, to watch him and to slay him in the morning Michl wife told him saying If thou save not night, thou . o Michl let David down through a window and he went and fled and And took an mage and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow goats hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth. And when Saul sent messengers to David, she saide sick.
Saul sent the messengers to see David sayingring him to me bed, that may . And when the messengers were come inehold there an mage in the bed, with a pillow of me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michl answered Saule said unto me, et me go I kill thee
o David fled and escaped and to Samuel to and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.
And it was told Saul saying Behold, David is at Naioth in Saul sent messengers to Davidnd when they saw company of prophets prophesying and Samuel standing them, the pirit of God upon the messengers of Saul, and they prophesied And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time prophesied also. Then went he to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in he asked and saidhere are Samuel and David? And saidthey be at Naioth in nd he went thither to Naioth in the pirit of God upon him also and he went , until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and naked all that day and all that nightherefore , s Saul also among the prophets?
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And David fled from Naioth in and and said before Jonatha What have I done? ? what is my sin before thy father that he seeketh my life? And him God forbid thou shalt not die my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shw it me why should my father hide this thing from me? no
And David sware and saidhy father knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes and he thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.
Then said Jonatha unto David, hatsoever thy soul desireth I will do thee. And David said unto Jonatha Behold, is the , and I should sit with the king at meatut let me go that I may hide myself in the field unto thiday at . If thy father miss me, then say David asked leave of me that he might to Bethlehem his city for there is a yearly for all th
say thust is well thy servant shall have peaceut if he be if there be in me , slay me thyself for wh bring me to thy father?
And to come upon thee not tell it thee Then said David, ho shall tell meif thy father answer ? David, ome and let us go out into the field. And they went out both of them into the field.And Jonatha said unto David O God of Israel, when I have my and I then send not unto thee and shew it theehe do so and Jonatha if please my father, I will thee and send thee away, that thou mayst go in peacend the be with thee as he hath been with my father. And thou shalt from my house : o not when the hath the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.o Jonatha made a with the house of David, , because he loved him thou shalt be missed, because the place where thou hide when by the stone . And I will shoot three arrows the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark, will send a lad, the arrows. If I say unto the lad the arrows are on this side thee, them then come thou: for is peace and as the liveth. But if I say thus unto the young , ehold, the rrows are beyond thee th for the hath sent thee away. And which thou and I have behold the between thee and me for ever.
o David hid himself in the fieldnd when the new moon was come, the king sat him down meat And the king sat his seat by the wallnd Jonatha arose, and Abner sat by Sauls side, and Davids place was empty. Nevertheless Saul Saul said unto Jonatha his sonherefore cometh not the son of to meat, neither yesterday nor ? And Jonatha answered Saul, David asked if I have found favour in thine eyes let me and see my . herefore he cometh not unto the thou hast chosen the son of For as long as the son of lieth upon the , thou shalt not be , nor thy kingdomherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he . Jonatha answered Saul his father and said himherefore he ? what hath he done? Saul cast a at him to him whereby Jonatha knew that it was determined of his father to slay David. o Jonatha arose from the table in anger and did eat no meat the second day of the month for he was for David, because his father had done him shame.
at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him. And he said unto un find out arrows which I shoot. And as the ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. And when the lad was come to the place cried after the lad lad gathered up the arrow and came to his master. But the lad knew Jonatha and David knew . Jonatha gave his unto lad and said unto himo carry them to the .And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south and fell on his face to the ground and bowed himself three timesnd they kissed and wept , David
And Jonatha said to Davido in peace we have sworn both of us in the name of the sayinghe be between and , and between seed and for ever. And he and departednd Jonatha went the .
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Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priestnd Ahimelech was at and said unto him Why thou alone, and no man with thee? And David said Ahimelech the priesthe king hath commanded me whereabout I send and what I have commanded theend I have appointed my servants to such and such place. ow what under thine hand? give me five laves of bread or what And the priest answered David and saidhere is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread if the young men from women. And David answered the priest and said unto himf a truth women ha been kept from us about three days, I came out and the vessels of the young men holy in the vessel. o the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was bread there that taken from before the , to put bread the day it was taken away. a certain man of the servants of Saul before the nameDoeg an Edomite, the chiefest of . And David said unto Ahimelech is not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor with me, because the business required haste. the priest he sword of Goliath the Philistine whom thou slewest in , is here wrapped in a cloth behind the phodf thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David saidhere is none that give it me.
And David arose and fled day of Saul, and went to Achis the king of Gth. And the servants of Achis said hims not this David the ing of the land? did they not sing in dances saying Saul hath slain his thousand, and David his ten thousand? And David thse words in his heart and was sore afraid of Achis the ing of Gth. And he changed his before them, and in their hands, and on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
unto his servant Lo ye s wherefore then have ye brought him to me? I, that ye have brought this fellow to play the in my presence? shall come into my house
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David departed thence and escaped the cave hen his brethren and all his fathers house heard it, they went thither to him. and he became a captain over themnd there were with him four hundred men. And David went thence to of Moab and said unto the ing of Moab Let my father and mother I pray thee, with you, till I know what God will do me. And he them the ing of Moab and they dwelt with him all the while that David in hold. And the prophet Gad said unto David Abide not in depart and g the land of Juda. Then David departed and came into the forest Hareth.
his spear in his hand and all his about him said unto his servants that stood about him Hear , y will the son of give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains thousands and hundredshat y have conspired against me, there is none that that my son hath made a with the son of
Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which the servants of Saul and said I saw the son of to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of of the for him, and gave him victuals, and the sword of Goliath the Philistine Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest the son of Ahitb, and all his fathers house, the priests that were in Nobnd they came all to the ing. And Saul saidear thou son of Ahitb. And he ere I am, my lord. Saul himhy have ye conspired against me, thou and the son of , that thou hast given him and a sword, and hast of God for him, that he should against me lie as this day? Ahimelech answered the king and said who is so faithful among all thy servants as David the kings son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is in thine house? I to of God for him? from me: let not the king thing unto his servant all the house of my fatheror thy servant nothing of all this, less or more.
the king saidhou shalt surely die Ahimelech, thou and all thy fathers house. the king unto footmen that stood about himurn and slay the priests of the because their hand is with David and because they knew when fled and not to me. But the servants of the king would not their hand to upon the priests of the . the ing to Doegurn thou and the priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned and upon the priests and slew that day and five persons that did wear a linen phod. And Nob the city of the priests smote with the edge of the sword, both mn and womn, and suckling, ox, ass and sheep.
one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitb, named Abiathar, escaped and fled Davidnd shwed David that Saul had slain the priests. And David said unto Abiathar I knew it that day, Doeg the Edomite was there would tell Saul he that seeketh with me thou shalt be in safeguard.
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Then told David saying Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and the Philistines? And the said unto Davido and smite the Philistines and save Keilah. said unto him we be afraid here in Juda then we come to Keilah the of the Philistines? Then David the again. And the answered him and said go to Keilah for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.o David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, and away their cattle and a great slaughter. o David saved the of Keilah. And it when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah that he an phod in his hand.
And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. Saul God hath delivered him into mine handor he is shut in, into a town gates and bars. And Saul called all the people to war, to go to Keilah to besiege David and his men. David that Saul mischief against him and said to Abiathar the priest Bring the phod. Then said David, O God of Israel, thy servant that Saul to come to Keilah to destroy the city for my sakeill the men of Keilah deliver me into his hand? will Saul come as thy servant ? God of Israel tell thy servant. And the saide will come. Then said Davidill the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? nd the saidhey will deliver .Then David and his men which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah and went . And it was told Saul that David was from Keilah he
And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him , but God delivered him not into his hand. And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a . And Jonatha Sauls son arose and went to David the , and strengthened in Godnd said unto himear not for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I be next unto theend Saul my father went to his house.
Then came the Ziphites to Saul to saying David hide himself us in strong holds in in the hill of Hachilaho the Now therefore king, come down to deliver him into the . Saul Blessed ye the for compassion on me. Go I pray you, and know and see his where his , and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he very . See therefore and all the lurking where he , and come again to me with the certainty, and I will go with yound if he be in the land, I will him out all the thousands of Juda.And they arose and went to Ziph before Saulut David and his m in the wilderness of Maon, in the on the in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he after David in the wilderness of . And Saul went on side of the mountain, and David and his men on nd David made haste to get Saulor Saul and his men compassed David and his men round to take them.
But there came a messenger Saul saying Haste thee and come Philistines in the land. Wherefore Saul returned from David, and went against the Philistines therefore the called
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hen Saul was from the Philistines, told him sayingehold, David is in the wilderness of Engdi. Then Saul took three thousand men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men the ocks wild goats. And he came to the by where was a cavend Saul went in to his feetnd David and his men the sides of the cave. And the of David said unto him the day of which the said unto thee Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, thou do him it thee. Then David arose and cut off of Sauls privily. And Davids heart smote him, because he had cut off Sauls . And he said unto his menhe that thing unto my master the anointed, to mine hand him, seeing he is the anointed. o David his servants with words, and suffered them not to up out of the cave and David arose and went out of the cave and cried after Saul saying My lord king. And Saul looked behind him David stooped to the earth and bowed himself
, David seeketh th? Behold this day thine eyes have seen how that the had delivered thee day into mine hand in the cave killed thee notneither evil nor in , and I have not sinned against thee yet thou huntest my soul to take it. The judge between and , and the avenge me of theeut mine hand not upon thee. after a dead dog, after a flea. The be judge and judge between and , and see and my cause, and me out of thine hand.
hen David had made an end of speaking these words Saul, Saul saids this thy voice my son David? nd lifted up his voice and weptnd said to Davidhou artmore righteous than I for thou hast rewarded me good, I have rewarded thee evil. And thou hast shwed this day how that thou hast dealt with me as when the had me in thine hand, thou me not. For find his enemy, let him herefore the reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day. And now I know well that thou shalt be ing, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be in thine hand. Swear therefore unto me by the , that thou not my seed after me, and that thou not destroy my name out of my fathers house. And David sware unto Saulnd Saul went homeut David and his men gat up unto hold.
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And Samuel died and all gathered together and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah.And David arose and to the wilderness of Paran.
there was a man in Maon whose in Carmel and the man was very great, and had three thousand sheep and a thousand goatsnd he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. he name of the man was Nabal and the name of his wife Abigail and was a woman of good David heard in the wilderness that Nabal his sheep sent out ten young men, and said unto et you up to Carmel and go to Nabal and greet him in my name And thus say unto all that thou hast. I have heard that thou hast shearersow th shepherds were with us, we them , neither was there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in Carmelsk thy , and they will shw thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyesfor we come in a good give I pray thee whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants and to son David.And Davids young men came to Nabal all those words in the name of David and . And Nabal answered Davids servants and said Whis David? and whis the son of ? there servants now a days that break away every man from his master. I take my bread, my water and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give itunto men I know not whence they be?
Davids turned their way and went again, and came and told him all those sayings. David said unto his menird every man his sword. And they girded every man his sword and David girded on his swordnd there David four hundred men and two hundred abode by the stuff.
But one of the told Abigail Nabals wife saying David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute and he railed on them. the men were very good unto us and no, neither missed we , as long as were conversant with them, when we were in the fieldshey were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping sheep. all his household he is a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to.
Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two bottles of wine and five sheep ready dressed and five measures of parched corn, and a hundred of raisins and two hundred of figs, and lad them on assesnd said unto her before me, I come after you told her husband Nabal, David and his men came down against her and she met them.
David said in vain have I kept all that this fellow ha in the wilderness so that was missed that pertained unto him he hath me evil for good. So and do God unto the enemies of David, I leave of all that pertain to him by the that against the wall.
hen Abigail saw David, she hasted and lighted off ass and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, nd fell at his feet and saidet this be and let thine handmaid speak in thine audience, and hear the words of handmaid. Let not my ord regard this man Nabal for as his name is, so is he Nabal is his name and folly is with himut I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my ord thou .ow my ord as the liveth and as thy soul liveth, the hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood and from avenging thyself with thine own hand And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought, let it be given unto the young men that follow my ord. the trespass of thine handmaid the make my ord a sure house because my ord fighteth the battles of the and to seek thy soul the soul of my ord be bound in bundle of life with the thy Godnd the souls of enemies slng the middle of a sling. And when the shall have done to my ord all the good that he hath thee, and shall have thee ruler over Israel th shall be no unto thee of heart unto my ord, that thou blood causeless avenge when the shall have dealt well with my ord, then thine handmaid.
David to Abigaillessed be the God of Israel which sent thee this day to meet me And blessed be thy , and blessed be thou which kept me this day from coming to shed blood and from avenging myself with mine own hand. For in very deed as the God of Israel liveth which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and me, there had not been left Nabal by the pisse against the wall. o David received of her hand that which she brought him, and said hero in peace to thine house see I have thy voice and have
And Abigail came to Nabal behold, he held a feast in his house like the feast of a ing and Nabals heart was merry within him, he wasvery drunkherefore she told him more, until the . But in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these , his heart died within him, and he became as a stonend ten days after, that the smote Nabal, that he died. And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said Blessed be the that hath the cause of my the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil hath the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent commune with Abigail, to take her to wife. And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her saying David sent us unto thee, to take thee to wife. And she arose and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said Behold handmaidbe a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my ord. And Abigail hasted and arose and upon an ss, with five damsels of hers that went her and went after the messengers of David and his wife. David also took Ahinoam of and they were both his wives. But Saul Michl his daughter Davids wife to Phalti the son of Lais of Galli.
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the Ziphites unto Saul to saying David hide himself in the hill of Hachilahbefore Then Saul arose and went to the wilderness of Ziph three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah which before , by the . But David in the wildernessnd he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness sent out spies and understood that Saul was come David arose and to the place where Saul had pitched and beheld the place where Saul lay Abner the son of Ner captain Saul lay and the people pitched round about him.
Then answered David and to Ahimelech the and to Abisai the son of brother to Joab sayingho will go down with me to Saul to the ? Abisai said I will go down with thee.o David and Abisai came to the people by nightnd behold, Saul lay sleeping within and his spear in the ground at his Abner and the people round about him. The said Abisai to David God hath thine enemy thine hand this dayow therefore let me smite him with spear to the earth, and I will not smite him the second time. David said to estroy him not for who can his hand the anointed and be guiltless? David said furthermores the liveth, the shall smite him or his day shall come to die or he shall descend into battle and perish the spear that is at his , and the cruse of water, and let us go. David took the spear and the cruse of water Sauls and they gat them away, and no man saw knew
David went over to the other side and stood on the top of an hill afar offa great space being between them cried to the people and to Abner the son of Ner saying Answerest thou not Abner? Abner answered and said Whart thou that criest to the king? nd David said to Abnerrt not thou a man and who is like thee in Israel? wherefore hast thou not kept thy ord the king? or there came one of the to destroy the king thy ord. not good that thou hast done. As the liveth ye are worthy to die, because ye have kept the anointed. And now see where the kings spear is, and the cruse of water that at his Saul knew Davids voice and saids this thy voice my son David? nd David saidt is my voice my ord king. And he saidherefore doth my lord his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand? Now thereforemy ord king the words of servant. If the have stirred thee up against me, h if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the or they have me out from abiding in the inheritance of the , sayingo serve other ods. my blood fall to the earth before the face of the the ing of Israel come out to a flea, as hunt partridge in the mountains.
Then said Saul I have sinned, my son David for I will do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this dayehold, I have played the fool and have erred exceeding And David answered and said Behold the spear let one of the young men come over and fetch it. The every righteousness and : for the delivered thee into my hand day, but I would not hand the anointed. And as thy life was much set by this in mine eyes so my life set by in the eyes of the , h deliver me out of all tribulation. Saul said to David Blessed thou my son David: thou shalt and also . o David went his way, and Saul to his place
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David in his heart I perish one day by the hand of here is better for me than into the land of the Philistines Saul despair me, to seek me any more in coast of Israel: so I escape his hand. And David arose and he the six hundred men that were with him unto Achis, the son of Maoch, ing of Gth. And David dwelt with Achis at Gth, he and his men, every man with his household, David with his two wives Ahinoam the and Abigail . And it was told Saul that David was fled to he sought no more for him. And David said unto Achis If I have found grace in thine eyes, let a place in some town in the , that I may dwell thereor wh should thy servant dwell in the pertaineth unto the kings of Juda unto this day. And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.
And David and his men went and the Gesurites, the and the Amalekites: nations were the of the land, as to Sur, Egypt. And David smote the land and left neither man nor woman alive, and took the sheep, the oxen, the asses, camels, and , and and came to Achis. And Achis said have ye a day? And David the south of Juda, and the south of the , and the south of the Kenites. And David saved neither man nor woman alive to bring to Gth, est they should tell on sayingo did David and so his manner all the while he in the country of the Philistines. And Achis believed David sayinge hath made his people Israel he shall be my servant for ever.
The 28th Chapter
And it in those days, that the Philistines gathered their together , to fight with Israel. And Achis said David, thou shalt go out with me and thy men And David said to Achis thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achis said to David will make thee keeper of head for ever. Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in his own city. And Saul had put that had spirits and the out of the land. And the Philistines gathered together and came and pitched in Saul all Israel together and pitched in . And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart . And Saul of the the answered him not, neither by dream no by , nor by prophets.
Then said Saul unto his servantseek me a woman that spirit that I may go to her and of her. And his servants said to him, there is a and put on other raiment, and went and two men with him, and they came to the by nightnd he said unto me by the spirit, and bring me him up whom I shall name unto thee. And the said unto him Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath that ha spirits, and the out of the landherefore then layest thou a for my to me? And Saul swre to her by the sayingAs the liveth, there shall no thee for this thing. Then said the hom shall I up unto thee? nd he said Bring me up Samuel. hen the woman saw Samuel she cried with a loud voice and spake to Saul sayinghy hast thou me? for thou art Saul. And the king said unto her, e not afraid? And the woman said. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and stooped with his face to the ground and bowed himself.
And Samuel said to Saulhy hast thou me, to me up? And Saul answered I am sore or the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me and answere me no more, neither by prophets, by dreams therefore have called thee, me what I shall do. Then said Samuelherefore dost thou ask of me rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and give it thy neighbour Davidecause thou obeyedst not the voice of the , nor executedst his fierce wrath upon hath the done this unto thee this day. oreover the will deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistinesnd shalthou and thy sons be with me the shall the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
Then Saul fell straightway on the earth, and was sore of the words of Samuel there was no strength in him for he had eaten all the day a the night And the woman came unto Saul and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice and have put my in hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou unto me. Now therefore hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee and eat, strength thy . But he refused and said I will not eat. But his servants together compelled him he their voice. o he arose from the earth and sat bed. he woman had a fat calf in the house and she hasted and killed it, and took flour and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof: 25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servantsnd they up, and went away night.
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he Philistines gathered all their Aphe: nd pitched by a fountain in Jezrel. And the ords of the Philistines by hundreds and by thousandsut David and his men with Achis. Then said the of the Philistineshat Hebrews? And Achis said unto the of the PhilistinesIs not this David the servant of Saul the king of Israel, which hath been with me days or years, and I have found no fault in him since he unto me unto this day the of the Philistines were wroth with him and said unto him Make this fellow return, go again to his place which thou hast appointed him not go with us to battle, lest he be an adversary to usor wherewith he whom they sang in dances Saul slew his thousand, David his ten thousand?
Achis called David and said unto him me unto this day: evertheless the ords favour thee not
herefore return and go in peace, that thou displease not the ords of the Philistines. And David said Achis what have I done? and what hast thou found in thy servant long as I have been with thee unto this day that I may not go fight against the enemies of my ord the king?Achis answered and said to David I know thou , as an ngel of Godotwithstanding the of the Philistines have said, shal not go with battle. Wherefore rise up early in the morning with thy masters servants that are come with theend ye be up early have light, depart. o David and his men rose early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezrel.
The 30th Chapter
David and his men were come to the third day, the Amalekites had had taken the women that were therein David and his men came to the city behold, it was burn with fire and their wives, their sons and their daughters were taken . Then David and the people that with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they no more. And Davids two wives were taken Ahinoam the and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And David was for the people
said to Abiathar the priest Ahimelechs son bring me the phod. And Abiathar brought the phod to David. And David the sayinghall I after this ? shall I overtake them? And he him: for thou shalt overtake them, and recover went and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the Besor, where . But David and four hundred men two hundred abode behind go over the Besor. they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David and gave him bread and two clusters of raisinsnd when he had eaten his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water three days and three nights. David said unto himo whom belongest thou and whenceart thou? nd I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite and my master left me, because three days I fell sick the south of Calebnd we burn with fire. And David said to himanst thou bring me to this company? And he saidwear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee . And when he had brought him, they abroad upon the earth, eating and drinking and all the great that they had out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Juda.And David them from the twilight unt the evening o the : there escaped not a man, save four hundred young men which rode upon camels and fled. And David recovered all the Amalekites had carried away and his two wivesthat they had taken David all And David took all the and the
David came to the two hundred men to abide at the Besornd they to meet David and the people that were with himnd when David came to the people, he saluted them. Then answered all the wicked and of that went with David, and saidecause they went not with us, of the that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his childrenthem away and
Then said Davide shall not do somy brethren with that the hath given us, hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand. For who hearken unto you in this matter? ut as his part is that goeth , so shall his part bethat tarrieth by the stuff they shall part alike. And so from that day forward that made a and a Israel this day. hen David came to , he sent of unto the elders of Judato his friends saying a for you of the spoil of the enemies of the the cities of the to them which were in the cities of the Kenites Hebron, and to all places where David and his men were wont to haunt.
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the Philistines fought against Israel the men of Israel fled from the Philistines, and fell down in mount . And the Philistines followed Saul and his sons and slew Jonatha, Abinadab and Sauls sons. And the battle went sore against Saul, him and he was sore wounded of the . Then said Saul unto his raw thy sword and thrust me through therewith lest these uncircumcised come thrust me through and me. But his would not for he was sore afraid. Saul took a sword and fell upon it. And when his saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword and died with him. o Saul died and his three sons and his , and all his men, that same day together. the men of Israel that were o the other side of the valley, and they that were o the other side Jordan, that the men of Israel , and that Saul and his sons were dead, they the cities, and and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
n the morrow when the Philistines cme to strip slain, they found Saul and his sons in mount . And they cut off his head and stripped f his , and sent the land of the Philistines , to publish in the house of their and the people. And they his in the house of they the Philistines had done to Saul arose and went all night and took the of Saul and the of his sons from the wall of and to Jabes and burnt them therend took their bones and buried them under a ree at Jabes, and fasted seven days.
The end of the first book of the first of Samuel
which they commonly call the first kings,