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09:006:006 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and
Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully
among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?
09:006:007 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on
which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart,
and bring their calves home from them:
09:006:008 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and
put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass
offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away,
that it may go.
09:006:009 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to
Bethshemesh, then he hath done us this great evil: but if not,
then we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us: it
was a chance that happened to us.
09:006:010 And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to
the cart, and shut up their calves at home:
09:006:011 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the
coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.
09:006:012 And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh,
and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned
not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of
the Philistines went after them unto the border of
09:006:013 And they of Bethshemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in
the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark,
and rejoiced to see it.
09:006:014 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and
stood there, where there was a great stone: and they clave the
wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto
09:006:015 And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD, and the coffer
that was with it, wherein the jewels of gold were, and put
them on the great stone: and the men of Bethshemesh offered
burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto
09:006:016 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they
returned to Ekron the same day.
09:006:017 And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines
returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod
one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron
09:006:018 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities
of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced
cities, and of country villages, even unto the great stone of
Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which stone
remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the
09:006:019 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked
into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty
thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented,
because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great
09:006:020 And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before
this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?
09:006:021 And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim,
saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the
LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you.
09:007:001 And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of
the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the
hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the
09:007:002 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim,
that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the
house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
09:007:003 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye
do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away
the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare
your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will
deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
09:007:004 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth,
and served the LORD only.
09:007:005 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray
for you unto the LORD.
09:007:006 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and
poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and
said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged
the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
09:007:007 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel
were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines
went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard
it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
09:007:008 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry
unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the
hand of the Philistines.
09:007:009 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt
offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD
for Israel; and the LORD heard him.
09:007:010 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the
Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD
thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the
Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten
09:007:011 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the
Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.
09:007:012 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen,
and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the
LORD helped us.
09:007:013 So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into
the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the
Philistines all the days of Samuel.
09:007:014 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel
were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the
coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the
Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the
09:007:015 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
09:007:016 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and
Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.
09:007:017 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and
there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the
09:008:001 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his
sons judges over Israel.
09:008:002 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his
second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
09:008:003 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after
lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
09:008:004 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
09:008:005 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not
in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the
09:008:006 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a
king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
09:008:007 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the
people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not
rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not
reign over them.
09:008:008 According to all the works which they have done since the day
that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day,
wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do
they also unto thee.
09:008:009 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest
solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that
shall reign over them.
09:008:010 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that
asked of him a king.
09:008:011 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall
reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for
himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some
shall run before his chariots.
09:008:012 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains
over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap
his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and
instruments of his chariots.
09:008:013 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to
be cooks, and to be bakers.
09:008:014 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your
oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his
09:008:015 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your
vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
09:008:016 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and
your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his
09:008:017 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his
09:008:018 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye
shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that
09:008:019 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel;
and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
09:008:020 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king
may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
09:008:021 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed
them in the ears of the LORD.
09:008:022 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and
make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go
ye every man unto his city.
09:009:001 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son
of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of
Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
09:009:002 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and
a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a
goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was
higher than any of the people.
09:009:003 And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said
to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and
arise, go seek the asses.
09:009:004 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the
land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed
through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he
passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them
09:009:005 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his
servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my
father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.
09:009:006 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man
of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh
surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can
shew us our way that we should go.
09:009:007 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what
shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels,
and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what
09:009:008 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have
here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will
I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.
09:009:009 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus
he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now
called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)
09:009:010 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So
they went unto the city where the man of God was.
09:009:011 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young
maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the
09:009:012 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before
you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there
is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:
09:009:013 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find
him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people
will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the
sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now
therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.
09:009:014 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into
the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up
to the high place.
09:009:015 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul
09:009:016 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the
land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him 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, because
their cry is come unto me.
09:009:017 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the
man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my
09:009:018 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me,
I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
09:009:019 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up
before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to
day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all
that is in thine heart.
09:009:020 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not
thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the
desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's
09:009:021 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the
smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of
all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then
speakest thou so to me?
09:009:022 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into
the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among
them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.
09:009:023 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave
thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
09:009:024 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it,
and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is
left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it
been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So
Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
09:009:025 And when they were come down from the high place into the
city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
09:009:026 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of
the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house,
saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and
they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
09:009:027 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel
said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he
passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee
the word of God.
09:010:001 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head,
and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath
anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
09:010:002 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find
two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at
Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou
wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the
care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I
do for my son?
09:010:003 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come
to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men
going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and
another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a
bottle of wine:
09:010:004 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread;
which thou shalt receive of their hands.
09:010:005 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the
garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when
thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a
company of prophets coming down from the high place with a
psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them;
and they shall prophesy:
09:010:006 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt
prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
09:010:007 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou
do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
09:010:008 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I
will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to
sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou
tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
09:010:009 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from
Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came
to pass that day.
09:010:010 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of
prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he
prophesied among them.
09:010:011 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw
that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the
people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the
son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
09:010:012 And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their
father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the
09:010:013 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the
09:010:014 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither
went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that
they were no where, we came to Samuel.
09:010:015 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said
09:010:016 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the
asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof
Samuel spake, he told him not.
09:010:017 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;
09:010:018 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God
of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you
out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all
kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:
09:010:019 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you
out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have
said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore
present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your
09:010:020 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come
near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
09:010:021 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their
families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of
Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be
09:010:022 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should
yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold he hath hid
himself among the stuff.
09:010:023 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among
the people, he was higher than any of the people from his
shoulders and upward.
09:010:024 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD
hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?
And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
09:010:025 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and
wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel
sent all the people away, every man to his house.
09:010:026 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a
band of men, whose hearts God had touched.
09:010:027 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us?
And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held
09:011:001 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against
Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make
a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.
09:011:002 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will
I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your
right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.
09:011:003 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days'
respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of
Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come
out to thee.
09:011:004 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the
tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted
up their voices, and wept.
09:011:005 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and
Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they
told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.
09:011:006 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those
tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.
09:011:007 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent
them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of
messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and
after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear
of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one
09:011:008 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel
were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty
09:011:009 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say
unto the men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by that time the sun
be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed
it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.
09:011:010 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To morrow we will come out
unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto
09:011:011 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three
companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the
morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the
day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were
scattered, so that two of them were not left together.
09:011:012 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall
Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to
09:011:013 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day:
for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.
09:011:014 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal,
and renew the kingdom there.
09:011:015 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul
king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed
sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul
and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
09:012:001 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto
your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king
09:012:002 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and
grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have
walked before you from my childhood unto this day.
09:012:003 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and
before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have
I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or
of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes
therewith? and I will restore it you.
09:012:004 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us,
neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand.
09:012:005 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and
his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought
in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.
09:012:006 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced
Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the
land of Egypt.
09:012:007 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before
the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did
to you and to your fathers.
09:012:008 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto
the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought
forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this
09:012:009 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the
hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the
hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of
Moab, and they fought against them.
09:012:010 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned,
because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and
Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies,
and we will serve thee.
09:012:011 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and
Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on
every side, and ye dwelled safe.
09:012:012 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon
came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign
over us: when the LORD your God was your king.
09:012:013 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye
have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
09:012:014 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice,
and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall
both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue
following the LORD your God:
09:012:015 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel
against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of
the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
09:012:016 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD
will do before your eyes.
09:012:017 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and
he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see
that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight
of the LORD, in asking you a king.
09:012:018 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and
rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and
09:012:019 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants
unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto
all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
09:012:020 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all
this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD,
but serve the LORD with all your heart;
09:012:021 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain
things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
09:012:022 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's
sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
09:012:023 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the
LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good
and the right way:
09:012:024 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your
heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
09:012:025 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both
ye and your king.
09:013:001 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over
09:013:002 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two
thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a
thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the
rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.
09:013:003 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in
Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the
trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.
09:013:004 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of
the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination
with the Philistines. And the people were called together
after Saul to Gilgal.
09:013:005 And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with
Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen,
and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude:
and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from
09:013:006 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for
the people were distressed,) then the people did hide
themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in
high places, and in pits.
09:013:007 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad
and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the
people followed him trembling.
09:013:008 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that
Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the
people were scattered from him.
09:013:009 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace
offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
09:013:010 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of
offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul
went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
09:013:011 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I
saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou
camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines
gathered themselves together at Michmash;
09:013:012 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me
to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I
forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
09:013:013 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast
not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he
commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy
kingdom upon Israel for ever.
09:013:014 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought
him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him
to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that
which the LORD commanded thee.
09:013:015 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of
Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were present with
him, about six hundred men.
09:013:016 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were
present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the
Philistines encamped in Michmash.
09:013:017 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in
three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth
to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:
09:013:018 And another company turned the way to Bethhoron: and another
company turned to the way of the border that looketh to the
valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
09:013:019 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of
Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them
swords or spears:
09:013:020 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to
sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and
09:013:021 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters,
and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
09:013:022 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was
neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people
that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with
Jonathan his son was there found.
09:013:023 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of
09:014:001 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul
said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us
go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other
side. But he told not his father.
09:014:002 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a
pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were
with him were about six hundred men;
09:014:003 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of
Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, wearing
an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.
09:014:004 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over
unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the
one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of
the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
09:014:005 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against
Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
09:014:006 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come,
and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised:
it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no
restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
09:014:007 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine
heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy
09:014:008 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men,
and we will discover ourselves unto them.
09:014:009 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we
will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.
09:014:010 But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for
the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be
a sign unto us.
09:014:011 And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of
the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews
come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
09:014:012 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his
armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a
thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after
me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
09:014:013 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and
his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and
his armourbearer slew after him.
09:014:014 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer
made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of
land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.
09:014:015 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among
all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also
trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great
09:014:016 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and,
behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating
down one another.
09:014:017 Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now,
and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered,
behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there.
09:014:018 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the
ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
09:014:019 And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that
the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and
increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.
09:014:020 And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled
themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every
man's sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great
09:014:021 Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before
that time, which went up with them into the camp from the
country round about, even they also turned to be with the
Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.
09:014:022 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in
mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even
they also followed hard after them in the battle.
09:014:023 So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over
09:014:024 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had
adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any
food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So
none of the people tasted any food.
09:014:025 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey
upon the ground.
09:014:026 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey
dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people
feared the oath.
09:014:027 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with
the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was
in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand
to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
09:014:028 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly
charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man
that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint.
09:014:029 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I
pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I
tasted a little of this honey.
09:014:030 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of
the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not
been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?
09:014:031 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to
Aijalon: and the people were very faint.
09:014:032 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen,
and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did
eat them with the blood.
09:014:033 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against
the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye
have transgressed: roll a great stone unto me this day.
09:014:034 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say
unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his
sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the
LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought
every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there.
09:014:035 And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first
altar that he built unto the LORD.
09:014:036 And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night,
and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a
man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto
thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God.
09:014:037 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the
Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel?
But he answered him not that day.
09:014:038 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the
people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.
09:014:039 For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in
Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But there was not a man
among all the people that answered him.
09:014:040 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and
Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said
unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.
09:014:041 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a
perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people
09:014:042 And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And
Jonathan was taken.
09:014:043 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And
Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey
with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must
09:014:044 And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for thou shalt
surely die, Jonathan.
09:014:045 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath
wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the
LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the
ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people
rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
09:014:046 Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the
Philistines went to their own place.
09:014:047 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all
his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the
children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of
Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he
turned himself, he vexed them.
09:014:048 And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and
delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.
09:014:049 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua:
and the names of his two daughters were these; the name of the
firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal:
09:014:050 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of
Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner,
the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
09:014:051 And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner
was the son of Abiel.
09:014:052 And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of
Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he
took him unto him.
09:015:001 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to
be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken
thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
09:015:002 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did
to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came
up from Egypt.
09:015:003 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they
have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant
and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
09:015:004 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in
Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of
09:015:005 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the
09:015:006 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from
among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye
shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came
up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the
09:015:007 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest
to Shur, that is over against Egypt.
09:015:008 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly
destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
09:015:009 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the
sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs,
and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but
every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed
09:015:010 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,
09:015:011 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is
turned back from following me, and hath not performed my
commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the
LORD all night.
09:015:012 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was
told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set
him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone
down to Gilgal.
09:015:013 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be
thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the
09:015:014 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep
in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
09:015:015 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for
the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to
sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly
09:015:016 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what
the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say
09:015:017 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight,
wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the
LORD anointed thee king over Israel?
09:015:018 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly
destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them
until they be consumed.
09:015:019 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but
didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the
09:015:020 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the
LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have
brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed
09:015:021 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of
the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to
sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
09:015:022 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt
offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than
the fat of rams.
09:015:023 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is
as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word
of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
09:015:024 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have
transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words:
because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
09:015:025 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with
me, that I may worship the LORD.
09:015:026 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for
thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath
rejected thee from being king over Israel.
09:015:027 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the
skirt of his mantle, and it rent.
09:015:028 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of
Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of
thine, that is better than thou.
09:015:029 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for
he is not a man, that he should repent.
09:015:030 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee,
before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn
again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.
09:015:031 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the
09:015:032 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the
Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said,
Surely the bitterness of death is past.
09:015:033 And Samuel said, As the sword hath made women childless, so
shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed
Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
09:015:034 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to
Gibeah of Saul.
09:015:035 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his
death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD
repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
09:016:001 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for
Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?
fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse
the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his
09:016:002 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill
me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am
come to sacrifice to the LORD.
09:016:003 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what
thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name
09:016:004 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to
Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming,
and said, Comest thou peaceably?
09:016:005 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD:
sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he
sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the
09:016:006 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on
Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.
09:016:007 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or
on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for
the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the
outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
09:016:008 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel.
And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
09:016:009 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath
the LORD chosen this.
09:016:010 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And
Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.
09:016:011 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he
said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he
keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch
him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
09:016:012 And he sent, and brought him in. Now 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.
09:016:013 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the
midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon
David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to
09:016:014 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil
spirit from the LORD troubled him.
09:016:015 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit
from God troubleth thee.
09:016:016 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee,
to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it
shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon
thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be
09:016:017 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can
play well, and bring him to me.
09:016:018 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have
seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in
playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and
prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with
09:016:019 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me
David thy son, which is with the sheep.
09:016:020 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine,
and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.
09:016:021 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him
greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
09:016:022 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand
before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
09:016:023 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon
Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so
Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed
09:017:001 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle,
and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to
Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
09:017:002 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and
pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array
against the Philistines.
09:017:003 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and
Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a
valley between them.
09:017:004 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the
Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six
cubits and a span.
09:017:005 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed
with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five
thousand shekels of brass.
09:017:006 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of
brass between his shoulders.
09:017:007 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his
spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one
bearing a shield went before him.
09:017:008 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said
unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am
not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man
for you, and let him come down to me.
09:017:009 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we
be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him,
then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
09:017:010 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day;
give me a man, that we may fight together.
09:017:011 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine,
they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
09:017:012 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah,
whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went
among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
09:017:013 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to
the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the
battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab,
and the third Shammah.
09:017:014 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed
09:017:015 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's
sheep at Bethlehem.
09:017:016 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and
presented himself forty days.
09:017:017 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren
an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run
to the camp of thy brethren;
09:017:018 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their
thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their
09:017:019 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the
valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
09:017:020 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep
with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him;
and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the
fight, and shouted for the battle.
09:017:021 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array,
army against army.
09:017:022 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the
carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his
09:017:023 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the
champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the
armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same
words: and David heard them.
09:017:024 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from
him, and were sore afraid.
09:017:025 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come
up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that
the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great
riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's
house free in Israel.
09:017:026 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What
shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and
taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this
uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of
the living God?
09:017:027 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So
shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
09:017:028 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men;
and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why
camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those
few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the
naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou
mightest see the battle.
09:017:029 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
09:017:030 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the
same manner: and the people answered him again after the
09:017:031 And when the words were heard which David spake, they
rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.
09:017:032 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of
him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
09:017:033 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this
Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he
a man of war from his youth.
09:017:034 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep,
and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the
09:017:035 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out
of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by
his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
09:017:036 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this
uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he
hath defied the armies of the living God.
09:017:037 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw
of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver
me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto
David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
09:017:038 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of
brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
09:017:039 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to
go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I
cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David
put them off him.
09:017:040 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth
stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag
which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand:
and he drew near to the Philistine.
09:017:041 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the
man that bare the shield went before him.
09:017:042 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he
disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a
09:017:043 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou
comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by
09:017:044 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give
thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the
09:017:045 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a
sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee
in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of
Israel, whom thou hast defied.
09:017:046 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will
smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the
carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the
fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that
all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
09:017:047 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with
sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will
give you into our hands.
09:017:048 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and
drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward
the army to meet the Philistine.
09:017:049 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone,
and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that
the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to
09:017:050 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a
stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was
no sword in the hand of David.
09:017:051 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took
his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew
him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines
saw their champion was dead, they fled.
09:017:052 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and
pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to
the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell
down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
09:017:053 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the
Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
09:017:054 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to
Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.
09:017:055 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he
said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is
this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I
09:017:056 And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
09:017:057 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine,
Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of
the Philistine in his hand.
09:017:058 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And
David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the
09:018:001 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto
Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of
David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
09:018:002 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home
to his father's house.
09:018:003 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him
as his own soul.
09:018:004 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him,
and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and
to his bow, and to his girdle.
09:018:005 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved
himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he
was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the
sight of Saul's servants.
09:018:006 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from
the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of
all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul,
with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
09:018:007 And the women answered one another as they played, and said,
Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
09:018:008 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he
said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me
they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more
but the kingdom?
09:018:009 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
09:018:010 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from
God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the
house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and
there was a javelin in Saul's hand.
09:018:011 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David
even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his
09:018:012 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him,
and was departed from Saul.
09:018:013 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain
over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the
09:018:014 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD
was with him.
09:018:015 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely,
he was afraid of him.
09:018:016 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and
came in before them.
09:018:017 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her
will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and
fight the LORD's battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be
upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.
09:018:018 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my
father's family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the
09:018:019 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter
should have been given to David, that she was given unto
Adriel the Meholathite to wife.
09:018:020 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul,
and the thing pleased him.
09:018:021 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to
him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.
Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in
law in the one of the twain.
09:018:022 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David
secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and
all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king's son in
09:018:023 And Saul's servants spake those words in the ears of David.
And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king's
son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?
09:018:024 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner
09:018:025 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth
not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to
be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make
David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
09:018:026 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David
well to be the king's son in law: and the days were not
09:018:027 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of
the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their
foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that
he might be the king's son in law. And Saul gave him Michal
his daughter to wife.
09:018:028 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that
Michal Saul's daughter loved him.
09:018:029 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became
David's enemy continually.
09:018:030 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to
pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more
wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was
much set by.
09:019:001 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants,
that they should kill David.
09:019:002 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan
told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now
therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the
morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:
09:019:003 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field
where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and
what I see, that I will tell thee.
09:019:004 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and
said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant,
against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and
because his works have been to thee-ward very good:
09:019:005 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine,
and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou
sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin
against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?
09:019:006 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware,
As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.
09:019:007 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those
things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his
presence, as in times past.
09:019:008 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with
the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and
they fled from him.
09:019:009 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in
his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with
09:019:010 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the
javelin: but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he
smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped
09:019:011 Saul also sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him,
and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David's wife told
him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow
thou shalt be slain.
09:019:012 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and
fled, and escaped.
09:019:013 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a
pillow of goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it with a
09:019:014 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is
09:019:015 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring
him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.
09:019:016 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an
image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his
09:019:017 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and
sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered
Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?
09:019:018 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and
told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went
and dwelt in Naioth.
09:019:019 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in
09:019:020 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the
company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as
appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers
of Saul, and they also prophesied.
09:019:021 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they
prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third
time, and they prophesied also.
09:019:022 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is
in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David?
And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
09:019:023 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God
was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he
came to Naioth in Ramah.
09:019:024 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before
Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all
that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the
09:020:001 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before
Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is
my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?
09:020:002 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold,
my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he
will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from
me? it is not so.
09:020:003 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly
knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith,
Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as
the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step
between me and death.
09:020:004 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I
will even do it for thee.
09:020:005 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new
moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but
let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third
day at even.
09:020:006 If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked
leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there
is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.
09:020:007 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but
if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by
09:020:008 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou
hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with
thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me
thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?
09:020:009 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew
certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon
thee, then would not I tell it thee?
09:020:010 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy
father answer thee roughly?
09:020:011 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the
field. And they went out both of them into the field.
09:020:012 And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God of Israel, when I
have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third
day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then
send not unto thee, and shew it thee;
09:020:013 The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my
father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send
thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be with
thee, as he hath been with my father.
09:020:014 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness
of the LORD, that I die not:
09:020:015 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for
ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David
every one from the face of the earth.
09:020:016 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying,
Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies.
09:020:017 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved
him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
09:020:018 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and
thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.
09:020:019 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down
quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself
when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone
09:020:020 And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I
shot at a mark.
09:020:021 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the
arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows
are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there
is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.
09:020:022 But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are
beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.
09:020:023 And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of,
behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.
09:020:024 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was
come, the king sat him down to eat meat.
09:020:025 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a
seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's
side, and David's place was empty.
09:020:026 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he
thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely
he is not clean.
09:020:027 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of
the month, that David's place was empty: and Saul said unto
Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to
meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?
09:020:028 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me
to go to Bethlehem:
09:020:029 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a
sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to
be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let
me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he
cometh not unto the king's table.
09:020:030 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said
unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I
know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own
confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?
09:020:031 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou
shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send
and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.
09:020:032 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him,
Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?
09:020:033 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan
knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.
09:020:034 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat
no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for
David, because his father had done him shame.
09:020:035 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out
into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little
lad with him.
09:020:036 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I
shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
09:020:037 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which
Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is
not the arrow beyond thee?
09:020:038 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not.
And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his
09:020:039 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew
09:020:040 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto
him, Go, carry them to the city.
09:020:041 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 times: and they kissed one another, and
wept one with another, until David exceeded.
09:020:042 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have
sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be
between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for
ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the
09:021:001 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech
was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art
thou alone, and no man with thee?
09:021:002 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath
commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man
know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and
what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants
to such and such a place.
09:021:003 Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of
bread in mine hand, or what there is present.
09:021:004 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common
bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the
young men have kept themselves at least from women.
09:021:005 And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth
women have been kept from us about these three days, since I
came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the
bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified
this day in the vessel.
09:021:006 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread
there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD,
to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.
09:021:007 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day,
detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite,
the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.
09:021:008 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under
thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword
nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required
09:021:009 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom
thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped
in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it:
for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is
none like that; give it me.
09:021:010 And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went
to Achish the king of Gath.
09:021:011 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David
the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him
in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David
his ten thousands?
09:021:012 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore
afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
09:021:013 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself
mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate,
and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.
09:021:014 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad:
wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
09:021:015 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to
play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into
09:022:001 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave
Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house
heard it, they went down thither to him.
09:022:002 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in
debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves
unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were
with him about four hundred men.
09:022:003 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the
king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come
forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.
09:022:004 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt
with him all the while that David was in the hold.
09:022:005 And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold;
depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David
departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.
09:022:006 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that
were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in
Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were
standing about him;)
09:022:007 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear
now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of
you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of
thousands, and captains of hundreds;
09:022:008 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none
that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of
Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or
sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against
me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
09:022:009 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the
servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to
Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
09:022:010 And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals,
and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
09:022:011 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of
Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that were in
Nob: and they came all of them to the king.
09:022:012 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered,
Here I am, my lord.
09:022:013 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou
and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a
sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise
against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
09:022:014 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so
faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king's
son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in
09:022:015 Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me:
let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all
the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all
this, less or more.
09:022:016 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and
all thy father's house.
09:022:017 And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn,
and slay the priests of the LORD: because their hand also is
with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not
shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put
forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.
09:022:018 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the
priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the
priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that
did wear a linen ephod.
09:022:019 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of
the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and
oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.
09:022:020 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named
Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.
09:022:021 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the LORD's
09:022:022 And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg
the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have
occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father's house.
09:022:023 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life
seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.
09:023:001 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight
against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.
09:023:002 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and
smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and
smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.
09:023:003 And David's men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in
Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the
armies of the Philistines?
09:023:004 Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD
answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will
deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
09:023:005 So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the
Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them
with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of
09:023:006 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled
to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his
09:023:007 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul
said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut
in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.
09:023:008 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to
Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
09:023:009 And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against
him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the
09:023:010 Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath
certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to
destroy the city for my sake.
09:023:011 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul
come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I
beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will
09:023:012 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men
into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver
09:023:013 Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose
and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could
go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah;
and he forbare to go forth.
09:023:014 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and
remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul
sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.
09:023:015 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and
David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
09:023:016 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the
wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
09:023:017 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father
shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I
shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.