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they were alone together, took a vial of oyl and poured it upon his bead, and kissed him; and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over hii inheritance?

Soon after this, Samuel called the people together, unto the Lord, to Mizpeh. And said unto the children of Israel, TChus faith the Lor D God of Israel j / 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. And ye have, this day, rejeSled your God, who Himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulation, and ye have said unto Him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present your selves before the Lor D, by your tribes, and by your thousands. And when Samuel bad caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken. 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 Kim was taken. And, when Saul was brought and appeared to be higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward, Samuel/2/W

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to all the people, See ye him whom the L o Rjd bath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people Jhouted and said, God save the king. Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it before the Lord. And Samuel y£«/ all the people away, every man to his house.

After this, Saul having led them out to Battle against the Ammonites, with good Success', and gain'd their Esteem and Affection by it; then ensues another Solemnity, after the Manner of a Coronation. Samuel said to the people, Come, and let us go —xi. 14. to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. And all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king, before the Lord in Gilgal; and there Saul, and all the men of Israel rejoy ced greatly.

And, at this Solemnity it is, that their old Judge, the illustrious Prophet Samuel, resigns his Trust, and takes his Leave of the People, in a very moving Speech; too long to be wholly transcrib'd, but very well worth the Reading. Amongst other Things, he fays, Behold, here I am, witness against -- xii. i, me, before the Lord, andbefore his anoint- c'

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id: Whose ox have I taken? or whose as have I taken? or whom have I defrauded* Whom have I oppressed'? or, of whose bands have I received any bribe, to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou has not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither has thou taken ought of any mans hand; 'The Lord is witness.

Then he proceeds, in recapitulating the Mercies and Favour of God toward them, shewn, upon various occasions, under the Conduct of several of their fudges; and by Way os Inference, again reproaches them, for having rejected God, and desir'd a King. And, the more effectually to convince them, that God was difpleas'd with their Behaviour upon this Occasion, he gives them a Sign from Heaven. Now therefore, (to confirm what I have said) stand and fee this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes. Is it not wheat-harvest to day? I will call unto the Lo RD, and He shall fend thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great which ye have done in the fight of the Lord, in asking you a king. So Samuel called unto the Lor D, and the Lord sent thunder

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and rain that day: And all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. 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 fins, this evil, to ask us a king.

This penitent Confession, prevail'd with the good Prophet, to conclude his Speech with a comfortable and wholsome Exhortation; That, if they would but take care to walk in the Ways of the Lord and to serve Him, they woufd have nothing to fear; because He would not- forsake his People, utterly, for his Promise, and for his great name's fake. Moreover, adds he, as for me, God forbid that I should fin against the Lord, in ceasing to pray for you. But I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lor D, and serve him, in truth, with all your heart-, For, consider how great things He hath done for you. But, if ye still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed; both ye and your king.

After this, Saul having displeas'd God, was rejected and forsaken by him, even during the Life of Samuel; who was commanded by God to anoint David, in his

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I Sam. stead. And, to shew that God was no Respecter of Persons, in this Case; and had no Regard to any particular Tribe, Family, or even Seniority, in his Appointments of this Kind, we may perceive that Saul was a Benjamite, of thesmalleji of the 7, «c. tribes of Israel, and his family, the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin; and David was the youngest of eight /ons~of Jefe the Bethlemite, of the Tribe of fudah.

After the Death ofSaul, therefore, David came up to Hebron; and there the Men of fudah came tc him, and anointed him « Sam. King over fudah. And there he reigrid seven years and fix months; until he had utterly defeated all those of the House of Saul, who aspir'd to, and for some Years held Possession of, the Kingdom of Israel. Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, faying; Behold, •we are thy bone and thy flejh: And the Lord hath said to thee, Thou Jha It feed my people Israel, and thou Jhall be a captain over Israel. So, all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron, before the

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