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himself saved you out of all your Adversities, and your Tribulations : and you have said unto him, Nay, but let a King over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your Tribes, and by your Thousands.

20 And when Samuel had caused all the Tribes of Israel to come near, the Tribe of Benjamin was taken.

21 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 fought him, he could not be found.

22 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.

23 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 upwards.

24 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.

25 Then Samuel told the People the Manner of the Kingdom, and wrote it in a Book, and laid it up before the LORD.

26 And Saul went home to Gibeah, and there went with him a Band of Men, whose Hearts God had touched.

27. But the Children of Belial said, How shall this Man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no Presents : but he held his Peace.


i Samuel testifieth his Integrity ; 6 He reproveth the People

of Ingratitude : 16 He terrifieth them with Thunder in Harvest-time, 20 and comforteíh them in God's Mercy.

Ver. 1 AND Samuel faid unto all Ifrael, Behold, I have

a hearkned unto your Voice in all that ye said unto me, and I have made a King over you.

2 And now behold, the King walketh before you : and I am old, and gray-headed, and behold, my Sons are with you : and I have walked before you from my Childhood unto this Day.

A a a 2 3 Behold,

3 Behold, here I am, witness against me before the LORD, and before his Anointed : whore Ox have I taken? or whose Als have I taken? or whom have I defraudei? whom have l'oppressed? or of whose Hand have I reccived any Bribe to BLIND mine Eyes therewith ? and I will restore it you.

4. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither halt thou taken ought of any Man's Hand.

5 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.

6 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.

" 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.

8 When JACOB was come into Egypt, and your Fathers cried unto the LORD, then the Lord sent Moses and AARON, which brouglit forth your Fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.

9 And when they for at the LORD their God, he sold them into the Hand of Sitera, Captain of the Host of Hazor, and into the Hard of the Philistines, and into the Hand of the King of Moab, and they fought against them.

10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have finncd, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Altarosh : but now deliver us out of the Hand of our Enemies, and we will serve thee.

1 And the Lord sent Jerubbaal, and Badan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the Hand of your Enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

12 And when ye saw that Nahas the King of the Children of Ammon came against you, ye faid unto me, Nay, but a King shall reign over us; when the LORD your God was your KING.

13 Now therefore, behold the King whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired : and behold, the LORD bath fet a King over you.

14 If re will Fear the LORD, and SERVE him, and @Ex his VOICE, and not subel agiinit the Commandment


of the LORD, then shall both ye, and also the King that reigneth over you, continue following the LORD your God.

15 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.

16 Now therefore stand and see this great Thing which the Lord will do before your Eyes.

17 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 fight of the LORD, in asking you a King.

18 So Samuel called unto the LORD, and the LORD sent THUNDER and Rain that Day: and all the People greatly FEARED the LORD and Samuel.

19 And all the People faid 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. • 20 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.

21 And turn ye not aside : for then should ye go after vain Things, which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.)

22 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.

23 Moreover, 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.

24 Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in TRUTH with all your HEART: for CONSIDER how Great Things he hath done for you.

25 But if ye shall still do WICKEDLY, ye shall be conSUMED, both ye and your King.


i Saul's selected Band. 5 The Philistines great Hift. 6 The

Israelites Distress. 8 Saul weary of Jiaying for Samuel, fan crificeth. i Samuel ripropeth him.


CHA P. XIV. Yonathan miraculously smiteth the Philistines Garison, 15 A divine Terrour maketh them beat themselves. 24 Saul's unadvised Adjuration hindreth the Victory. 36 Jonathan saved by the People.

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Ver. I N OW it came to pass upon a Day, that Jonathan

V the Son of Saul said unto the young Man that bear his Armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philiftines Garison, that is on the other side : but he told not his Father.

4 And between the Passages by which Jonathan fought to go over unto the Philistines Garison, there was a sharp Rock on the one side, and a sharp Rock on the other side.

6 And Jonathan said to the young Man that bare his Armour, Come, and let us go over to the Garison 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.

8 Jonathan said, Behold, we will pass over unto these Men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.

9 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.

10 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.

1 And both of them discovered themselves unto the Garison of the Philistines : and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the Holes, where they had hid themselves.

12 And the Men of the Garifon answered Jonathan, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a Thing. And Jonathan said unto his Armour-bearer, Come up after me; for the Lord hath DELIVERED them into the Hand of Ilrael.

13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his Hands, and upon his Feet, and his Armour-bearer after him : and they fell before Jonathan ; and his Armour-bearer new after him.

14 And that first Slaughter which Jonathan and his Armour-bearer made, was about twenty Men.

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15 And there was trembling in the Host, and among all the People ; and the EARTH QUAKED : so it was a very great TREMBLING.

16 And the Watchmen of Saul looked ; and behold, the Multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

17 Then said Saul, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbred, behold, Jonathan and his Armour-bearer were not there.

18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the Ark of Gop.

19 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.

20 And Saul, and all the People came to the Battle : and behold, every Man's Sword was against his Fellow, and there was a very great Discomfiture.

21 Moreover, the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that Time, they also turned to be with the Israelites.

22 Likewise all the Men of Israel which had hid themselves, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the Battle.

23 So the LORD SAVED Israel that Day.

24 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.

25 And all they of the Land came to a Wood, and there was Honey upon the Ground.

26 But no Man put his Hand to his Mouth: for the People feared the Oath.

27 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 dipt it in an Honeycomb, and put his Hand to his Mouth ; and his Eyes were enlightned.

28 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.

29 Then said Jonathan, My Father hath TROUBLED the Land : see, I pray yoụ, how mine Eyes have been enlightned, because I tasted a little of this Honey :

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