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30 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 ?

31 And they smote the Philistines that Day: and the People were very faint.

32 And the People flew upon the Spoil, and took Sheep, and Oxen, and Calves, and flew them on the Ground : and the People did eat them with the Blood.

33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the People fin against the LORD, in that they eat with the Blood. And he said, Ye have transgressed : roll a great Stone unto me this Day.

34 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 say them here, and eat; and sin not against the Lord in eating with the Blood.

35 And Saul built an Altar unto the LORD: the same was the first Altar that he built unto the LORD.

37 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.

38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither all the chief of the People : and know and see wherein this Sin hath been this Day.

39 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.

40 Then said he unto all Ifrael, 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 unta thee.

41 Therefore Saul said unto the Lord God of Israel, Give a perfect Lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken.

42 And Saul said, Caft Lots between me and Jonathan my Son. And Jonathan was taken.

43 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 die.

44 And Saui answered, God do so, and more also : for thou shali surely die.

45 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.

47 Saul took the Kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his Enemies on every side : and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed-them.

48 And delivered Israel out of the Hands of them that spoiled them.

52 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.

CHA P. XV. ! Samuel fendeth Saul to destroy Amalek : 8 He pareth Agag

and the best of the Spoil. 32 Samuel killeth Agag.

Ver. 10 THEN came the Word of the LORD unto Sae

muel, faying at I have set him and hath not, and

11 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.

12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the Morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel.

13 And Samuel came to Saul ; and Saul said unto him, Blefled be thou of the LORD: I have performed the Commandment of the LORD.

14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the Sheep in mine Ears, and the lowing of the Oxen which I hear?

15 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 destroyed.

16 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 on.

17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own fight, wast thou not made the Head of the Tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee King over Israel ?

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18 And the Lord sent thee on a Journey, and said, Gog and utterly destroy the Sinners the Amalekites, and fightagainst them until they be consumed. i 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the Voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the Spoil, and didît Evil in the sight of the LORD?

20 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 the Amalekites.

21 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.

22 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.

23 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.

| C H A P. XVI. 1 Samuel fent by God, under Pretence of a Sacrifice, cometh

to Beth-lehem, it and anointeth David. 19 Saul's Evil Spirit.

Ver. 1 AND the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt

A 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 Jefle the Beth-lehemite : for I have provided me a King among his Sons.

2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD taid, Take an Heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.

3 And call Jefle to the Sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.

4 And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Beth-lehem : and the Elders of the Town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably ? 5 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 Sacrifice.

6 And it came to pass when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's Anointed is before him.

7 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.

8 Then Jeffe called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel : and he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by: and he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.

10 Again, Jefle made seven af his Sons to pass before Samuel : and Samuel said unto Jeffe, The LORD hath not chosen these.

u 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.

12 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..

13 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 Ramah.

14 But the Spirit of the LORD DEPARTED from Saul, and an evil Spirit from the LORD troubled him.

15 And Saul's Servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil Spirit from God troubleth thee.

16 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 well.

17 And Saul said unto his Servants, Provide me now a Man that can play well, and bring him to me. 18 Then answered one of the Servants, and said, Behold,

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19 Wherefore Saul sent Messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy Son, which is with the Sheep.

20 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.

21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him ; and he loved him greatly, and he became his Armour-bearer.

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me : for he hath found Favour in my sight.

23 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 from him.

CH A P. XVII. í The Armies of the Israelites and Philistines being ready to

Battle, 4 Goliah cometh proudly forth to challenge a Combat : 12 David sent by his Father to visit his Brethren, accepteth his Challenge, 38 and killeth him.

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liah. Shochoh, which belongeth to ve Judah, and pitched between I with my WHOLE Heart; I will Shochoh and Azekah, in E- Thew forth all thy marvellous Works.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: phes-dammim.

I will sing Praise to thy Name, o 2 And Saul and the Men thou moft High.' of Israel were gathered toge- 3 When mine Enemies are turned

back, they thall fall and perilh at ther, and pitched by the Val- thy

"Puncuyme varothy Prelence, ley of Elah, and set the Battle 4 For thou haft MAINTAINED my in aray against the Philistines. Right and my CAUSE, thou fattet

in the THRONE judging RIGHT. 3. And the Philistines stood

s Thou haft REBUKED the Heuchen, on a Mountain on the one thou hast DESTROYED the Wicked, Gide. and Israel stood on a thou hatt put out their Name for e

ver and ever. Mountain on the other fide : 6 thou Enemy, DESTRUCTIONS


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