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Aird time. And lie arose, and went to Eli,jenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth and said. Here am I; for thou didst call me. between the cherubims: and the two sons of And El perceived that the LORD had called Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with he child the ark of the covenant of God.

? Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say. Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place


5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout,so that the earth rang again 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and noise of this great shout in the camp of the talled as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Hebrews? and they understood that the ark Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy ser- of the LORD was come into the camp. vant heareth. 7 And the Philistines were afraid for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.

1 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house when I begin, I will also make an end.

8 Wce unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all

13 For I have told him, that I will judge the plagues in the wilderness. his house for ever, for the iniquity which he 9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, knoweth because his sons made themselves O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto vile, and he restrained them not. the Hebrews, as they have been to you:

10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel

14 And therefore I have sworn unto the quit yourselves like men, and fight. house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offer-was smitten, and they fled every man into his ing for ever. tent; and there was a very great slaughter 15¶ And Samuel lay until the morning, and for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen opened the doors of the house of the LORD. 11 And the ark of God was taken; and the And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said Sa-slain. muel, my son. And he answered, Here am 1.1 12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out 17 And he said, What is the thing that the of the army, and came to Shiloh the same LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee day, with his clothes rent, and with earth hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and upon his head. more also, if thou hide any thing from ine of all the things that he said unto thee.

18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD, let him do what seemeth him good.

19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the way-side watching for his heart trembled for the ack of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.

14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And, the man came in hastily,

20 And all Israel, from Dan even to Beer-and told Eli. sheba, knew that Samuel was established to 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; be a prophet of the LORD. and his eyes were dim, that he could not see,

21 And the LORD appeared again in Shi- 16 And the man said uato Eli. I am he that Joh: for the LORD revealed himself to Sa-came out of the army, and I fled to day out muel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD. of the army And he said, What is there done, my son?



ND the word of Samuel came to all 17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel. Now Israel went out against the Israel is filed before the Philistines, and there Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-hath been also a great slaughter among the ezer; and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. people, and thy two sons also, Hoplni and And the Philistines put themselves in ar- Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of flod is ray against Israel: and when they joined taken. battle, Israel was smitten before the Philis- 18 And it came to pass, when he made mentines; and they slew of the army in the field tion of the ark of God, that he fell from off about four thousand men. the seat backward by the side of the gate, 3¶ And when the people were come into and his neck brake, and he died; for he was the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore an old man, and heavy: and he had judged hath the LORD smitten us to-day before the Israel forty years, Philistines? Let us fetel. the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh, anong us, u may save us out of the hand of our enemies.

19% And his daughter-in law, Phinehas wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they husband were dead, she bowed herself and might bring from thence the ark of the cov-travailed; for her pains came upon her

20 And, about the time of her death, the with the emerods: and the cry of the city men that stood by her said unto her, Fear went up to heaven.

ot; for thou hast born a son. But she anwered not, neither did she regard it. 21 And she named the child I-chabod, saying. The glory is departed from Israel: (berause the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law, and her husband:)

And she said, The glory is departed from Israel; for the ark of God is taken. CHAP. V.


ND the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod.

2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagen, and set it by Dagon.


ND the ark of the LORD was in the coun{ try of the Philistines seven months. 2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LoRD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place.

3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel sendit not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass-offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you.

4Then said they, What shall be the trespassoffering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five goi 3¶ And when they of Ashdod arose early den mice,according to the number of the lords on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen of the Philistines: for one plague was on you apon his face to the earth before the ark of all, and on your lords.

the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set 5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your him in his place again. emerods, and images of your mice that mar

4 And when they arose early on the mor- the land; and ye shall give glory unto the ow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen up-God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten on his face to the ground before the ark of his band from off you, and from off your gods, the LORD; and the head of Dagon, and both and from off your land. the palms of his hands, were cut off upon 6 Wherefore then do ye harden your the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardJeft to him ened their hearts? When he had wrenght wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?"

5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.

6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy apon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed hem, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod, and the coasts thereof.

7 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:

8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it which ye return him for a trespass-offering was so, they said. The ark of the God of Is-in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it rael shall not abide with us: for his hand is away, that it may go. sere upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

8 They sent therefore, and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about) unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.

9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was

9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to Beth-shemesli, 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.

10 And the men did so; and took two milch-kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:

11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and die coffer with the mice of gold against the city with a very great destruc-and the images of their emerods. tion: and he smote the men of the city, both 12 And the kine took the straight way to inall and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and ou people.

the way of Beth-shemesh, and wenualong 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 Beth-shemesh.

13 And they of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat-harvest in the valley; and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it.

11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send 14 And the cart came into the field of Joaway the ark of the God of Israel, and let it shua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, where go again to his own place, that it slay us not, there was a great stone: and they clave the and our people for there was a deadly de- wood of the cart, and offered the kine a struction throughout all the city; the band burnt-offering unto LORD.


of God was very heavy there.

15 And the Levites took down the ark oftka 12 And the men that died not were smitten' LORD, and the coffer that was with it, where.

in the jewels of gold were, and put them on Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for the great stone: and the men of Beth-she- us, that he will save us out of the hand of mesh offered burnt-offerings, and sacrificed the Philistines. sacrifices, the same day unto the LORD.

16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.

91 And Samuel took a sacking 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. 17 And these are the golden emerods, 10 And as Samuel was offering up the which the Philistines returned for a trespass- burnt-offering, the Philistines drew near to offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod one, for battle against Israel: but the LORD thunderGaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for ed with a great thunder on that day upon Ekron one; the Philistines, and discomfited them; and 18 And the golden mice, according to the they were smitten before Israel. number of all the cities of the Philistines be- 11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizlonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities, peh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote and of country villages, even unto the great them, until they came under Beth-car. stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark 12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it he of the LORD; which stone remaineth unto this tween Mizpeh and Shen, and called the day in the field of Joshua, the Beth-shemite. name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath 19¶ And he smote the men of Beth-shemesh, the LORD helped us.

because they had looked into the ark of the 13 So the Philistines were subdued, and LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thou-they came no more into the coast of Israel · sand and threescore and ten men. And the peo-and the hand of the LORD was against the ple lamented, because the LORD had smitten Philistines all the days of Samuel. many of the people with a great slaughter.

20 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God and to whom shall he go up from us?


14 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 21 And they sent messengers to the inha-the Philistines. And there was peace bebitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Phi-tween Israel and the Amorites.

listines have brought again the ark of the 15 And Samuel judged Israel ali the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you. days of his life.


16 And he went from year to year in cirND the men of Kirjath-jearim came, and cuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeli, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and judged Israel in all those places. brought it into the house of Abinadab in the 17 And his return was to Ramal; for hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep there was his house; and there he judged the ark of the LORD. Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD.

2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.


ND it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel 3 And Samuel spake unto all the house 2 Now the name of his first-born was Joel, of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the and the name of his second Abiah: they were LORD with all your hearts, then put away judges in Beer-sheba.

the strange gods and Ashitaroth from among 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but you. and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and and serve him only; and he will deliver you perverted judgment.

out of the hand of the Philistines.

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered

4 Then the children of Israel did put away themselves together, and came to Samuel Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD unto Ramah, only.

5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.

5 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 nations,

6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when 6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, they said, Give us a king to judge us. And and drew water, and poured it out before Samuel prayed unto the LORD. the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Heark. there, We have sinned against the LORD. en unto the voice of the people in all that And Samuel judged the children of Israel they say unto thee: for they have not rein Mizpen. jected thee, but they have rejected me, that

7 And when the Philistines heard that I should not reign over them. the children of Israel were gathered together 3 According to all the works which they to Mizeh, the lords of the Philistines went have done, since the day that I brought them up against Israel. And when the children up out of Egypt even unto this day, whereof Israel heard it, they were afraid of the with they have forsaken me, and served Philistines. other gods, so do they also unto thee.

3 And the children of Israel said to Samuel,

Now therefore hearken unto their voice:

howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and him, Come, and let us return; lest my father shew them the manner of the king that shall leave caring for the asses, and take thought reign over them. for us. 10 And Samuel told all the words of the 6 And he said unto him, Behold, now, there LORD unto the people that asked of him a is in this city a man of God. and he is an ho king. nourable man; all that he saith cometh surely And he said. This will be the manner of to pass: now, let us go thither; peradventure the king that shall reign over you; He will he can shew us our way that we should go. take your sons, and appoint them for himself, 7 Then said Saul to his servant, But, befor his chariots, and to be his horsemen ; and hold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? some shall run before his chariots. for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there 12 And he will appoint him captains over is not a present to bring to the man of God : thousands, and captains over fifties, and will what have we? set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his offieers, and to his servants.

16 And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

S 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.

9 (Before-time 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 before-time called a Seer.)

10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was.

11.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 seer here?

12 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.

18 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 day. 19 Nevertheless the people refused to 13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye obey the voice of Samuel: and they said, shall straightway find him, before he go up Nay; but we will have a king over us; to the high place to eat: for the people will not 20 That we also may be like all the na-eat until he come, because he doth bless the tions; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.

sacrifice, and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

14 And they went up into the city and when they were come into the city, behold, 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hear-Samuel came out against them, for to go up ken unto their voice, and make them a king. to the high place. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.


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15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16 To morrow, about this time, I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and anoint


of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of people Israel, urat he may save my people Aphiah, a Benjamite,a mighty man of power, out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is

2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, choice young man, and a goodly; and there come unto me." was not among the children of Israel a good- 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD jer person than he: from his shoulders and said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake upward he was higher than any of the people. to thee of! this same shall reign over my 3 And the asses of Kish, Saul's father, people.

were lost and Kish said to Saul his son, 18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the Take now one of the servants with thee, and gate, and said, Teil me, I pray thee, where arise, go seek the asses. the seer's house is.

4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but I am the seer: go up before me unto the high they found them not; then they passed place; for ye shall eat with me to-day; and through the land of Shalim, and there they to-morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee were not; and he passed through the land of all that is in thine heart. the Benjamites, but they found them not.

5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with

20 And as for thine asses, that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom i að

desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on 7 And let it be, when these signs are conse all thy father's house? unto thee, that thou do as occasion shell

21 And Sau answered and said, Am not I serve thee; for God is with thee. a Benjainite, of the smallest of the tribes of 3 And thou shalt go down before me to Israel and my family the least of all the fa-Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto milies of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacrithen speakest thou so to me? fice sacrifices of peace-offerings: seven days

22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant.shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew and brought them into the parlour, and made thee what thou shalt do.

them sit in the chiefest place among them that 91 And it was so. that, when he had were bidden, which were about thirty persons. turned his back to go from Samuel, God 23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring gave him another heart: and all those sigus the portion which I gave thee, of which came to pass that day. aid unto thee, Set it by thee."

10 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

24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which prophesied among them. is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto 11 And it came to pass, when all that this time hath it been kept for thee, since I knew him before-time saw that, behold, he said. I have invited the people. So Saul did prophesied among the prophets, then the peoeat with Samuel that day. ple said one to another, What is this that is

251 And when they were come down from come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also the high place into the city, Samuel commu-among the prophets?

ned with Saul upon the top of the house. 12 And one of the same place answered

26 And they arose early; and it came to and said, But who is their father? Therefore pass, about the spring of the day, that Sa-it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the muel called Saul to the top of the house, say-prophets?

ing, Up, that I may send thee away. And 13 And when he had made an end of proSaul arose, and they went out both of them, phesying, he came to the high place. he and Samuel, abroad,

27 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 mayj

shew thee the word of God.



11 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.

15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.

16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told THEN Samuel took a vial of oil and pour-us plainly that the asses were found. But of ed it upon his head, and kissed him, and the matter of the kingdom, whereof Sasaid, Is it not because the LORD hath anoint-muel spake, he told him not.

ed thee to be captain over his inheritance? 17 And Samuel called the people toge 2 When thou art departed from me to-day, ther unto the LORD to Mizpeh; then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's] 18 And said unto the children of Israel, sepulchre, in the border of Benjamin, at Zel-Tous saith the LORD God of Israel, I zah; and they will say unto thee, The asses brought up Israel out of Egypt, and deliverwhich thou wentest to seek are found: and,jed you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall that oppressed you: do for my son?

19 And ye have this day rejected your 3 Then shalt thou go on forward from God, who himself saved you out of all your thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of adversities and your tribulations, and ye Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men have said unto him, Nay; but set a king going up to God to Beth-el, one carrying three over us. Now therefore present yourselves kds, and another carrying three loaves of before the LORD by your tribes, and by your head, and another carrying a bottle of wine :thousands.

4 And they will salute thee, and give thee 20 And when Samuel had caused all ine two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benof their hands. jamin was taken.

5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of 21 When he had caused the tribe of BenGod, where is the garrison of the Philistines: jamin to come near by their families, the faand it shall come to pass, when thou art come mily of Matri was taken, and Saul the son thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a of Kish was taken: and when they sought company of propliets coming down from the him, he could not be found.

high place, with a psaltery, and a tabret, and 22 Therefore they euquired of the LORR a pipe, and a harp, before them, and they further, if the man should yet come thither, shalt prophesy: And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath

6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come hid himself among the stuff

upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with

23 And they ran and fetched him thence: then, and shalt be turned into another man. and when he stood among the people, k

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