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was higher than any of the people, from his 11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul shoulders and upward

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 manter of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samgel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

26¶ And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, ⚫ whose hearts God had touched.

27 But the children of Belia! said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents: but he held his peace.


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.

12 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 death.

13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to-day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.

14 ¶ Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the king dom there."

15 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; THEN Nahash the Ammonite came up, and there Saul and all the men of Israel reand encamped against Jabesh-gilead:joiced greatly. und all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.

2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them. On this condition will I make a cove sant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.


ND Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold,

I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.

2 And now, behold, the king walketh be fore you and I am old and gray-headed and, behold, my sons are with you and have walked before you from my childhood unto this day.

3 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 3 Behold, here I am: witness against me hen, if there be no man to save us, we will before the LORD, and before his anointed; come out to thee. whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have 4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of have I oppressed? or of whose band have I the people; and all the people lifted up their received any bribe to blind mine eyes therevoices, and wept. with and I will restore it you.

5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd 4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded out of the field; and Saul said. What aileth us. nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken he people that they weep? And they told ought of any man's hand. áim the tidings of the inen of Jabesh.

5 And he said unto them, The LORD is

6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul witness against you, and his anointed is witwhen he heard tho tidings, and his anger ness this day, that ye have not found ought was kindled greatly. in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.

7 And he took a yoke of oven, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all 6% And Samuel said unto the people, It is he coasts of Israel by the hands of messen-the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, gers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth and that brought your fathers up out of the after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be land of Egypt. done unto his oxen. And the fear of the 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reaLORD fell on the people, and they came out son with you before the LORD of all the righte with one consent. ous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.

8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred When Jacob was come into Egypt, and housand, and the men of Judah thirty thou-[your fathers cried unto the LORD then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought 9 And they said unto the messengers that forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Ja- them dwell in this place.


besh-gilead, To-morrow, by that time the sun 9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, be hot, ye shall have help. And the messen-he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain gers came and shewed it to the men of of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Jabesh; and they were glad.

10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, Tomorrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you.

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 sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalum and Ash,

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roth: but now delive: us out of the hand 3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the of our enemies, and we will serve thee. Philistines that was in Geba: and the Philis11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Be-tines heard of it. And Saul blew the trum dan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and deliver-pet throughout all the land, saying, Let the ed you out of the hand of your enemies on Hebrews hear. every side, and ye dwelled safe.

12 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.

13 Now therefore behold the king whom Je have chosen, and whom ye have desired ad, behold, the LORD hath set a king over


14 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:

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.

4 And all Israel heard say that S ul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines,: ad that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were ca ied to gether after Saul to Gilgal.

51 And the Philistines gathered the selves together to fight with Israel, thirty th usand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand winch is on the set shore in multitude; and they came up and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Beth ave 1.

6. When the men of Israel saw tha they were in a strait. (for the people were di ressed.) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.

7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead: as for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and ail the people followed him trembling.

8% And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed, but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the peo ple were scattered from him,

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 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt-ofwickedness is great. which ye have done infering to me, and peace-offerings. the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king offered the burnt-offering.

And he

18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: had made an end of offering the burnt-offerand all the people greatly feared the Lokning, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went and Samuel. out to meet him, that he might salute him.

19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not for we have added unte 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 sin against the Loun in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.

11 ¶ And Samuel said, "What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thon cainest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Micumaslı ;

12 Therefore, said 1, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD forced myself therefore, and offered a burni offering.


13 And Samuel said to Saul. Thon 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 upou 'srael for ever.

14 But now thy kingdom shall not con-, 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him intinue: the LORD hath sought him a man aftruth 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. CHAP. XIII.

SAUL reigned one year, and wh
ne year; and when he had

ter 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.

15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal nuto Gibeals of Benjamin: and Saul numbered the people that were present with him. about six hundred men.

2 9aul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof tv thousand were with Saul JC And Saul, and Jonathan his son.and the in Michmash and mount Beth-el, and a people that were present with them, abode thousand were win Jonathan in Gibeah of in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent encamped in Michimash. every man to his tent.

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Ke Philistines in three companies: one mpany turned unto the way that leadeth to Jphrah, unto the land of Shual:

11 And both of them discovered theinselver unto the garrison of the Philistines. and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come 13 And another company turned the way forth out of the holes where they had hid to Beth-horon: and another company turned themselves. to the way of the border that looketh to the 12 And the men of the garrison answered valley of Zeboim, toward the wilderness. Jonathan and his armour-bearer, and said, 191 Now there was no smith found through-Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. eut all the land of Israel; for the Philistines And Jonathan said unto his armour-bearer, said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or Come up after me; for the LORD hath de'ispears: vered them into the hand of Israel.

20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share. and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock. 21 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.

22 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. 23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of Michimash.



13 And Jonathan climbed up upon Is hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jona than; and his armour-bearer slew after him.

14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armour-bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half-acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.

15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people; the gar rison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.

16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they wert on beating down one another.

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' garri- 17 Then said Saul unto the people that son that is on the other side. But he told not were with him, Number now, and see who his father. lis gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there.

2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah, under a pomegranate-tree which is in Migron and the people that were with hian were about six hundred men;

3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chabod'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.

18 And Saul said unto Abiah, Bring hither the ark of God: (for the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.)

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: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.

4 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Phi-| 20 And Saul and all the people that were listine garrison, there was a sharp rock on with him assembled themselves, and they the one side, and a sharp rock on the other came to the battle; and, behold, every man's side: and th name of the one was Bozez, sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.

and the name of the other Seneh.

5 The fore-front of the one was situate 21 Moreover, the Hebrews that were with northward over against Michmash, and the the Philistines before that time, which went other southward over against Gibeah. up with them into the camp from the coun6 And Jonathan said to the young man try round about, even they also turned to be that bare his armour, Come, and let us go with the Israelites that were with Saul and over unto the garrison of these uncircumcis-Jonathan. ed; it may be that the LORD will work for! for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

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92 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fied, even they also followed hard after them in the battle.

7 And his armour-bearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; be- 23 Sothe LORD saved Israel that day: and hold, I am with thee according to thy heart. the batile passed over unto Beth-aven. 8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass 24 And the men of Israel were distressed 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.

that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the mathat eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.

10 But if they say thus, Come up anto us; 25 And all they of the la I came to a wood; den we will go up: for the LORD hath de-and there was honey u the ground. fivered them into our hand; and this shall 26 And when the pople were come into ie a sign auto us. the wood, behold, the honey dropped; bu

L. SAMUEL. no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath.

42 And Saul said, Cast lots between me the Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was take43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell m And Jonathan told 27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath where-what thou hast done. fore he put forth the end of the rod that was him, and said, I did but taste a little honey in his hand, and dipped it in an honey-comb, with the end of the rod that was in mine and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes hand, and, lo, I must die.

were enlightened.

44 And Sau! answered, God do so and more 23 Then answered one of the people, and also: for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan. 45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great eateth any food this day. And the people salvation in Israe!? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head 29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with roubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine God this day. So the people rescued Jonaeyes have been enlightened, because I tasted than, that he died not.

were faint.

a little of this honey;

46 Then Saul went up from following the 30 How much more, if haply the people Philistines; and the Philistines went to their had eaten freely to-day of the spoil of their own place. 47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater siaughter among and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children the Philistines? 31 And they smote the Philistines that day of Ammon, and against Edom, and against from Michmash to Ajalon: and the people the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines; and whithersoever he turned himself, were very faint. he vexed them.

32 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.

48 And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.

49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, 33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they and Ishui, and Melchi-shua: and the names eat with the blood. And he said, Ye have trans- of his two daughters were these; the name gressed: roll a great stone unto me this day. of the first-born Merab, and the name of the 34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves younger Michal: 50 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahiamong the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man noam, the daughter of Ahimaaz; and the his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and name of the captain of his host, was Abner, sin not against the LORD in eating with the the son of Ner, Saul's uncle : blood. And all the people brought every man his or with him that night, and slew them there.

51 And-Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner, the father of Abner, was the son of Abiel. 52 And there was sore war against the Phi 35¶ And Saul built an altar unto the LORD; listines all the days of Saul; and when Saul the same was the first altar that he built un-saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he to the LORD.

36¶ And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning-ligit, 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.

took him unto him.


sent me to anoint thee to be king over his SAMUEL also said unto Saul. The LORD people, over Israel: now therefore hearken 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remem thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. 37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall be that which Amalek did to Israe, how he I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou laid wait for him in the way, when he came deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he up from Egypt. answered him not that day.

381 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither all the chief of the people; and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day:

33 For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he sball surely die. But there was not a man among all the people that answered him.

40 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.

41 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfectlot And Saul and Joathan were taken: but the people escaped,


3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterl destroy all that they have, and spare the not; but slay beth man and woman, iufe and suckling, ox and sheep, camel aud ass

4 And Saul gathered the people togethe and numbered them in Telaim, two hundre thousand footmen, and ten thousand men Judab.

5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

6¶ And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down frem among the Amalekites, Test I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kimiess to all the children of Israel when they came up out of Lgypt. So th

Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 71 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt.

& And he took Agag the king of the Ama-1 lekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

24¶ And Saul said unto Samuel, I have stu ned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words; because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.

9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, return with thee: for thou hast rejected the and of the fatlings, and the lambs. and all word of the LORD, and the LORD hath reject that was good, and would not utterly destroyed thee from being king over Israel. them but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

25 And as Samuel turned about to go a way, he laid hold upon the skirt of his man

10 Then came the word of the LORD un-tle, and it rent.

to Samuel, saying,

28 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD 11 It reperieth me that I have set up Saul hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee to be king: for he is turned back from follow-this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of ing me, and hath not performed my com-thine, that is better than thou, mandments. 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, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.

13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed 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 cars, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

30 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.

31 So Samue turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.

321 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.

15 And Saul said, They have brought them 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath from the Amalekites: for the people spared made women childless, so shall thy mother be the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacri-childless among women. And Samuel hewfice 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 sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

ed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. 34 Then Samuel went to Rainal; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.

35 And Samuel caine no inore to see Saul until the day of his death; nevertheless Samue! mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel. CHAP. XVI.

18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, Ao the LORD said unto Samuel, How

and said. Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

19 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 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 ine, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But the people took of the spoi', sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

2 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.

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 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 said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.

3 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 unto thee

4 And Samuel did that which the LORD

spake, and came to Beth-lehem; and the el ders 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 thena to the sacrifice.

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and 6 And it came to pass, when they were stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Be- come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, cause thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him. he hath also rejected thee from being king. 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look

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