9. Samuel 1
Old Testament - Samuel 1
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Pannah; and Pannah had children, but Hannah had no children.
5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion; for he loved Hannah; but the LORD had shut up her womb.
10 And she was bitter of soul, and she prayed before the LORD and wept bitterly.
20 And it came to pass, in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
25 If a man sin against a man, he will seek forgiveness before the LORD; but if a man sin against the LORD, from whom shall he seek forgiveness? But they did not hearken to the voice of their father, because it was the LORDíS will that they should be slain. 26 And the boy Samuel grew up, and was in favor both with the LORD and also with men."
20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was to be a prophet of the LORD.
12 And they answered him and said, There is; behold, he is ahead of you; go up now quickly, for he came today to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people today on the high place.
16 Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be a ruler over my people Israel, and he shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the oppression of my people, and their cry has come to me. 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, whom the LORD had chosen, then the LORD said to Samuel, Behold the man of whom I spoke to you! This man shall reign over my people."
27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Tell the servant to pass on before us, but you stop where you are, that I may tell you the word of God."
THEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head and kissed him, and said to him, Behold, the LORD has anointed you to be a ruler over his inheritance.
6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you shall prophesy with them, and you shall be changed into another man.
20 And Samuel said to the people, Fear not; you have done all this wickedness; yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve him with all your heart; 21 And do not turn aside after vain things which cannot deliver you; that you may not die, for they are vain things. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great nameís sake; because he is pleased to make you his people. 23 Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way; 24 Only revere the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart and with all your soul; for consider what great things he has done for you. 25 But if you shall continue to do wickedly, you shall die, both you and your king."
24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned; for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26 And Samuel said to Saul, I will not return home with you; for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel. 27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, Saul laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it tore. 28 And Samuel said to him, The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.
35 And Samuel saw Saul no more until the day of his death; nevertheless, Samuel grieved for Saul; and the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel."
AND the LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and come; I will send you to Jesse the Beth-lehemite; for I have found for myself 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 to Samuel, Take a heifer with you, and say, I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. 3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint to me him whom I name unto you.
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for I do not see as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. Then Samuel rose up and went to Ramtha to his house."
"14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from before the LORD troubled him. 15 And Saulís servants said to him, Behold, your servants are before you; 16 Let them seek out a man who can play well on the harp; and when the evil spirit is upon you, he will play with his hands, and you shall be well. 17 And Saul said to his servants, Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me. 18 Then one of the young men answered and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, who is skilful in playing and a mighty valiant man, a man of war and prudent in speech, a handsome man, and the LORD is with him. 19 Wherefore King Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, Send me David your son; he will be useful to me. 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread and a skin of wine and a kid of goats, and sent them by David his son to Saul. 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armorbearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David attend me; for he has found favor in my sight. 23 And whenever the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, David took a harp, and played on it; so Saul was refreshed and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him."
40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones out of the gravel, and put them into his shepherdís bag, even into his wallet, and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine. 41 And behold, the Philistine came and drew near to David; and his shieldbearer went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORDíS, and he will deliver you into our hands."
48 And, behold, when the Philistine came and drew near to meet David, David hastened and ran to the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took thence a stone, and slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, and the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
58 And Saul said to him, Whose son are you, young man? And David said to him, I am the son of your servant Jesse the Beth-lehemite."
WHEN David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day, and would not let him return to his fatherís house. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because Jonathan loved David as his own soul.
9 And Saul began to envy David from that day forward. 10 And it came to pass after some days that an evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of his house, and David was playing music in his presence, as at other times; and there was a javelin in Saulís hand. 11 And Saul threw the javelin; for he said, I will pin David to the wall. But David evaded it twice."
"12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and had departed from Saul.
15 And when Saul saw that he was exceedingly wise, he was afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out to war and came in before them.
AND Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants that they should kill David. 2 But Jonathan, Saulís son, was delighted much in David; and Jonathan spoke to David, saying, Saul my father seeks to kill you; now therefore take heed to yourself, and sit in a secret place and hide yourself;
4 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him, Let not the king sin against his servant David; for he has not sinned against you, and his works are sufficient proof of his loyalty to you.
6 And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan his son; and Saul swore, saying, As the LORD lives, he shall not be put to death. 7 Then Jonathan called David and told him all these things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was with him as in times past."
"8 And there was war again; and David went out and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled before him. 9 And an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand; and David played the harp in his presence. 10 And Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the javelin; but he fled from Saulís presence, and Saul stuck the javelin into the wall; and David fled, and escaped that night."
"11 Saul then sent messengers to Davidís house to watch him and to slay him in the morning; but Malchel, Davidís wife, told him, saying, If you do not save yourself tonight, tomorrow you will be put to death.
18 So David fled and escaped, and came to Samuel at Ramtha and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Jonath which is in Ramtha.
12 And Jonathan said to David. The LORD God of Israel be a witness that I will sound my father about this time tomorrow, the third hour; and behold, if he feels good toward you, then I will send to you, and disclose it to you; 13 The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan; but if it please my father to do you harm, then I will disclose it to you, and send you away that you may go in peace; and the LORD be with you as he has been with my father. 14 And if only you will show me the kindness of God while I live, before I die; 15 And also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house for ever, when the LORD destroys the enemies of David from the face of the earth; 16 So Jonathanís house shall flourish with the house of David; and may the LORD take vengeance on Davidís enemies. 17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. 18 Then Jonathan said to him. Tomorrow is the new moon; and you shall be missed, because your seat will be empty. 19 And when at the third hour you will be wanted very much, then you shall come tomorrow to the place where you hid yourself, and you shall sit down beside the same stone. 20 And I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I shot at a mark. 21 And. behold, I will send a lad to go to gather up the arrows. And if I should say to the lad, The arrows are on this side of you, take them and come; then you will know and see that there is peace to you, there is no danger, as the LORD liveth. 22 But if I say thus to the lad, Behold, the arrows are beyond you; then go your way; for the LORD has sent you away. 23 And as for the matter of which you and I have spoken, behold, the LORD is between you and me forever."
42 Then Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, inasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and you and between my descendants and your descendants forever. Then Jonathan arose and went into the city."
17 And he said to him, Fear not; for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you; and you shall be king over Israel, and I shall be with you, and you shall live; and even Saul my father knows that it is so. 18 And they two made a covenant in the valley before the LORD (who sits upon the cherubim). And Jonathan went to his house."
4 And the men of David said to him, Behold, this is the day of which the LORD said to you, Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hands, that you may do to him as shall seem good in your sight. Then David arose and cut off the skirt of Saulís robe stealthily.
9 And David said to Saul, You must not listen to the words of the men who say, Behold, David seeks your hurt. 10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the LORD had delivered you today into my hand in the cave; and the men who were with me bade me kill you, but I had pity on you, and I said, I will not put forth my hand against my lord; for he is the LORDíS anointed. 11 Moreover, turn back, and see that even the skirt of your robe is in my hand; because when I cut off the skirt of your robe I did not kill you; now you should know and see that there is neither evil nor fault in my hand, and I have not sinned against you; yet you hunt me to take my life. 12 May the LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you; but my hand shall not be against you. 13 As it is said in the proverb of the ancients, Out of the wicked proceeds wickedness: but my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom have you come out, O king of Israel? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog, and after a flea? 15 The LORD therefore shall be judge, and judge between me and you, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me from your hands."
"16 And when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said to him, Is this your voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 And he said to David, You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil. 18 And you have showed this day how you have dealt well with me, in that the LORD had delivered me into your hands, and you did not kill me. 19 For when a man finds his enemy, and lets him go free, the LORD will reward him with good; wherefore the LORD reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. 20 And now, behold, I know well that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. 21 Swear now therefore to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name out of my fatherís house. 22 So David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home; but David and the men who were with him went up to Mizpeh."
3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife was Abigail; and she was a beautiful woman, and of a beautiful countenance; but the man Nabal was harsh and evil in his doings, and like a dog.
14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabalís wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to bless our master; and he railed at them. 15 But the men were very good to us and did not hurt us, and neither have they caused us to miss anything all the time that we went with them; 16 And when we were in the wilderness, they were a wall to us both by night and day, and all the time we were with them tending the sheep. 17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master and against all his household; and Nabal was with the shepherds."
"18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves of bread and two skins of wine and five sheep ready dressed and five measures of parched wheat and one hundred cheeses and two hundred bunches of raisins, and laid them on asses. 19 And she said to the servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she did not tell her husband Nabal. 20 And as she was riding on the ass and coming down by the covert of the mountain, behold, David and his men were coming up in her direction; and she met them. 21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have we guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missing of all that belonged to him; and he has rewarded us evil for good. 22 The LORD do so and more also to his servant David, if I leave of all that belongs to him by morning any mature male. 23 And when Abigail saw David, she hastened and alighted from the ass, and fell before David on her face and bowed herself to the ground, 24 And fell at his feet, and said, I beseech you, my lord, let this iniquity be upon me, my lord; and let your handmaid speak before you concerning this man Nabal. 25 For as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and his folly is with him; but I, your handmaid, did not see the young men whom my lord sent. 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, my lord, seeing the LORD has withholden you from coming to shed blood, now, my lord, let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to you be as Nabal. 27 And now this present which your handmaid has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men that follow my lord. 28 Forgive this trespass of your handmaid; for the LORD will certainly make for my lord a sure house; because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil has not been found in you all your days. 29 Yet a man is resolved to pursue you and to seek your life; but the life of my lord is bound in the bundle of life with the LORD your God; but the lives of your enemies the LORD shall throw out of a sling. 30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and shall have appointed you ruler over Israel, 31 That this shall not be a grief to you, nor an offence in your heart, to shed blood without cause; and when the LORD shall have dealt well with you, then remember your handmaid."
"32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel who sent you this day to meet me; 33 And blessed be your advice, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and spared my hands this day from shedding blood. 34 For indeed, as the LORD God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, if you had not made haste and come to meet me, surely there would not have been left to Nabal by the morning any mature male. 35 So David received of her hands that which she had brought, and said to her, Go up in peace to your house; see, I have hearkened to your voice and have accepted your person."
"36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabalís heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk; wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning. 37 But it came to pass in the morning, when he had shaken off the effects of wine, that his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him and he became paralyzed. 38 And it came to pass about ten days after, the LORD smote Nabal and he died. 39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hands of Nabal, and has kept his servant from evil; for the LORD has returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife. 40 And when the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, David has sent us to you, to take you to him to wife.
4 Then Saul said to his armorbearer, Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and slay me and abuse me. But his armorbearer would not; for he was exceedingly afraid. Thereupon Saul took his sword and fell upon it. 5 And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
9. Samuel 1