1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How 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

Bethlehemite: 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 Bethlehem. 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 Jesse 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, Jesse made seven of his sons

to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath

not chosen these. 11 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.

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