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The Philistines discomfited. CHAP. VIII. The people desire a king. 243 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel (Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah : to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto they were judges in Beer-sheba. the LORD.

3 And his sons walked not in his ways, 6 And they gathered together to Miz- but turned aside after lucre, and took peh, and drew water, and poured it out bribes, and perverted judgment. before the LORD, and fasted on that day, 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered and said there, We have sinned against themselves together, and came to Samuel the LORD. And Samuel judged the chil-unto Ramah, dren of Israel in Mizpeh.

5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art 7 And when the Philistines heard that | old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: the children of Israel were gathered to- now make us a king to judge us like all gether to Mizpeh, the lords of the Phi- the nations. listines went up against Israel. And when 6 9 But the thing displeased Samuel, the children of Israel heard it, they were when they said, Give us a king to judge afraid of the Philistines.

us: and Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 8 And the children of Israel said to 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord | Hearken unto the voice of the people in our God for us, that he will save us out all that they say unto thee : for they have of the hand of the Philistines.

not rejected thee, but they have rejected 99 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, me, that I should not reign over them. and offered it for a burnt-offering wholly 8 According to all the works which unto the LORD : and Samuel cried unto they have done since the day that I the LORD for Israel ; and the LORD brought them up out of Egypt even unto heard himi.

this day, wherewith they have forsaken 10 And as Samuel was offering up the me, and served other gods, so do they alburnt-offering, the Philistines drew near to so unto thee. battle against Israel: but the LORD thun- 9 Now therefore hearken unto their dered with a great thunder on that day up-voice : howbeit, yet protest solemnly unto on the Philistines, and discomfited them ; them, and shew them the manner of the and they were smitten before Israel. king that shall reign over them.

11 And the men of Israel went out of 10 | And Samuel told all the words of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and the LORD unto the people that asked of smote them, until they came under Beth- || him a king:

11 And he said, This will be the man12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set ner of the king that shall reign over you: u between Mizpeh and Shen, and called He will take your sons, and appoint ihem the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hither- for himself, for his chariots, and to be to hath the Lord helped us.

his horsemen; and some shall run before 13 So the Philistines were subdued, his chariots. and they came no more into the coast 12 And he will appoint him captains of Israel: and the hand of the LORD over thousands, and captains over fifties ; was against the Philistines all the days of and will set them to ear his ground, and Samuel

to reap his harvest, and to make his in14 And the cities which the Philistines struments of war, and instruments of his had taken from Israel were restored to chariots. Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and 13 And he will take your daughters to the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and the hands of the Philistines: and there was to be bakers. peace between Israel and the Amorites. 14 And he will take your fields, and

15 And Samuel judged Israel all the your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even days of his life.

the best of them, and give them to his 16 And he went from year to year in servants. circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Miz- 15 And he will take the tenth of your peh, and judged Israel in all those places. seed, and of your vineyards, and give to

17 And his return was to Ramah; for his officers, and to his servants. there was his house ; and there he judged 16 And he will take your men-servants, Israel ; and there he built an altar unto and your maid-servants, and your goodthe LORD.

liest young men, and your asses, and put CHAP. VIII.

them to his work. 1 By the occasion of the ill government

17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: of Samuels sons, the Israelites ask a and ye shall be his servants. king. 10 The manner of a king: 18 And ye shall cry out in that day A ND it came to pass, when Samuel, because of your king which ye shall have

was old, that he made his sons chosen you; and the LORD will not hear judges over Israel.

you in that day. 2 Now the name of his first-born was 19 Nevertheless, the people refused to


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244 A description of Saul. I. SAMUEL

He cometh to Samuel. obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, 10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well Nay; but we will have a king over us; said ; come, let us go: so they went unto

20 That we also may be like all the na- || the city where the man of God was. tions; and that our king may judge us, and 11 | And as they went up the hill to go out before us, and tight our battles. the city, they found young maidens going

21 And Samuel heard all the words of out to draw water, and said unto them, the people, and he rehearsed them in the Is the seer here? ears of the LORD.

12 And they answered them, and said, 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, | He is; behold, he is before you : make Hearken unto their voice, and make them haste now, for he came to-day to the city; a king. And Samuel said unto the men for there is a sacrifice of the people to-day of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city. in the high place : CHAP. IX.

13 As soon as ye be come into the city, 1 Saul despairing to find his father's ass- ye shall straightway find him, before

8, 6 by the counsel of his servant, 11 he go up to the high place to eat: for the and direction of young maidens, 15 ac- people will not eat until he come, becording to God's revelation, 18 cometh cause he doth bless the sacrifice; and af

to Samuel. 19 Samucl ertertaineth Saul. | terwards they cat that be bidden. Now NOV

OW there was a man of Benjamin, therefore get you up: for about this time

whose name was Kish, the son ci | ye shall find him. Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Be- 14 And they went up into the city : chorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, and when they were come into the city, a mighty man of power.

behold, Samuel came out against them, 2 And he had a son, whose name cvas for to go up to the high place. Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly : 15 Now the Lord had told Samuel and there was not among the children of in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, Israel a goodlier person than he: from his 16 To-morrow about this time I will shculders and upward he was higher than send thee a man out of the land of Benany of the people.

jamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be 3 And the asses of Kish, Saul's father, || captain over my people Israel, that he may were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, save my people out of the hand of the PhiT ke now one of the servants with thee, listines : for I have looked upon my peoand arise, go seek the asses.

ple, because their cry is come unto me. 4 And he passed through mount E 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the phraim, and passed through the land of Lord said unto him, Behold the man Shalisha, but they found them not : then whom I spake to thee of! this same shall they passed through the land of Shalim, reign over my people. and there they were not: and he passed 18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in through the land of the Benjamites, but | the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, they found them not.

where the seer's house is. 5 And when they were come to the 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant | said, I am the seer: go up before me unthat was with him, Come, and let us re- to the high place; for ye shall eat with turn; lest my father leave caring for the me to-day, and to-morrow I will let thee asses, and take thought for us.

go, and will tell thee all that is in thine 6 And he said unto him, Behold now, heart. there is this city a man of God, and he 20 And as for thine asses that were lost is an honourable man; all that he saith three days ago, set not thy mind on them; cometh surely to pass : now let us go for they are found. And on whom is all thither; peradventure he can shew us our the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and way that we should go.

on all thy father's house? Ý Then said Saul to his servant, But 21 And Saul answered and said, Am behold, if we go, what shall we bring not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the the man? for the bread is spent in our tribes of Israel? and my family the least of vessels, and there is not a present to bring all the families of the tribe of Benjamin ? to the man of God: what have we? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

8 And the servant answered Saul again, 22 And Samuel took Saul, and his and said, Behold, I have here at hand the servant, and brought them into the parfourth

part of a shekel of silver : that lour, and made them sit in the chiefest will I give to the man of God, to tell us place among them that were bidden, pur way.

which were about thirty persons. 9 (Béforctime in Israel, when a man 23 And Samuel said unto the cook, went to inquire of God, thus he spake, il Bring the portion which I gave thee, of Come, and let us go to the seer: for lie which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. that is now called a Prophet was before- 24 And the cook took up the shoulder, time called a Seer.)

and that which was upon it, and set je Samuel anointeth Saul.


Saul propesieth. 245 before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down that which is left! set it before thee, and unto thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and eat ; for unto this time hath it been kept to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings : for thee since I said, I have invited the seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do. day.

91 And it was so, that when he had 25 | And when they were come down turned his back to go from Samuel, God from the high place into the city, Samucl gave him another heart : and all those communed with Saul upon the top of || signs came to pass that day. the house.

10 And when they came thither to the 26 And they rose early : and it came hill, behold, a company of prophets met to pass about the spring of the day, that him; and the Spirit of God came upon Samuel called Saul to the top of the him, and he prophesied among them. house, saying, Up, that I may send thee 11 And it came to pass when all that away. And Saul arose, and they went knew him beforetime saw, that, behold, out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. he prophesied among the prophets, then

27 And as they were going down to the people said one to another, What is the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Bid the servant pass on before us, (and Saul also among the prophets? he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, 12 And one of the same place answerthat I may shew thee the word of God. ed and said, But who is their father CHAP. X.

Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul 1 Samuel anointeth Saul. 2 He confirmeth also among the prophets ?

him by prediction of three signs. 9 Saul's 13 And when he had made an end of heart is changed, and he firophesieth. prophesying, he came to the high place. TH "HEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and 14 | And Saul's uncle said unto him

poured it upon his head, and kissed and to his servant, Whither went ye? him, and said, Is it not because the LORD And he said, To seek the asses; and where hath anointed thee to be captain over his we saw that they were no where, we came inheritance ?

to Samuel. 2 When thou art departed from me 15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I to-day, then thou shalt find two men by pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Ben- 16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He jamin at Zelzah ; and they will say un- told us plainly that the asses were found. to thee, The asses which thou wentest || But of the mat:er of the kingdom, whereto seek are found: and lo, thy father of Samuel spake, he told him not. hath left the care of the asses, and sor- 17 [ And Samuel called the people toroweth for you, saying, What shall I do gether unto the LORD to Mizpeh; for my son

18 And said unto the children of Israel, 3 Then shalt thou go on forward from Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I thence, and thou shalt come to the plain brought up Israel out of Egypt, and deof Tator, and there shall meet thee three livered you out of the hand of the Egypmen going up to God to Beth-el, one tians, and out of the hand of all kingcarrying three kids, and another carrying doms, and of them that oppressed you: three loaves of bread, and another carry- 19 And ye have this day rejected your ing a bottle of wine :

God, who himself saved you out of all 4 And they will salute thee, and give your adversities, and your tribulations; thee two loaves of bread ; which thou and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set shalt receive of their hands.

a king over us. Now therefore present 5 After that thou shalt come to the yourselves before the LORD by your hill of God, where is the garrison of the tribes, and by your thousands. Philistines : and it sliall come to pass,

20 And when Samuel had caused all when thou art come thither to the city, the tribes of Israel to come near, the that thou shalt meet a company of proph- tribe of Benjamin was taken. ets coming down from the high place 21 When he had caused the tribe of with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, Benjamin to come near by their families, and a harp before them ; and they shali the family of Matri was taken, and Saul prophesy :

the son of Kish was taken: and when 6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come they sought him, he could not be found. upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with 22 Therefore they inquired of the them, and shalt be turned into another Lord further, if the man should yet

come thither. And the LORD answered, 7 And let it be, when these signs are Behold, he hath hid himself among the come unto thee, that thou do as occasion stuff. hall serve thee; for God is with thee. 23 And they ran and fetched him

8 And thou shalt go down before me I thence : and wlren lre stood among the


246 Saul chosen king.


Samuel's integrity. people, he was higher than any of the time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. people from his shoulders and upward. And the messengers came and shewed it

24 And Samuel said to all the people, to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. See ye him wliom the LORD hath chosen, 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, that there is none like him among all the To-morrow we will come out unto you, people? And all the people shouted, and and ye shall do with us all that seemeth said, God save the king.

good unto you. 25 Then Samuel told the people the 11 And it was so on the morrow, that manner of the kingdom, and wrote it Saul put the people in three companies ;. in a book, and laid it up before the and they came into the midst of the host LORD. And Samuel sent all the people in the morning-watch, and slew the Amaway, every man to his house.

monites until the heat of the day : and it 26 s And Saul also went home to Gib- came to pass, that they which remained. eah; and there went with him a band of were scattered, so that two of them were men, whose hearts God had touched. not left together.

27 But the children of Belial said, How 12 F And the people sail unto Samuel, shall this man save us? And they despis-Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign oed him, and brought him no presents. ver us? bring the men, that we may put But he held his peace.

them to death. CHAP, XÍ.

13 And Saul said, There shall not a 1 Nahash offereth them of Jabesh-gilead man be put to death this day: for to-day

a reproachful condition. 4. They send the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel. to Saul, and are delivered. 12 Saul 14 Then said Samuel to the people, confirmed king:

Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew TH THEN Nahash the Ammonite came the kingdom there.

up, and encamped against Jabesh- 15 And all the people went to Gilgal ; gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said and there they made Saul king before the unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, || Lord in Gilgal: and there they sacriand we will serve thec.

ficed sacrifices of peace offerings before 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answer- the LORD ; and there Saul and all the ed them, On this condition will I make a men of Israel rejoiced greatly. covenant with you, that I may thrust out

CHAP. XII. all your right eyes, and lay it for a re- 1 Samuel testifieth his integrity.. 6 He proach upon all Israel.

reproveth the people of ingratitude. 3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto 16 He terrifieth them with thunder in him, Give us seven days respite, that we harvest-time; 20 and comforteth them may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to

, save us, we will come out to thee.

hold, I have hearkened unto your 4 9 Then came the messengers to Gib- | voice in all that ye said unto me, and eah of Saul, and told the tidings in the have made a king over you. cars of the people : and all the people 2 And now, behold, the king walketh lifted up their voices, and wept.

before you : and I am old and gray5 And behold, Saul came after the headed; and behold, my sons are with herd out of the field; and Saul said, || you: and I have walked before you from What aileth the people that they weep? | my childhood unto tlmis day.. And they told him the tidings of the men 3 Behold, here I am : witness against of Jabesh.

me before the LORD, and before his an6 And the Spirit of God came upou ointed; whose ox have I taken? or whose Saul when he heard those tidings, and his ass have I taken? or whom have I deanger was kindled greatly.

frauded? whom have I oppressed ? or 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and of whose hand have I received any bribe hewed them in pieces, and sent them to blind mine eyes therewith ? and I will throughout all the coasts of Israel by the restore it you. hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever 4. And they said, Thou hast not decometh not forth after Saul and after || frauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. thou taken augnt of any man's hand. And the fear of the LORD fell on the peo- 5 And he said unto them, The LORD ple, and they came out with one consent. | is witness against you, and his anointed

8 And when he numbered them in Be- || is witness this day, that ye have not zek, the children of Israel were three found aught in my hand. And they anhundred thousand, and the men of Judah swered, He is witness. thirty thousand.

6 And Samuel said unto the people, 9 And they said unto the messengers | It is the Lord that advanced Moses and that came, Thus shall ye say unto the Aaron, and that brought your fathers up men of Jabesh-gilead, To-morrow by that out of the land of Egypt.

in God's mercy.


Samuel reproveth the people. CHAP. XIII.

Saul's selected band. 247 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may the LORD, but serve the LORD with all reason with you before the LORD of all your heart; the righteous acts of the LORD, which he 21 And turn ye not aside : for then did to you and to your fathers.

should ye go after vain things, which can8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, | not profit nor deliver; for they are vain. and yoаr fathers cried unto the LORD, 22 For the LORD will not forsake his then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, people for his great name's sake : bewhich brought forth your fathers out of cause it hath pleased the LORD to make Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. you his people.

9 And when they forgat the Lord their 23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that God, he sold them into the hand of Sise- || I should sin against the Lord in ceasing ra, captain of the host of Hazor, and into to pray for you: but I will teach you the the hand of the Philistines, and into the good and the right way: hand of the king of Moab, and they fought 24 Only fear the Lord, and serve him against them.

in truth with all your heart: for consider 10 And they cried unto the LORD, and how great things he hath done for you said, We have sinned, because we have 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye forsaken the LORD, and have served Ba- shall be consumed, both ye and your king. alim and Ashtaroth : but now deliver us

CHAP. XIII. out of the land of our enemies, and we 1 Saul's selected band. 5 The Philistines will serve thee.

great host. 6 The Israelites distress. 8 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Saul, weary of staying for Samuel, sacBedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and rificeth. 11 Samuel reproveth him. delivered you out of the hand of your en- AUL reigned one year; and when he emies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

12 And when ye saw that Nahash the 2 Saul chose him three thousand men of king of the children of Ammon came Israel ; whereof two thousind were with against you, ye said unto me, Nay ; but Saul in Michinash and in mount Beth-el, a king shall reign over us: when the and a thousand were with Jonathan in LORD your God was your king.

Gibeah of Benjamin ; and the rest of the 13 Now therefore, behold the king people he sent every man to his tent. whom ye have chosen, and whom ye 3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of have desired! and behold, the Lord hath the Philistines that was in Geba; and the set a king over you.

Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew 14 If re will fear the LORD, and serve the trumpet throughout all the land, sayhim, and obey his voice, and not rebel | ing, Let the Hebrews hear. against the commandment of the LORD, 4 And all Israel heard say that Saul then shall both ye, and also the king that had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, jeigneth over you continue following the and that Israel also was had in abominaLORD your God

tion with the Philistines : and the people 15 But if ye will not obey the voice of were called together after Saul to Gilgal. the LORD, but rebel against the com- 5 s And the Philistines gathered themmandment of the LORD, then shall the selves together to fight with Israel, thirty hand of the Lord be against you, as it thousand chariots, and six thousand horsewas against your fathers.

men, and people as the sand which is on 16 Now therefore stand and see this the sea shore in multitude: and they came great thing, which the LORD will do be- up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward iure your eyes.

from Beth-aven. 17 Is it not wheat-harvest to-day? I 6 When the men of Israel saw that will call unto the Lord, and he shall send they were in a strait (for the people were thunder and rain ; that ye may perceive distressed) then the people did hide themand see that your wickedness is great, selves in caves, and in thickets, and in which ye have done in the sight of the rocks, and in high places, and in pits. Lord, in asking you a king.

7 And some of the Hebrews went over 18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. and the LORD sent thunder and rain that As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all day; and all the people greatly feared the people followed him trembling. the Lord and Samuel.

8 1 And he tarried seven days, ac19 And all the people said unto Samuel, cording to the set time that Samuel had Pray for thy servants unto the Lord appointed : but Samuel came not to Gilthy God, that we die not: for we have gal; and the people were scattered from added unto all our sins this evil, to ask him. os a king.

9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt20 { Ånd Samuel said unto the people, ffering to me, and peace-offerings. And Fear not : ye have done all this wicked- he offered the burnt-offering. HE$S: yet turn not aside from following 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as

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