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Saul Anointed
BY J. STEEPLE DAVIS, A CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN

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Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head.I. Sam., 10, 1.

IELDING to the command of God rather than to the will of the people, Samuel looked about for the

man whom he should appoint as king. So comes Saul into the biblical story. He was the younger son of a chief of the tribe of Benjamin, an energetic, capable youth, of huge stature, towering head and shoulders over ordinary men.

His father had lost some asses, so Saul went with a servant searching for them through the mountains. Led by the divine guidance, he came to the city of Samuel, and learning of the prophet's presence, resolved to consult him about the lost animals.

Samuel learned from God that this youth was the destined chieftain. So with a vial of oil the prophet anointed Saul as king, consecrating him to the service of the Lord. Then Samuel foretold the signs by which the young man might surely know this prophecy was truth. Each sign befell as the prophet said; yet Saul went doubtingly to his home. After that the prophet summoned a general assembly to see who should be king, and lots were cast, and again the choice fell upon Saul. So some people accepted him as king. “But the children of Belial said How shall this man save us ? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.”

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SECOND SAMUEL XIII-ABSALOM'S REVENGE

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go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him.

26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?

27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.

28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you ? be courageous, and be valiant.

29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon

his mule, and fled. 30 | And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left.

31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.

32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.

33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.

34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him.

35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy servant said, so it is.

36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.

37 | But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.

38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

Chapter 14 1 Joab, suborning a widow of Tekoah, by a parable to incline the king's heart to fetch home Absalom, bringeth him

to Jerusalem.
the king's presence.

25 Absalom's beauty, hair, and children.

28 After two years, Absalom by Joab is brought into

OW Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom.

2 And Joah sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner,

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