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is rejected for disobedience.

Saul sparing Agag, &c. 1. SAMUEL in Israel? God forbid: as the Lord liveth, 1 in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set him up ground; for be hath wrought with God this day. a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died gone down to Gilgal. not.

13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said 46 Then Saul went up from following the unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have Philistines ; and the Philistines went to their performed the commandment of the LORD. own place.

14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this 47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowand fought against all his enemies on every ing of the oxen which I hear? side, against Moab, and against the children of 15 And Saul said, They have brought them Ammon, and against Edom, and against the from the Amalekites: for the people spared the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines : | best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have them.

utterly destroyed. 48 And he gathered an host, and smote the 16 t'hen Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me hands of them that spoiled them..

this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast Jittle Ishui, and Melchi-shua : and the names of his in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head two daughters were these: the name of the of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed first-born Merab, and the name of the younger thee king over Israel? Michal:

18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and 50 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, said, Go, and utterly destroy the sinners the Amthe daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the alekites, and fight against them until they be captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, consumed. Saul's uncle.

19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the 51 And Kish was the father of Saul; and voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel. and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 52 And there was sore war against the Philis

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have tines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone any strong man, or any valiant man, he took the way which the LORD sent me, and have him unto him.

brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have CHAPTER XV.

utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and 1 Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amalek. 6

oxen, the chief of the things, which should have Saul favoureth the Kenites. 8 He spareth | been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Agag and the best of the spoil. 10 Samuel

LORD thy God in Gilgal. denounceth unto Saul, commending and er 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great cusing himself, God's rejection of him for delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in his disobedience. 24 Saul's humiliation. 32

obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to Samuel killeth Agag. 34 Samuel and Saul obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken part.

than the fat of rams. SAMUEL also said unto Saul, The LORD 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, W sent me to anoint thee to be king over his and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. people, over Israel: now therefore hearken Because thou hast rejected the word of the thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being

2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember king. that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid 24 T And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinwait for him in the way, when he came up from ned: for I have transgressed the commandment Egypt.

of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly de. the people, and obeyed their voice. stroy all that they have, and spare them not ; 25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, but slay both man and woman, infant and suck. and turn again with me, that I may worship the ling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

LORD. 4 And Saul gathered the people together, 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not reand numbered them in Telaim, two hundred turn with thee: for thou hast rejected the word thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee Judah.

from being king over Israel. 5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and 27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, laid wait in the valley.

he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it 6 1 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, de rent. part, get you down from among the Amalek 28 And Samụel said unto him, The LORD ites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye shew. hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this ed kindness to all the children of Israel when | day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites that is better than thou. departed from among the Amalekites.

29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie 7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havi. | nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should Jah, until thou comest to Shur, that is over

repent. against Egypt.

30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalek. me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my ites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people people, and before Israel, and turn again with with the edge of the sword.

me, that I may worship the LORD thy God. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and 31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of Saul worshipped the LORD. the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was 32 11 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me good, and would not utterly destroy them: but Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag every thing that was vile and refuse, that they came unto him delicately. And Agag said, destroyed utterly.

Surely the bitterness of death is past. 10 Then came the word of the LORD unto 33 And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made Samuel, saying,

women childless, so shall thy mother be childless 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in be king : for he is turned back from following pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. me, and hath not performed my commandments. 34 1 Then Samuel went to Ramah ; and And it grieved Samuel ; and he cried unto the Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul. LORD all night.

35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul 12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul | until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel

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Samuel anointeth David. CHAPTER XVII. Goliath defieth Israel. mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread. he had made Saul king over Israel.

and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them CHAPTER XVI.

by David his son untó Saul.

21 And David came to Saul, and stood before 1 Samuel sent by God, under pretence of a sac-him: and he loved him greatly ; and he became rifice, cometh to Beth-lehem. 6 His human

his armour-bearer. judgment is reproved. 11 He anointeth Da

22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, vid. 15 Saul sendeth for David to quiet his

I pray thee, stand before me ; for he hath found edil spirit.

favour in my sight. AND the LORD said unto Samuel, How long 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit n wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have re. from God was upon Saul, that David took an jected him from reigning over Israel? fill thy harp, and played with his hand : so Saul was horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit de the Beth-lehemite : for I have provided me a parted from him. king among his sons. 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul

CHAPTER XVII. hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said,

1 The armies of the Israelites and Philistines Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to

being ready to battle, 4 Goliath cometh proudsacrifice to the LORD.

ly forth to challenge a combat. 12 David, sent 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will by his father to visit his brethren, taketh the shew thee what thou shalt_do: and thou shalt

challenge. 28 Eliab chideth him. 30 He is anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.

brought to Saul. 32 He sheweth the reason 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, of his confidence. 38 Without armour, armed and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the by faith, he slayeth the giant. 55 Saul taketh town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest notice of David. thou peaceably?

NOW the Philistines gathered together their 5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sac. armies to battle, and were gathered together rifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sancti. pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in E. fied Jesse and his sons, and called them to the phes-dammim. sacrifice,

2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gath, 61 And it came to pass when they were ered together, and pitched by the valley of come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely Elah, and set the battle in array against the the LORD's anointed is before him.

Philistines. 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not 3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on on his countenance, or on the height of his the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on stature; because I have refused him : for the the other side: and there was a valley between LORD seeth not as man seeth ; for man look them. eth on the outward appearance, but the LORD 41 And there went out a champion out of looketh on the heart.

the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.. pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath 5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his the Lord chosen this.

head, and he was armed with a coat of mail : 9 Then Jesse made Shammah_ to pass by. and the weight of the coat was five thousand And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen shekels of brass. this.

6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass and a target of brass between his shoulders. before Samuel : and Samuel said unto Jesse, 7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaThe LORD hath not chosen these.

ver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a thy children? And he said, There remaineth shield went before him. yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the | 8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come | out to set your battle in array ? am not I a Phi. hither.

listine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he a man for you, and let him come down to was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful counte. nance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD 9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill sa id, Arise, anoint him : for this is he.

me, then will we be your servants : but if I pre13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and vail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and our servants, and serve us. the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from 10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may to Ramah

fight together. 14 1 But the Spirit of the LORD departed 11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and great. troubled him.

ly afraid. 15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold 12 T Now David was the son of that Ephrath. now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. ite of Beth-lehem-judah, whose name was Jes.

16 Let our lord now command thy servants, se ; und he had eight sons : and the man went which are before thee, to seek out a man who is among men for an old man in the days of a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come Saul. to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon 13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou followed Saul to the battle: and the names of shalt be well.

his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide the first-born, and next unto him Abinadab, and me now a man that can play well, and bring the third Shammah. him to me.

14 And David was the youngest : and the 18 Then answered one of the servants, and three eldest followed Saul. sa id, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the 15 But David went and returned from Saul to Beth-lehemite, that is cunning in playing, and feed his father's sheep at Beth-lehem. a mighty, valiant man, and a man of war, and 16 And the Philistine drew near morning and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and evening, and presented himself forty days. the LORD is with him.

17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take 19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched, Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp. ie with the sheep.

to thy brethren:

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David accepteth the challenge, 1. SAMUEL. and slayeth the Philistine.

18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the cap- chose him five smooth stones out of the brook tain of their thousand, and look how thy breth. and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, ren fare, and take their pledge.

even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand : 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of and he drew near to the Philistine. Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with 41 And the Philistine came on, and drew near the Philistines.

unto David; and the man that bare the shield 201[_And David rose up early in the morning, went before him. and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and 42 And when the Philistine looked about, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he saw David, he disdained him: for he was but came to the trench, as the host was going forth a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair counteto the fight, and shouted for the battle,

nance. 21 For Isrnel and the Philistines had put the 43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I battle in Array, army against army.

a dog, that thou comest to me with staves ? 22 And David left his carriage in the hand of and the Philistine cursed David by his gods. the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the 44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to army, and came and saluted his brethren.

me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of 23 And as he talked with them, behold, there the air, and to the beasts of the field. came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Phi. comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, listines, and spake according to the same words: and with a shield: but I come to thee in the and David heard them.

name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the ar24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw mies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into

25 And the men of Israel snid, Have ye seen mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take this man that is come up? surely to dety Israel thine head from thee; and I will give the car. is he come up: and it shall be, that the man casses of the host of the Philistines this day unto who killeth him, the king will enrich him with the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of great riches, and will give him his daughter, the earth: that all the earth may know that and make his father's house free in Israel.

there is a God in Israel. 26 And David spoke to the men that stood by 47 And all this assembly shall know that the him, saying, What shail be done to the man LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into reproach from Israel? for who is this uncir. our hands. cumcised Philistine, that he should defy the 48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine armies of the living God?

arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, 27 And the people answered him after this that David hasted, and ran toward the army to manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man meet the Philistine. that killeth him.

49 And David put his hand in his bag, and 28 | And Eliab his eldest brother heard when took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the he spake unto the men ; and Eliab's anger was Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk kindled against David, and he said, Why cam. into his forehead ; and he fell upon his face to est thou down hither? and with whom hast | the earth. thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine a sling and with a stone, and smote the Phi. heart; for thou art come down that thou might listine and slew him ; but there was no sword est see the battle,

in the hand of David. 29 And David said, What have I now done? 51 Therefore David ran and stood upon the Is there not a cause ?

Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out 30 1 And he turned from him toward anoth. of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut er, and spake after the same manner: and the off his head therewith. And when the Phi. people answered him again after the former listines saw their champion was dead, they manner.

fied. 31 And when the words were heard which 52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until and he sent for him.

thou come to the valley, and to the gates of 32 1 And David said to Saul, Let no man's Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines heart fail because of him ; thy servant will go fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto and fight with this Philistine.

Gath, and unto Ekron. 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able 53 And the children of Israel returned from to go against this Philistine to fight with him : chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war their tents. from his youth.

54 And David took the head of the Philistine, 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant | and brought it to Jerusalem ; but he put his ar. kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, mour in his tent. and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 55 || And when Saul saw David go forth

35 And I went out after him and smote him, I against the Philistine, he said unto Abner the and delivered it out of his mouth: and when captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, youth? And Abner said, Ás thy soul liveth, O and smote him, and slew him.

king, I cannot tell. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the 56 And the king said, Inquire thou whose son benr: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be the stripling is. as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies | 57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the living God.

of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought 37 David said moreover, The LORD that de him before Saul with the head of the Philistine livered me out of the paw of the lion, and out in his hand. of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out 58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art of the hand of this Philistine, And Saul said thou, thou young man? And David answered, unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth.le.

38 1 And Saul arined David with his armour, hemite. and he put an helmet of bruss upon his head; also he armed him with a cont of mail.

CHAPTER XVIII. 39 And David girded his sword upon his ar. 1 Jonathan loveth David. 5. Saul envieth his mour, and he assayed to go; for he had not praise, 10 seeketh to kill him in his fury, 12 proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot feareth him for his good success, 17 ottereth go with these, for I have not proved them. him his daughters for a snare. 22 David And David put them off him.

persuaded to be the king's son-in-law, giveth 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and two hundred foreskins of the Philistines for

struments' with tabeing and came ochter of them

Saul's hatred of David.. CHAPTER XIX., Saul seeketh to kill him.

Michal's dowry. 28 Saul's hatred, and Da | seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly es. vid's glory increaseth.

teemed? AND it came to pass, when he had made 24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, an end of speaking unto Saul, that the

On this manner spake David. soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of

25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, David, and Jonathan loved him as his own

The king desireth not any dowry, but an hun soul.

dred foreskins of the Philistines, to be a venged 2 And Saul took him that day, and would

of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to let him go no more home to his father's house.

make David fall by the hand of the Philis. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a cove.

tines. nant, because he loved him as his own soul..

26 And when his servants told David these 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe

words, it pleased David well to be the king's that noas upon him, and gave it to David, and son-in-law: and the days were not expired. bis garments, even to his sword, and to his bow,

27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and and to his girdle.

his men, and slew of the Philistines two hun. 5 And David went out whithersoever Saul

dred men ; and David brought their foreskins, sent him, and behaved himself wisely : and

and they gave them in full tale to the king, that Saul set him over the men of war, and he was

he might be the king's son-in-law. And Saul accepted in the sight of all the people, and also

gave him Michal his daughter to wife. in the sight of Saul's servants.

28 | And Saul saw and knew that the LORD 6 And it came to pass as they came, when

was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daughDavid was returned from the slaughter of the

ter, loved him. Philistine, that the women came out of all the

29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of Da. cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet

vid ; and Saul became David's enemy continuking Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with in.

ally

30 Then the princes of the Philistines went 7 And the women answered one another as

forth: and it came to pass, after they went they played, and said, Sanl hath slain his thou.

forth, that David behaved himself more wisely sands, and David his ten thousands.

than all the servants of Saul : so that his name 8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying

was much set by. displeased him; and he said, They have ascrib.

CHAPTER XIX. ed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands : and what can he

1 Jonathan discloseth his father's purpose to have more but the kingdom ?

kill David. 4 He persuadeth his father to 9 And Saul eyed Dayid from that day and for.

reconciliation. 8 By reason of David's good ward.

success in a new war, Saul's malicious rage 10 1 And it came to pass on the morrow, that

breaketh out against him. 12 Michal deceiv. the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he

eth her father with an image in David's bed. prophesied in the midst of the house: and Da.

18 David cometh to Samuel in Naioth. 20 vid played with his hand, as at other times : and

Saul's messengers sent to take David, 22 and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.

Saul himself, prophesy. 11 And Saul cast the javelin ; for he said, I ND Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to will smite David even to the wall with it. And 1 all his servants, that they should kill Da. David avoided out of his presence twice.

vid. 12 1 And Saul was afraid of David, because 2 But Jonathan, Sanl's son, delighted, much the LORD was with him, and was departed from in David : and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul.

Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now there. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, fore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the and made him his captian over a thousand : morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide and he went out and came in before the peo thyself: ple.

3 And I will go out and stand beside my father 14 And David behaved himself wisely in all in the field where thou art, and I will commune his ways; and the LORD was with him... with my father of thee; and what I see, that I

15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he be. will tell thee. haved himself very wisely, he was afraid of 4 11 And Jonathan spake good of David unto him.

Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the :16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, be king sin against his servant, against David; be. cause he went out and came in before them. cause he hath not sinned against thee, and · 17 | And Saul said to David, Behold, my because his works have been to thee-ward very elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to good : wife : only be thou valiant for me, and fight the 5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew LORD's battles. For Saul said, Let not mine the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Phi. salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst listines be upon him.

rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against · 18 And David said unto Saul, Who am I? innocent blood, to slay David without a cause ? and what is my life, or my father's family in 6 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jon. Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king ? athan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he

19 But it came to pass at the time when Me. shall not be slain. rab, Saul's daughter, should have been given 7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan to David, that she was given unto Adriel the shewed him all those things. And Jonathan Meholathite to wife.

brought David to Saul, and he was in his pres. 20 And Michal, Saul's daughter, loved Da. ence, as in times past. vid : and they told Saul, and the thing pleased 8 4 And there was war again: and David

went out, and fought with the Philistines, and 21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that | slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of from him. the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore 9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my Saul, as he sat in his house with his ja velin in son-in-law, in the one of the twain.

his hand : and David pln yed with his hand. · 22 11 And Saul commanded his servants, say. 10 And Saul sought to smite David even to ing, Commune with David secretly, and say, | the wall with the javelin ; but he slipped away Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all out of Saul's presence, and he smote the juvelin his servants love thee: now therefore be the into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that king's son-in-law.

night. 23 And Saul's servants spake those words in 11 Saul also sent messengers unto David's the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth house, to watch him, and to slay him in the it to you a light thing to be a king's son-in-law, | morning : and Michal, David's wife, told him,

him. and Saul said:o him, and him.

Michal's artifice to save David. I. SAMUEL. Jonathan's token to David. saying, If thoạ save not thy life to-night, to-1 8 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy morrow thou shalt be slain.

servant; for thou hast brought thy servant into. 12 | So Michal let David down through a a covenant of the LORD with thee: notwithwindow: and he went, and fled, and escaped. standing, if there be in me iniquity, slay me

13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair for his father? bolster, and covered it with a cloth.

9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for 14 And when Saul sent messengers to take if I knew certainly that evil were determined by David, she said, He is sick.

my father to come upon thee, then would not I 15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see tell it thee? David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, ! 10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall that I may slay him.

tell me? or what if thy father answer thee, 16 And when the messengers were come in, | roughly? behold, there was an image in the bed, with a 11 T And Jonathan said unto David, Come, pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.

and let us go out into the field. And they went 17 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast out both of them into the field. thou deceived me so, and sent away mine ene. 12 And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD my, that he is escaped? And Michal answered God of Israel, when I have sounded my father Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should about to-morrow any time, or the third day, I kill thee?

and behold, if there be good toward David, 18 1 So David fled, and escaped, and came to and I then send not unto thee, and shew it Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul thee; had done to him. And he and Samuel went 13 The LORD do so and much more to Jongand dwelt in Naioth.

than; but if it please my father to do thee evil, 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, Da then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, vid is at Naioth in Ramah.

that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD 20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: be with thee, as he hath been with my fa. and when they saw the company of the prophets

ther. prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed 14 And thou shalt not only while yet I live over them, the Spirit of God was upon the mes. shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die sengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

not: 21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other 15 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And from my house for ever: no, not when the LORD Saul sent messengers again the third time, and hath cut off the enemies of David every one from they prophesied also.

the face of the earth. 22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to 16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the a great well that is in Sechu : and he asked and house of David, saying, Let the LORD even said, Where are Samuel and Dawid? And one require it at the hand ot David's enemies. said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.

17 And Jonathan caused David to swear 23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: again, because he loved him: for he loved him and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and as he loved his own soul. he went on, and prophesied, until he came to 18 Then Jonathan said to David, To-morrow Naioth in Ramah.

is the new-moon : and thou shalt be missed, be. 24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and cause thy seat will be empty. prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and 19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then lay down naked all that day and all that night. thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the place where thou didst hide thyself when the bu. prophets?

siness was in hand, and shalt remain by the

stone Ezel. CHAPTER XX.

20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side 1 David consulteth with Jonathan for his safe. thereof, as though I shot at a mark.

ty. 11 Jonathan and David renew their cou. 21 And behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, enant by oath. 18 Jonathan's token to Da. find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the vid. 24 Saul, missing David, seeketh to lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, kill Jonathan. 35 Jonathan lovingly taketh take them; then come thou: for there is his leave of David.

peace to thee, and no hurt : as the LORD liveth. A ND David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and 22 But if I say thus unto the young man, Be.

1 came and said before Jonathan. What have hold, the arrows are beyond thee: go thy way: I done? what is mine iniquity ? and what is

for the LORD hath sent thee away. my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my

23 And as touching the matter which thou life?

and I have spoken of, behold, the Lord be be. 2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou tween thee and me for ever. shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing 24 4 So David hid himself in the field : and either great or small, but that he will shew it when the new-moon was come, the king sat him me: and why should my father hide this thing | down to eat meat. from me? it is not so.

25 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other 3 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy times, even upon a seat by the wall: and Jona. father certainly knoweth that I have found than arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jona. David's place was empty. than know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as 26 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is that day : for he thought, Something hath bebut a step between me and death.

tallen him, he is not clean ; surely he is not 4 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatso. clean. ever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for 27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which thee.

was the second day of the month, that David's 5 And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to place was empty : and Saul said unto Jonathan morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that to meat, neither yesterday, nor to-day? I may hide myself in the field unto the third day 28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David ear. at even.

nestly asked leave of me to go to Beth-lehem : 6 If thy father at all miss me, then say, David 29 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for earnestly asked leave of mę, that he might run our family hath a sacrifice in the city ; and my to Beth-lehem his city for there is a yearly

brother he hath commanded me to be there : sacrifice there for all the family.

and now if I have found favour in thine eyes, 7 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall | let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethhave peace: but if he be very wroth, then be ren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king's sure that evil is determined by him.

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