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.
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
to the LORD.
And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show thee what thou shalt do:
and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
And Samuel did that which the
LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said,
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.
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab,
and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him.
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
seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath
not chosen these.
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.
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.
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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