1Yahweh said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I
have rejected him from being king over Israel? fill your horn with oil, and
go: I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite; for I have provided me a king
among his sons.
2Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill
me. Yahweh said, Take a heifer with you, and say, I am come to sacrifice to
3Call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall
do: and you shall anoint to me him whom I name to you.
4Samuel did that
which Yahweh spoke, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to
meet him trembling, and said, Come you peaceably?
5He said, Peaceably; I
am come to sacrifice to Yahweh: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the
sacrifice. He sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the
6It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eliab, and
said, Surely Yahweh’s anointed is before him.
7But Yahweh said to Samuel,
“Don’t look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have
rejected him: for Yahweh sees not as man sees; for man looks at the
outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart.”
8Then Jesse called
Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, Neither has Yahweh chosen
9Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. He said, Neither has Yahweh
10Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. Samuel
said to Jesse, Yahweh has not chosen these.
11Samuel said to Jesse, Are
here all your children? He said, There remains yet the youngest, and behold,
he is keeping the sheep. Samuel said to Jesse, Send and get him; for we will
not sit down until he come here.
12He sent, and brought him in. Now he
was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful face, and goodly to look on. Yahweh
said, Arise, anoint him; for this is he.
13Then Samuel took the horn of
oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers: and the Spirit of Yahweh
came mightily on David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to
14Now the Spirit of Yahweh departed from Saul, and an evil spirit
from Yahweh troubled him.
15Saul’s servants said to him, See now, an evil
spirit from God troubles you.
16Let our lord now command your servants
who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp:
and it shall happen, when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall
play with his hand, and you shall be well.
17Saul said to his servants,
Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me.
answered one of the young men, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse
the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, and a mighty man of valor, and
a man of war, and prudent in speech, and a comely person; and Yahweh is with
19Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send me David
your son, who is with the sheep.
20Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread,
and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son to Saul.
21David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and
he became his armor bearer.
22Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Please let
David stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight.
when the evil spirit from God was on Saul, that David took the harp,
and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil
spirit departed from him.