American King James Version
First Book of Samuel
1:1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and
his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of
Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
1:2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name
of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
1:3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice
to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas,
the priests of the LORD, were there.
1:4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his
wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
1:5 But to Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the
LORD had shut up her womb.
1:6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because
the LORD had shut up her womb.
1:7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the
LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
1:8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weep you? and why
eat you not? and why is your heart grieved? am not I better to you than
1:9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had
drunk. Now Eli the priest sat on a seat by a post of the temple of the
1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD, and wept
1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed
look on the affliction of your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget
your handmaid, but will give to your handmaid a man child, then I will
give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor
come on his head.
1:12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that
Eli marked her mouth.
1:13 Now Hannah, she spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice
was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
1:14 And Eli said to her, How long will you be drunken? put away your wine
1:15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful
spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out
my soul before the LORD.
1:16 Count not your handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance
of my complaint and grief have I spoken till now.
1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant
you your petition that you have asked of him.
1:18 And she said, Let your handmaid find grace in your sight. So the woman
went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
1:19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD,
and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah
his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
1:20 Why it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had
conceived, that she bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because
I have asked him of the LORD.
1:21 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to the LORD
the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.
1:22 But Hannah went not up; for she said to her husband, I will not go
up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear
before the LORD, and there abide for ever.
1:23 And Elkanah her husband said to her, Do what seems you good; tarry
until you have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman
stayed, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.
1:24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three
bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him
to the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.
1:25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.
1:26 And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman
that stood by you here, praying to the LORD.
1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD has given me my petition which
I asked of him:
1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives he
shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
2:1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn
is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over my enemies; because I
rejoice in your salvation.
2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither
is there any rock like our God.
2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of your
mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
2:4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded
2:5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that
were hungry ceased: so that the barren has born seven; and she that has
many children is waxed feeble.
2:6 The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings
2:7 The LORD makes poor, and makes rich: he brings low, and lifts up.
2:8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from
the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne
of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he has set the
world on them.
2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent
in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven
shall he thunder on them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and
he shall give strength to his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
2:11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister
to the LORD before Eli the priest.
2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.
2:13 And the priest's custom with the people was, that, when any man offered
sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething,
with a meat hook of three teeth in his hand;
2:14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all
that the meat hook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did
in Shiloh to all the Israelites that came thither.
2:15 Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said
to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he
will not have sodden flesh of you, but raw.
2:16 And if any man said to him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently,
and then take as much as your soul desires; then he would answer him, No;
but you shall give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
2:17 Why the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men
abhorred the offering of the LORD.
2:18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with
a linen ephod.
2:19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him
from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly
2:20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give you
seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went
to their own home.
2:21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bore three
sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
2:22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did to all Israel;
and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle
of the congregation.
2:23 And he said to them, Why do you such things? for I hear of your evil
dealings by all this people.
2:24 No, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: you make the LORD's
people to transgress.
2:25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if
a man sin against the LORD, who shall entreat for him? Notwithstanding
they listened not to the voice of their father, because the LORD would
2:26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the LORD,
and also with men.
2:27 And there came a man of God to Eli, and said to him, Thus said the
LORD, Did I plainly appear to the house of your father, when they were
in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?
2:28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest,
to offer on my altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and
did I give to the house of your father all the offerings made by fire of
the children of Israel?
2:29 Why kick you at my sacrifice and at my offering, which I have commanded
in my habitation; and honor your sons above me, to make yourselves fat
with the most chief of all the offerings of Israel my people?
2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and
the house of your father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD
said, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they
that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
2:31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off your arm, and the arm of
your father's house, that there shall not be an old man in your house.
2:32 And you shall see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which
God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in your house
2:33 And the man of yours, whom I shall not cut off from my altar, shall
be to consume your eyes, and to grieve your heart: and all the increase
of your house shall die in the flower of their age.
2:34 And this shall be a sign to you, that shall come on your two sons,
on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.
2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according
to that which is in my heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure
house; and he shall walk before my anointed for ever.
2:36 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in your house
shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread,
and shall say, Put me, I pray you, into one of the priests' offices, that
I may eat a piece of bread.
3:1 And the child Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word
of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
3:2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place,
and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the
ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
3:4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
3:5 And he ran to Eli, and said, Here am I; for you called me. And he said,
I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
3:6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to
Eli, and said, Here am I; for you did call me. And he answered, I called
not, my son; lie down again.
3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD
yet revealed to him.
3:8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went
to Eli, and said, Here am I; for you did call me. And Eli perceived that
the LORD had called the child.
3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he
call you, that you shall say, Speak, LORD; for your servant hears. So Samuel
went and lay down in his place.
3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel,
Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for your servant hears.
3:11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel,
at which both the ears of every one that hears it shall tingle.
3:12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken
concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
3:13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity
which he knows; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained
3:14 And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli, that the iniquity
of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
3:15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house
of the LORD. And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision.
3:16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered,
Here am I.
3:17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD has said to you? I pray
you hide it not from me: God do so to you, and more also, if you hide any
thing from me of all the things that he said to you.
3:18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said,
It is the LORD: let him do what seems him good.
3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his
words fall to the ground.
3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established
to be a prophet of the LORD.
3:21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself
to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
4:1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against
the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines
pitched in Aphek.
4:2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when
they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they
slew of the army in the field about four thousand men.
4:3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said,
Why has the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch
the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh to us, that, when it
comes among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.
4:4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the
ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwells between the cherubim:
and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of
the covenant of God.
4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all
Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
4:6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What
means the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they
understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp.
4:7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the
camp. And they said, Woe to us! for there has not been such a thing heretofore.
4:8 Woe to us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods?
these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the
4:9 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O you Philistines, that you
be not servants to the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves
like men, and fight.
4:10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled
every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there
fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
4:11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and
Phinehas, were slain.
4:12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh
the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth on his head.
4:13 And when he came, see, Eli sat on a seat by the wayside watching:
for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the
city, and told it, all the city cried out.
4:14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What means the
noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.
4:15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that
he could not see.
4:16 And the man said to Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I
fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son?
4:17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines,
and there has been also a great slaughter among the people, and your two
sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
4:18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that
he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck
broke, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged
Israel forty years.
4:19 And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be
delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken,
and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself
and travailed; for her pains came on her.
4:20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said to
her, Fear not; for you have born a son. But she answered not, neither did
she regard it.
4:21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from
Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in
law and her husband.
4:22 And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God
5:1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer
5:2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the
house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
5:3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was
fallen on his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took
Dagon, and set him in his place again.
5:4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was
fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head
of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold;
only the stump of Dagon was left to him.
5:5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's
house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
5:6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy on them of Ashdod, and he destroyed
them, and smote them with tumors, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.
5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of
the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore on us,
and on Dagon our god.
5:8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to
them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And
they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about to Gath.
And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.
5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the
LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the
men of the city, both small and great, and they had tumors in their secret
5:10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass,
as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying,
They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us
and our people.
5:11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines,
and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to
his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly
destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.
5:12 And the men that died not were smitten with the tumors: and the cry
of the city went up to heaven.
6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven
6:2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying,
What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us with which we shall send
it to his place.
6:3 And they said, If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, send
it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass offering: then you
shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed
6:4 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall
return to him? They answered, Five golden tumors, and five golden mice,
according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague
was on you all, and on your lords.
6:5 Why you shall make images of your tumors, and images of your mice that
mar the land; and you shall give glory to the God of Israel: peradventure
he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from
off your land.
6:6 Why then do you harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened
their hearts? when he had worked wonderfully among them, did they not let
the people go, and they departed?
6:7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milk cows, on which there
has come no yoke, and tie the cows to the cart, and bring their calves
home from them:
6:8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it on the cart; and put the jewels
of gold, which you return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the
side thereof; and send it away, that it may go.
6:9 And see, if it goes up by the way of his own coast to Bethshemesh,
then he has done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that
it is not his hand that smote us: it was a chance that happened to us.
6:10 And the men did so; and took two milk cows, and tied them to the cart,
and shut up their calves at home:
6:11 And they laid the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the coffer with
the mice of gold and the images of their tumors.
6:12 And the cows took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and
went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the
right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after
them to the border of Bethshemesh.
6:13 And they of Bethshemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley:
and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it.
6:14 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and stood
there, where there was a great stone: and they split the wood of the cart,
and offered the cows a burnt offering to the LORD.
6:15 And the Levites took down the ark of the LORD, and the coffer that
was with it, wherein the jewels of gold were, and put them on the great
stone: and the men of Bethshemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed
sacrifices the same day to the LORD.
6:16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned
to Ekron the same day.
6:17 And these are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned for
a trespass offering to the LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon
one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;
6:18 And the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of
the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fenced cities, and
of country villages, even to the great stone of Abel, where on they set
down the ark of the LORD: which stone remains to this day in the field
of Joshua, the Bethshemite.
6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into
the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and three
score and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten
many of the people with a great slaughter.
6:20 And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before this
holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?
6:21 And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying,
The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come you down,
and fetch it up to you.
7:1 And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD,
and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar
his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
7:2 And it came to pass, while the ark stayed in Kirjathjearim, that the
time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented
after the LORD.
7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return
to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth
from among you, and prepare your hearts to the LORD, and serve him only:
and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
7:4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and
served the LORD only.
7:5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you
to the LORD.
7:6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it
out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned
against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
7:7 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered
together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel.
And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
7:8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry to the
LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.
7:9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering
wholly to the LORD: and Samuel cried to the LORD for Israel; and the LORD
7:10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines
drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great
thunder on that day on the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they
were smitten before Israel.
7:11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines,
and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.
7:12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and
called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Till now has the LORD helped us.
7:13 So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast
of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the
days of Samuel.
7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored
to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver
out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel
and the Amorites.
7:15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
7:16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and
Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.
7:17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he
judged Israel; and there he built an altar to the LORD.
8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges
8:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second,
Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre,
and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came
to Samuel to Ramah,
8:5 And said to him, Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your
ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to
judge us. And Samuel prayed to the LORD.
8:7 And the LORD said to Samuel, Listen to the voice of the people in all
that they say to you: for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected
me, that I should not reign over them.
8:8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that
I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, with which they have forsaken
me, and served other gods, so do they also to you.
8:9 Now therefore listen to their voice: however, yet protest solemnly
to them, and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
8:10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people that asked
of him a king.
8:11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign
over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his
chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
8:12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over
fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest,
and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
8:13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks,
and to be bakers.
8:14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive groves,
even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
8:15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and
give to his officers, and to his servants.
8:16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your
best young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
8:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and you shall be his servants.
8:18 And you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you shall
have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
8:19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they
said, No; but we will have a king over us;
8:20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge
us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
8:21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them
in the ears of the LORD.
8:22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Listen to their voice, and make them
a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Go you every man to his city.
9:1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel,
the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite,
a mighty man of power.
9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly:
and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he:
from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
9:3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul
his son, Take now one of the servants with you, and arise, go seek the
9:4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of
Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of
Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the
Benjamites, but they found them not.
9:5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant
that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring
for the asses, and take thought for us.
9:6 And he said to him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God,
and he is an honorable man; all that he said comes surely to pass: now
let us go thither; peradventure he can show us our way that we should go.
9:7 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we
bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not
a present to bring to the man of God: what have we?
9:8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here
at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the
man of God, to tell us our way.
9:9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spoke,
Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was
beforetime called a Seer.)
9:10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they
went to the city where the man of God was.
9:11 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens
going out to draw water, and said to them, Is the seer here?
9:12 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you:
make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice
of the people to day in the high place:
9:13 As soon as you be come into the city, you shall straightway find him,
before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until
he come, because he does bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that
be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time you shall find
9:14 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city,
behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.
9:15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
9:16 To morrow about this time I will send you a man out of the land of
Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be captain over my people Israel,
that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have
looked on my people, because their cry is come to me.
9:17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, Behold the man whom
I spoke to you of! this same shall reign over my people.
9:18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray
you, where the seer's house is.
9:19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me
to the high place; for you shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will
let you go, and will tell you all that is in your heart.
9:20 And as for your asses that were lost three days ago, set not your
mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel?
Is it not on you, and on all your father's house?
9:21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest
of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of
the tribe of Benjamin? why then speak you so to me?
9:22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlor,
and made them sit in the most chief place among them that were bidden,
which were about thirty persons.
9:23 And Samuel said to the cook, Bring the portion which I gave you, of
which I said to you, Set it by you.
9:24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was on it, and set
it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before
you, and eat: for to this time has it been kept for you since I said, I
have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
9:25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel
communed with Saul on the top of the house.
9:26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the
day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that
I may send you away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he
and Samuel, abroad.
9:27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to
Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand
you still a while, that I may show you the word of God.
10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed
him, and said, Is it not because the LORD has anointed you to be captain
over his inheritance?
10:2 When you are departed from me to day, then you shall find two men
by Rachel's sepulcher in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will
say to you, The asses which you went to seek are found: and, see, your
father has left the care of the asses, and sorrows for you, saying, What
shall I do for my son?
10:3 Then shall you go on forward from there, and you shall come to the
plain of Tabor, and there shall meet you three men going up to God to Bethel,
one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and
another carrying a bottle of wine:
10:4 And they will salute you, and give you two loaves of bread; which
you shall receive of their hands.
10:5 After that you shall come to the hill of God, where is the garrison
of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when you are come thither
to the city, that you shall meet a company of prophets coming down from
the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before
them; and they shall prophesy:
10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come on you, and you shall prophesy
with them, and shall be turned into another man.
10:7 And let it be, when these signs are come to you, that you do as occasion
serve you; for God is with you.
10:8 And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come
down to you, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace
offerings: seven days shall you tarry, till I come to you, and show you
what you shall do.
10:9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel,
God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
10:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets
met him; and the Spirit of God came on him, and he prophesied among them.
10:11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that,
behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another,
What is this that is come to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
10:12 And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father?
Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?
10:13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.
10:14 And Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, Where went you?
And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where,
we came to Samuel.
10:15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray you, what Samuel said to you.
10:16 And Saul said to his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were
found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spoke, he told
10:17 And Samuel called the people together to the LORD to Mizpeh;
10:18 And said to the children of Israel, Thus said the LORD God of Israel,
I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of
the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed
10:19 And you have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out
of all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to him,
No, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the
LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.
10:20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near,
the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
10:21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families,
the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and
when they sought him, he could not be found.
10:22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet
come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold he has hid himself among the
10:23 And they ran and fetched him there: and when he stood among the people,
he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.
10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See you him whom the LORD has
chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people
shouted, and said, God save the king.
10:25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote
it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people
away, every man to his house.
10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band
of men, whose hearts God had touched.
10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And
they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.
11:1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead:
and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and
we will serve you.
11:2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make
a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay
it for a reproach on all Israel.
11:3 And the elders of Jabesh said to him, Give us seven days' respite,
that we may send messengers to all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there
be no man to save us, we will come out to you.
11:4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in
the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and
11:5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said,
What ails the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the
men of Jabesh.
11:6 And the Spirit of God came on Saul when he heard those tidings, and
his anger was kindled greatly.
11:7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them
throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying,
Whoever comes not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done
to his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came
out with one consent.
11:8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three
hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.
11:9 And they said to the messengers that came, Thus shall you say to the
men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, you shall
have help. And the messengers came and showed it to the men of Jabesh;
and they were glad.
11:10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To morrow we will come out to you,
and you shall do with us all that seems good to you.
11:11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies;
and they came into the middle of the host in the morning watch, and slew
the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they
which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.
11:12 And the people said to Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign
over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death.
11:13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for
to day the LORD has worked salvation in Israel.
11:14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and
renew the kingdom there.
11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king
before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace
offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced
12:1 And Samuel said to all Israel, Behold, I have listened to your voice
in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you.
12:2 And now, behold, the king walks before you: and I am old and gray
headed; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you
from my childhood to this day.
12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before
his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom
have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received
any bribe to blind my eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
12:4 And they said, You have not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither
have you taken ought of any man's hand.
12:5 And he said to them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed
is witness this day, that you have not found ought in my hand. And they
answered, He is witness.
12:6 And Samuel said to the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses
and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD
of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your
12:8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried to the LORD,
then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out
of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.
12:9 And when they forgot the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand
of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines,
and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.
12:10 And they cried to the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we
have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver
us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you.
12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel,
and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you
12:12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came
against you, you said to me, No; but a king shall reign over us: when the
LORD your God was your king.
12:13 Now therefore behold the king whom you have chosen, and whom you
have desired! and, behold, the LORD has set a king over you.
12:14 If you will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and
not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both you and
also the king that reigns over you continue following the LORD your God:
12:15 But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against
the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against
you, as it was against your fathers.
12:16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will
do before your eyes.
12:17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call to the LORD, and he shall
send thunder and rain; that you may perceive and see that your wickedness
is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a
12:18 So Samuel called to the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain
that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
12:19 And all the people said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the
LORD your God, that we die not: for we have added to all our sins this
evil, to ask us a king.
12:20 And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: you have done all this wickedness:
yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all
12:21 And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things,
which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake:
because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.
12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD
in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right
12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for
consider how great things he has done for you.
12:25 But if you shall still do wickedly, you shall be consumed, both you
and your king.
13:1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,
13:2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand
were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Bethel, and a thousand were with
Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every
man to his tent.
13:3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba,
and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all
the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.
13:4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines,
and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the
people were called together after Saul to Gilgal.
13:5 And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel,
thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the
sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched
in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.
13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people
were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in
thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.
13:7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.
As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had
appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered
13:9 And Saul said, Bring here a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings.
And he offered the burnt offering.
13:10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering
the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him,
that he might salute him.
13:11 And Samuel said, What have you done? And Saul said, Because I saw
that the people were scattered from me, and that you came not within the
days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at
13:12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now on me to Gilgal,
and I have not made supplication to the LORD: I forced myself therefore,
and offered a burnt offering.
13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept
the commandment of the LORD your God, which he commanded you: for now would
the LORD have established your kingdom on Israel for ever.
13:14 But now your kingdom shall not continue: the LORD has sought him
a man after his own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be captain
over his people, because you have not kept that which the LORD commanded
13:15 And Samuel arose, and got him up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin.
And Saul numbered the people that were present with him, about six hundred
13:16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present
with them, stayed in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in
13:17 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three
companies: one company turned to the way that leads to Ophrah, to the land
13:18 And another company turned the way to Bethhoron: and another company
turned to the way of the border that looks to the valley of Zeboim toward
13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for
the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:
13:20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every
man his share, and his coulter, and his ax, and his mattock.
13:21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for
the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
13:22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword
nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and
Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.
13:23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of Michmash.
14:1 Now it came to pass on a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said to
the young man that bore his armor, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines'
garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.
14:2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate
tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six
14:3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas,
the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the
people knew not that Jonathan was gone.
14:4 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the
Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp
rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name
of the other Seneh.
14:5 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash,
and the other southward over against Gibeah.
14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armor, Come, and
let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the
LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by
many or by few.
14:7 And his armor bearer said to him, Do all that is in your heart: turn
you; behold, I am with you according to your heart.
14:8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over to these men, and we
will discover ourselves to them.
14:9 If they say thus to us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand
still in our place, and will not go up to them.
14:10 But if they say thus, Come up to us; then we will go up: for the
LORD has delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign to us.
14:11 And both of them discovered themselves to the garrison of the Philistines:
and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes
where they had hid themselves.
14:12 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armor bearer,
and said, Come up to us, and we will show you a thing. And Jonathan said
to his armor bearer, Come up after me: for the LORD has delivered them
into the hand of Israel.
14:13 And Jonathan climbed up on his hands and on his feet, and his armor
bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armor bearer slew
14:14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armor bearer made,
was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke
of oxen might plow.
14:15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all
the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the
earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.
14:16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold,
the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.
14:17 Then said Saul to the people that were with him, Number now, and
see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and
his armor bearer were not there.
14:18 And Saul said to Ahiah, Bring here the ark of God. For the ark of
God was at that time with the children of Israel.
14:19 And it came to pass, while Saul talked to the priest, that the noise
that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul
said to the priest, Withdraw your hand.
14:20 And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves,
and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man's sword was against
his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.
14:21 Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time,
which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even
they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.
14:22 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount
Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed
hard after them in the battle.
14:23 So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over to
14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured
the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eats any food until evening,
that I may be avenged on my enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.
14:25 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey on the
14:26 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped;
but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath.
14:27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the
oath: why he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped
it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
14:28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Your father straightly
charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eats any
food this day. And the people were faint.
14:29 Then said Jonathan, My father has troubled the land: see, I pray
you, how my eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this
14:30 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the
spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much
greater slaughter among the Philistines?
14:31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon:
and the people were very faint.
14:32 And the people flew on the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves,
and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood.
14:33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the LORD,
in that they eat with the blood. And he said, You have transgressed: roll
a great stone to me this day.
14:34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them,
Bring me here every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them
here, and eat; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood.
And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew
14:35 And Saul built an altar to the LORD: the same was the first altar
that he built to the LORD.
14:36 And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and
spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them.
And they said, Do whatever seems good to you. Then said the priest, Let
us draw near here to God.
14:37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines?
will you deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not
14:38 And Saul said, Draw you near here, all the chief of the people: and
know and see wherein this sin has been this day.
14:39 For, as the LORD lives, which saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan
my son, he shall surely die. But there was not a man among all the people
that answered him.
14:40 Then said he to all Israel, Be you on one side, and I and Jonathan
my son will be on the other side. And the people said to Saul, Do what
seems good to you.
14:41 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot.
And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.
14:42 And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan
14:43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what you have done. And Jonathan
told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey with the end of the
rod that was in my hand, and, see, I must die.
14:44 And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for you shall surely
14:45 And the people said to Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this
great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD lives, there shall not
one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he has worked with God this
day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
14:46 Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the Philistines
went to their own place.
14:47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his
enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon,
and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines:
and wherever he turned himself, he vexed them.
14:48 And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered
Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.
14:49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua: and
the names of his two daughters were these; the name of the firstborn Merab,
and the name of the younger Michal:
14:50 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz:
and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's
14:51 And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner was
the son of Abiel.
14:52 And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul:
and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him to him.
15:1 Samuel also said to Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint you to be king
over his people, over Israel: now therefore listen you to the voice of
the words of the LORD.
15:2 Thus said the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel,
how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
15:3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and
spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and
sheep, camel and ass.
15:4 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim,
two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.
15:5 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.
15:6 And Saul said to the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among
the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for you showed kindness to
all the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites
departed from among the Amalekites.
15:7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until you come to Shur,
that is over against Egypt.
15:8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed
all the people with the edge of the sword.
15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and
of the oxen, and of the fatted calves, and the lambs, and all that was
good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile
and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
15:10 Then came the word of the LORD to Samuel, saying,
15:11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned
back from following me, and has not performed my commandments. And it grieved
Samuel; and he cried to the LORD all night.
15:12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told
Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place,
and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.
15:13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said to him, Blessed be you of
the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD.
15:14 And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my
ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
15:15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the
people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice to the
LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
15:16 Then Samuel said to Saul, Stay, and I will tell you what the LORD
has said to me this night. And he said to him, Say on.
15:17 And Samuel said, When you were little in your own sight, were you
not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed you king
15:18 And the LORD sent you on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy
the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.
15:19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but did fly on the
spoil, and did evil in the sight of the LORD?
15:20 And Saul said to Samuel, Yes, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD,
and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the
king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the
things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD
your God in Gilgal.
15:22 And Samuel said, Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings
and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
he has also rejected you from being king.
15:24 And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the
commandment of the LORD, and your words: because I feared the people, and
obeyed their voice.
15:25 Now therefore, I pray you, pardon my sin, and turn again with me,
that I may worship the LORD.
15:26 And Samuel said to Saul, I will not return with you: for you have
rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being
king over Israel.
15:27 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold on the skirt
of his mantle, and it rent.
15:28 And Samuel said to him, The LORD has rent the kingdom of Israel from
you this day, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, that is better than
15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is
not a man, that he should repent.
15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honor me now, I pray you, before
the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that
I may worship the LORD your God.
15:31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
15:32 Then said Samuel, Bring you here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.
And Agag came to him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of
death is past.
15:33 And Samuel said, As the sword has made women childless, so shall
your mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before
the LORD in Gilgal.
15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah
15:35 And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless
Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king
16:1 And the LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing
I have rejected him from reigning 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.
16:2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And
the LORD said, Take an heifer with you, and say, I am come to sacrifice
to the LORD.
16:3 And call 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.
16:4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spoke, and came to Bethlehem. And
the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Come you peaceably?
16:5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice to the LORD: sanctify
yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse
and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.
16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab,
and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.
16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the
height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not
as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks
on the heart.
16:8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he
said, Neither has the LORD chosen this.
16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither has the LORD
16:10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel
said to Jesse, The LORD has not chosen these.
16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, Are here all your children? And he said,
There remains yet the youngest, and, behold, he keeps the sheep. And Samuel
said to Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come
16:12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and with of a
beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise,
anoint him: for this is he.
16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the middle
of his brothers: and the Spirit of the LORD came on David from that day
forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit
from the LORD troubled him.
16:15 And Saul's servants said to him, Behold now, an evil spirit from
God troubles you.
16:16 Let our lord now command your servants, which are before you, to
seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to
pass, when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play with
his hand, and you shall be well.
16:17 And Saul said to his servants, Provide me now a man that can play
well, and bring him to me.
16:18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen
a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty
valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person,
and the LORD is with him.
16:19 Why Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, Send me David your son,
which is with the sheep.
16:20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and
a kid, and sent them by David his son to Saul.
16:21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly;
and he became his armor bearer.
16:22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray you, stand before
me; for he has found favor in my sight.
16:23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was on Saul, that
David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and
was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
17:1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and
were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongs to Judah, and pitched
between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
17:2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched
by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
17:3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel
stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines,
named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
17:5 And he had an helmet of brass on his head, and he was armed with a
coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
17:6 And he had greaves of brass on his legs, and a target of brass between
17:7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's
head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went
17:8 And he stood and cried to the armies of Israel, and said to them,
Why are you come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine,
and you servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down
17:9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your
servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall you be
our servants, and serve us.
17:10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give
me a man, that we may fight together.
17:11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they
were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
17:12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose
name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an
old man in the days of Saul.
17:13 And the three oldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the
battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab
the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
17:14 And David was the youngest: and the three oldest followed Saul.
17:15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep
17:16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself
17:17 And Jesse said to David his son, Take now for your brothers an ephah
of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp of your
17:18 And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and
look how your brothers fare, and take their pledge.
17:19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley
of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
17:20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a
keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to
the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the
17:21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army
17:22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage,
and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brothers.
17:23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the
Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines,
and spoke according to the same words: and David heard them.
17:24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him,
and were sore afraid.
17:25 And the men of Israel said, Have you seen this man that is come up?
surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who
kills him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him
his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.
17:26 And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall
be done to the man that kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach
from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy
the armies of the living God?
17:27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it
be done to the man that kills him.
17:28 And Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and
Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why came you down
here? and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I
know your pride, and the naughtiness of your heart; for you are come down
that you might see the battle.
17:29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
17:30 And he turned from him toward another, and spoke after the same manner:
and the people answered him again after the former manner.
17:31 And when the words were heard which David spoke, they rehearsed them
before Saul: and he sent for him.
17:32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; your
servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
17:33 And Saul said to David, You are not able to go against this Philistine
to fight with him: for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his
17:34 And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep, and
there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of
his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and
smote him, and slew him.
17:36 Your servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised
Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of
the living God.
17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of
the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the
hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the LORD be with
17:38 And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put an helmet of brass
on his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
17:39 And David girded his sword on his armor, and he assayed to go; for
he had not proved it. And David said to Saul, I cannot go with these; for
I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
17:40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones
out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in
a money; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
17:41 And the Philistine came on and drew near to David; and the man that
bore the shield went before him.
17:42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained
him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
17:43 And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come to me
with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
17:44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your
flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and
with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the LORD
of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
17:46 This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and I will smite
you, and take your head from you; and I will give the carcasses of the
host of the Philistines this day to the fowls of the air, and to the wild
beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in
17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword
and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our
17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew
near to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet
17:49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took there a stone, and slang
it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into
his forehead; and he fell on his face to the earth.
17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone,
and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand
17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood on the Philistine, and took his sword,
and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head
therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
17:52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued
the Philistines, until you come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron.
And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even
to Gath, and to Ekron.
17:53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines,
and they spoiled their tents.
17:54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem;
but he put his armor in his tent.
17:55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said
to Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And
Abner said, As your soul lives, O king, I cannot tell.
17:56 And the king said, Inquire you whose son the stripling is.
17:57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner
took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in
17:58 And Saul said to him, Whose son are you, you young man? And David
answered, I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.
18:1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul,
that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan
loved him as his own soul.
18:2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his
18:3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his
18:4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him, and gave
it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to
18:5 And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely:
and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight
of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the
slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel,
singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with
instruments of music.
18:7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul
has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
18:8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said,
They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed
but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
18:9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God
came on Saul, and he prophesied in the middle of the house: and David played
with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.
18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to
the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
18:12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and
was departed from Saul.
18:13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over
a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
18:14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was
18:15 Why when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid
18:16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came
in before them.
18:17 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will
I give you to wife: only be you valiant for me, and fight the LORD's battles.
For Saul said, Let not my hand be on him, but let the hand of the Philistines
be on him.
18:18 And David said to Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father's
family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king?
18:19 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul's daughter should
have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite
18:20 And Michal Saul's daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the
thing pleased him.
18:21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him,
and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Why Saul said
to David, You shall this day be my son in law in the one of the two.
18:22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly,
and say, Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love
you: now therefore be the king's son in law.
18:23 And Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David
said, Seems it to you a light thing to be a king's son in law, seeing that
I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?
18:24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spoke David.
18:25 And Saul said, Thus shall you say to David, The king desires not
any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of
the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of
18:26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well
to be the king's son in law: and the days were not expired.
18:27 Why David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines
two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them
in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son in law. And Saul
gave him Michal his daughter to wife.
18:28 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal
Saul's daughter loved him.
18:29 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David's
18:30 Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass,
after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all
the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.
19:1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that
they should kill David.
19:2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told
David, saying, Saul my father seeks to kill you: now therefore, I pray
you, take heed to yourself until the morning, and abide in a secret place,
and hide yourself:
19:3 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you
are, and I will commune with my father of you; and what I see, that I will
19:4 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him,
Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he has
not sinned against you, and because his works have been to you-ward very
19:5 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and
the LORD worked a great salvation for all Israel: you saw it, and did rejoice:
why then will you sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?
19:6 And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan: and Saul swore, As the
LORD lives, he shall not be slain.
19:7 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan showed him all those things.
And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times
19:8 And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines,
and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.
19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was on Saul, as he sat in his house
with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.
19:10 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin:
but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into
the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.
19:11 Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to
slay him in the morning: and Michal David's wife told him, saying, If you
save not your life to night, to morrow you shall be slain.
19:12 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled,
19:13 And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow
of goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.
19:14 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is sick.
19:15 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him
up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.
19:16 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image
in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.
19:17 And Saul said to Michal, Why have you deceived me so, and sent away
my enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered Saul, He said to me,
Let me go; why should I kill you?
19:18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told
him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelled in
19:19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.
19:20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company
of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them,
the Spirit of God was on the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
19:21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied
likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied
19:22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu:
and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold,
they be at Naioth in Ramah.
19:23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was
on him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in
19:24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel
in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Why
they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
20:1 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan,
What have I done? what is my iniquity? and what is my sin before your father,
that he seeks my life?
20:2 And he said to him, God forbid; you shall not die: behold, my father
will do nothing either great or small, but that he will show it me: and
why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.
20:3 And David swore moreover, and said, Your father certainly knows that
I have found grace in your eyes; and he said, Let not Jonathan know this,
lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives,
there is but a step between me and death.
20:4 Then said Jonathan to David, Whatever your soul desires, I will even
do it for you.
20:5 And David said to Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and
I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may
hide myself in the field to the third day at even.
20:6 If your father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave
of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice
there for all the family.
20:7 If he say thus, It is well; your servant shall have peace: but if
he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him.
20:8 Therefore you shall deal kindly with your servant; for you have brought
your servant into a covenant of the LORD with you: notwithstanding, if
there be in me iniquity, slay me yourself; for why should you bring me
to your father?
20:9 And Jonathan said, Far be it from you: for if I knew certainly that
evil were determined by my father to come on you, then would not I tell
20:10 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if your father
answer you roughly?
20:11 And Jonathan said to David, Come, and let us go out into the field.
And they went out both of them into the field.
20:12 And Jonathan said to David, O LORD God of Israel, when I have sounded
my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there
be good toward David, and I then send not to you, and show it you;
20:13 The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father
to do you evil, then I will show it you, and send you away, that you may
go in peace: and the LORD be with you, as he has been with my father.
20:14 And you shall not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the
LORD, that I die not:
20:15 But also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house for ever:
no, not when the LORD has cut off the enemies of David every one from the
face of the earth.
20:16 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let
the LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies.
20:17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for
he loved him as he loved his own soul.
20:18 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and you shall
be missed, because your seat will be empty.
20:19 And when you have stayed three days, then you shall go down quickly,
and come to the place where you did hide yourself when the business was
in hand, and shall remain by the stone Ezel.
20:20 And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot
at a mark.
20:21 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows.
If I expressly say to the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of you,
take them; then come you: for there is peace to you, and no hurt; as the
20:22 But if I say thus to the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond
you; go your way: for the LORD has sent you away.
20:23 And as touching the matter which you and I have spoken of, behold,
the LORD be between you and me for ever.
20:24 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come,
the king sat him down to eat meat.
20:25 And the king sat on his seat, as at other times, even on a seat by
the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's
place was empty.
20:26 Nevertheless Saul spoke not any thing that day: for he thought, Something
has befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.
20:27 And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the
month, that David's place was empty: and Saul said to Jonathan his son,
Why comes not the son of Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?
20:28 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to
go to Bethlehem:
20:29 And he said, Let me go, I pray you; for our family has a sacrifice
in the city; and my brother, he has commanded me to be there: and now,
if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away, I pray you, and see
my brothers. Therefore he comes not to the king's table.
20:30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him,
You son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that you have chosen
the son of Jesse to your own confusion, and to the confusion of your mother's
20:31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the ground, you shall not
be established, nor your kingdom. Why now send and fetch him to me, for
he shall surely die.
20:32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, Why shall
he be slain? what has he done?
20:33 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew
that it was determined of his father to slay David.
20:34 So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no
meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because
his father had done him shame.
20:35 And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the
field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.
20:36 And he said to his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot.
And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
20:37 And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan
had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond
20:38 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And
Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.
20:39 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the
20:40 And Jonathan gave his artillery to his lad, and said to him, Go,
carry them to the city.
20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward
the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three
times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David
20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, for as much as we have sworn
both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and
you, and between my seed and your seed for ever. And he arose and departed:
and Jonathan went into the city.
21:1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was
afraid at the meeting of David, and said to him, Why are you alone, and
no man with you?
21:2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, The king has commanded me
a business, and has said to me, Let no man know any thing of the business
about which I send you, and what I have commanded you: and I have appointed
my servants to such and such a place.
21:3 Now therefore what is under your hand? give me five loaves of bread
in my hand, or what there is present.
21:4 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread
under my hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept
themselves at least from women.
21:5 And David answered the priest, and said to him, Of a truth women have
been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels
of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yes, though
it were sanctified this day in the vessel.
21:6 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there
but the show bread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread
in the day when it was taken away.
21:7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained
before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the most chief of the
herdsmen that belonged to Saul.
21:8 And David said to Ahimelech, And is there not here under your hand
spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with
me, because the king's business required haste.
21:9 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you
slew in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind
the ephod: if you will take that, take it: for there is no other save that
here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me.
21:10 And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish
the king of Gath.
21:11 And the servants of Achish said to him, Is not this David the king
of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying,
Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
21:12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of
Achish the king of Gath.
21:13 And he changed his behavior before them, and feigned himself mad
in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle
fall down on his beard.
21:14 Then said Achish to his servants, See, you see the man is mad: why
then have you brought him to me?
21:15 Have I need of mad men, that you have brought this fellow to play
the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house?
22:1 David therefore departed there, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and
when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither
22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt,
and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves to him; and he
became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred
22:3 And David went there to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said to the king of
Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray you, come forth, and be with
you, till I know what God will do for me.
22:4 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelled with
him all the while that David was in the hold.
22:5 And the prophet Gad said to David, Abide not in the hold; depart,
and get you into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into
the forest of Hareth.
22:6 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with
him, (now Saul stayed in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear
in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him;)
22:7 Then Saul said to his servants that stood about him, Hear now, you
Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards,
and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;
22:8 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that
shows me that my son has made a league with the son of Jesse, and there
is none of you that is sorry for me, or shows to me that my son has stirred
up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
22:9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of
Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the
son of Ahitub.
22:10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave
him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
22:11 Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub,
and all his father's house, the priests that were in Nob: and they came
all of them to the king.
22:12 And Saul said, Hear now, you son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here
I am, my lord.
22:13 And Saul said to him, Why have you conspired against me, you and
the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread, and a sword, and have
inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait,
as at this day?
22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful
among all your servants as David, which is the king's son in law, and goes
at your bidding, and is honorable in your house?
22:15 Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? be it far from me: let
not the king impute any thing to his servant, nor to all the house of my
father: for your servant knew nothing of all this, less or more.
22:16 And the king said, You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you, and all
your father's house.
22:17 And the king said to the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and
slay the priests of the LORD: because their hand also is with David, and
because they knew when he fled, and did not show it to me. But the servants
of the king would not put forth their hand to fall on the priests of the
22:18 And the king said to Doeg, Turn you, and fall on the priests. And
Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell on the priests, and slew on that day
fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.
22:19 And Nob, the city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the sword,
both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and asses, and sheep,
with the edge of the sword.
22:20 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar,
escaped, and fled after David.
22:21 And Abiathar showed David that Saul had slain the LORD's priests.
22:22 And David said to Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite
was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death
of all the persons of your father's house.
22:23 Abide you with me, fear not: for he that seeks my life seeks your
life: but with me you shall be in safeguard.
23:1 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against
Keilah, and they rob the threshing floors.
23:2 Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite
these Philistines? And the LORD said to David, Go, and smite the Philistines,
and save Keilah.
23:3 And David's men said to him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how
much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
23:4 Then David inquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him
and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines
into your hand.
23:5 So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines,
and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So
David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.
23:6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David
to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.
23:7 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said,
God has delivered him into my hand; for he is shut in, by entering into
a town that has gates and bars.
23:8 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah,
to besiege David and his men.
23:9 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him;
and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring here the ephod.
23:10 Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, your servant has certainly
heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
23:11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come
down, as your servant has heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech you, tell
your servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.
23:12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into
the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver you up.
23:13 Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed
out of Keilah, and went wherever they could go. And it was told Saul that
David was escaped from Keilah; and he declined to go forth.
23:14 And David stayed in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained
in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day,
but God delivered him not into his hand.
23:15 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David
was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
23:16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and
strengthened his hand in God.
23:17 And he said to him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall
not find you; and you shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to
you; and that also Saul my father knows.
23:18 And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David stayed in
the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.
23:19 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David
hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah,
which is on the south of Jeshimon?
23:20 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of your
soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king's
23:21 And Saul said, Blessed be you of the LORD; for you have compassion
23:22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his
haunt is, and who has seen him there: for it is told me that he deals very
23:23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where
he hides himself, and come you again to me with the certainty, and I will
go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will
search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah.
23:24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men
were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.
23:25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David; why
he came down into a rock, and stayed in the wilderness of Maon. And when
Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.
23:26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men
on that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear
of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to
23:27 But there came a messenger to Saul, saying, Haste you, and come;
for the Philistines have invaded the land.
23:28 Why Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the
Philistines: therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.
23:29 And David went up from there, and dwelled in strong holds at Engedi.
24:1 And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines,
that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.
24:2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went
to seek David and his men on the rocks of the wild goats.
24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul
went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides
of the cave.
24:4 And the men of David said to him, Behold the day of which the LORD
said to you, Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you
may do to him as it shall seem good to you. Then David arose, and cut off
the skirt of Saul's robe privately.
24:5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because
he had cut off Saul's skirt.
24:6 And he said to his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing
to my master, the LORD's anointed, to stretch forth my hand against him,
seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.
24:7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not
to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his
24:8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after
Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David
stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
24:9 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold,
David seeks your hurt?
24:10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered
you to day into my hand in the cave: and some bade me kill you: but my
eye spared you; and I said, I will not put forth my hand against my lord;
for he is the LORD's anointed.
24:11 Moreover, my father, see, yes, see the skirt of your robe in my hand:
for in that I cut off the skirt of your robe, and killed you not, know
you and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in my hand, and
I have not sinned against you; yet you hunt my soul to take it.
24:12 The LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you:
but my hand shall not be on you.
24:13 As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the
wicked: but my hand shall not be on you.
24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom do you pursue?
after a dead dog, after a flea.
24:15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and you, and see,
and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hand.
24:16 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these
words to Saul, that Saul said, Is this your voice, my son David? And Saul
lifted up his voice, and wept.
24:17 And he said to David, You are more righteous than I: for you have
rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded you evil.
24:18 And you have showed this day how that you have dealt well with me:
for as much as when the LORD had delivered me into your hand, you killed
24:19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? why the
LORD reward you good for that you have done to me this day.
24:20 And now, behold, I know well that you shall surely be king, and that
the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.
24:21 Swear now therefore to me by the LORD, that you will not cut off
my seed after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's
24:22 And David swore to Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men
got them up to the hold.
25:1 And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and
lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and
went down to the wilderness of Paran.
25:2 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and
the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand
goats: and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.
25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail:
and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance:
but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house
25:4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep.
25:5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said to the young men,
Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name:
25:6 And thus shall you say to him that lives in prosperity, Peace be both
to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.
25:7 And now I have heard that you have shearers: now your shepherds which
were with us, we hurt them not, neither was there ought missing to them,
all the while they were in Carmel.
25:8 Ask your young men, and they will show you. Why let the young men
find favor in your eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray you, whatever
comes to your hand to your servants, and to your son David.
25:9 And when David's young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to
all those words in the name of David, and ceased.
25:10 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and
who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away
every man from his master.
25:11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have
killed for my shearers, and give it to men, whom I know not from where
25:12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and
told him all those sayings.
25:13 And David said to his men, Gird you on every man his sword. And they
girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and
there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred stayed
by the stuff.
25:14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold,
David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he
railed on them.
25:15 But the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither missed
we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in
25:16 They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were
with them keeping the sheep.
25:17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined
against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son
of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.
25:18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles
of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn,
and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and
laid them on asses.
25:19 And she said to her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after
you. But she told not her husband Nabal.
25:20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the
covert on the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her;
and she met them.
25:21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow
has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained
to him: and he has requited me evil for good.
25:22 So and more also do God to the enemies of David, if I leave of all
that pertain to him by the morning light any that urinates against the
25:23 And when Abigail saw David, she hurried, and lighted off the ass,
and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
25:24 And fell at his feet, and said, On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity
be: and let your handmaid, I pray you, speak in your audience, and hear
the words of your handmaid.
25:25 Let not my lord, I pray you, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal:
for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him:
but I your handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom you did send.
25:26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives,
seeing the LORD has withheld you from coming to shed blood, and from avenging
yourself with your own hand, now let your enemies, and they that seek evil
to my lord, be as Nabal.
25:27 And now this blessing which your handmaid has brought to my lord,
let it even be given to the young men that follow my lord.
25:28 I pray you, forgive the trespass of your handmaid: for the LORD will
certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fights the battles
of the LORD, and evil has not been found in you all your days.
25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue you, and to seek your soul: but the
soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD your
God; and the souls of your enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of
the middle of a sling.
25:30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord
according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and shall
have appointed you ruler over Israel;
25:31 That this shall be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my lord,
either that you have shed blood causeless, or that my lord has avenged
himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember
25:32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which
sent you this day to meet me:
25:33 And blessed be your advice, and blessed be you, which have kept me
this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with my own
25:34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel lives, which has kept
me back from hurting you, except you had hurried and come to meet me, surely
there had not been left to Nabal by the morning light any that urinates
against the wall.
25:35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and
said to her, Go up in peace to your house; see, I have listened to your
voice, and have accepted your person.
25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house,
like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he
was very drunken: why she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning
25:37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of
Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within
him, and he became as a stone.
25:38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal,
that he died.
25:39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the
LORD, that has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal,
and has kept his servant from evil: for the LORD has returned the wickedness
of Nabal on his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to
take her to him to wife.
25:40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they
spoke to her, saying, David sent us to you, to take you to him to wife.
25:41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said,
Behold, let your handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants
of my lord.
25:42 And Abigail hurried, and arose and rode on an ass, with five damsels
of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David,
and became his wife.
25:43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them
25:44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti the
son of Laish, which was of Gallim.
26:1 And the Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David hide
himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?
26:2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three
thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness
26:3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon,
by the way. But David stayed in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came
after him into the wilderness.
26:4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come
in very deed.
26:5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and
David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner the son of Ner, the captain
of his host: and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched round about
26:6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai
the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will go down with me to
Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with you.
26:7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul
lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his
bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.
26:8 Then said Abishai to David, God has delivered your enemy into your
hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray you, with the spear
even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.
26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth
his hand against the LORD's anointed, and be guiltless?
26:10 David said furthermore, As the LORD lives, the LORD shall smite him;
or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
26:11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth my hand against the LORD's
anointed: but, I pray you, take you now the spear that is at his bolster,
and the cruse of water, and let us go.
26:12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster;
and they got them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked:
for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the LORD was fallen
26:13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an
hill afar off; a great space being between them:
26:14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying,
Answer you not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who are you that cry
to the king?
26:15 And David said to Abner, Are not you a valiant man? and who is like
to you in Israel? why then have you not kept your lord the king? for there
came one of the people in to destroy the king your lord.
26:16 This thing is not good that you have done. As the LORD lives, you
are worthy to die, because you have not kept your master, the LORD's anointed.
And now see where the king's spear is, and the cruse of water that was
at his bolster.
26:17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is this your voice, my son
David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king.
26:18 And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant?
for what have I done? or what evil is in my hand?
26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of
his servant. If the LORD have stirred you up against me, let him accept
an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before
the LORD; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance
of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.
26:20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face
of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when
one does hunt a partridge in the mountains.
26:21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no
more do you harm, because my soul was precious in your eyes this day: behold,
I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.
26:22 And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and let one
of the young men come over and fetch it.
26:23 The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness;
for the LORD delivered you into my hand to day, but I would not stretch
forth my hand against the LORD's anointed.
26:24 And, behold, as your life was much set by this day in my eyes, so
let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver
me out of all tribulation.
26:25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be you, my son David: you shall
both do great things, and also shall still prevail. So David went on his
way, and Saul returned to his place.
27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand
of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape
into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek
me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.
27:2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that
were with him to Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.
27:3 And David dwelled with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with
his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess,
and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife.
27:4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no
more again for him.
27:5 And David said to Achish, If I have now found grace in your eyes,
let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell
there: for why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?
27:6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: why Ziklag pertains to the kings
of Judah to this day.
27:7 And the time that David dwelled in the country of the Philistines
was a full year and four months.
27:8 And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the
Gezrites, and the Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants
of the land, as you go to Shur, even to the land of Egypt.
27:9 And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and
took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the
apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.
27:10 And Achish said, Where have you made a road to day? And David said,
Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites,
and against the south of the Kenites.
27:11 And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring tidings to
Gath, saying, Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David, and so
will be his manner all the while he dwells in the country of the Philistines.
27:12 And Achish believed David, saying, He has made his people Israel
utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever.
28:1 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their
armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said to David,
Know you assuredly, that you shall go out with me to battle, you and your
28:2 And David said to Achish, Surely you shall know what your servant
can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make you keeper of my
head for ever.
28:3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him
in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar
spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.
28:4 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched
in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.
28:5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and
his heart greatly trembled.
28:6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither
by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.
28:7 Then said Saul to his servants, Seek me a woman that has a familiar
spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said
to him, Behold, there is a woman that has a familiar spirit at Endor.
28:8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went,
and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said,
I pray you, divine to me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom
I shall name to you.
28:9 And the woman said to him, Behold, you know what Saul has done, how
he has cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of
the land: why then lay you a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
28:10 And Saul swore to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD lives, there
shall no punishment happen to you for this thing.
28:11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up to you? And he said, Bring
me up Samuel.
28:12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the
woman spoke to Saul, saying, Why have you deceived me? for you are Saul.
28:13 And the king said to her, Be not afraid: for what saw you? And the
woman said to Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
28:14 And he said to her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man
comes up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was
Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you disquieted me, to bring me
up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war
against me, and God is departed from me, and answers me no more, neither
by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called you, that you may make
known to me what I shall do.
28:16 Then said Samuel, Why then do you ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed
from you, and is become your enemy?
28:17 And the LORD has done to him, as he spoke by me: for the LORD has
rent the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, even
28:18 Because you obeyed not the voice of the LORD, nor executed his fierce
wrath on Amalek, therefore has the LORD done this thing to you this day.
28:19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand
of the Philistines: and to morrow shall you and your sons be with me: the
LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
28:20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid,
because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he
had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.
28:21 And the woman came to Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and
said to him, Behold, your handmaid has obeyed your voice, and I have put
my life in my hand, and have listened to your words which you spoke to
28:22 Now therefore, I pray you, listen you also to the voice of your handmaid,
and let me set a morsel of bread before you; and eat, that you may have
strength, when you go on your way.
28:23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together
with the woman, compelled him; and he listened to their voice. So he arose
from the earth, and sat on the bed.
28:24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hurried, and killed
it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof:
28:25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they
did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.
29:1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and
the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.
29:2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands:
but David and his men passed on in the rear guard with Achish.
29:3 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these Hebrews here?
And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, Is not this David, the
servant of Saul the king of Israel, which has been with me these days,
or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell to me to
29:4 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes
of the Philistines said to him, Make this fellow return, that he may go
again to his place which you have appointed him, and let him not go down
with us to battle, lest in the battle he be an adversary to us: for with
which should he reconcile himself to his master? should it not be with
the heads of these men?
29:5 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances, saying,
Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?
29:6 Then Achish called David, and said to him, Surely, as the LORD lives,
you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in
the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in you since the
day of your coming to me to this day: nevertheless the lords favor you
29:7 Why now return, and go in peace, that you displease not the lords
of the Philistines.
29:8 And David said to Achish, But what have I done? and what have you
found in your servant so long as I have been with you to this day, that
I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
29:9 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that you are good in
my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines
have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.
29:10 Why now rise up early in the morning with your master's servants
that are come with you: and as soon as you be up early in the morning,
and have light, depart.
29:11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return
into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.
30:1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on
the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and
smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;
30:2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not
any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
30:3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned
with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken
30:4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice
and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
30:5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess,
and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.
30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning
him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his
sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his
30:7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray you,
bring me here the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.
30:8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this
troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for you shall
surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
30:9 So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and
came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
30:10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred stayed
behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.
30:11 And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David,
and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;
30:12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of
raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had
eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.
30:13 And David said to him, To whom belong you? and from where are you?
And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my
master left me, because three days ago I fell sick.
30:14 We made an invasion on the south of the Cherethites, and on the coast
which belongs to Judah, and on the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag
30:15 And David said to him, Can you bring me down to this company? And
he said, Swear to me by God, that you will neither kill me, nor deliver
me into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this company.
30:16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad
on all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the
great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and
out of the land of Judah.
30:17 And David smote them from the twilight even to the evening of the
next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young
men, which rode on camels, and fled.
30:18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and
David rescued his two wives.
30:19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither
sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to
them: David recovered all.
30:20 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drove before
those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil.
30:21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they
could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor:
and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with
him: and when David came near to the people, he saluted them.
30:22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that
went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give
them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife
and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.
30:23 Then said David, You shall not do so, my brothers, with that which
the LORD has given us, who has preserved us, and delivered the company
that came against us into our hand.
30:24 For who will listen to you in this matter? but as his part is that
goes down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarries by the stuff:
they shall part alike.
30:25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and
an ordinance for Israel to this day.
30:26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil to the elders
of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the
spoil of the enemies of the LORD;
30:27 To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in south Ramoth,
and to them which were in Jattir,
30:28 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siphmoth,
and to them which were in Eshtemoa,
30:29 And to them which were in Rachal, and to them which were in the cities
of the Jerahmeelites, and to them which were in the cities of the Kenites,
30:30 And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in Chorashan,
and to them which were in Athach,
30:31 And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where David
himself and his men were wont to haunt.
31:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled
from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
31:2 And the Philistines followed hard on Saul and on his sons; and the
Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul's sons.
31:3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and
he was sore wounded of the archers.
31:4 Then said Saul to his armor bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me
through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through,
and abuse me. But his armor bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore
Saul took a sword, and fell on it.
31:5 And when his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise
on his sword, and died with him.
31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor bearer, and all his
men, that same day together.
31:7 And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley,
and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel
fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and
fled; and the Philistines came and dwelled in them.
31:8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip
the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa.
31:9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armor, and sent into
the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of
their idols, and among the people.
31:10 And they put his armor in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened
his body to the wall of Bethshan.
31:11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the
Philistines had done to Saul;
31:12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body
of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came
to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
31:13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh,
and fasted seven days.