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1 Samuel 16 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:1 - The LORD said to Samuel, "How long do you intend to mourn for Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your horn with olive oil and go! I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem, for I have selected a king for myself from among his sons."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:2 - Samuel replied, "How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!" But the LORD said, "Take a heifer with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:3 - Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you should do. You will anoint for me the one I point out to you."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:4 - Samuel did what the LORD told him. When he arrived in Bethlehem, the elders of the city were afraid to meet him. They said, "Do you come in peace?"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:5 - He replied, "Yes, in peace. I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." So he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:6 - When they arrived, Samuel noticed Eliab and said to himself, "Surely, here before the LORD stands his chosen king!"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:7 - But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:8 - Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one, either."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:9 - Then Jesse presented Shammah. But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:10 - Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen any of these."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:11 - Then Samuel said to Jesse, "Is that all of the young men?" Jesse replied, "There is still the youngest one, but he's taking care of the flock." Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and get him, for we cannot turn our attention to other things until he comes here."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:12 - So Jesse had him brought in. Now he was ruddy, with attractive eyes and a handsome appearance. The LORD said, "Go and anoint him. This is the one!"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:13 - So Samuel took the horn full of olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers. The Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day onward. Then Samuel got up and went to Ramah.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:14 - Now the Spirit of the LORD had turned away from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:15 - Then Saul's servants said to him, "Look, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you!"

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:16 - Let our lord instruct his servants who are here before you to look for a man who knows how to play the lyre. Then whenever the evil spirit from God comes upon you, he can play the lyre and you will feel better."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:17 - So Saul said to his servants, "Find me a man who plays well and bring him to me."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:18 - One of his attendants replied, "I have seen a son of Jesse in Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave warrior and is articulate and handsome, for the LORD is with him."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:19 - So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me your son David, who is out with the sheep.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:20 - So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a container of wine, and a young goat and sent them to Saul with his son David.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:21 - David came to Saul and stood before him. Saul liked him a great deal, and he became his armor bearer.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:22 - Then Saul sent word to Jesse saying, "Let David be my servant, for I really like him."

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:23 - So whenever the spirit from God would come upon Saul, David would take his lyre and play it. This would bring relief to Saul and make him feel better. Then the evil spirit would leave him alone.

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