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1 Samuel 16 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Samuel Anoints David as King
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:1 - Now the LORD said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:2 - But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
“Take a heifer with you,” the LORD replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:3 - Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:4 - So Samuel did as the LORD instructed. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town came trembling to meet him. “What’s wrong?” they asked. “Do you come in peace?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:5 - “Yes,” Samuel replied. “I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice, too.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:6 - When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the LORD’s anointed!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:7 - But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:8 - Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “This is not the one the LORD has chosen.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:9 - Next Jesse summoned Shimea,[fn] but Samuel said, “Neither is this the one the LORD has chosen.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:10 - In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:11 - Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”
“Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:12 - So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes.
And the LORD said, “This is the one; anoint him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:13 - So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.
David Serves in Saul’s Court
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:14 - Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and the LORD sent a tormenting spirit[fn] that filled him with depression and fear.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:15 - Some of Saul’s servants said to him, “A tormenting spirit from God is troubling you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:16 - Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and you will soon be well again.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:17 - “All right,” Saul said. “Find me someone who plays well, and bring him here.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:18 - One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the LORD is with him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:19 - So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son David, the shepherd.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:20 - Jesse responded by sending David to Saul, along with a young goat, a donkey loaded with bread, and a wineskin full of wine.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:21 - So David went to Saul and began serving him. Saul loved David very much, and David became his armor bearer.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:22 - Then Saul sent word to Jesse asking, “Please let David remain in my service, for I am very pleased with him.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 16:23 - And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Shammah, a variant spelling of Shimea; compare 1 Chr 2:13; 20:7.
Or an evil spirit; also in 16:15, 16, 23.

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