0 SAB 1 Samuel 16

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 emerods in their secret parts. 5:9

Trivia: What did the Philistine priests say the people should make to stop God from smiting them with hemorrhoids?

1 Samuel


God chooses David as king

1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

God said to Samuel,

How long will you morn for Saul, now that I have rejected him as king?

Fill your horn with oil and go visit Jesse. I've chosen one of his sons to be king.

2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.

3And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.

Samuel answered God,

If I do that Saul will kill me.

God said,

Take a heifer and say you're going to sacrifice to the Lord.

Call Jesse to the sacrifice. After that I'll show you what to do.

I'll pick one of Jesse's sons to be king.

4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?

5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

So Samuel went to Bethlehem, telling the frightened elders that he had come in peace to sacrifice his heifer.

He invited Jesse and his sons to the sacrifice.

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.

Samuel examined Jesse's sons to see which one God had selected as king.

First up was Eliab. Samuel said,

This must be the one.

7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

But God said,
Don't look at his looks or height.

He's tall and good looking, but I reject him.

8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

Then Jesse showed Abinadb. Samuel said,
No God hasn't chosen this one.

9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

Likewise for Shammah.

10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

After Jesse had showed Samuel seven of his sons. Samuel said,
God hasn't chosen any of these.

11And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

Samuel asked Jesse,

Are these your only sons?

Jesse said,

No, there's one more, the youngest. [1]

He's taking care of the sheep.

12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

Jesse brought him (David) in. He was amazingly good looking.

As soon as God saw him, he said,

Anoint him. He's the one.

13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

Samuel took his horn of oil and anointed David.

And the Spirit of God came upon David from that day forward. [2]

An evil spirit from God plagues Saul
(and David makes it go away)

14But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Meanwhile, God's spirit departed from Saul and an evil spirit from God troubled him. [3]

15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

God's evil spirit was so obvious that even Saul's servants noticed, saying to him,
An evil spirit from God troubles you.

16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, 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 upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

Let us find someone who can play a harp well enough to make God's evil spirit leave you.

17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.

Saul said to his servants,
Okay. Find someone who can play well and bring him to me.

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.

One of Saul's servants said,
One of Jesse's sons plays well, is very good looking, and is a mighty man of war.

19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.

Apparently Saul knew who he was talking about: David.

So he sent messengers to Jesse, saying,

Send David, who is with the sheep.

20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.

Jesse gave David some bread, a bottle of wine, and a young goat, and sent him to Saul.

21And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

David came to Saul, and stood in front of him.

Saul loved David, and he became his armor bearer.

22And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.

Saul sent a messenger to Jesse, saying,
Let David stand in front of me, because I like him a lot. [5]

23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon 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.

And whenever God's evil spirit was upon Saul, David played a harp with his hand, and the evil spirit went away.

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