Holy Bible, King James Version, Book 9: 1 Samuel

Book 09        1 Samuel

09:001:001 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:

09:001:002 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.

09:001:003 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to
           sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons
           of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were
           there.

09:001:004 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to
           Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters,
           portions:

09:001:005 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah:
           but the LORD had shut up her womb.

09:001:006 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her
           fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.

09:001:007 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.

09:001:008 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest
           thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved?
           am not I better to thee than ten sons?

09:001:009 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after
           they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post
           of the temple of the LORD.

09:001:010 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD,
           and wept sore.

09:001:011 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt
           indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember
           me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine
           handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all
           the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his
           head.

09:001:012 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD,
           that Eli marked her mouth.

09:001:013 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but
           her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been
           drunken.

09:001:014 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away
           thy wine from thee.

09:001:015 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.

09:001:016 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of
           the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken
           hitherto.

09:001:017 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel
           grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

09:001:018 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So
           the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was
           no more sad.

09:001:019 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.

09:001:020 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after
           Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name
           Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.

09:001:021 And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto
           the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

09:001:022 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto 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.

09:001:023 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee
           good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD
           establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck
           until she weaned him.

09:001:024 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 unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the
           child was young.

09:001:025 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

09:001:026 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am
           the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

09:001:027 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my
           petition which I asked of him:

09:001:028 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he
           liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the
           LORD there.

09:002:001 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD,
           mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over
           mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

09:002:002 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee:
           neither is there any rock like our God.

09:002:003 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out
           of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him
           actions are weighed.

09:002:004 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled
           are girded with strength.

09:002:005 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and
           they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born
           seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.

09:002:006 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the
           grave, and bringeth up.

09:002:007 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and
           lifteth up.

09:002:008 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth 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 hath set the world upon them.

09:002:009 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be
           silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

09:002:010 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of
           heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the
           ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king,
           and exalt the horn of his anointed.

09:002:011 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did
           minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

09:002:012 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the
           LORD.

09:002:013 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 fleshhook of three teeth in his
           hand;

09:002:014 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot;
           all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself.
           So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came
           thither.

09:002:015 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 thee, but raw.

09:002:016 And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the
           fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth;
           then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now:
           and if not, I will take it by force.

09:002:017 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the
           LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.

09:002:018 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded
           with a linen ephod.

09:002:019 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 sacrifice.

09:002:020 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give
           thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the
           LORD. And they went unto their own home.

09:002:021 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare
           three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before
           the LORD.

09:002:022 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all
           Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the
           door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

09:002:023 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of
           your evil dealings by all this people.

09:002:024 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make
           the LORD’s people to transgress.

09:002:025 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but
           if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him?
           Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their
           father, because the LORD would slay them.

09:002:026 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the
           LORD, and also with men.

09:002:027 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus
           saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy
           father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house?

09:002:028 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my
           priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an
           ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father
           all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?

09:002:029 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which
           I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons
           above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the
           offerings of Israel my people?

09:002:030 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy
           house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for
           ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that
           honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be
           lightly esteemed.

09:002:031 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the
           arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man
           in thine house.

09:002:032 And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the
           wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an
           old man in thine house for ever.

09:002:033 And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine
           altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine
           heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the
           flower of their age.

09:002:034 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy
           two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die
           both of them.

09:002:035 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do
           according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I
           will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine
           anointed for ever.

09:002:036 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in
           thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver
           and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee,
           into one of the priests’ offices, that I may eat a piece of
           bread.

09:003:001 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And
           the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no
           open vision.

09:003:002 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;

09:003:003 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;

09:003:004 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

09:003:005 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst
           me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and
           lay down.

09:003:006 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and
           went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And
           he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

09:003:007 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of
           the LORD yet revealed unto him.

09:003:008 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose
           and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me.
           And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.

09:003:009 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be,
           if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy
           servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

09:003:010 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times,
           Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant
           heareth.

09:003:011 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in
           Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it
           shall tingle.

09:003:012 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.

09:003:013 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for
           the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made
           themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

09:003:014 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the
           iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor
           offering for ever.

09:003:015 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the
           house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.

09:003:016 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he
           answered, Here am I.

09:003:017 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto
           thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and
           more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things
           that he said unto thee.

09:003:018 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And
           he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

09:003:019 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none
           of his words fall to the ground.

09:003:020 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was
           established to be a prophet of the LORD.

09:003:021 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed
           himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

09:004:001 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.

09:004:002 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.

09:004:003 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of
           Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before
           the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the
           LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it
           may save us out of the hand of our enemies.

09:004:004 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from
           thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which
           dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli,
           Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant
           of God.

09:004:005 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.

09:004:006 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they
           said, What meaneth 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.

09:004:007 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come
           into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not
           been such a thing heretofore.

09:004:008 Woe unto 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 wilderness.

09:004:009 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that
           ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you:
           quit yourselves like men, and fight.

09:004:010 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.

09:004:011 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni
           and Phinehas, were slain.

09:004:012 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 upon
           his head.

09:004:013 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon 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.

09:004:014 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What
           meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily,
           and told Eli.

09:004:015 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim,
           that he could not see.

09:004:016 And the man said unto 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?

09:004:017 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the
           Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among
           the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are
           dead, and the ark of God is taken.

09:004:018 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 brake, and he died: for he was an old man,
           and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

09:004:019 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
           upon her.

09:004:020 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her
           said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she
           answered not, neither did she regard it.

09:004:021 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.

09:004:022 And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark
           of God is taken.

09:005:001 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from
           Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

09:005:002 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into
           the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

09:005:003 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold,
           Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of
           the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

09:005:004 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon
           was fallen upon 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 upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was
           left to him.

09:005:005 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into
           Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto
           this day.

09:005:006 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he
           destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and
           the coasts thereof.

09:005:007 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 upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

09:005:008 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the
           Philistines unto 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 unto Gath. And they carried the
           ark of the God of Israel about thither.

09:005:009 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 emerods in their secret parts.

09:005:010 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.

09:005:011 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.

09:005:012 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and
           the cry of the city went up to heaven.

09:006:001 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines
           seven months.

09:006:002 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners,
           saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us
           wherewith we shall send it to his place.

09:006:003 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel,
           send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass
           offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to
           you why his hand is not removed from you.

09:006:004 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we
           shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, 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.

09:006:005 Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of
           your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the
           God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off
           you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.

09:006:006 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and
           Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully
           among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?

09:006:007 Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on
           which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart,
           and bring their calves home from them:

09:006:008 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and
           put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass
           offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away,
           that it may go.

09:006:009 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his own coast to
           Bethshemesh, then he hath 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.

09:006:010 And the men did so; and took two milch kine, and tied them to
           the cart, and shut up their calves at home:

09:006:011 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the
           coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.

09:006:012 And the kine 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 unto the border of
           Bethshemesh.

09:006:013 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.

09:006:014 And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and
           stood there, where there was a great stone: and they clave the
           wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt offering unto
           the LORD.

09:006:015 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 unto
           the LORD.

09:006:016 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they
           returned to Ekron the same day.

09:006:017 And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines
           returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod
           one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron
           one;

09:006:018 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 unto the great stone of
           Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which stone
           remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the
           Bethshemite.

09:006:019 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 threescore and ten men: and the people lamented,
           because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great
           slaughter.

09:006:020 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?

09:006:021 And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim,
           saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the
           LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you.

09:007:001 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.

09:007:002 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim,
           that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the
           house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

09:007:003 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye
           do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away
           the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare
           your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will
           deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

09:007:004 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth,
           and served the LORD only.

09:007:005 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray
           for you unto the LORD.

09:007:006 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.

09:007:007 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.

09:007:008 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry
           unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the
           hand of the Philistines.

09:007:009 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt
           offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD
           for Israel; and the LORD heard him.

09:007:010 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 upon the
           Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten
           before Israel.

09:007:011 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the
           Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.

09:007:012 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen,
           and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the
           LORD helped us.

09:007:013 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.

09:007:014 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel
           were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the
           coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the
           Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the
           Amorites.

09:007:015 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.

09:007:016 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and
           Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.

09:007:017 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and
           there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the
           LORD.

09:008:001 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his
           sons judges over Israel.

09:008:002 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his
           second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.

09:008:003 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after
           lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

09:008:004 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
           and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

09:008:005 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not
           in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the
           nations.

09:008:006 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a
           king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.

09:008:007 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the
           people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not
           rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not
           reign over them.

09:008:008 According to all the works which they have done since the day
           that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day,
           wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do
           they also unto thee.

09:008:009 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest
           solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that
           shall reign over them.

09:008:010 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that
           asked of him a king.

09:008:011 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.

09:008:012 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.

09:008:013 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to
           be cooks, and to be bakers.

09:008:014 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your
           oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his
           servants.

09:008:015 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your
           vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

09:008:016 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and
           your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his
           work.

09:008:017 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his
           servants.

09:008:018 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye
           shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that
           day.

09:008:019 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel;
           and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

09:008:020 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.

09:008:021 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed
           them in the ears of the LORD.

09:008:022 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and
           make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go
           ye every man unto his city.

09:009:001 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.

09:009:002 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.

09:009:003 And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said
           to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and
           arise, go seek the asses.

09:009:004 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.

09:009:005 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.

09:009:006 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man
           of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh
           surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can
           shew us our way that we should go.

09:009:007 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?

09:009:008 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.

09:009:009 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus
           he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now
           called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

09:009:010 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So
           they went unto the city where the man of God was.

09:009:011 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young
           maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the
           seer here?

09:009:012 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:

09:009:013 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye 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 doth bless the
           sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now
           therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

09:009:014 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.

09:009:015 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul
           came, saying,

09:009:016 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the
           land of Benjamin, and thou shalt 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 upon my people, because
           their cry is come unto me.

09:009:017 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the
           man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my
           people.

09:009:018 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me,
           I pray thee, where the seer’s house is.

09:009:019 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up
           before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to
           day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all
           that is in thine heart.

09:009:020 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not
           thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the
           desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father’s
           house?

09:009:021 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? wherefore then
           speakest thou so to me?

09:009:022 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into
           the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among
           them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.

09:009:023 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave
           thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.

09:009:024 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it,
           and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is
           left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it
           been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So
           Saul did eat with Samuel that day.

09:009:025 And when they were come down from the high place into the
           city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

09:009:026 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 thee away. And Saul arose, and
           they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

09:009:027 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 thou still a while, that I may shew thee
           the word of God.

09:010:001 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head,
           and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath
           anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

09:010:002 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find
           two men by Rachel’s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at
           Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou
           wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the
           care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I
           do for my son?

09:010:003 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come
           to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee 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:

09:010:004 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread;
           which thou shalt receive of their hands.

09:010:005 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the
           garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when
           thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt 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:

09:010:006 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt
           prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

09:010:007 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou
           do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

09:010:008 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I
           will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to
           sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou
           tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

09:010:009 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.

09:010:010 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of
           prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he
           prophesied among them.

09:010:011 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 unto the
           son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?

09:010:012 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?

09:010:013 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the
           high place.

09:010:014 And Saul’s uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither
           went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that
           they were no where, we came to Samuel.

09:010:015 And Saul’s uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said
           unto you.

09:010:016 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the
           asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof
           Samuel spake, he told him not.

09:010:017 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;

09:010:018 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith 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 you:

09:010:019 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you
           out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have
           said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore
           present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your
           thousands.

09:010:020 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come
           near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

09:010:021 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.

09:010:022 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should
           yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold he hath hid
           himself among the stuff.

09:010:023 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among
           the people, he was higher than any of the people from his
           shoulders and upward.

09:010:024 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD
           hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?
           And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.

09:010:025 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.

09:010:026 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a
           band of men, whose hearts God had touched.

09:010:027 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.

09:011:001 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against
           Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make
           a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.

09:011:002 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 upon all Israel.

09:011:003 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days’
           respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of
           Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come
           out to thee.

09:011:004 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 wept.

09:011:005 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and
           Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they
           told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.

09:011:006 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those
           tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.

09:011:007 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, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and
           after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear
           of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one
           consent.

09:011:008 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel
           were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty
           thousand.

09:011:009 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say
           unto the men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by that time the sun
           be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed
           it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.

09:011:010 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To morrow we will come out
           unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto
           you.

09:011:011 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three
           companies; and they came into the midst 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.

09:011:012 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall
           Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to
           death.

09:011:013 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day:
           for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.

09:011:014 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal,
           and renew the kingdom there.

09:011:015 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 greatly.

09:012:001 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto
           your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king
           over you.

09:012:002 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and
           grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have
           walked before you from my childhood unto this day.

09:012:003 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 mine eyes
           therewith? and I will restore it you.

09:012:004 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us,
           neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand.

09:012:005 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and
           his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought
           in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.

09:012:006 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced
           Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the
           land of Egypt.

09:012:007 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 fathers.

09:012:008 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto
           the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought
           forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this
           place.

09:012:009 And when they forgat 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.

09:012:010 And they cried unto 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 thee.

09:012:011 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 ye dwelled safe.

09:012:012 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon
           came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign
           over us: when the LORD your God was your king.

09:012:013 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye
           have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.

09:012:014 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice,
           and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall
           both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue
           following the LORD your God:

09:012:015 But if ye 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.

09:012:016 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD
           will do before your eyes.

09:012:017 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and
           he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see
           that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight
           of the LORD, in asking you a king.

09:012:018 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and
           rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and
           Samuel.

09:012:019 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants
           unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto
           all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

09:012:020 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all
           this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD,
           but serve the LORD with all your heart;

09:012:021 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain
           things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

09:012:022 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s
           sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

09:012:023 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 way:

09:012:024 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your
           heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

09:012:025 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both
           ye and your king.

09:013:001 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over
           Israel,

09:013:002 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.

09:013:003 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.

09:013:004 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.

09:013:005 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.

09:013:006 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.

09:013:007 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.

09:013:008 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 from him.

09:013:009 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace
           offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.

09:013:010 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.

09:013:011 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I
           saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou
           camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines
           gathered themselves together at Michmash;

09:013:012 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me
           to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I
           forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

09:013:013 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast
           not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he
           commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy
           kingdom upon Israel for ever.

09:013:014 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought
           him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him
           to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that
           which the LORD commanded thee.

09:013:015 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of
           Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were present with
           him, about six hundred men.

09:013:016 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were
           present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the
           Philistines encamped in Michmash.

09:013:017 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in
           three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth
           to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:

09:013:018 And another company turned the way to Bethhoron: and another
           company turned to the way of the border that looketh to the
           valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.

09:013:019 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of
           Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them
           swords or spears:

09:013:020 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to
           sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and
           his mattock.

09:013:021 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.

09:013:022 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.

09:013:023 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of
           Michmash.

09:014:001 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul
           said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us
           go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other
           side. But he told not his father.

09:014:002 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 hundred men;

09:014:003 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.

09:014:004 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over
           unto 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.

09:014:005 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against
           Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.

09:014:006 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come,
           and let us go over unto 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.

09:014:007 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine
           heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy
           heart.

09:014:008 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men,
           and we will discover ourselves unto them.

09:014:009 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we
           will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.

09:014:010 But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for
           the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be
           a sign unto us.

09:014:011 And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of
           the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews
           come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.

09:014:012 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his
           armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a
           thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after
           me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.

09:014:013 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and
           his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and
           his armourbearer slew after him.

09:014:014 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer
           made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of
           land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.

09:014:015 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.

09:014:016 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and,
           behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating
           down one another.

09:014:017 Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now,
           and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered,
           behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there.

09:014:018 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the
           ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.

09:014:019 And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that
           the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and
           increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.

09:014:020 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.

09:014:021 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.

09:014:022 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.

09:014:023 So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over
           unto Bethaven.

09:014:024 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had
           adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any
           food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So
           none of the people tasted any food.

09:014:025 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey
           upon the ground.

09:014:026 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.

09:014:027 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with
           the oath: wherefore 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.

09:014:028 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly
           charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man
           that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint.

09:014:029 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I
           pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I
           tasted a little of this honey.

09:014:030 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?

09:014:031 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to
           Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

09:014:032 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen,
           and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did
           eat them with the blood.

09:014:033 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against
           the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye
           have transgressed: roll a great stone unto me this day.

09:014:034 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say
           unto them, Bring me hither 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 them there.

09:014:035 And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first
           altar that he built unto the LORD.

09:014:036 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 whatsoever seemeth good unto
           thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God.

09:014:037 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the
           Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel?
           But he answered him not that day.

09:014:038 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the
           people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.

09:014:039 For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth 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.

09:014:040 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and
           Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said
           unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.

09:014:041 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a
           perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people
           escaped.

09:014:042 And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And
           Jonathan was taken.

09:014:043 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And
           Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey
           with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must
           die.

09:014:044 And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for thou shalt
           surely die, Jonathan.

09:014:045 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath
           wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the
           LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the
           ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people
           rescued Jonathan, that he died not.

09:014:046 Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the
           Philistines went to their own place.

09:014:047 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 whithersoever he
           turned himself, he vexed them.

09:014:048 And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and
           delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.

09:014:049 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:

09:014:050 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 uncle.

09:014:051 And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner
           was the son of Abiel.

09:014:052 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 unto him.

09:015:001 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to
           be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken
           thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.

09:015:002 Thus saith 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.

09:015:003 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.

09:015:004 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in
           Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of
           Judah.

09:015:005 And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the
           valley.

09:015:006 And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from
           among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them: for ye
           shewed kindness to all the children of Israel, when they came
           up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the
           Amalekites.

09:015:007 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest
           to Shur, that is over against Egypt.

09:015:008 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly
           destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

09:015:009 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the
           sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, 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.

09:015:010 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying,

09:015:011 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is
           turned back from following me, and hath not performed my
           commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the
           LORD all night.

09:015:012 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.

09:015:013 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be
           thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the
           LORD.

09:015:014 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep
           in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

09:015:015 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 unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly
           destroyed.

09:015:016 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what
           the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say
           on.

09:015:017 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight,
           wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the
           LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

09:015:018 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly
           destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them
           until they be consumed.

09:015:019 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but
           didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the
           LORD?

09:015:020 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, 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.

09:015:021 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of
           the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to
           sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

09:015:022 And Samuel said, Hath 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 hearken than
           the fat of rams.

09:015:023 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is
           as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word
           of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

09:015:024 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have
           transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words:
           because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

09:015:025 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with
           me, that I may worship the LORD.

09:015:026 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for
           thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath
           rejected thee from being king over Israel.

09:015:027 And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the
           skirt of his mantle, and it rent.

09:015:028 And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of
           Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of
           thine, that is better than thou.

09:015:029 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for
           he is not a man, that he should repent.

09:015:030 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee,
           before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn
           again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.

09:015:031 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the
           LORD.

09:015:032 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the
           Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said,
           Surely the bitterness of death is past.

09:015:033 And Samuel said, As the sword hath made women childless, so
           shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed
           Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.

09:015:034 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to
           Gibeah of Saul.

09:015:035 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 over Israel.

09:016:001 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.

09:016:002 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.

09:016:003 And 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.

09:016:004 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?

09:016:005 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.

09:016:006 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on
           Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.

09:016:007 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.

09:016:008 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel.
           And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

09:016:009 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath
           the LORD chosen this.

09:016:010 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And
           Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

09:016:011 And 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.

09:016:012 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.

09:016:013 Then 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.

09:016:014 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil
           spirit from the LORD troubled him.

09:016:015 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit
           from God troubleth thee.

09:016:016 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.

09:016:017 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can
           play well, and bring him to me.

09:016:018 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.

09:016:019 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me
           David thy son, which is with the sheep.

09:016:020 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.

09:016:021 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him
           greatly; and he became his armourbearer.

09:016:022 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand
           before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.

09:016:023 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.

09:017:001 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle,
           and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to
           Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.

09:017:002 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.

09:017:003 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.

09:017:004 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.

09:017:005 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed
           with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five
           thousand shekels of brass.

09:017:006 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of
           brass between his shoulders.

09:017:007 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 before him.

09:017:008 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said
           unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am
           not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man
           for you, and let him come down to me.

09:017:009 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 ye be our servants, and serve us.

09:017:010 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day;
           give me a man, that we may fight together.

09:017:011 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine,
           they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

09:017:012 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.

09:017:013 And the three eldest 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 unto him Abinadab,
           and the third Shammah.

09:017:014 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed
           Saul.

09:017:015 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s
           sheep at Bethlehem.

09:017:016 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and
           presented himself forty days.

09:017:017 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren
           an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run
           to the camp of thy brethren;

09:017:018 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their
           thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their
           pledge.

09:017:019 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the
           valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

09:017:020 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 battle.

09:017:021 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array,
           army against army.

09:017:022 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the
           carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his
           brethren.

09:017:023 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 spake according to the same
           words: and David heard them.

09:017:024 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from
           him, and were sore afraid.

09:017:025 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come
           up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that
           the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great
           riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s
           house free in Israel.

09:017:026 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What
           shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and
           taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this
           uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of
           the living God?

09:017:027 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So
           shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

09:017:028 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men;
           and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why
           camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those
           few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the
           naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou
           mightest see the battle.

09:017:029 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

09:017:030 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the
           same manner: and the people answered him again after the
           former manner.

09:017:031 And when the words were heard which David spake, they
           rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.

09:017:032 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of
           him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

09:017:033 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this
           Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he
           a man of war from his youth.

09:017:034 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep,
           and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the
           flock:

09:017:035 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.

09:017:036 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this
           uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he
           hath defied the armies of the living God.

09:017:037 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 unto
           David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

09:017:038 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of
           brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

09:017:039 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to
           go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I
           cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David
           put them off him.

09:017:040 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 scrip; and his sling was in his hand:
           and he drew near to the Philistine.

09:017:041 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the
           man that bare the shield went before him.

09:017:042 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.

09:017:043 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou
           comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by
           his gods.

09:017:044 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give
           thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the
           field.

09:017:045 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a
           sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee
           in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of
           Israel, whom thou hast defied.

09:017:046 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will
           smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the
           carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto 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 Israel.

09:017:047 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with
           sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will
           give you into our hands.

09:017:048 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and
           drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward
           the army to meet the Philistine.

09:017:049 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone,
           and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that
           the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to
           the earth.

09:017:050 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 of David.

09:017:051 Therefore David ran, and stood upon 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.

09:017:052 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and
           pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to
           the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell
           down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.

09:017:053 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the
           Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.

09:017:054 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to
           Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.

09:017:055 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he
           said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is
           this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I
           cannot tell.

09:017:056 And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.

09:017:057 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 his hand.

09:017:058 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And
           David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the
           Bethlehemite.

09:018:001 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto
           Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of
           David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

09:018:002 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home
           to his father’s house.

09:018:003 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him
           as his own soul.

09:018:004 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him,
           and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and
           to his bow, and to his girdle.

09:018:005 And David went out whithersoever 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.

09:018:006 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 musick.

09:018:007 And the women answered one another as they played, and said,
           Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

09:018:008 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he
           said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me
           they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more
           but the kingdom?

09:018:009 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

09:018:010 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from
           God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the
           house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and
           there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

09:018:011 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.

09:018:012 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him,
           and was departed from Saul.

09:018:013 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain
           over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the
           people.

09:018:014 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD
           was with him.

09:018:015 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely,
           he was afraid of him.

09:018:016 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and
           came in before them.

09:018:017 And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her
           will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and
           fight the LORD’s battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be
           upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

09:018:018 And David said unto 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?

09:018:019 But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter
           should have been given to David, that she was given unto
           Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

09:018:020 And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul,
           and the thing pleased him.

09:018:021 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.
           Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in
           law in the one of the twain.

09:018:022 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David
           secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and
           all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in
           law.

09:018:023 And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David.
           And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s
           son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?

09:018:024 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner
           spake David.

09:018:025 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth
           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 the Philistines.

09:018:026 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.

09:018:027 Wherefore 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.

09:018:028 And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that
           Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.

09:018:029 And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became
           David’s enemy continually.

09:018:030 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.

09:019:001 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants,
           that they should kill David.

09:019:002 But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan
           told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now
           therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the
           morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:

09:019:003 And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field
           where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and
           what I see, that I will tell thee.

09:019:004 And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and
           said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant,
           against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and
           because his works have been to thee-ward very good:

09:019:005 For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine,
           and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou
           sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin
           against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

09:019:006 And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware,
           As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.

09:019:007 And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those
           things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his
           presence, as in times past.

09:019:008 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.

09:019:009 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in
           his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with
           his hand.

09:019:010 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.

09:019:011 Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him,
           and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David’s wife told
           him, saying, If thou save not thy life to night, to morrow
           thou shalt be slain.

09:019:012 So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and
           fled, and escaped.

09:019:013 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.

09:019:014 And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, He is
           sick.

09:019:015 And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring
           him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.

09:019:016 And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an
           image in the bed, with a pillow of goats’ hair for his
           bolster.

09:019:017 And Saul said unto Michal, Why hast thou deceived me so, and
           sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped? And Michal answered
           Saul, He said unto me, Let me go; why should I kill thee?

09:019:018 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 dwelt in Naioth.

09:019:019 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in
           Ramah.

09:019:020 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 upon the messengers
           of Saul, and they also prophesied.

09:019:021 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 also.

09:019:022 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.

09:019:023 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God
           was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he
           came to Naioth in Ramah.

09:019:024 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. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the
           prophets?

09:020:001 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before
           Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is
           my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?

09:020:002 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold,
           my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he
           will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from
           me? it is not so.

09:020:003 And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly
           knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith,
           Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as
           the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step
           between me and death.

09:020:004 Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I
           will even do it for thee.

09:020:005 And David said unto 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 unto the third
           day at even.

09:020:006 If thy 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.

09:020:007 If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but
           if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by
           him.

09:020:008 Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou
           hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with
           thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me
           thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?

09:020:009 And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew
           certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon
           thee, then would not I tell it thee?

09:020:010 Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy
           father answer thee roughly?

09:020:011 And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the
           field. And they went out both of them into the field.

09:020:012 And Jonathan said unto 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 unto thee, and shew it thee;

09:020:013 The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my
           father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send
           thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be with
           thee, as he hath been with my father.

09:020:014 And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness
           of the LORD, that I die not:

09:020:015 But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for
           ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David
           every one from the face of the earth.

09:020:016 So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying,
           Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies.

09:020:017 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved
           him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

09:020:018 Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and
           thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

09:020:019 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down
           quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself
           when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone
           Ezel.

09:020:020 And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I
           shot at a mark.

09:020:021 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the
           arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows
           are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there
           is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.

09:020:022 But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are
           beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.

09:020:023 And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of,
           behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.

09:020:024 So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was
           come, the king sat him down to eat meat.

09:020:025 And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a
           seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul’s
           side, and David’s place was empty.

09:020:026 Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he
           thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely
           he is not clean.

09:020:027 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 unto
           Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to
           meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?

09:020:028 And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me
           to go to Bethlehem:

09:020:029 And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a
           sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to
           be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let
           me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he
           cometh not unto the king’s table.

09:020:030 Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said
           unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I
           know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own
           confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness?

09:020:031 For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou
           shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send
           and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.

09:020:032 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him,
           Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?

09:020:033 And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan
           knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.

09:020:034 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.

09:020:035 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.

09:020:036 And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I
           shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.

09:020:037 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 thee?

09:020:038 And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not.
           And Jonathan’s lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his
           master.

09:020:039 But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew
           the matter.

09:020:040 And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto
           him, Go, carry them to the city.

09:020:041 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 exceeded.

09:020:042 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have
           sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be
           between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for
           ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the
           city.

09:021:001 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech
           was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art
           thou alone, and no man with thee?

09:021:002 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath
           commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man
           know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and
           what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants
           to such and such a place.

09:021:003 Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of
           bread in mine hand, or what there is present.

09:021:004 And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common
           bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the
           young men have kept themselves at least from women.

09:021:005 And David answered the priest, and said unto 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, yea, though it were sanctified
           this day in the vessel.

09:021:006 So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread
           there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD,
           to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

09:021:007 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 chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul.

09:021:008 And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under
           thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword
           nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required
           haste.

09:021:009 And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom
           thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped
           in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it:
           for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is
           none like that; give it me.

09:021:010 And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went
           to Achish the king of Gath.

09:021:011 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David
           the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him
           in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David
           his ten thousands?

09:021:012 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore
           afraid of Achish the king of Gath.

09:021:013 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself
           mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate,
           and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.

09:021:014 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad:
           wherefore then have ye brought him to me?

09:021:015 Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to
           play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into
           my house?

09:022:001 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave
           Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house
           heard it, they went down thither to him.

09:022:002 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in
           debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves
           unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were
           with him about four hundred men.

09:022:003 And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the
           king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come
           forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.

09:022:004 And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt
           with him all the while that David was in the hold.

09:022:005 And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold;
           depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David
           departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.

09:022:006 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that
           were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in
           Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were
           standing about him;)

09:022:007 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear
           now, ye 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;

09:022:008 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none
           that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of
           Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or
           sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against
           me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

09:022:009 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.

09:022:010 And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals,
           and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.

09:022:011 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.

09:022:012 And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered,
           Here I am, my lord.

09:022:013 And Saul said unto him, Why have ye conspired against me, thou
           and the son of Jesse, in that thou hast given him bread, and a
           sword, and hast enquired of God for him, that he should rise
           against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

09:022:014 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so
           faithful among all thy servants as David, which is the king’s
           son in law, and goeth at thy bidding, and is honourable in
           thine house?

09:022:015 Did I then begin to enquire of God for him? be it far from me:
           let not the king impute any thing unto his servant, nor to all
           the house of my father: for thy servant knew nothing of all
           this, less or more.

09:022:016 And the king said, Thou shalt surely die, Ahimelech, thou, and
           all thy father’s house.

09:022:017 And the king said unto 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
           shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put
           forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD.

09:022:018 And the king said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the
           priests. And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the
           priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that
           did wear a linen ephod.

09:022:019 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.

09:022:020 And one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named
           Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.

09:022:021 And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the LORD’s
           priests.

09:022:022 And David said unto 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 thy father’s house.

09:022:023 Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life
           seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.

09:023:001 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight
           against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.

09:023:002 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and
           smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and
           smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

09:023:003 And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in
           Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the
           armies of the Philistines?

09:023:004 Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD
           answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will
           deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

09:023:005 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.

09:023:006 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.

09:023:007 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul
           said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut
           in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.

09:023:008 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to
           Keilah, to besiege David and his men.

09:023:009 And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against
           him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the
           ephod.

09:023:010 Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath
           certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to
           destroy the city for my sake.

09:023:011 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul
           come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I
           beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will
           come down.

09:023:012 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
           thee up.

09:023:013 Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose
           and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could
           go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah;
           and he forbare to go forth.

09:023:014 And David abode 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.

09:023:015 And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and
           David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.

09:023:016 And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the
           wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

09:023:017 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father
           shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I
           shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.

09:023:018 And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode
           in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.

09:023:019 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not
           David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the
           hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?

09:023:020 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire
           of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him
           into the king’s hand.

09:023:021 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have
           compassion on me.

09:023:022 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where
           his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me
           that he dealeth very subtilly.

09:023:023 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places
           where he hideth himself, and come ye 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.

09:023:024 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.

09:023:025 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David;
           wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the
           wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after
           David in the wilderness of Maon.

09:023:026 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 take them.

09:023:027 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and
           come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.

09:023:028 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went
           against the Philistines: therefore they called that place
           Selahammahlekoth.

09:023:029 And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at
           Engedi.

09:024:001 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.

09:024:002 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel,
           and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild
           goats.

09:024:003 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.

09:024:004 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which
           the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy
           into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem
           good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of
           Saul’s robe privily.

09:024:005 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him,
           because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.

09:024:006 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do
           this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch
           forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the
           LORD.

09:024:007 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 way.

09:024:008 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.

09:024:009 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words,
           saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

09:024:010 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had
           delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some
           bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I
           will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the
           LORD’s anointed.

09:024:011 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my
           hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed
           thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor
           transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against
           thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

09:024:012 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of
           thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

09:024:013 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth
           from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

09:024:014 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost
           thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

09:024:015 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee,
           and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.

09:024:016 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking
           these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my
           son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

09:024:017 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou
           hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.

09:024:018 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well
           with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into
           thine hand, thou killedst me not.

09:024:019 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away?
           wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done
           unto me this day.

09:024:020 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king,
           and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine
           hand.

09:024:021 Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not
           cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my
           name out of my father’s house.

09:024:022 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and
           his men gat them up unto the hold.

09:025:001 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.

09:025:002 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.

09:025:003 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 of Caleb.

09:025:004 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his
           sheep.

09:025:005 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the
           young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet
           him in my name:

09:025:006 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, Peace
           be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be
           unto all that thou hast.

09:025:007 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy
           shepherds which were with us, we hurt them not, neither was
           there ought missing unto them, all the while they were in
           Carmel.

09:025:008 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the
           young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in a good
           day: give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto
           thy servants, and to thy son David.

09:025:009 And when David’s young men came, they spake to Nabal according
           to all those words in the name of David, and ceased.

09:025:010 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.

09:025:011 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I
           have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know
           not whence they be?

09:025:012 So David’s young men turned their way, and went again, and
           came and told him all those sayings.

09:025:013 And David said unto his men, Gird ye 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 abode by the stuff.

09:025:014 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.

09:025:015 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt,
           neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant
           with them, when we were in the fields:

09:025:016 They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while
           we were with them keeping the sheep.

09:025:017 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt 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.

09:025:018 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.

09:025:019 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I
           come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.

09:025:020 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.

09:025:021 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this
           fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of
           all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for
           good.

09:025:022 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave
           of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that
           pisseth against the wall.

09:025:023 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the
           ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to
           the ground,

09:025:024 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let
           this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak
           in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.

09:025:025 Let not my lord, I pray thee, 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 thine handmaid saw not the young men
           of my lord, whom thou didst send.

09:025:026 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul
           liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to
           shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now
           let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as
           Nabal.

09:025:027 And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto
           my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow
           my lord.

09:025:028 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the
           LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord
           fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found
           in thee all thy days.

09:025:029 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but
           the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with
           the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall
           he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.

09:025:030 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my
           lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning
           thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;

09:025:031 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart
           unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or
           that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall
           have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.

09:025:032 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel,
           which sent thee this day to meet me:

09:025:033 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast
           kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging
           myself with mine own hand.

09:025:034 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath
           kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and
           come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by
           the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

09:025:035 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him,
           and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have
           hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.

09:025:036 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: wherefore she told him
           nothing, less or more, until the morning light.

09:025:037 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.

09:025:038 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote
           Nabal, that he died.

09:025:039 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be
           the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the
           hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the
           LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head.
           And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him
           to wife.

09:025:040 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel,
           they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take
           thee to him to wife.

09:025:041 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and
           said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet
           of the servants of my lord.

09:025:042 And Abigail hasted, and arose and rode upon an ass, with five
           damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the
           messengers of David, and became his wife.

09:025:043 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of
           them his wives.

09:025:044 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to
           Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.

09:026:001 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not
           David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before
           Jeshimon?

09:026:002 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 of Ziph.

09:026:003 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before
           Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and
           he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.

09:026:004 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was
           come in very deed.

09:026:005 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 him.

09:026:006 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 thee.

09:026:007 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.

09:026:008 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy
           into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I
           pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I
           will not smite him the second time.

09:026:009 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can
           stretch forth his hand against the LORD’s anointed, and be
           guiltless?

09:026:010 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall
           smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend
           into battle, and perish.

09:026:011 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against
           the LORD’s anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear
           that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

09:026:012 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s
           bolster; and they gat 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 upon them.

09:026:013 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top
           of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:

09:026:014 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner,
           saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and
           said, Who art thou that criest to the king?

09:026:015 And David said to Abner, Art not thou a valiant man? and who
           is like to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast thou not kept
           thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to
           destroy the king thy lord.

09:026:016 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the LORD
           liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye 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.

09:026:017 And Saul knew David’s voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my
           son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king.

09:026:018 And he said, Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his
           servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand?

09:026:019 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the
           words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred thee 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.

09:026:020 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 doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

09:026:021 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I
           will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in
           thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have
           erred exceedingly.

09:026:022 And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let
           one of the young men come over and fetch it.

09:026:023 The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his
           faithfulness; for the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day,
           but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’s
           anointed.

09:026:024 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine
           eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD,
           and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

09:026:025 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou
           shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail. So
           David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

09:027:001 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.

09:027:002 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men
           that were with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of
           Gath.

09:027:003 And David dwelt 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.

09:027:004 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he
           sought no more again for him.

09:027:005 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine
           eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country,
           that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in
           the royal city with thee?

09:027:006 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day: wherefore Ziklag
           pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day.

09:027:007 And the time that David dwelt in the country of the
           Philistines was a full year and four months.

09:027:008 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 thou goest to Shur, even
           unto the land of Egypt.

09:027:009 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.

09:027:010 And Achish said, Whither have ye 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.

09:027:011 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 dwelleth in
           the country of the Philistines.

09:027:012 And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people
           Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant
           for ever.

09:028:001 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines
           gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with
           Israel. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that
           thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.

09:028:002 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy
           servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I
           make thee keeper of mine head for ever.

09:028:003 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.

09:028:004 And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and
           pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and
           they pitched in Gilboa.

09:028:005 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid,
           and his heart greatly trembled.

09:028:006 And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not,
           neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

09:028:007 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a
           familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And
           his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a
           familiar spirit at Endor.

09:028:008 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 thee, divine unto me by the
           familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto
           thee.

09:028:009 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul
           hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar
           spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then
           layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?

09:028:010 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth,
           there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.

09:028:011 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he
           said, Bring me up Samuel.

09:028:012 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice:
           and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived
           me? for thou art Saul.

09:028:013 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest
           thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out
           of the earth.

09:028:014 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old
           man cometh 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.

09:028:015 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou 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 answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams:
           therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto
           me what I shall do.

09:028:016 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing
           the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?

09:028:017 And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD
           hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy
           neighbour, even to David:

09:028:018 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor
           executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the
           LORD done this thing unto thee this day.

09:028:019 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the
           hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons
           be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel
           into the hand of the Philistines.

09:028:020 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.

09:028:021 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore
           troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath
           obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have
           hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me.

09:028:022 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice
           of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before
           thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest
           on thy way.

09:028:023 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants,
           together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto
           their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.

09:028:024 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and
           killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake
           unleavened bread thereof:

09:028:025 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and
           they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.

09:029:001 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to
           Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in
           Jezreel.

09:029:002 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by
           thousands: but David and his men passed on in the rereward
           with Achish.

09:029:003 Then said the princes of the Philistines, What do these
           Hebrews here? And Achish said unto the princes of the
           Philistines, Is not this David, the servant of Saul the king
           of Israel, which hath been with me these days, or these years,
           and I have found no fault in him since he fell unto me unto
           this day?

09:029:004 And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and
           the princes of the Philistines said unto him, Make this fellow
           return, that he may go again to his place which thou hast
           appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, lest
           in the battle he be an adversary to us: for wherewith should
           he reconcile himself unto his master? should it not be with
           the heads of these men?

09:029:005 Is not this David, of whom they sang one to another in dances,
           saying, Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?

09:029:006 Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the
           LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy
           coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have
           not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me
           unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not.

09:029:007 Wherefore now return, and go in peace, that thou displease not
           the lords of the Philistines.

09:029:008 And David said unto Achish, But what have I done? and what
           hast thou found in thy servant so long as I have been with
           thee unto this day, that I may not go fight against the
           enemies of my lord the king?

09:029:009 And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art
           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.

09:029:010 Wherefore now rise up early in the morning with thy master’s
           servants that are come with thee: and as soon as ye be up
           early in the morning, and have light, depart.

09:029:011 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.

09:030:001 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;

09:030:002 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.

09:030:003 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 captives.

09:030:004 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their
           voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

09:030:005 And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the
           Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

09:030:006 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake 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 God.

09:030:007 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray
           thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither
           the ephod to David.

09:030:008 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after
           this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him,
           Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail
           recover all.

09:030:009 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.

09:030:010 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred
           abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over
           the brook Besor.

09:030:011 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;

09:030:012 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.

09:030:013 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence
           art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to
           an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone
           I fell sick.

09:030:014 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cherethites, and
           upon the coast which belongeth to Judah, and upon the south of
           Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire.

09:030:015 And David said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this
           company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt
           neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master,
           and I will bring thee down to this company.

09:030:016 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread
           abroad upon 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.

09:030:017 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening
           of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save
           four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.

09:030:018 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away:
           and David rescued his two wives.

09:030:019 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.

09:030:020 And David took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave
           before those other cattle, and said, This is David’s spoil.

09:030:021 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.

09:030:022 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.

09:030:023 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that
           which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and
           delivered the company that came against us into our hand.

09:030:024 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part
           is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that
           tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.

09:030:025 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute
           and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.

09:030:026 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the
           elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present
           for you of the spoil of the enemies of the LORD;

09:030:027 To them which were in Bethel, and to them which were in south
           Ramoth, and to them which were in Jattir,

09:030:028 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in
           Siphmoth, and to them which were in Eshtemoa,

09:030:029 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,

09:030:030 And to them which were in Hormah, and to them which were in
           Chorashan, and to them which were in Athach,

09:030:031 And to them which were in Hebron, and to all the places where
           David himself and his men were wont to haunt.

09:031:001 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of
           Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain
           in mount Gilboa.

09:031:002 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons;
           and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and
           Melchishua, Saul’s sons.

09:031:003 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit
           him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

09:031:004 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and
           thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and
           thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would
           not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and
           fell upon it.

09:031:005 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell
           likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

09:031:006 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and
           all his men, that same day together.

09:031:007 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 dwelt in them.

09:031:008 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.

09:031:009 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and
           sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish
           it in the house of their idols, and among the people.

09:031:010 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they
           fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.

09:031:011 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which
           the Philistines had done to Saul;

09:031:012 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.

09:031:013 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at
           Jabesh, and fasted seven days.


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