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The New King James Version

1 Samuel 16:1–13

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David Anointed King

16 Now the Lord said to Samuel, a“How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? bFill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to cJesse the Bethlehemite. For dI have 1provided Myself a king among his sons.”

And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”

But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, e‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”

So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town ftrembled at his coming, and said, g“Do you come peaceably?”

And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. hSanctify 2yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.

So it was, when they came, that he looked at iEliab and jsaid, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

But the Lord said to Samuel, k“Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have 3refused him. lFor 4the Lord does not see as man sees; for man mlooks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the nheart.”

So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the osheep.”

And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not 5sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was pruddy, qwith 6bright eyes, and good-looking. rAnd the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and sthe Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

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Lit. seen

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Consecrate

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rejected

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LXX For God does not see as man sees; Tg. It is not by the appearance of a man; Vg. Nor do I judge according to the looks of a man

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So with LXX, Vg.; MT turn around; Tg., Syr. turn away

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Lit. beautiful

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