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1 Samuel 16:1–13

SAMUEL ANOINTS DAVID

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long are you going to mourn for Saul,f since I have rejected him as king over Israel?g Fill your horn with oilh and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehemi because I have selected for myself a king from his sons.”

Samuel asked, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!”

The Lord answered, “Take a young cow with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’j Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what you are to do.k You are to anoint for me the one I indicate to you.”l

Samuel did what the Lord directed and went to Bethlehem.m When the elders of the town met him, they trembledD and asked, “DoE you come in peace?”n

“In peace,” he replied. “I’ve come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselveso and come with me to the sacrifice.”F Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliabp and said, “Certainly the Lord’s anointed one is here before him.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees,G for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.”q

Jesse called Abinadabr and presented him to Samuel. “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either,” Samuel said. Then Jesse presented Shammah,s but Samuel said, “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.” 10 After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, “The Lord hasn’t chosen any of these.” 11 Samuel asked him, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,”t he answered, “but right now he’s tending the sheep.” Samuel told Jesse, “Send for him. We won’t sit down to eat until he gets here.” 12 So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy,I handsome appearance.u

Then the Lord said, “Anoint him, for he is the one.”v 13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed himw in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully on David from that day forward.x Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.

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