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1 Samuel 16:2

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

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

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1 Samuel 16:2 — English Standard Version (ESV)

And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

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.

1 Samuel 16:2 — New Living Translation (NLT)

But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

“Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.

1 Samuel 16:2 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

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, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — New Century Version (NCV)

But Samuel said, “If I go, Saul will hear the news and will try to kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a young calf with you. Say, ‘I have come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

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

1 Samuel 16:2 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

And Samuel said, How shall I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And Jehovah said, Take a heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to Jehovah.

1 Samuel 16:2 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

“How can I go?” Samuel asked. “When Saul hears about it, he’ll kill me.” 

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I’ve come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears, he will kill me.” Yahweh said, “You must take a heifer from the herd with you, and you must say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to Yahweh.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — New International Reader’s Version, 1998 ed. (NIrV) (NIrV)

But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it. Then he’ll kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a young cow with you. Tell the elders of Bethlehem, ‘I’ve come to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.’

1 Samuel 16:2 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

But Samuel said, “How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’