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20 And, about the time of her death, the with the emerods : and the cry of the city women that stood by her said unto her, Fear went up tc lieaven. *t; for thou hast born a son. But she an

CHAP. VI. nered not, neither did she regard it.

SI And she named the child l-chabod, sav try of the Piulistines seven months. ing, The glory is departed from Israel: (bie 2 And the Philistines called for the priests cause the ark of God was taken, and because and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to of her father-in-law, and her husband :) the ark of the Lord ? tell us wherewith we

* And she said, the glory is departed shall send it to his place. froin Israel; for the ark of God is taken. 3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of CHAP. V.

ibe God of Israel send it not empty; but in any and brought it from Eben-ezer unto shall be healed, and it shall be known to you Ashdod.

why his land is not removed from you. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of 4 Then said they, What shill be the trespass. God, they brought it into the house of Da- offering which we shall return to him? They gon, and set it bv Dagon.

answered, Five golden emerods, and five goi31 And when they of Aslıdod arose early den mice according to the munher ofthe lords on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen of the Philistines: for one plague was on you upon lis face to the earth before the ark of all, and on your lords. the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set 5 Wherefore


shall make images of your him in his place again.

emerods, and images of your mice that mar 4 And when they arose early on the mor- the land ; and ye shall give glory unto the ow morning, behóll, Dagon was fallen up. God of Israel : peradventure lie will lighten on his face to the ground before the ark of his hand from off you, and from off your gods, the LORD; and the head of Dagon, and both and from off your land. the palms of his hands, were cu: od upon 6 Wherefore then do ye har!en your the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardleft to him.

ened their hearts? When he had wronght 5 Therefore neither the pries:3 of Dagon, wonderfully among tiem, did they not let por any that come into Dagon's house, tread the people go, and they departed ?" on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto 7 Now therefore make a new cart, and this day.

take two milo-kine, on which there liath 61 But the hand of the Lord was heavy come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, upon them of Aslıdod, and he destroyed and bring their calves hoine froin them: them, and smole them with emerods, even 8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay Ashdod, and the coasts thereof.


upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it whiclı ye return him for a trespass-offering, was so, they said, The ark of the God of Is- in a coffer by the sile thereof; and send ii rael shall not abide with us : for his land is away, that it may go. more upon us, and upon Dagon our god. 9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of his 8 4 'They'sent therefore, and gathered all own coast to Beth-shemesli

, then he haih done the lords of the Puilistines unto them, and us this great evil : but if not, then we shall said, what shall we do with the ark of the know that it is not his hand that smote us; it God of Israel? And they answered, Let the rus a chance that happened to us. ark or the God of Israel be carried about 10 1 And the men did so; and look two unto (iath. And they carried the ark of the mileli-kine, and tied them tó the cart, and Gorl of Israel about thither.

shut up their calves at home: 9 And it was so, that, after they had car 11 And they laid the ark of the Lord upon ried it about, the hand of the Lord was the cart, and ihe coffer with the mice of gold against the city with a very great destruc- and the images of their emerods. tion: and he sinote the men of the city, both

12. Sudlie kine lock the straight way to amall and grent, and they had emerods in the way of Beth-shemesh, and wentalong the their secret parts.

highway, lowing as they went, and turned 10 ! Therefore they sent the ark of Golto not aside to the right hand or to the left; and Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of the lords of the Philistines went after tiem God cane to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried unto the border of Beth-shemesh, out. Saving, They have brought about the 13 And they of Beth-shemesh were reaping ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and their wheat-harvest in the valley; and they om people.

litied up their eyes, and saw the ark, and 11 So :hey sent and gathered together all rejoiced to see it. the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send 11 And the cart came into the field of Joaway the ark of the God of Israel, and let it shua, a Beth-shemite, and stood there, where go again to his own place, that it slay us not, there was a great stone: and they clave the ard our people : for there was a deadly de- wood of the cart, and offered ibe kine a struction througbout all the city; the band, burnt-offering unto LORD. of God was very heavy there.

15 And the Levites look down the ark ostka 2 And the men thaided not were smilien Lord, and thecofter that was with it, where

in the jewe's of gold were, and put them on Cease not to cry unto the LORD vor God for the gival stone: and the men of Beth-she- us, that he will save us out of the hand of mesh offered burnt-offerings, and sacrificede Philistines. sacrifices, the same day unto the Lord. 9 1 And Samuel took a sacking lamb,

16 And when the five lords of the Philis- and offered it for a burnt-offering wholly tines had seen it, they returned to Ekrou the unto the Lord; and Samuel cried unto the same day.

LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him. 17 And these are the golden emerods, 10. And as Samuel was offering up the which the Philistines returned for a trespass- burnt-offering, the Philistines drew near to offering unto the Lord; for Ashdod one, for battle againsi Israel: but the LORD thunderGaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for ed with a great thunder on that day upon Ekron one;

the Philistines, and discomfited them; and 18 And the golden mice, according to the they were smitten before Israel. number of all the cities of the Philistines be 11 And the men of Israel went out of Miz. longing to the five lords, both of fenced cities, peh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote and of country villages, even unto the great ihem, until they came under Beth-car. stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark 12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it be of the Lord; which stone remaineth unto this tween Mizpel and Shen, and called the day in the field of Joshiba, tie Beth-shemite. name of it Ehen-ezer, saying, Hithertu liath

191 And he smote the inen of Beth-shemesh, the Lord helped us. because they had looked into the ark of the 13 | So the Philistines were subdued, and Lori), even he smole of the people fifty thou- they came no more into the coast of Israel sand and threescore and ten men. And the peo- and the hand of the Lord was agaiust the pie lamented, because the Lord had smitten Philistines all the days of Samuel. many of the people with a great slaugliter. 11 And the cities which the Philistines had

2 And the men of Beth-shemesh said, I\'ho taken froin Israel were restored to Israel, is able to stand before this holy LORD God : from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts and to whom shall he go up from us? thereof did Israel deliver out of the liands of

21. And they sent messengers to the inha- the Philistines. And there was peace bebitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Phi-tween israel and the Amorites. listines have brought again the ark of the 151 And Samuel judged Israel ali the Lord; come ye down, arid (etch it up to you. days of his life. CHAP. VII.

16 And he went from year to year in cir.

, , and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and judged Israel in all those places. brought it into the house of Abinadab in the 17 And his return wus to Ramal; fun hill, and sanctified Eleazar his sou to keep there was his house ; and there le julged the ark of the LORD.

Israel; and there be built an aitar unto the 2 And it came to pass, wliile the ark abodel Lord. in Kirjath-jearim, ihat the time was long;

CHAP. VIII. for it was twenty years, and all the house A Dit came to pass when Sanul was old,

31 And Samuel spake unto all the house 2 Now the name of his first born was joel, of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the and the name of his secoud Abiah: they were LORD with all your hearts, then put away judges in Beer-sheba. the strange gods and Ashitaroth from amoag 3 Aud his sons walked not in his ways, but you, and prepare your hearts unto the Loan, turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and and serve him only; and he will deliver you perverted judgment. out of the land of the Philistines,

4 Then all the elders of Israel galliered 4 Then the children of Israel did put away themselves together, and came to Samuel Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord unto Rainali, only.

5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, 5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to and thy sons walk not in thy ways: nuw Mizpen, and I will pray for you unto the makeusaking to judge us like all the nations, LORD.

6 Buttle thing displeased Samuel, wlien 6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, they said, Give us a king to judge us, and and drew water, and poured it out before Samuel prayed unto the Lori). the Lord), and fasted on that day, and said 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Ileark. there. We have sinned against the Lord.en unto the voice of the people in all that And Samuel judged the children of Israel they say unto thee: for they have not re. in Mizpein.

Ljecied thee, but they have rejected me, thia! 79 And when the Philistines heard that I should not reign over them. the children of Israel were gathered together 3 According to all the works which they lo Mizz.eli, tlie lords of the Philistines went have done, since the day that I brought them up against Israel. And when the children up out of Egypt even unto this day, where of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the with they have forsaken me, and serveret Philistines.

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kowbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and him, Come, and let us return; lest my father okew them the manner of the king that shall leave caring for the asses, and take iliought reign over them.

10 1 And Samuel told all the words of the 6 And he said unto him, Behold, now, there Lord unto the people that asked of him a is in this city a man of God. and he is an boking.

nourable man; all that he saith cometh surely U And he said. This will be the månner of to pass : now, let us go thither; peradventure the king that shall reign over you ; He will be can shew us our way that we should go. take your sons, and appoint them for himself, 9 Then said Saul to his servant, But, befor his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and bold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? some shall run before his chariots.

for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there 12 And he will appoint him captains over is not a present to bring to the man of God : thousands, and captains over fifties, and will what have we? set them to ear his ground, and to reap his 8 And the servant answered Saul again, harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and said, Behold, I have here at band the and instruments of his chariots.

fourth part of a shekel of silver; that will i 13.And lie willtake your daughters to be con give to the man of God to tell us our way. fectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 9 (Before-time in Israel, when a man went

14 And he will take your fields, and your to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the let us go to the seer : for he ihat is now called best of them, and give them to his servants, a Prophet, was before time called a Seer.),

15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, 10 Then said Saul to his serrant, Well said; and of your vineyards, and give to his offi- come let us go. So they went unto the city cers, and to his servants.

where the man of God was. 16 And he will take your men-servants, 11 1. And as they went up the hill to the and your maid-servants, and your goodliest city, they found young maidens going out to young men, and your asses, and put them to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer his work.

here? He will take the tenth of your sheep : 12 And they answered them, and said, ye sball be his servants.

He is; behold, he is before you : make haste 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because now, for he came 10-day to the city ; for of your king which ye shall have closen you; there is a sacrifice of the people to-day in the and the Lord will not hear you in that day. irigh place.

19 Nevertheless the people refused 10 13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye obey the voice of Samuel: and they salu, shall straightway tind him, betore he go up Nay; but we will have a king over us; to the high place to eat: for the people will not

20' That we also may be like all the na- eat until he come, because he doth hless the tions; and that our king may judge us, and sacrifice, and afterwards they eat ihal be go out before us, and fight our bailles. bidden. Now therefore get you up; for

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the about this time ye shall find him. people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of 14 And they went up into the city: and the Lord.

when they were come into the city, behold, 22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hear- Samuel came out against them, for to go up ken unto their voice, and make them a king to the high place. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go 15 ! Now the Lord had told Samuel in ye every man unto his city.

his ear a day before Saul came, saying, CHAP. ix.

16 To morrow, about this time, I will send FOW there was a man of Benjamin, whose thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of people Israel, urat he may save my people Apbiah, a Benjamite,a mighty mar of power. Jout of the hand of the Philistines: for I have

2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul, looked upon my people, because their cry is

choice young man, and a goodly; and there come unto me. was not among the children of Israel a good 17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD ier person than he: from his shoulders and said unto liim, Behold the man whom I spake upward he was higher than any of the people. to tice of this same shall reign over my

3 And the asses of Kish, Saul's father, people. were lost: and Kish said to Saul liis son, 18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the Take now one of the servants with thee, and gate, and said, Teil me, I pray thee, where arise, go seek the asses.

the seer's liguse is. 4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, and passeu tlırough the land of Shalisi:a, but I am the seer: go up hefore me unto the high they found them not; then they passed place; for ye shall eat with me to-day; and through the land of Shalim, and ihere they io morrow I will let ther go, and will tell thee were not; and he passed through the land of all that is in thine heari. che Benjamites, but they found them not. 20 And as for thine asses, that were lost

5 And when they were come to the land of three days ago, set not thy mind on them;

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desire of Israel? Is it put on thee, and on 7 And let it be, when these signs are conie all thy father's house?

unto thee, that thou do as occasion shell 21 And Sau answered and said, Am not I serve thee ; for God is with thee. a Benjainite, of the smallest of the tribes of 8. And thou shall go down before me la Israel? and my family tbe least of all the fa-Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto milies of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacrithen speakest thou so to me?

fice sacrifices of peace offerings : seven da va 22 Ánd Samuel took Saul and his servant, shalt thou larry, till I come to thee, and shew and brought them into the parlour, and made thee what thou shalt do. them sit in the chiefest place among them that 91 And it was so that, when he had were bidden, which were about tbirly persons. turned his back to go from Samuel, God

23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring gave him another heart: and all those signs the portion which I gave thee, of which I caine to pass that day, caid unto t'iee, Set it by thee.'

10 And when they came thither to the hill, 24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and hebold, a company of prophets met him ; and thiut which was upon it, and set it before the Spirit of God came upon him, and he Saul. And Sumuel said, Behold that which prophesied among them. is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto 11 And it came to pass, when all that this time liath it been kept for thee, since I knw liim before-time saw that, behold, he said, I have invited the people. So Saul did propliesied among the prophets, then the peoeat with Samuel that day.

ple said one lo another, What is usis that is 25 And when they were come down from come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also tne high place into the city', Sumuel commu- among the prophets? ned with Sani upon the top of the house. 12 And one of the same place answered

26 And they arose early: and it came to and said, But who is their father ? Therefore pass, about the spring of the day, that Sa- it became a proverb, Is Saul also amorg the muel called Saul to tlie top of the house, say- prophets ? ing, Up, that I may send thee away. And 13 And when he had made an end of proSaul aroxe, and they went out both of them, phesying, he came to the high place. lie and Samuel, al road.

111 And Saul's uncle said unto him and 27 And as they were going down to me to lis servant, Whither went ye? And he end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the said, to seek the asses: and when we saw servant pass on before us, (aud he passed that they were no where, we came to Samuel. on,) but stand thou still a while, that I ma; 15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray shew thee the word of God.

thee, wliat Samuel said unto you. CHAP. X.

16 Aud Saul said unto his uncle, He told MEN Samuel took a vial of oil and pour- us plainly that the asses were found. But of

ed it upon his bead, and kissed hiin, and the matter of the kingdom, whereof Sasaid, Is it not because the Lord hath anoint-muel spake, he told him not. ed thee to be captain over his inheritance? 17 And Samuel called the people toge.

2 Whey thou art departed from me to-day, ther unto the Lord to Mizpeh; then thou sbalt find iwo men ny Rachel's 18 And said unto the children of Israel, sepulchre, in the herler of Benjamin, ai Zel- Tous saith the Lord God of Israel, i zah; and they will say unto thee, The assesbrought up Israel out of Egypt, and deliverwhich thou wentest to seek are found : and, ed you cut of the hand of the Egyptians, and lo, thy father hat left the care of the asses, out of the hand of all kingcions, und of thern and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I that oppressed you d, fir my son?

19 Anu ye have this day rejected your 3 Then shalt thou go on form ard from God, who himself saved you oui of all your thence, and thou shall come to the plain of adversities and your tribulations; and re Tabor, and there shall meet tiee three men bave said unto him, Nay; but sei a king going up to God:o Beth-el, one carrying three over us. Now therefore present yourselves kids, and another carrying three loaves of before the LORD by your tribes, and by your b ead, and another carrying a loutle of wine thousands.

4 And wiey will salute thee, and give thee 20 And when Samuel had caused all ino two loaves of bread; which thou sbalt receive tribes of lsrarllo come near, de tribe of Ben of their hands.

jamin was taken. Asier that thou shall come to tie lill of 21 When he had caused the tribe of BenGord, where is the garrison of the Philistines: jamin to come near hy their families. the faandit shall come to pass, when thou art come inily of Matri was taken, and Saul the son thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a of Kish was taken: and when they sought company of propliets coming down from the hun, bie could not be found. liig! place, with a psaltery, and a labrel, and 22 Therefore they enquired of the LORR a pipe, and a hari's before them, and they furier, if the man should yel come thither. shat prophesy:

And the LORD answered, Behold, he hatha 6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come bid himself among the stufl. upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with 23 And they ran and fetched hin thence, tieni, and lialt be turned into another man, and when he stood among the people, a

was higlder than any of the people, from his 11 And it was 60 on the morrow, that Saul shoulders and upward

put the people in three companies ; and they 24 And Samuel said to all the people, See came into the midst of die host in the mornre him whom the Lord bath chosen, that ing-watch, and slew the Ammonites until the there is none like him among all the people heat of the day: and it came to pass, that And all the people shouted, and said, God they which remained were scattered, so that save the king.

two of then were not leli toge:lier. 25 Then Samnel told the people the man 12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who cer of the kingdom, and wrote it in a hook, is he that said, Shall Saul reignover ris? bring and laid it up before the Lord. And Sam. the men that we may put them to death. gel sent all the people away, every man 10

13 And Saul said, There shall not a man bis house.

be put to death this day: for to-day the LORD 2 1 And Saul also went home to Gibealı; hath wrought salvation in Israel." and there went with him a band of men, 14 1 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, whose hearts God bad touched.

and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the king 27 But the children of Belia! said, How dom there. shall this man save us ? And they despised 15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and him, and brought him no presents : but he there they made Saulking before the LORD beld his peace.

in Gilgal ; and there they sacrificed sacri. CHAP. XI.

fices of peace-offerings before the LORD; THEN Nahasha the Ammonite came up and there Saul and all the men of Israel re

: ud all the men of Jabesli said unto Nahashi,

CHAP. XII. Make a covenant with us, and we will serve

A a thee.

have hearkened unto your voice in all And Nahash the Ammonite answered that ve said unto me, and bave made a king dem. On this condition will I make a core over you. gant with you, that I may thrust out all your 2 And now, behold, the king walketh beright eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all fore you and I am old and gray-headed Israel

and, behold, my sons are with you : and i 3 And the elders of Jahesh said unto him, base walked before you from my childhood Give us seven days respite, that we may send unto this day, messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and 3 Behold, here I am : witness against me hen, if there be no man to save us, we will before the LORD, and before his anointed ; come out to thee.

wlose ox have I taken? or whose ass have 41 Then came the messengers to Gibeahll taken? or whom lave I defrauded? whom of Sail, and told the tidings in the earz or have I oppressed ? cr of whose hand have 1 the people: and all the people lilled up their received any bribe to blind mine eyes therevoices, and wept.

withi ? and I will restore it you. 5 And, behold, Saul rame after the berd 4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded out of the field ; and Saul said. Wat aileth us. nor oppressed us, neither last thou taken 'he people that they weep And they told ouglat of any man's land. aim the tidings of the inen of Jaleshi 5 And he said imto them, The Lorr is

6 And the Spirit of God came upon Savi witness against you and bis anointed is wit. when he heard thoạ tidings, and his anger ness this day, that ye have not found onght was kindled greatly.

in my hand. And they answered, He is 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed winess. them in pieces, and sent them throughout all 6 1 And Samuel said unto the people, It is de coasts of Israel by the hands of messen- the Lord that advanced Moses and Aaron, pers, saying, li'liosoever cometh not fort and that brought your fathers up out of the after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be land of Egypt. done unto his oxen. And the fear of the 7 Now therefore stand stiil, that I may reaLord fell on the people, and they came out ison with von before the LORD of all the rightewith one consent.

ous acts of the LORD), which he did 10 you 8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, and to your fathers. the children of Israel were three hundred i Wien Jacob was come into Egypt, and housand, and the men of Judab thirty thou- your fathers cried unto the Lord. Then the sand.

LORD sout Moses and Aaron, wisich brvaglit 9 And they said unto the messengers that forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Ja-them dwell in this place. besh-gilead, To-morrow, by that time the sun 9 And when they forgatthie Lonntheir God, be hoi, ye shall lave lielp. And the messen- he sold them into the land of Sisera, captain gers came and sliewed it to the men of of the list of Hazor, and into the hand of the Jabesh ; and they were glad.

Philistines, and into the hand of the king of 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To- Moab; and they fougit against them. Inorrow we will come out unto you,'and ye 10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, shall do with us all that seemeil geri untu We have sinned, because we liave forsaken you.

the LORD), and have served Baalim and Asli,

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