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The people smUtcit. 1. SAMUEL.

and they clave the wood of the cart, mid offered the kine a burnt-offering unto the Lord.

]!3 And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord, and the coffer that U'<m| with it, wherein the jewels of gold loere, and put them on the great stone: and the men of Beth-shemesh oflered burnt-offerings, and sacriiiced sacrices, the same day unl.o the Loud.

16 And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.

'7 And these are the golden emcrods, which the Philistines returned Jon\ trespass-offering unto the Lord; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, fur Ashke Ion one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;

IS And the golden mice, according u ihe 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' Abef, whereon they set down the ark of the Lord; lohich none remaineth unto this-day in the Held of Joshua the Beth-shemite.

19 IT And he smote the men of Bethshemesh,because they had looked into theark ofthe Lord, even he smote of the people filly thousand and three score and ten men. And the people iamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.

20 And the men of Belli eh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LortD God? and to whom shall lie go up from us?

21*TT And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the Lord; come ye down, U7id fetch it up to you.

CHAP. VII.

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The hf tcHtes repent then put .\way the sira.ige gods ami Ashtarolh from among you, and preare your hearts unto the Loan, and ;rve him only; and he will deliver on out ofthe hands ofthe Philistines, -t Then the children of Israel did put way Baalim and Ashlaroth, and sen* ed the Lord only.

And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and 1 will pray for you unto the Lord.

13 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LonD,and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned igainst the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

7 TT 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 lite Philistines.

8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Loud our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

9 IT 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; aim the 'lord heard hirn.

10 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.

11 And Ihe men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued (he Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car.

12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set k between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us

13 TT 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 day a of Sam uel.

14 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 w as peace between Israel and ihe Amorites.

The Israelites CHAP. 1

15 IT And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.

16 And be went from year to yefir in circuit to Betli-el, and Gilgal, and Mispeli, and judged Israel in all those places.

17 And his return was to Ramah; for there iuas his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the Lord.

CHAP. V11L

AND it came to pass, when Samuel
was old, that he made liis sons
judges over Israel.
•2 Now the name of his first-born was
Joel, and the name of his second Abi-
ah: then were judges in Beer-slieba.

3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside alter lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

6 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.

61T But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.

7 And the Lonn said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto Lliee: for they have not rejected thee, but Uiey have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

8 According to all the works which they have done, since the day that 1 brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith "they Dave forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit, yet protest solemnly unto them, and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

10 IT And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.

11 And he said, This will be the manner of tin; king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for lus chariots, and to be his horsemen ; and some shall run before his chariots.

12 And he will appoint hiin captains over thousands, and captains over fif

VIII, IX. desire a king.

ties; and will set them to ear hia ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

14 And he will take your fields and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, emn the best of them, and give them to his servants.

15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

16 And he will take your men-servants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put t/iem to his work.

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

IS 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.

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

20 That we also ma}' be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.

2-2 And the Loud 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.

CHAP. IX.

NOW there was a man of Benjamin, whose name uxwKish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, aBenjamite, a mighty man of power.

2 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 tlian he: from his shoulders and upward lie was higher than any of the people.

3 And the asses of Kish, Saul'sfather, were lost.- ana Kish said to Saul his son. Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses

4 And he passed through mount Ephraim,aud passed through the land .ol Shalisha, but they found them not,

Saul set/cs hit then tliey passed through the land of Shalim; and there theyxoere not; and he passed through the land of the Benjainites, but they found them not.

5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that ivas with him, Come, and lot us return; lest my father leave coring for the asses) and take thought for us.

6 And he said unto him, Behold now, t/ttfn* in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometli surely to pass : now, let us go thitlier; peradventure lie can sliow us our way that we should go.

7 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?

8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of pilver; that will I give to the man of <aod, to tell us our~way.

9 (Before-time in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us goto the seen for/«; that is now called a Prophet, was before-time called a seer.)

10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unlo the city where the man of God was.

11 IT 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?

12 And thev 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.

13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find htm, before he go up to the high place to ear.: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the flee; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; lor about this time ye shall find him.

14 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.

15 IT Now the Lo Id had told Samuel hi his ear a day before Saul came, saying,

I. SAMUEL. Father's asses.

16 To-morrow about this time, I will send thee a man out of the hind 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 1 have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the Jokd said unto him, Behold the man

whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.

18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, 1 pray thee, where the seer's house i*\

19 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 lei thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thy heart.

20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on ail thy father's

21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamile, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakesl thou so to me?

22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the p;ir lour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.

23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which 1 gave thee, of which 1 said unto thee, Set it by thee.

, 24 And the cook took up the shoul-
der, and that which Ums 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, 1
have invited the people. So Saul did
eat with Samuel that day.
2.3 tf And when they were come down
from the high place into the city,
Samuel communed with Saul upon
the top of the house.
26 And they arose early: and it cams
to pass, about the spring of the day,
that Samuel called Saul to the top of
the house, 6aying, Up, that I may send
thee away. And Saul arose, and they

Saul anointed. CHAP. X.

went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the eervanls pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but sland thou still a while, that I may show thee the word of God.

CHAP. X.

THEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head,and kissed him, and eaid, Is it notbeeause the Loud hath anointed thee W&ecaptain over his inheritance?

2 When thou art departed from me to-day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachael's sepulchre, in the border Benjamin at Zelzali; and they willsa; unto thee, The asses which thou want est to seek are found: and, lo, thy fa ther hath left the care of the asses am sorroweth for you, saying, What shall 1 do for my son?

3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shall com plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up toGod toBelheJ, one carrying Uiree kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:

4 And they will salute thee, and giv thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.

5 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 me<*t 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:

6 And the Spirit of the Loan will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and 6halt be turned into another man.

7 And let it be, when these signs are| come unto thee, that thou do as occasion shall serre thee; for God is with thee.

8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, 1 will come down unto thee, to oiler bumt-ollY:rings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-ofi'erings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and show thee what thou shalt do.

9 TT And it was so, that,when he had turned his back to go from Samuef

Saul prophesieth. God gave him another heart: and uD those signs came to pass that day.

10 Ana when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of proph ets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

11 And it came to pass, when all that new him before-time saw, that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What w this thai is come untc the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?

12 And one of the same placeanswcred and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul a I.Ho among the prophets?

13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.

14 IT And Saul's uncle said untohirn and to his servant, Whither went ye?

Lnd he baid, To seek the asses: and /hen he saw that then tocre no where, vc came to Samuel.

15 And Saul's uncle said/Tell me, 1 pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.

I IS And Saul said unto his uucle.Ho told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the king dom, whereof Samuel spake, he told

17 TT And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeb;

18 And said unto the children of Is rael, Thus s;>ith the Lord God of Is rael, 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 op pressed you:

19 And ye have this day rejectee; 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 yom thousands.

20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

■21 When he had caused the tribe o( Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they ewight him, he could not be found.

Election of a fang. I. SAMUEI

22 Therefore they inquired of th' Lord further, if the man should yet come tliither. And the Lord answer-. ''d, Behold, he hath hid himself among | the etuflT.

23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when lie stood amongj ♦he people, he was higher than any of the people, from bis shoulders and upward.

24 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.

25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote if iii a book, and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. I

26 TT And Saul also went home to1 Gibeah; and there went witl band of men, whose hearts God had touched.

•27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought hi presents: but he held his pcz.ee. CHAP. XI.

THEN NahashtheAmmonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh ^ilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.

2 And Nabash the Ammonite answered thenr On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all yourright eyes, an< lay it/wa reproach upon all Israel.

3 And the elders of Jabesh said unl< him, Give us seven days' respite, tlia we may send messengers unto all tlx coasts of Israel: and then, if there be\ no man to save us, we will come out to thee.

4 TT Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidingsin the ears of the people: and alf the people lifted up their voices, and wept.

5 And, behold, Said came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aiteth the people that they weep? And (hey told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.

6" And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and | his anger was kindled greally

Ammonites smitten. throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, sayjig,"Whosoevcr cometh not Ibrth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the Lord fel on the people, and they came out witli one consent.

8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel wern three hundred thousand, and the men ofJudah thirty thousand.

9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, To-morrow by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and

ed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.

10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To-morrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that

eemeth good unto you.

11 And it was so on the morrow,tha i aul put the people in three compaies; and they came into the midst of ie 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 themwere not left together

12 TT And the people said unto Sam uel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to dealh.

13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to deatli this day: for today the Lord hath wrought salvation

14 IT Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there.

15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal; and thpre they sacrificed sacrifices of peace-offerings before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

CHAP. XII.

Behold, I have hearkened u voice in all that ye said unto mo, and have made a king over you. 2 And now, behold, the king walk th before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, mv sons are tli you: audi have walked before youjrom my childhood unto this daj

7 And he look a yoke of oxen, and 3 Behold, here I am: witness"against hewed them in pieces, and sent iAo»|me before the Lord, and before his

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