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Samuel's discourse anointed; whose ox have 1 taken? or| whose ass have 1 taken? or whom have 1 defrauded? whom have I o pressed ? or of whose hand have 1 r ceived any bribe to blind mine eyes! therewith ? and I will restore it you.

4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken aught of any man's hand.

5 And he said unto them, The Lord| is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found aught in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.

6 IT And Samuel said unto the peo. pie, It is the Lord that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.

7 Now therefore stand 6lili, lhat 1 may reason with you before the Loud, of al the righteous acts of the Lord, which he dfd to you and to your fathers.

8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers c of Egypt, and made them dwell this place.

9 And when they forgat the Loan their God, he sold them into the hand ofSisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them:

10 And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth; but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.

11 And theLoRD sent Jerubbaal,and Bedan, and Jephlhah, and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand ol your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

12 And when ye saw that Nahash. the king of the children of Amnion came against you, ye said unto me. Nay; but a king shall reign over us when the Lord your God was youi

CHAP. XIII. to Israel

against the cotnmandmentoftheLoRB then shall both ye, and also the king that reignelh over you, continue following the Lord your God:

15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the

ommandmentof the LoRD,tl)pn shall he hand of the Lord be against you, s it was against your fathers.

16 11 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes.

17 Is it not wheat-harvest to-day ?1 till call unto the Lord, and he shall

send thunder and rain, that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness great, which ye have done in the sight of the Lord,in asking you a king

18 So Samuel called unto the Lord; and the Lord sent thunder and ra'n

hat day: and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.

19 And all the people said unlo Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for

i-e have added unto all our sins this vil, lo ask us a king.

20 1T And Samuel said unto the peo pie, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart;

21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot proGt nor deliver; for they arc

13 Now therefore behold the kii whom ye have chosen, and whom; have desired I and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you.

141 f ye will Tear the LoRD,and serve I )ijm, and obey his

For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased theLoRD to make you his people.

23 Moreover, as for me, God forbid that I sould sin against the Lord in

to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

24 Only fear the Lord, and serve
dm in truth with all your heart: for

consider how great Mngs he hath
done for you.
a But if ye shall still do wickedly,
; shall be consumed, both ye and
your king.

CHAP. XIII.

SAUL reigned one year; and when lw had reigned two years over Israel,

2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel: whereof two thousand were

— .with Saul in Michmash and in mount

and not relull Beth-el, and a thousand were wilh Tlu Philistines I. SAMUEL. war against hrael.

Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and i hast, done foolishly: thou hast not kept the rest of the people he eent every the commandment of the Loud thy mail to his tent. God, which lie commanded thee: foi

3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that tons in Gibeah and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout al the land, saying, Let the Hebrew hear.

■1 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in abomination with the Philistines. And . . 'we A to Gil*.

51TAnd thePhilistinesgathered them selves together to fight with Israel thirty thousand chariots,and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea-shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Mich mash, eastward from Beth-aven.

6 When the men of Israel saw thatj they were in a strait, (for the peopli were distressed,) then the people did .'tide themselves in caves,and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in nits.

7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to'the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed inm trembling.

8 TT And he tarried seven days, ace ording to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

9 And Saul said, JBring hither a burntoffering to me, and peace-offerings. And he offered the burnt-offering.

10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering tl burnt-offering, behold, Samuel carm and Saul went out to meet him, th he might salute him.

11 IT And Samue. said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou earnest not within the days appointed, and thai the Philistines'gathered themselves together at Michtnash;

12 Therefore said I, The Philistine; will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LoaD: 1 forced myself therelore, and oirered a burnt-ottering.

13 And Srumiel said to Said, Thou

would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Loud hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Loud com manded thee.

Id And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin: and SauT numbered the people that mere present with him, about six hundred men.

IB And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Mich

17 TT And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth to Orphrah, unto the land of Shual:

18 And another company turned the way to Beth-boron : and another company turned to the way of the border that looketh to the valley of Zeboim, toward the wdderness.

19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel; (for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews mnke tliem swords or spears :)

20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

21 Yet they had a lile for the mattocks,and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes,and to sharpen

22 So it came to pass, in the day of battle, that there was neither sword

the hand of any of ere with Saul and ith Saul and with '.'as there found. Hi of the Philistines vent out to the passage oi'Michmash.

CHAP. XIV. \JOW it came to pass upon a day, LN that Jonathan the son of Saul said into the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison that is on the

ipear found ii the people that i Jonathan: but v Jonathan his son a And the;

Jonathan smilclh CHAI other side. But he told not his father.

2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost partof Gibeah, under a pomegranitetree wkich is in Migron ; and the people t hat were with him ivcre about six hundred men:

3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chabod's brollier, the son of Phinelias, the son of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, wearing an epliod. Anil the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.

4 1T And between the passage, by Which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there rvas a sharp rock on the oneside,and a sharp rock on the other .side : and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.

5 The fore-front of the one was situ ale northward over against Michmash, mid the other southward over against Gibeah.

6 And Jonathan said to U>e young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumeised ; it may be that the Loiu> will work for us: for there w no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.

7 And Ins armour-bearer said unto him, Do all that is in thy heart : turn lliec; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

tflhen said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we -vill discover ourselves unto (hem.

9 If they sav thus unto us,Tarryuntil we come to you, then we will siiuid Mill in our place, and will not go up unto them.

10 But if they say thus, Come up nulous; then we will go up: for the l.oai) hath delivered them into our amid ; ami this shall iVasign unto us.

11 And both of lliem discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines : and the Philistines said,Behold, Mie Hebrews come lorlh out of the noles where they had hid themselves.

l'2Andihe men of the gnrnison answerrd Jonathan and his armour-bearer, a ml said, Come up to us, and we will show vou a thing. And Jonathan s.ud unto his armour-bearer, Come up alter me; for the Lord hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.

13 And Jonathan climbed up upon do hand... and upon his feet, and his

\ XIV. the Philistines.

armour-bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan ; and his annouibearer slew after him.

14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armour-bearer made, was about Uvenly men, within as it were a half-acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.

15 And there was trembling in the host,in the field, and among all the people; the garrison,and the spoilers, they also trembled,and the earth quaked : so it was a very great trembling.

16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gio eah of Benjamin looked ; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

17 IT Then said Saul unto the people that?wre with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armour-be.i rer were not there.

18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God : (for the arkol God was at that tune with the children of Israel.)

IV) TT And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise thatjcusui the host of the Philistines went on, uid increased : and Saulsa.d unto the priest, Withdraw lay hand. 2U And Saul and all the people that were with linn assembled themselves, and they came to the battle ; and,be hold, every man's sword was ajrainst his fellow, andtherc was a very great disco i nli lure. -21 Moreover, the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time which went up with them into the cainp./)wn the country round about even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jon aihao.

22 Likewise all the men of Israe which had hid themselves in mount F.phmnn, when thev heard that the Philistines lied, even they also followed hard after them m the'battle. 2-3 So the Lord saved Israel that day; and the battle passed over unto Bethaven.

04 TT And the men of Israel were distressed that day ; for S;ml had adjure! the people.saying, Cursed be the man that eatelh ant/ food until evening that 1 may be avenged on mine ene nues. So none of the people tasteq ami food.

Saul's rash oath. I. SAMUEL. Jonathan condemned.

25 And all they of the land came to a not leave a man of them. And they

'wood; and there was honey upon the ground.

26 And when the people were come into the wood.behold, the honey dropped; but no man pn L ii is hand to his mouth : for the people feared the oath.

27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the) oath : wherefore he put forth the end) of the rod that tvas in his hand, and dipped it in a honey-comb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.

28 Then answered one of the people, I and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any Ibod this day. And the people were faint.

29 Then said Jonathan, My fath bath troubled the land: see, 1 pray you, how mine eyes have beeneulightined, because 1 taste*! a little of this Aouey.

30 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to-day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now much greater slaughter among th Philistines?

31 If And they smote the Philistines j that day from Michmash to Ajalon and the people were very faint.

39. And the people flew upon the o"poil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood.

33 U Then tbey told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the Loud in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye have transgressed : roll a I great stone unto me this day.

34 And Saul said,Disperse yourselves| among the people, and say unto the Bring me hit her every man his ox,a every man his sheep, and slay th feere.and eat; and sin not against the Lord in eating with the blood. And nil the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there.

35 And Saul built an altar unto the Lord ; the same was the first altar that he built unto the Lord.

36TT And Saul said, Let usgodown after the Philistines by night, and spoil Ihem until the morning-light, and ler

|said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us [draw near hither unto God.

37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines?

thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day.

38 And Saul said, Draw ye nearhith r all the chief of 1 he people; and

know and see wherein tin's sin hall; been this day:

39 For, as the Lokd lived), which aveth Israel,though it be in- Jonathan

my son, he shall surely die. But there urns not a man among all the people that answered him.

40 Then said he unto all Israel.Beye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.

41 Therefore Saul said unto the LonD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.

42 And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.

43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell rne what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, 1 did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that uxis in my hand, and, lo, 1 must die.

44 And Saul answered,God doso and norealso: for thou shalt surely die,

Jonathan.

45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the Lord liveth, there shall

t one hair of his head fall to the ound ; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jon athan, that he died not. 4o Then S<ml went up from following the Philistines: and the Philisiues went to their own place.

47 11 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his ene

i on every side, against Moab, and nst the children of Ammon, and against Edom,and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines, and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them.

48 And ho gailieml a host,nnd smote

Saul sent to destroy CHAP. XV.

the Amalekites, and delivered Israel I of the o. out of Hie hands of them that spoiled' them.

49 IT Now the sons of Saul were Jon alhan.and Ishui, and Melchishua: and the names of his two daughters were Oicse j the name of the first-born Me'ab, and the name of the younger Mi-hal:

.r>0 And the name of Saul's wife teas ihiuoam, the daughter of Ahiinaaz; nid the name of the captain of his host 'e son of Ner, Saul's

the AmalcKitcs. , and of the fallings

uncle:

:i[ And KLsh was the father of Saul; and Ner, Uie rather of Abner. was the .son of Abicl.

Cr2 And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man.or any valiant man, he look him'unto him.

CHAP. XV.

SAMUEL also said unto Saul, The Loud sent me toanoint thee to ie king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord.

2 Thus sailh the Lord ofhosts, I re member thai which Amalek did to Is rael, how he laid wait for him in the wny, when he came up from Egypt.

3 Now go and smite Amalek,and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

-1 And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.

f> And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

6 TT And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites.lest I destroy you with I hem: for ye showed kindness lo all the children of Israel when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.

7 1T And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah, until thou comest to Shur, that is over against E^ypt

3 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, andutlerly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

') But Saul and the people spared A^a;;, ami the best of the sheep, and

the Jambs, and all that was goo and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

10 IT Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying,

H It r^pentelh me that 1 have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back m following me, and hath not performed my commandments. Anil it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto he Lord all night.

ll2 And when Samuel rose early lev leetSaul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmei, and, behold, he set him up a place, and jone about, and passed on,and gone down to Gilgal.

13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: 1 have performed the comnandment of the Lord.

14 And Samuel said, What mcaneth tl>en this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? ~Z"

15 And Saul said, They have brought hem from the Amalekites: for the

people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Loud thy God; and the rest we have ulter.*y destroyed.

16 Then Samuel said unto Saul,Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lorehath said to me this night. And lie said unto him, Say on.

17 And Samuel said, When thou?iv«t little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Is

■ael, and the Lord anointed thee king

>ver Israel?

18 And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and 6aid, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight

gainst them, until they be consumed.

19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didstfly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent ine,and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly de

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