1 Samuel


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1 Samuel 1:1
Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of Mount Ephraim, and his name [was] Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite.

1 Samuel 1:2
And he had two wives; the name of the one [was] Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah, and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

1 Samuel 1:3
And this man went up out of his city yearly to prostrate [to God] and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, [were] there.

1 Samuel 1:4
And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions.

1 Samuel 1:5
But he gave a worthy portion to Hannah; for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had shut up her womb.

1 Samuel 1:6
And her adversary also provoked her sore, to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.

1 Samuel 1:7
And [as] he did so year by year, when she went up to the House of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

1 Samuel 1:8
Then Elkanah, her husband, said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? [Am] I not better to you than ten sons?"

1 Samuel 1:9
So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:10
And she [was] in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord, and wept sore.

1 Samuel 1:11
And she vowed a vow, and said, "O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your handmaid, and remember me, and not forget Your handmaid, but will give to Your handmaid a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor will come upon his head."

1 Samuel 1:12
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.

1 Samuel 1:13
Now Hannah, she spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard, therefore Eli thought she had been drunk.

1 Samuel 1:14
And Eli said to her, "How long you will be drunk? Put away your wine from you."

1 Samuel 1:15
And Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I [am] a woman of a sorrowful spirit, I have drunk neither wine or strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:16
Do not count your handmaid for a daughter of Belial, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken here."

1 Samuel 1:17
Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace, and the God of Israel grants [you] your petition that you have asked of Him."

1 Samuel 1:18
And she said, "Let Your handmaid find grace in Your sight." So the woman went her way, and ate, and her countenance was no longer [sad].

1 Samuel 1:19
And they rose up in the morning early, and prostrated to their faces before the Lord, *48:29 and returned, and came to their house to Ramah, and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.

1 Samuel 1:20
Therefore it came to pass, when the time was brought about after Hannah had conceived, that she bore a son, and called his name Samuel, [saying], "Because I have asked him of the Lord."

1 Samuel 1:21
And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

1 Samuel 1:22
But Hannah did not go up; for she said to her husband, "[I will not go up] until the child has weaned, and [then] I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and abide there forever."

1 Samuel 1:23
And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, "Do what seems good to you; sit until you have weaned him; surely the Lord will establish His word." So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.

1 Samuel 1:24
And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him to the House of the Lord in Shiloh, and the child [was] young.

1 Samuel 1:25
And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

1 Samuel 1:26
And she said, "Oh my lord, [as] your soul lives, my lord, I [am] the woman who stood by you here, praying to the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:27
For this child I prayed; and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him.

1 Samuel 1:28
Therefore I have also lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he will be lent to the Lord." And he prostrated to the Lord there.

1 Samuel 2:1
And Hannah prayed, and said, "My heart rejoices in the Lord, my horn is exalted in the Lord, my mouth is enlarged over my enemies; because I rejoice in Your salvation.

1 Samuel 2:2
[There are] none holy as the Lord, for [there are] none beside You, *Mark 12:32, *2:163, *2:255, *3:2, *3:18, *4:87, *6:102, *6:106, *7:158, *9:129, *20:8, *23:116, *27:26, *28:70, *28:88, *35:3, *38:65, *40:3, *40:62, *40:65, *44:8, *64:13 neither [is there] any rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:3
No longer talk so exceedingly proud; do [not] let arrogance come out of your mouth, for the Lord [is] a God of knowledge, and actions are weighed by Him.

1 Samuel 2:4
The bows of the mighty men [are] broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength.

1 Samuel 2:5
[Those who were] full have hired themselves out for bread; and [those who were] hungry ceased, so that the barren has born seven; and she who has many children is waxed feeble.

1 Samuel 2:6
The Lord kills, and makes alive, *7:158, *9:116, *10:56, *15:23, *22:66, *23:80, *40:68, *44:8, *50:43, *53:44, *57:2 He brings down to the grave, and brings up.  *22:66, *26:81

1 Samuel 2:7
The Lord makes poor, and makes rich, *13:26, *17:30, *29:62, *30:37, *34:36, *39:52, *42:12 He brings low, and lifts up.

1 Samuel 2:8
He raises up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory, for the pillars of the earth [are] the Lord's, and He has set the world upon them.

1 Samuel 2:9
He will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked will be silent in darkness; for no man will prevail by strength.

1 Samuel 2:10
The adversaries of the Lord will be broken to pieces; He will thunder upon them out of heaven, the Lord will judge the ends of the earth; and He will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed."

1 Samuel 2:11
And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.

1 Samuel 2:12
Now the sons of Eli [were] sons of Belial; they did not know the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:13
And the priests' custom with the people [was, that], when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;

1 Samuel 2:14
And he struck [it] into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up, the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there.

1 Samuel 2:15
Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man who sacrificed, "Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of you, but raw."

1 Samuel 2:16
And [if] any man said to him, "Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and [then] take [as much] as your soul desires;" then he would answer him, "[No]; but you will give [it to me] now, and if not, I will take [it] by force."

1 Samuel 2:17
Therefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for men abhorred the offering of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:18
But Samuel ministered before the Lord, [being] a child, girded with a linen ephod.

1 Samuel 2:19
Moreover, his mother made him a little coat, and brought [it] to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:20
And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, "The Lord gives you seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord." And they went to their own home.

1 Samuel 2:21
And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bore three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:22
Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did to all Israel; and how they lay with the women who assembled [at] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

1 Samuel 2:23
And he said to them, "Why do you such things? For I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.

1 Samuel 2:24
No, my sons; for [it is] no good report that I hear, you make the Lord's people to transgress.

1 Samuel 2:25
If one man sins against another, the judge will judge him, but if a man sins against the Lord, who will entreat for him?" Notwithstanding they did not listen to the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them.

1 Samuel 2:26
And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord, and also with men.

1 Samuel 2:27
And there came a man of God to Eli, and said to him, "Thus the Lord says, 'Did I plainly appear to the house of your father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?

1 Samuel 2:28
And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel [to be] My priest, to offer upon My altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before Me? And did I give to the house of your father all the offerings made by fire of the Children of Israel?'

1 Samuel 2:29
Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering, which I have commanded [in My] habitation; and honor your sons above Me, to make yourselves fat with the first of all the offerings of Israel My people?'

1 Samuel 2:30
Therefore the Lord God of Israel says, 'I said indeed [that] your house, and the house of your father, should walk before Me forever,' but now the Lord says, 'It is far from Me; for those who honor Me, I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.

1 Samuel 2:31
Behold, the days come, that I will cut off your arm, and the arm of your father's house, that there will not be an old man in your house.

1 Samuel 2:32
And you will see an enemy [in My] habitation, in all [the wealth] which [God] will give Israel, and there will not be an old man in your house forever.

1 Samuel 2:33
And the man of yours, [whom] I will not cut off from My altar, [will be] to consume your eyes, and to grieve your heart, and all the increase of your house will die in the flower of their age.

1 Samuel 2:34
And this [will be] a sign to you, that will come upon your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they will die, both of them.

1 Samuel 2:35
And I will raise Me up a faithful priest, [that] will do according to [that] which [is] in My heart and in My mind, and I will build him a sure house; and he will walk before My anointed forever.

1 Samuel 2:36
And it will come to pass, [that] everyone who is left in your house will come [and] prostrate to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and will say, 'Please put me into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.'"

1 Samuel 3:1
And the child Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; [there was] no open vision.

1 Samuel 3:2
And it came to pass at that time, when Eli [had] laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, [that] he could not see;

1 Samuel 3:3
And before the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God [was], and Samuel had laid down [to sleep];

1 Samuel 3:4
That the Lord called Samuel, and he answered, "Here I [am]."

1 Samuel 3:5
And he ran to Eli, and said, "Here I [am]; for you called me." And he said, "I did not call; lie down again." And he went and laid down.

1 Samuel 3:6
And the Lord called yet again, "Samuel." And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I [am]; for you did call me." And he answered, "I did not call, my son; lie down again."

1 Samuel 3:7
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord revealed to him yet.

1 Samuel 3:8
And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, "Here I [am]; for you did call me." And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.

1 Samuel 3:9
Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and it will be, if He calls you, that you will say, 'Speak, Lord; for Your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and laid down in his place.

1 Samuel 3:10
And the Lord came, and stood, and called as the other times, "Samuel, Samuel." Then Samuel answered, "Speak; for Your servant *19:93*21:26 hears."

1 Samuel 3:11
And the Lord said to Samuel, "Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which, both the ears will tingle, of everyone who hears it.

1 Samuel 3:12
In that day I will perform against Eli all [things] which I have spoken concerning his house, when I begin, I will also make an end.

1 Samuel 3:13
For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows; because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them.

1 Samuel 3:14
And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house will not be purged with sacrifice or offering forever."

1 Samuel 3:15
And Samuel laid until the morning, and opened the doors of the House of the Lord. And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision.

1 Samuel 3:16
Then Eli called Samuel, and said, "Samuel, my son." And he answered, "Here I [am]."

1 Samuel 3:17
And he said, "What [is] the thing that [the Lord] has said to you? Please do not hide [it] from me, thus God will do so to you, and more also, if you hide [any] thing from me of all the things that He said to you."

1 Samuel 3:18
And Samuel told him all the words, and hid nothing from him. And he said, "It [is] the Lord, let Him do what seems good to Him."

1 Samuel 3:19
And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let any of his words fall to the ground.

1 Samuel 3:20
And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel [was] established [to be] a prophet of the Lord.

1 Samuel 3:21
And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

1 Samuel 4:1
And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer, and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.

1 Samuel 4:2
And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel, and when they joined battle, Israel was struck before the Philistines, and they slew about four thousand men of the army in the field.

1 Samuel 4:3
And when the people were brought into the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the Lord struck us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh to us, that, when it comes among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies."

1 Samuel 4:4
So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts from there, which dwells [between] the cherubims; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, [were] there with the ark of the covenant of God.

1 Samuel 4:5
And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

1 Samuel 4:6
And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, "What [does] the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews [mean]?" And they understood that the ark of the Lord was brought into the camp.

1 Samuel 4:7
And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "God has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us! For there has not been such a thing three days ago.

1 Samuel 4:8
Woe to us! Who will deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods? These [are] the gods that struck the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.

1 Samuel 4:9
Be strong, and become men, O you Philistines, that you are not servants to the Hebrews, as they have been to you, become men, and fight."

1 Samuel 4:10
And the Philistines fought, and Israel was struck, and they fled, every man into his tent, and there was a very great slaughter; for thirty thousand footmen of Israel fell.

1 Samuel 4:11
And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

1 Samuel 4:12
And a man of Benjamin ran out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head.

1 Samuel 4:13
And when he came, look, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told [it], all the city cried out.

1 Samuel 4:14
And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, "What [is the meaning of] the noise of this tumult?" And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.

1 Samuel 4:15
Now Eli was ninety eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.

1 Samuel 4:16
And the man said to Eli, "I [am] he who came out of the army, and I fled today out of the army." And he said, "What is there done, my son?"

1 Samuel 4:17
And the messenger answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great slaughter among the people, and your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken."

1 Samuel 4:18
And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck broke, and he died, for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel for forty years.

1 Samuel 4:19
And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, [near] to be delivered, and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.

1 Samuel 4:20
And about the time of her death, the women who stood by her said to her, "Do not fear; for you have born a son." But she did not answer, neither did she regard [it].

1 Samuel 4:21
And she named the child Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel," because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband.

1 Samuel 4:22
And she said, "The glory has departed from Israel," for the ark of God was taken.

1 Samuel 5:1
And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.

1 Samuel 5:2
When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

1 Samuel 5:3
And when those of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon [had] fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

1 Samuel 5:4
And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon [had] fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands [were] cut off upon the threshold; only [the stump of] Dagon was left to him.

1 Samuel 5:5
Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any who come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

1 Samuel 5:6
But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon those of Ashdod, and He destroyed them, and struck them with emerods, [even] Ashdod and the coasts thereof.

1 Samuel 5:7
And when the men of Ashdod saw that [it was] so, they said, "The ark of the God of Israel will not abide with us, for His hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god."

1 Samuel 5:8
They therefore sent and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to them, and said, "What will we do with the ark of the God of Israel?" And they answered, "Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about to Gath." And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about [there].

1 Samuel 5:9
And it was [so], that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction, and He struck the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

1 Samuel 5:10
Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, "They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people."

1 Samuel 5:11
So they sent and gathered all the lords of the Philistines together, and said, "Send the ark of the God of Israel away, and let it go again to its own place, that it does not slay us and our people," for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

1 Samuel 5:12
And the men who did not die were struck with the emerods, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

1 Samuel 6:1
And the ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines for seven months.

1 Samuel 6:2
And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, "What will we do to the ark of the Lord? Tell us whereby we will send it to its place."

1 Samuel 6:3
And they said, "If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but in any wise return Him a trespass offering, then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why His hand has not removed from you."

1 Samuel 6:4
Then they said, "What [will] the trespass offering [be] which we will return to Him?" They answered, "Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, [according to] the number of the lords of the Philistines, for one plague [was] on you all, and on your lords.

1 Samuel 6:5
Therefore you will make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and you will give glory to the God of Israel, perhaps He will lighten His hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.

1 Samuel 6:6
Why then do you harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had dealt severely with them; did they not let the people go, and they departed?

1 Samuel 6:7
Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch young cows, on which there has come no yoke, and tie the young cows to the cart, and bring their calves home from them.

1 Samuel 6:8
And take the ark of the Lord, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which you return Him [for] a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go.

1 Samuel 6:9
And see, if it goes up by the way of its own coast to Bethshemesh, [then] He has done us this great evil, but if not, then we will know that [it is] not His hand [that] struck us, it [was] a chance [that] happened to us."

1 Samuel 6:10
And the men did so; and took two milch young cows, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.

1 Samuel 6:11
And they laid the ark of the Lord upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.

1 Samuel 6:12
And the young cows took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, [and] went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside [to] the right hand or [to] the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Bethshemesh.

1 Samuel 6:13
And [those of] Bethshemesh [were] reaping their wheat harvest in the valley, and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see [it].

1 Samuel 6:14
And the cart came into the field of Joshua, a Bethshemite, and stood there, where [there was] a great stone, and they clave the wood of the cart, and offered the young cows as a burnt offering to the Lord.

1 Samuel 6:15
And the Levites took down the ark of the Lord, and the coffer that [was] with it, wherein the jewels of gold [were], and put [them] on the great stone, and the men of Bethshemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day to the Lord.

1 Samuel 6:16
And when the five lords of the Philistines had seen [it], they returned to Ekron the same day.

1 Samuel 6:17
And these [are] the golden emerods which the Philistines returned [for] a trespass offering to the Lord; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;

1 Samuel 6:18
And the golden mice, [according to] the number of all the cities of the Philistines [belonging] to the five lords, [both] of fenced cities, and of country villages, even to the great [stone of] Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the Lord, [which stone remains] to this day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite.

1 Samuel 6:19
And He struck the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, He even struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, and the people lamented, because the Lord had struck [many] of the people with a great slaughter.

1 Samuel 6:20
And the men of Bethshemesh said, "Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? And to whom will He go up from us?"

1 Samuel 6:21
And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying, "The Philistines have brought the ark of the Lord again; come down, [and] fetch it up to you."

1 Samuel 7:1
And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar, his son, to keep the ark of the Lord.

1 Samuel 7:2
And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

1 Samuel 7:3
And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, [then] put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts to the Lord, and serve Him only, and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 7:4
Then the Children of Israel put Baalim and Ashtaroth away, and only served the Lord.

1 Samuel 7:5
And Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you to the Lord."

1 Samuel 7:6
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured [it] out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, "We have sinned against the Lord." And Samuel judged the Children of Israel in Mizpeh.

1 Samuel 7:7
And when the Philistines heard that the Children of Israel had 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 the Philistines.

1 Samuel 7:8
And the Children of Israel said to Samuel, "Do not cease to cry to the Lord our God for us, that He will save us out of the hand of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 7:9
And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered [it for] a burnt offering wholly to the Lord, and Samuel cried to the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him.

1 Samuel 7:10
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 struck before Israel.

1 Samuel 7:11
And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and struck them, until [they came] under Bethcar.

1 Samuel 7:12
Then Samuel took a stone, and set [it] between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, "The Lord has helped us here."

1 Samuel 7:13
So the Philistines were subdued, and they no longer came into the coast of Israel, and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

1 Samuel 7:14
And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israel delivered the coasts thereof out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

1 Samuel 7:15
And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.

1 Samuel 7:16
And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.

1 Samuel 7:17
And his return [was] to Ramah; for his house [was] there; and there he judged Israel; and he built an altar there to the Lord.

1 Samuel 8:1
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

1 Samuel 8:2
Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah, [they were] judges in Beersheba.

1 Samuel 8:3
And his sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

1 Samuel 8:4
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah,

1 Samuel 8:5
And said to him, "Behold, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways, now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."

1 Samuel 8:6
But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the Lord.

1 Samuel 8:7
And the Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.

1 Samuel 8:8
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, whereby they have forsaken Me, and served other gods, so they also do to you.

1 Samuel 8:9
Now therefore hear their voice, howbeit still protest solemnly to them, and show them the manner of the king that will reign over them."

1 Samuel 8:10
And Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked a king of him.

1 Samuel 8:11
And he said, "This will be the manner of the king who will reign over you, he will take your sons, and appoint [them] for himself, for his chariots, and [to be] his horsemen; and [some] will run before his chariots.

1 Samuel 8:12
And he will appoint himself captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and [will set them] to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

1 Samuel 8:13
And he will take your daughters [to be] confectioneries, and [to be] cooks, and [to be] bakers.

1 Samuel 8:14
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, [even] the best [of them], and give [them] to his servants.

1 Samuel 8:15
And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

1 Samuel 8:16
And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your donkeys, and put [them] to his work.

1 Samuel 8:17
He will take the tenth of your sheep, and you will be his servants.

1 Samuel 8:18
And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you will have chosen yourself; and the Lord will not hear you in that day."

1 Samuel 8:19
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No; but we will have a king over us; *Acts 13:21

1 Samuel 8:20
That we may also be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles." *2:246

1 Samuel 8:21
And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.

1 Samuel 8:22
And the Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to their voice, and make them a king." And Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Go, every man to his city."

1 Samuel 9:1
Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name [was] Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.

1 Samuel 9:2
And he had a son, whose name [was] Saul, a choice young man, and good, and [there was] not among the Children of Israel a better person than him, from his shoulders and upward [he was] higher than any of the people.

1 Samuel 9:3
And the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. And Kish said to Saul, his son, "Take one of the servants with you now, and arise, go seek the donkeys."

1 Samuel 9:4
And he passed through Mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they did not find [them], then they passed through the land of Shalim, and [they were] not [there], and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find [them].

1 Samuel 9:5
[And] when they were brought to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who [was] with him, "Come, and let us return; unless my father leaves [caring] for the donkeys, and takes thought for us."

1 Samuel 9:6
And he said to him, "Behold now, [there is] a man of God in this city, and [he is] an honorable man; all that he says surely comes to pass, now let us go there; perhaps he can show us the way that we should go."

1 Samuel 9:7
Then Saul said to his servant, "But, behold, [if] we go, what will 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 do we have?"

1 Samuel 9:8
And the servant answered Saul again, and said, "Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver, I will give [that] to the man of God, to tell us our way."

1 Samuel 9:9
(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spoke, "Come, and let us go to the seer," for [he who is] now [called] a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer).

1 Samuel 9:10
Then Saul said to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God [was].

1 Samuel 9:11
[And] as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?"

1 Samuel 9:12
And they answered them, and said, "He is; behold, [he is] before you, make haste now, for he came today to the city; for [there is] a sacrifice of the people today in the high place.

1 Samuel 9:13
As soon as you are brought into the city, you will straightway find him, before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he blesses the sacrifice; [and] afterwards they eat that is bidden. Now therefore get up; for you will find him about this time."

1 Samuel 9:14
And they went up into the city, [and] when they were brought into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them to go up to the high place.

1 Samuel 9:15
Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,

1 Samuel 9:16
"Tomorrow I will send you a man out of the land of Benjamin about this time, and you will anoint him [to be] captain over My people Israel, that he may save My people out of the hand of the Philistines, for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me."

1 Samuel 9:17
And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, "Behold the man whom I spoke to you of. This same will reign over My people."

1 Samuel 9:18
Then Saul drew near Samuel in the gate, and said, "Please tell me where [is] the seer's house."

1 Samuel 9:19
And Samuel answered Saul, and said, "I [am] the seer, go up before me to the high place; for you will eat with me today, and tomorrow I will let you go, and will tell you all that [is] in your heart.

1 Samuel 9:20
And as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them; for they are found. And on whom [is] all the desire of Israel? [Is it] not on you, and on all your father's house?"

1 Samuel 9:21
And Saul answered and said, "[Am] I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And my family, the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak so to me?"

1 Samuel 9:22
And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlor, and made them sit in the head place among those who were bidden, which [were] about thirty persons.

1 Samuel 9:23
And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to you, 'Set it by you.'"

1 Samuel 9:24
And the cook took up the shoulder, and [that] which [was] upon it, and set [it] before Saul. And [Samuel] said, "Behold that which is left! Set [it] before you, [and] eat, for it has been kept for you to this time since I said, 'I have invited the people.'" So Saul ate with Samuel that day.

1 Samuel 9:25
And when they were brought down from the high place into the city, [Samuel] communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

1 Samuel 9:26
And they arose early, and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away." And Saul arose, and they went out, both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.

1 Samuel 9:27
[And] as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Bid the servant to pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand still a while, that I may show you the word of God."

1 Samuel 10:1
Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured [it] upon his head, and kissed him, and said, "[Is it] not because the Lord has anointed you [to be] captain over His inheritance?

1 Samuel 10:2
When you have departed from me today, then you will find two men by Rachel's sepulcher in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, 'The donkeys which you went to seek are found, and, look, your father has left the care of the donkeys, and sorrows for you, saying, 'What will I do for my son?'

1 Samuel 10:3
Then you will go on forward from there, and you will come to the plain of Tabor, and there, three men going up to God to Bethel will meet you, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine.

1 Samuel 10:4
And they will salute you, and give you two [loaves] of bread; which you will receive of their hands.

1 Samuel 10:5
After that you will come to the hill of God, where the garrison of the Philistines [is], and it will come to pass, when you are brought there to the city, that you will meet 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 will prophesy.

1 Samuel 10:6
And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them, and will be turned into another man.

1 Samuel 10:7
And let it be, when these signs are brought to you, [that] you do as occasion serves you; for God [is] with you.

1 Samuel 10:8
And you will go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt offerings, [and] to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings, for you will wait for seven days, until I come to you, and show you what you will do."

1 Samuel 10:9
And it was [so], that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart, and all those signs came to pass that day.

1 Samuel 10:10
And when they came there to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

1 Samuel 10:11
And it came to pass, when all who knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said to one another, "What [is] this [that] has come to the son of Kish? [Is] Saul also among the prophets?"

1 Samuel 10:12
And one of the same place answered and said, "But who [is] their father?" Therefore it became a proverb, "[Is] Saul also among the prophets?"

1 Samuel 10:13
And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.

1 Samuel 10:14
And Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, "Where did you go?" And he said, "To seek the donkeys, and when we saw that [they were] nowhere, we came to Samuel."

1 Samuel 10:15
And Saul's uncle said, "Please tell me what Samuel said to you."

1 Samuel 10:16
And Saul said to his uncle, "He told us plainly that the donkeys were found." But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spoke, he did not tell him.

1 Samuel 10:17
And Samuel called the people together to the Lord to Mizpeh;

1 Samuel 10:18
And said to the Children of Israel, "Thus the Lord God of Israel says, 'I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, [and] of those who oppressed you.'

1 Samuel 10:19
And you have rejected your God this day, who Himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to Him, '[No], but set a king over us.' Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands."

1 Samuel 10:20
And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

1 Samuel 10:21
When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul, the son of Kish, was taken, and when they sought him, he could not be found.

1 Samuel 10:22
Therefore they inquired of the Lord further, if the man should still come there. And the Lord answered, "Behold, he has hidden himself among the implements."

1 Samuel 10:23
And they ran and fetched him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

1 Samuel 10:24
And Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen, that [there are] none like him among all the people?" And all the people shouted, and said, "God save the king."

1 Samuel 10:25
Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote [it] in a Book, and laid [it] up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

1 Samuel 10:26
And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and a band of men went there with him, whose hearts God had touched.

1 Samuel 10:27
But the children of Belial said, "How will this man save us?" And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

1 Samuel 11:1
Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you."

1 Samuel 11:2
And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, "On this [condition] will I make [a covenant] with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it [for] a reproach upon all Israel."

1 Samuel 11:3
And the elders of Jabesh said to him, "Give us respite for seven days', that we may send messengers to all the coasts of Israel, and then, if [there is] no man to save us, we will come out to you."

1 Samuel 11:4
Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept.

1 Samuel 11:5
And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, "What [ails] the people that they weep?" And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.

1 Samuel 11:6
And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.

1 Samuel 11:7
And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent [them] throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, "Whoever does not come forth after Saul and after Samuel, so will it be done to his oxen." And the fear of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.

1 Samuel 11:8
And when he numbered them in Bezek, the Children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

1 Samuel 11:9
And they said to the messengers who came, "Thus you will say to the men of Jabeshgilead, 'Tomorrow, by [that time] the sun is hot, you will have help.'" And the messengers came and showed [it] to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.

1 Samuel 11:10
Therefore the men of Jabesh said, "Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you will do with us all that seems good to you."

1 Samuel 11:11
And it was [so] on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day, and it came to pass, that those who remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.

1 Samuel 11:12
And the people said to Samuel, "Who [is] he who said, 'Should Saul reign over us?' *2:247 Bring the men, that we may put them to death."

1 Samuel 11:13
And Saul said, "There will not be a man put to death this day, for today the Lord has made salvation in Israel."

1 Samuel 11:14
Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there."

1 Samuel 11:15
And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

1 Samuel 12:1
And Samuel said to all Israel, "Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you."

1 Samuel 12:2
And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons [are] with you, and I have walked before you from my childhood to this day.

1 Samuel 12:3
Behold, here I [am], witness against me before the Lord, and before His anointed, whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or of whose hand have I received [any] bribe to blind my eyes therewith? And I will restore it you."

1 Samuel 12:4
And they said, "You have not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither have you taken anything of any man's hand."

1 Samuel 12:5
And he said to them, "The Lord [is] witness against you, and His anointed [is] witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand." And they answered, "[He is] witness."

1 Samuel 12:6
And Samuel said to the people, "[It is] the Lord who advanced Moses and Aaron, and who brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 12:7
Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the righteous acts of the Lord, which He did to you and to your fathers.

1 Samuel 12:8
When Jacob was brought into Egypt, and your fathers cried to the Lord, then the Lord sent Moses and Aaron, who brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.

1 Samuel 12:9
And when they forgot the Lord their God, He sold them into the hand of Sisera, 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.

1 Samuel 12:10
And they cried to 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 You.'

1 Samuel 12:11
And the Lord sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you dwelt safely.

1 Samuel 12:12
And when you saw that Nahash, the king of the children of Ammon, came against you, you said to me, 'No; but a king will reign over us,' *Acts 13:21, *2:246 when the Lord your God [was] your king.

1 Samuel 12:13
Now therefore behold the king whom you have chosen, [and] whom you have desired! And, behold, the Lord has set a king over you.

1 Samuel 12:14
If you will fear the Lord, and serve Him, and obey His voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God.

1 Samuel 12:15
But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as [it was] against your fathers.

1 Samuel 12:16
Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes.

1 Samuel 12:17
[Is it] not wheat harvest today? I will call to the Lord, and He will send thunder and rain; that you may perceive and see that your wickedness [is] great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking a king."

1 Samuel 12:18
So Samuel called to the Lord; and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.

1 Samuel 12:19
And all the people said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we do not die, for we have added to all our sins [this] evil, to ask us a king."

1 Samuel 12:20
And Samuel said to the people, "Do not fear, you have done all this wickedness, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart;

1 Samuel 12:21
And do not turn aside, for [then you go] after vain [things], which cannot profit or deliver; for they [are] vain.

1 Samuel 12:22
For the Lord will not forsake His people for His great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people.

1 Samuel 12:23
Moreover, as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you, but I will teach you the good and the right way.

1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the Lord, *4:131 and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great [things] He has done for you.

1 Samuel 12:25
But if you will still do wickedly, you will be consumed, both you and your king."

1 Samuel 13:1
Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,

1 Samuel 13:2
Saul chose three thousand [men] of Israel; [whereof] two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in Mount Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin, and he sent the rest of the people, every man to his tent.

1 Samuel 13:3
And Jonathan struck the garrison of the Philistines that [was] in Geba, and the Philistines heard [of it]. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, "Let the Hebrews hear."

1 Samuel 13:4
And all Israel heard it said [that] Saul had struck a garrison of the Philistines, and [that] Israel also was abhorred by the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal.

1 Samuel 13:5
And the Philistines gathered themselves 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 Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.

1 Samuel 13:6
When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people hid themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. *2:246

1 Samuel 13:7
And [some of] the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he [was] still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

1 Samuel 13:8
And he abode for seven days, according to the set time that Samuel [had appointed], but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

1 Samuel 13:9
And Saul said, "Bring a burnt offering to me here, and peace offerings." And he offered the burnt offering.

1 Samuel 13:10
And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.

1 Samuel 13:11
And Samuel said, "What have you done?" And Saul said, "Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and [that] you did not come within the days appointed, and [that] the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

1 Samuel 13:12
Therefore I said, 'Now the Philistines will come down upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord,' I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering."

1 Samuel 13:13
And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly, you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, for now the Lord would have established your kingdom upon Israel forever.

1 Samuel 13:14
But now your kingdom will not continue, the Lord has sought Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him [to be] captain over His people, because you have not kept [that] which the Lord commanded you."

1 Samuel 13:15
And Samuel arose, and got up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people [who were] present with him, about six hundred men.

1 Samuel 13:16
And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people [who were] present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.

1 Samuel 13:17
And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies, one company turned to the way [that leads to] Ophrah, to the land of Shual.

1 Samuel 13:18
And another company turned the way [to] Bethhoron, and another company turned [to] the way of the border that looks to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.

1 Samuel 13:19
Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, "Unless the Hebrews make [themselves] swords or spears."

1 Samuel 13:20
But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen, every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

1 Samuel 13:21
Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.

1 Samuel 13:22
So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword or spear found in the hand of any of the people who [were] with Saul and Jonathan, but Saul and his son Jonathan kept hold of them.

1 Samuel 13:23
And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of Michmash.

1 Samuel 14:1
Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that [is] on the other side." But he did not tell his father.

1 Samuel 14:2
And Saul abode in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which [is] in Migron, and the people who [were] with him [were] about six hundred men;

1 Samuel 14:3
And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan was gone.

1 Samuel 14:4
And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistines' garrison, [there was] a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side, and the name of the one [was] Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.

1 Samuel 14:5
The forefront of the one [was] situated northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.

1 Samuel 14:6
And Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised, it may be that the Lord will work for us, for [there is] no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few."

1 Samuel 14:7
And his armorbearer said to him, "Do all that [is] in your heart, turn; behold, I [am] with you according to your heart."

1 Samuel 14:8
Then Jonathan said, "Behold, we will pass over to [these] men, and we will reveal ourselves to them.

1 Samuel 14:9
If they say thus to us, 'Stand still until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up to them.'

1 Samuel 14:10
But if they say thus, 'Come up to us;' then we will go up, for the Lord has delivered them into our hand, and this [will be] a sign to us."

1 Samuel 14:11
And both of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, and the Philistines said, "Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves."

1 Samuel 14:12
And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, "Come up to us, and we will let you know something." And Jonathan said to his armorbearer, "Come up after me, for the Lord has delivered them into the hand of Israel."

1 Samuel 14:13
And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armorbearer after him, and they fell before Jonathan; and his armorbearer slew after him.

1 Samuel 14:14
And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armorbearer made, was about twenty men, *2:246 within as it were a half acre of land, [which] a yoke [of oxen might plow].

1 Samuel 14:15
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.

1 Samuel 14:16
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down [one another].

1 Samuel 14:17
Then Saul said to the people who [were] with him, "Number now, and see who is gone from us." And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armorbearer [were] not [there].

1 Samuel 14:18
And Saul said to Ahiah, "Bring the ark of God here." For the ark of God was with the Children of Israel at that time. *2:248

1 Samuel 14:19
And it came to pass, while Saul talked to the priest, that the noise that [was] in the host of the Philistines went on and increased, and Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand."

1 Samuel 14:20
And Saul and all the people who [were] with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle, and, behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, [and there was] a very great discomfiture.

1 Samuel 14:21
Moreover the Hebrews [who] were with the Philistines before that time, who went up with them into the camp [from the country] round about, even they also [turned] to be with the Israelites who [were] with Saul and Jonathan.

1 Samuel 14:22
Likewise, all the men of Israel who had hid themselves in Mount Ephraim, [when] they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle.

1 Samuel 14:23
So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle passed over to Bethaven.

1 Samuel 14:24
And the men of Israel were distressed that day, for Saul had adjured the people, saying, "Cursed [is] the man who eats [any] food until evening, that I may be avenged on my enemies." So none of the people tasted [any] food.

1 Samuel 14:25
And all [those of] the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.

1 Samuel 14:26
And when the people were brought into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth, *~2:249 for the people feared the oath.

1 Samuel 14:27
But Jonathan did not hear when his father charged the people with the oath, therefore he put forth the end of the rod that [was] in his hand, and dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.

1 Samuel 14:28
Then one of the people answered and said, "Your father straightly charged the people with an oath, saying, 'Cursed [is] the man who eats [any] food this day.'" And the people were faint.

1 Samuel 14:29
Then Jonathan said, "My father has troubled the land, please see how my eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.

1 Samuel 14:30
How much more, if haply the people had freely eaten today of the spoil of their enemies which they found? For had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?"

1 Samuel 14:31
And they struck the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon, and the people were very faint.

1 Samuel 14:32
And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew [them] on the ground, and the people ate [them] with the blood.

1 Samuel 14:33
Then they told Saul, saying, "Behold, the people sin against the Lord, in that they eat with the blood." And he said, "You have transgressed, roll a great stone to me this day."

1 Samuel 14:34
And Saul said, "Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them, 'Bring me here, every man, his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay [them] here, and eat; and do not sin against the Lord in eating with the blood.'" And all the people brought, every man his ox with him that night, and slew [them] there.

1 Samuel 14:35
And Saul built an altar to the Lord, the same was the first altar that he built to the Lord.

1 Samuel 14:36
And Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them." And they said, "Do whatever seems good to you." Then the priest said, "Let us draw near here to God."

1 Samuel 14:37
And Saul asked counsel of God, "Should I go down after the Philistines? Will You deliver them into the hand of Israel?" But He did not answer him that day.

1 Samuel 14:38
And Saul said, "Draw near here, all the chief of the people, and know and see wherein this sin has been this day.

1 Samuel 14:39
For, [as] the Lord lives, who saves Israel, though it is in Jonathan my son, he will surely die." But [there was] not a man among all the people [who] answered him.

1 Samuel 14:40
Then he said to all Israel, "Be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side." And the people said to Saul, "Do what seems good to you."

1 Samuel 14:41
Therefore Saul said to the Lord God of Israel, "Give a perfect [lot]." And Saul and Jonathan were taken, but the people escaped.

1 Samuel 14:42
And Saul said, "Cast [lots] between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.

1 Samuel 14:43
Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." And Jonathan told him, and said, "I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that [was] in my hand, [and], look, I must die."

1 Samuel 14:44
And Saul answered, "God do so and more also, for you will surely die, Jonathan."

1 Samuel 14:45
And the people said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die, who has made this great salvation in Israel? God forbid, [as] the Lord lives, not one hair of his head will fall to the ground; for he has done with God this day." So the people rescued Jonathan, that he did not die.

1 Samuel 14:46
Then Saul went up from following the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.

1 Samuel 14:47
So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines, and wherever he turned himself, he vexed [them]. *Book of Enoch 89:43

1 Samuel 14:48
And he gathered a host, and struck the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who spoiled them.

1 Samuel 14:49
Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua, and the names of his two daughters [were these]; the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal.

1 Samuel 14:50
And the name of Saul's wife [was] Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz, and the name of the captain of his host [was] Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.

1 Samuel 14:51
And Kish [was] the father of Saul; and Ner, the father of Abner, [was] the son of Abiel.

1 Samuel 14:52
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 took him to him.

1 Samuel 15:1
Samuel also said to Saul, "The Lord sent me to anoint you [to be] king over His people, over Israel, now therefore listen to the voice of the words of the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:2
Thus the Lord says of hosts, 'I remember [that] which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid [wait] for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

1 Samuel 15:3
Now go and strike Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'"

1 Samuel 15:4
And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah.

1 Samuel 15:5
And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

1 Samuel 15:6
And Saul said to the Kenites, "Go, depart, get down from among the Amalekites, unless I destroy you with them, for you showed kindness to all the Children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.

1 Samuel 15:7
And Saul struck the Amalekites from Havilah [until] you come to Shur, that [is] over against Egypt.

1 Samuel 15:8
And he took Agag, the king of the Amalekites, alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

1 Samuel 15:9
But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all [that was] good, and would not utterly destroy them, but everything [that was] vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

1 Samuel 15:10
Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying,

1 Samuel 15:11
"It repents Me that I have set up Saul [to be] king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments." And it grieved Samuel; and he cried to the Lord all night.

1 Samuel 15:12
And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told to Samuel, saying, "Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set himself up a place, and has gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal."

1 Samuel 15:13
And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, "Blessed [are] you of the Lord, I have performed the commandment of the Lord."

1 Samuel 15:14
And Samuel said, "What [is the meaning] then of this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"

1 Samuel 15:15
And Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed."

1 Samuel 15:16
Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stay, and I will tell you what the Lord has said to me this night." And he said to him, "Say on."

1 Samuel 15:17
And Samuel said, "When you [were] little in your own sight, [were] you not [made] the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed you king over Israel?

1 Samuel 15:18
And the Lord sent you on a journey, and said, 'Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.'

1 Samuel 15:19
Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord, but flew upon the spoil, and did evil in the sight of the Lord?"

1 Samuel 15:20
And Saul said to Samuel, "Indeed, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag, the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

1 Samuel 15:21
But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal."

1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, "Does the Lord have delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to listen than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:23
For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from [being] king."

1 Samuel 15:24
And Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and your words, because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

1 Samuel 15:25
Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may prostrate to the Lord."

1 Samuel 15:26
And Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel."

1 Samuel 15:27
And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.

1 Samuel 15:28
And Samuel said to him, "The Lord has rent the kingdom of Israel from you this day, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, [who is] better than you.

1 Samuel 15:29
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie or repent, for He [is] not a man, that He should repent."

1 Samuel 15:30
Then he said, "I have sinned, [yet] please honor me now before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may prostrate to the Lord your God."

1 Samuel 15:31
So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul prostrated to the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:32
Then Samuel said, "Bring Agag here to me, the king of the Amalekites." And Agag came to him delicately. And Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death has past."

1 Samuel 15:33
And Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

1 Samuel 15:34
Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul.

1 Samuel 15:35
And Samuel no longer came to see Saul until the day of his death, nevertheless, Samuel mourned for Saul, and the Lord repented that He had made Saul king over Israel.
1 Samuel 16:1
And the Lord said to Samuel, "How long you will mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go, I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided Myself a king among his sons."

1 Samuel 16:2
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 16:3
And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you will do, and you will anoint [him] to Me, whom I name to you."

1 Samuel 16:4
And Samuel did that which the Lord spoke, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, "Do you come peaceably?"

1 Samuel 16:5
And he said, "Peaceably, I have come to sacrifice to the Lord, sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

1 Samuel 16:6
And it came to pass, when they had come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, "Surely the Lord's anointed [is] before him."

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him, for [the Lord does not see] as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."

1 Samuel 16:8
Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this."

1 Samuel 16:9
Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this."

1 Samuel 16:10
Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen these."

1 Samuel 16:11
And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all [your] children here?" And he said, "There remains the youngest still, and, behold, he keeps the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down until he comes here."

1 Samuel 16:12
And he sent, and brought him in. Now he [was] ruddy, [and] also of a beautiful countenance, and good to look at. And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him, for this [is] him."

1 Samuel 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren, and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:14
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.

1 Samuel 16:15
And Saul's servants said to him, "Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubles you.

1 Samuel 16:16
Let our lord now command your servants, [who are] before you, to seek out a man, [who is] a cunning player on a harp, and it will come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon you, that he will play with his hand, and you will be well."

1 Samuel 16:17
And Saul said to his servants, "Now provide me a man who can play well, and bring [him] to me."

1 Samuel 16:18
Then one of the servants answered and said, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse, the Bethlehemite, [who is] cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a handsome man, and the Lord [is] with him."

1 Samuel 16:19
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me David your son, who [is] with the sheep."

1 Samuel 16:20
And Jesse took a donkey [laden] with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent [them] by David his son to Saul.

1 Samuel 16:21
And David came to Saul, and stood before him, and he loved him greatly; and he became his armorbearer.

1 Samuel 16:22
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Please let David stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight."

1 Samuel 16:23
And it came to pass, when the [evil] spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand, so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

1 Samuel 17:1
Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and had gathered together at Shochoh, which [belongs] to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.

1 Samuel 17:2
And Saul and the men of Israel had gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.

1 Samuel 17:3
And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, and [there was] a valley between them.

1 Samuel 17:4
And a champion went out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height [was] six cubits and a span.

1 Samuel 17:5
And [he had] a helmet of brass upon his head, and he [was] armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat [was] five thousand shekels of brass.

1 Samuel 17:6
And [he had] greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

1 Samuel 17:7
And the staff of his spear [was] like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head [weighed] six hundred shekels of iron, and one bearing a shield went before him.

1 Samuel 17:8
And he stood and cried to the armies of Israel, and said to them, "Why have you come out to set [your] battle in array? [Am] I not a Philistine, and you, servants to Saul? Choose a man for you, and let him come down to me.

1 Samuel 17:9
If he is able to fight with me, and to kill me, then we will be your servants, but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then you will be our servants, and serve us."

1 Samuel 17:10
And the Philistine said, "I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together."

1 Samuel 17:11
When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.

1 Samuel 17:12
Now David [was] the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name [was] Jesse; and he had eight sons, and the man went among men [for] an old man in the days of Saul.

1 Samuel 17:13
And the three eldest sons of Jesse went [and] followed Saul to the battle, and the names of his three sons who went to the battle [were] Eliab the firstborn, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.

1 Samuel 17:14
And David [was] the youngest, and the three eldest followed Saul.

1 Samuel 17:15
But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 17:16
And the Philistine drew near, morning and evening, and presented himself for forty days.

1 Samuel 17:17
And Jesse said to David his son, "Now take an ephah of this parched [corn] for your brethren, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to your brethren;

1 Samuel 17:18
And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of [their] thousand, and look how your brethren fare, and take their pledge."

1 Samuel 17:19
Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, [were] in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

1 Samuel 17:20
And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

1 Samuel 17:21
For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.

1 Samuel 17:22
And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.

1 Samuel 17:23
And as he talked with them, behold, the champion came up, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spoke according to the same words, and David heard [them].

1 Samuel 17:24
And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

1 Samuel 17:25
And the men of Israel said, "Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel, and it will be, [that] the man who kills him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel."

1 Samuel 17:26
And David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, "What will be done to the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who [is] this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"

1 Samuel 17:27
And the people answered him after this manner, saying, "So will it be done to the man who kills him."

1 Samuel 17:28
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, "Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride, and the wickedness of your heart; for you are brought down that you might see the battle."

1 Samuel 17:29
And David said, "What have I done now? [Is there] not a cause?"

1 Samuel 17:30
And he turned from him toward another, and spoke after the same manner, and the people answered him again after the former manner.

1 Samuel 17:31
And when the words were heard which David spoke, they rehearsed [them] before Saul, and he sent for him.

1 Samuel 17:32
And David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."

1 Samuel 17:33
And Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you [are but] a youth, and he [is] a man of war from his youth."

1 Samuel 17:34
And David said to Saul, "Your servant kept his father's sheep, and a lion came, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock.

1 Samuel 17:35
And I went out after him, and struck him, and delivered [it] out of his mouth, and when he arose against me, I caught [him] by his beard, and struck him, and slew him.

1 Samuel 17:36
Your servant slew both the lion and the bear, and this uncircumcised Philistine will be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God."

1 Samuel 17:37
David said moreover, "The Lord who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you."

1 Samuel 17:38
And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put a helmet of brass upon his head; he also armed him with a coat of mail.

1 Samuel 17:39
And David girded his sword upon his armor, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved [it]. And David said to Saul, "I cannot go with these; for I have not proved [them]." And David put them off him.

1 Samuel 17:40
And he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling [was] in his hand, and he drew near the Philistine.

1 Samuel 17:41
And the Philistine came on and drew near to David; and the man who bore the shield [went] before him.

1 Samuel 17:42
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him, for he was [but] a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

1 Samuel 17:43
And the Philistine said to David, "[Am] I a dog, that you come to me with staves?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

1 Samuel 17:44
And the Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field."

1 Samuel 17:45
Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

1 Samuel 17:46
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand; and I will strike you, and take your head from you; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day to the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

1 Samuel 17:47
And all this assembly will know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear, for the battle [is] the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands."

1 Samuel 17:48
And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew near to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

1 Samuel 17:49
And David put his hand in his bag, and took a stone from there, and slang [it], and struck the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

1 Samuel 17:50
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine, and slew him; *2:250 - 251 but [there was] no sword in the hand of David.

1 Samuel 17:51
Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

1 Samuel 17:52
And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until you come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even to Gath, and to Ekron.

1 Samuel 17:53
And the Children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.

1 Samuel 17:54
And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armor in his tent.

1 Samuel 17:55
And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the captain of the host, "Abner, whose son [is] this youth?" And Abner said, "[As] your soul lives, O king, I cannot tell."

1 Samuel 17:56
And the king said, "Inquire whose son the stripling [is]."

1 Samuel 17:57
And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.

1 Samuel 17:58
And Saul said to him, "Whose son [are] you, young man?" And David answered, "I [am] the son of your servant Jesse, the Bethlehemite."

1 Samuel 18:1
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

1 Samuel 18:2
And Saul took him that day, and would no longer let him go home to his father's house.

1 Samuel 18:3
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

1 Samuel 18:4
And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that [was] upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

1 Samuel 18:5
And David went out wherever Saul sent him, [and] behaved himself wisely, and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.

1 Samuel 18:6
And it came to pass as they came, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.

1 Samuel 18:7
And the women answered [one another] as they played, and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."

1 Samuel 18:8
And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, "They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed [but] thousands, and [what] can he have more but the kingdom?"

1 Samuel 18:9
And Saul eyed David from that day forward.

1 Samuel 18:10
And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house, and David played with his hand, as at other times, and [there was] a javelin in Saul's hand.

1 Samuel 18:11
And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, "I will strike David even to the wall [with it]." And David avoided out of his presence twice.

1 Samuel 18:12
And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and had departed from Saul.

1 Samuel 18:13
Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.

1 Samuel 18:14
And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord [was] with him.

1 Samuel 18:15
Therefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

1 Samuel 18:16
But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

1 Samuel 18:17
And Saul said to David, "Behold my elder daughter Merab, I will give her to you to wife, only be valiant for me, and fight the Lord's battles." For Saul said, "Do not let my hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him."

1 Samuel 18:18
And David said to Saul, "Who [am] I? And what [is] my life, [or] my father's family in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?"

1 Samuel 18:19
But it came to pass at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, that she was given to Adriel the Meholathite to wife.

1 Samuel 18:20
And Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David, and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

1 Samuel 18:21
And Saul said, "I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David, "You will be my son-in-law this day in [the one of] the two."

1 Samuel 18:22
And Saul commanded his servants, [saying], "Commune with David secretly, and say, 'Behold, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you, now therefore be the king's son-in-law.'"

1 Samuel 18:23
And Saul's servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, "Does it seem [a] light [thing] to you to be a king's son-in-law, seeing that I [am] a poor man, and lightly esteemed?"

1 Samuel 18:24
And the servants of Saul told him, saying, "David spoke on this manner."

1 Samuel 18:25
And Saul said, "Thus you will say to David, 'The king does not desire any dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies.'" But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 18:26
And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king's son-in-law, and the days were not expired.

1 Samuel 18:27
Therefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew two hundred men of the Philistines; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son-in-law. And Saul gave him Michal, his daughter, to wife.

1 Samuel 18:28
And Saul saw and knew that the Lord [was] with David, and [that] Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him.

1 Samuel 18:29
And Saul was still more afraid of David; and Saul became David's enemy continually.

1 Samuel 18:30
Then the princes of the Philistines went forth, and it came to pass, after they went forth, [that] David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.

1 Samuel 19:1
And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.

1 Samuel 19:2
But Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David, and Jonathan told David, saying, "Saul my father seeks to kill you, now therefore, please take heed to yourself until the morning, and abide in a secret [place], and hide yourself.

1 Samuel 19:3
And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you [are], and I will commune with my father of you; and what I see, that I will tell you."

1 Samuel 19:4
And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him, "Do not let the king sin against his servant, against David; because he has not sinned against you, and because his works [have been] very good toward you.

1 Samuel 19:5
For he put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the Lord made a great salvation for all Israel, you saw [it], and rejoiced, why then will you sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?"

1 Samuel 19:6
And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul swore, "[As] the Lord lives, he will not be slain."

1 Samuel 19:7
And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan showed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.

1 Samuel 19:8
And there was war again, and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him.

1 Samuel 19:9
And the evil spirit from the Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand, and David played with [his] hand.

1 Samuel 19:10
And Saul sought to strike David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, and he struck the javelin into the wall, and David fled, and escaped that night.

1 Samuel 19:11
Saul also sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning, and Michal, David's wife, told him, saying, "If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be slain."

1 Samuel 19:12
So Michal let David down through a window, and he went, and fled, and escaped.

1 Samuel 19:13
And Michal took an image, and laid [it] in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' [hair] for his bolster, and covered [it] with a cloth.

1 Samuel 19:14
And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, "He [is] sick."

1 Samuel 19:15
And Saul sent the messengers [again] to see David, saying, "Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him."

1 Samuel 19:16
And when the messengers were brought in, behold, [there was] an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' [hair] for his bolster.

1 Samuel 19:17
And Saul said to Michal, "Why have you deceived me so, and sent away my enemy, that he has escaped?" And Michal answered Saul, "He said to me, 'Let me go; why should I kill you?'"

1 Samuel 19:18
So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth.

1 Samuel 19:19
And it was told to Saul, saying, "Behold, David [is] at Naioth in Ramah."

1 Samuel 19:20
And Saul sent messengers to take David, and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing [as] appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

1 Samuel 19:21
And when it was told to Saul, he sent other messengers, and they likewise prophesied. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they also prophesied.

1 Samuel 19:22
Then he also went to Ramah, and came to a great well that [is] in Sechu, and he asked and said, "Where [are] Samuel and David?" And [one] said, "Behold, [they are] at Naioth in Ramah."

1 Samuel 19:23
And he went there to Naioth in Ramah, and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.

1 Samuel 19:24
And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and laid down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, "[Is] Saul also among the prophets?"

1 Samuel 20:1
And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, "What have I done? What [is] my iniquity? And what [is] my sin before your father, that he seeks my life?"

1 Samuel 20:2
And he said to him, "God forbid; you will not die, behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but he will show it to me, and why should my father hide this thing from me? It [is] not [so]."

1 Samuel 20:3
And David swore moreover, and said, "Your father certainly knows that I have found grace in your eyes; and he says, 'Do not let Jonathan know this, unless he becomes grieved,' but truly [as] the Lord lives, and [as] your soul lives, [there is] but a step between me and death."

1 Samuel 20:4
Then Jonathan said to David, "Whatever your soul desires, I will even do [it] for you."

1 Samuel 20:5
And David said to Jonathan, "Behold, tomorrow [is] the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat, but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field to the third [day] at evening.

1 Samuel 20:6
If your father at all misses me, then say, 'David earnestly asked [leave] of me that he might run to Bethlehem, his city, for [there is] a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.'

1 Samuel 20:7
If he says thus, '[It is] well;' your servant will have peace, but if he is very wroth, [then] be sure that evil is determined by him.

1 Samuel 20:8
Therefore you will deal kindly with your servant; for you have brought your servant into a covenant of the Lord with you, notwithstanding, if there is iniquity in me, slay me yourself; for why should you bring me to your father?"

1 Samuel 20:9
And Jonathan said, "It is far from you, for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon you, then would I not tell it to you?"

1 Samuel 20:10
Then David said to Jonathan, "Who will tell me? Or what [if] your father answers you roughly?"

1 Samuel 20:11
And Jonathan said to David, "Come, and let us go out into the field." And they went out, both of them, into the field.

1 Samuel 20:12
And Jonathan said to David, "O Lord God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about tomorrow any time, [or] the third [day], and, behold, [if there is] good toward David, and I then do not send to you, and show it to you;

1 Samuel 20:13
The Lord do so, and much more to Jonathan, but if it pleases my father [to do] you evil, then I will show it to you, and send you away, that you may go in peace, and the Lord be with you, as He has been with my father.

1 Samuel 20:14
And you will not only show me the kindness of the Lord while I still live, that I do not die,

1 Samuel 20:15
But [also] you will not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when the Lord has cut off the enemies of David, everyone from the face of the earth."

1 Samuel 20:16
So Jonathan made [a covenant] with the house of David, [saying], "Let the Lord even require [it] at the hand of David's enemies."

1 Samuel 20:17
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

1 Samuel 20:18
Then Jonathan said to David, "Tomorrow [is] the new moon, and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.

1 Samuel 20:19
And [when] you have stayed for three days, [then] you will go down quickly, and come to the place where you hid yourself when the business was [in hand], and will remain by the stone Ezel.

1 Samuel 20:20
And I will shoot three arrows on the side [thereof], as though I shot at a mark.

1 Samuel 20:21
And, behold, I will send a lad, [saying], 'Go, find out the arrows.' If I expressly say to the lad, 'Behold, the arrows [are] on this side of you, take them;' then come, for [there is] peace to you, and no hurt; [as] the Lord lives.

1 Samuel 20:22
But if I say thus to the young man, 'Behold, the arrows [are] beyond you;' go your way, for the Lord has sent you away.

1 Samuel 20:23
And [as touching] the matter which you and I have spoken of, behold, the Lord [is] between you and me forever."

1 Samuel 20:24
So David hid himself in the field, and when the new moon had come, the king sat down to eat meat.

1 Samuel 20:25
And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, [even] upon a seat by the wall, and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul's side, and David's place was empty.

1 Samuel 20:26
Nevertheless Saul did not speak anything that day, for he thought, "Something has befallen him, he [is] not clean; surely he [is] not clean."

1 Samuel 20:27
And it came to pass on the morrow, [which was] the second [day] of the month, that David's place was empty, and Saul said to Jonathan his son, "Why does the son of Jesse not come to meat, neither yesterday, nor today?"

1 Samuel 20:28
And Jonathan answered Saul, "David earnestly asked [leave] of me [to go] to Bethlehem."

1 Samuel 20:29
And he said, "Please let me go; for our family has a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he has commanded me [to be there], and now, if I have found favor in your eyes, please let me get away and see my brethren. Therefore he does not come to the king's table."

1 Samuel 20:30
Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, "You son of the perverse rebellious [woman], do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own confusion, and to the confusion of your mother's nakedness?

1 Samuel 20:31
For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon the ground, you will not be established, nor your kingdom. Therefore send and fetch him to me now, for he will surely die."

1 Samuel 20:32
And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, "Why will he be slain? What has he done?"

1 Samuel 20:33
And Saul cast a javelin at him to strike him, whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.

1 Samuel 20:34
So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and ate no meat the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.

1 Samuel 20:35
And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.

1 Samuel 20:36
And he said to his lad, "Run, now find out the arrows which I shoot." [And] as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.

1 Samuel 20:37
And when the lad was brought to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, "[Is] the arrow not beyond you?"

1 Samuel 20:38
And Jonathan cried after the lad, "Make speed, haste, do not stay." And Jonathan's lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.

1 Samuel 20:39
But the lad did not know anything, only Jonathan and David knew the matter.

1 Samuel 20:40
And Jonathan gave his artillery to his lad, and said to him, "Go, carry [them] to the city."

1 Samuel 20:41
[And] as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of [a place] toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and prostrated three times, and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.

1 Samuel 20:42
And Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn, both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, "The Lord is between me and you, and between my seed and your seed forever.'" And he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city.

1 Samuel 21:1
Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest, and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said to him, "Why [are] you alone, and no man [is] with you?"

1 Samuel 21:2
And David said to Ahimelech the priest, "The king has commanded me a business, and has said to me, 'Let no man know anything of the business whereabout I send you, and what I have commanded you, and I have appointed [my] servants to such and such a place.'

1 Samuel 21:3
Now therefore what is under your hand? Give [me] five [loaves of] bread in my hand, or what is present there."

1 Samuel 21:4
And the priest answered David, and said, "[There is] no common bread under my hand, but there is holy bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women."

1 Samuel 21:5
And David answered the priest and said to him, "Of a truth women [have been] kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and [the bread is] in a manner common, indeed, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel."

1 Samuel 21:6
So the priest gave him holy [bread], *Matthew 12:3, *Luke 6:3 - 4 for there was no bread there but the shewbread that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.

1 Samuel 21:7
Now a certain man of the servants of Saul [was] there that day, detained before the Lord; and his name [was] Doeg, an Edomite, the sturdiest of the herdsmen who [belonged] to Saul.

1 Samuel 21:8
And David said to Ahimelech, "And is there not here under your hand spear or sword? For I have neither brought my sword or my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste."

1 Samuel 21:9
And the priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you slew in the valley of Elah, behold, it [is here] wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod, if you will take that, take [it], for [there is] no other except that here." And David said, "[There are] none like that; give it to me."

1 Samuel 21:10
And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, *Book of Enoch 89:47 and went to Achish, the king of Gath.

1 Samuel 21:11
And the servants of Achish said to him, "[Is] this David not the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, saying, 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?'"

1 Samuel 21:12
And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish, the king of Gath.

1 Samuel 21:13
And he changed his behavior before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.

1 Samuel 21:14
Then Achish said to his servants, "Behold, you see the man is mad, why [then] have you brought him to me?

1 Samuel 21:15
Do I have need of mad men, that you have brought this [fellow] to play the mad man in my presence? Will this [fellow] come into my house?"

1 Samuel 22:1
David therefore departed from there, and escaped to the cave Adullam, and when his brethren and all his father's house heard [it], they went down there to him.

1 Samuel 22:2
And everyone [who was] in distress, and everyone who [was] in debt, and everyone [who was] discontented, gathered themselves to him; and he became a captain over them, and there were about four hundred men with him.

1 Samuel 22:3
And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab, and he said to the king of Moab, "Let my father and my mother please come forth, [and be] with you, until I know what God will do for me."

1 Samuel 22:4
And he brought them before the king of Moab, and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.

1 Samuel 22:5
And the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not abide in the hold; depart, and get into the land of Judah." Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.

1 Samuel 22:6
When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men who [were] with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants [were] standing about him)

1 Samuel 22:7
Then Saul said to his servants who stood about him, "Hear now, you Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, [and] make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;

1 Samuel 22:8
That all of you have conspired against me, and [there are] none who show me that my son has made a league with the son of Jesse, and [there are] none of you who are sorry for me, or show to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?"

1 Samuel 22:9
Then Doeg the Edomite answered, who was set over the servants of Saul, and said, "I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub.

1 Samuel 22:10
And he inquired of the Lord for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine."

1 Samuel 22:11
Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests who [were] in Nob, and they came, all of them to the king.

1 Samuel 22:12
And Saul said, "Hear now, you son of Ahitub." And he answered, "Here I [am], my lord."

1 Samuel 22:13
And Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread, and a sword, and have inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?"

1 Samuel 22:14
Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, "And who [is so] faithful among all your servants as David, who is the king's son-in-law, and goes at your bidding, and is honorable in your house?

1 Samuel 22:15
Did I then begin to inquire of God for him? It is far from me, do not let the king impute [any] thing to his servant, [nor] to all the house of my father, for your servant knew nothing of all this, less or more."

1 Samuel 22:16
And the king said, "You will surely die, Ahimelech, you, and all your father's house."

1 Samuel 22:17
And the king said to the footmen who stood about him, "Turn, and slay the priests of the Lord; because their hand [is] also with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not show it to me." But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the Lord.

1 Samuel 22:18
And the king said to Doeg, "Turn, and fall upon the priests." And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew eighty five persons on that day who wore a linen ephod.

1 Samuel 22:19
And Nob, the city of the priests, he struck with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and sucklings, and oxen, and donkeys, and sheep, with the edge of the sword.

1 Samuel 22:20
And one of the sons of Ahimelech, the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped, and fled after David.

1 Samuel 22:21
And Abiathar showed David that Saul had slain the Lord's priests.

1 Samuel 22:22
And David said to Abiathar, "I knew [it] that day, when Doeg the Edomite [was] there, that he would surely tell Saul, I have occasioned [the death] of all the persons of your father's house.

1 Samuel 22:23
Abide with me, do not fear, for he who seeks my life seeks your life, but you [will be] in safeguard with me."

1 Samuel 23:1
Then they told David, saying, "Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors."

1 Samuel 23:2
Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Should I go and strike these Philistines?" And the Lord said to David, "Go, and strike the Philistines, and save Keilah."

1 Samuel 23:3
And David's men said to him, "Behold, we are afraid here in Judah, how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?"

1 Samuel 23:4
Then David inquired of the Lord yet again. And the Lord answered him and said, "Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into your hand."

1 Samuel 23:5
So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought their cattle away, and struck them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:6
And it came to pass, when Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, fled to David to Keilah, [that] he came down [with] an ephod in his hand.

1 Samuel 23:7
And it was told to Saul that David was brought to Keilah. And Saul said, "God has delivered him into my hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that has gates and bars."

1 Samuel 23:8
And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.

1 Samuel 23:9
And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, "Bring the ephod here."

1 Samuel 23:10
Then David said, "O Lord God of Israel, Your servant has certainly heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.

1 Samuel 23:11
Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? Will Saul come down, as Your servant has heard? O Lord God of Israel, I beseech You, tell Your servant." And the Lord said, "He will come down."

1 Samuel 23:12
Then David said, "Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?" And the Lord said, "They will deliver [you] up."

1 Samuel 23:13
Then David and his men, [who were] about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went wherever they could go. And it was told to Saul that David had escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.

1 Samuel 23:14
And David abode in the wilderness in strongholds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.

1 Samuel 23:15
And David saw that Saul was brought out to seek his life, and David [was] in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.

1 Samuel 23:16
And Jonathan, Saul's son, arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

1 Samuel 23:17
And he said to him, "Do not fear, for the hand of Saul, my father, will not find you; and you will be king over Israel, and I will be next to you; and also that Saul, my father, knows."

1 Samuel 23:18
And the two made a covenant before the Lord, and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.

1 Samuel 23:19
Then the Ziphites came up to Saul to Gibeah, saying, "Does David not hide himself with us in strongholds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which [is] on the south of Jeshimon?

1 Samuel 23:20
Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of your soul to come down; and our part [will be] to deliver him into the king's hand."

1 Samuel 23:21
And Saul said, "Blessed [are] you of the Lord; for you have compassion on me.

1 Samuel 23:22
Go, please prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, [and] who has seen him there, for it is told to me [that] he deals very subtly.

1 Samuel 23:23
See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hides himself, and come again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you, and it will come to pass, if he is in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah."

1 Samuel 23:24
And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul, but David and his men [were] in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.

1 Samuel 23:25
Saul also and his men went to seek [him]. And they told David, therefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard [that], he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.

1 Samuel 23:26
And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain, and David hastened to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men encompassed David and his men around to take them.

1 Samuel 23:27
But a messenger came there to Saul, saying, "Hasten and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land."

1 Samuel 23:28
Therefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines, therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.

1 Samuel 23:29
And David went up from there, and dwelt in strongholds at Engedi.

1 Samuel 24:1
And it came to pass, when Saul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told to him, saying, "Behold, David [is] in the wilderness of Engedi."

1 Samuel 24:2
Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.

1 Samuel 24:3
And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where [there was] a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet, and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

1 Samuel 24:4
And the men of David said to him, "Behold the day of which the Lord said to you, 'Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it will seem good to you.'" Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.

1 Samuel 24:5
And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart struck him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

1 Samuel 24:6
And he said to his men, "The Lord forbids that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch forth my hand against him, seeing he [is] the anointed of the Lord."

1 Samuel 24:7
So David cleaved his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on [his] way.

1 Samuel 24:8
David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, "My lord the king." And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and prostrated.

1 Samuel 24:9
And David said to Saul, "Why do you hear men's words, saying, 'Behold, David seeks your hurt?'

1 Samuel 24:10
Behold, your eyes have seen this day how that the Lord had delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and [some] bade [me] to kill you, but [my eye] spared you; and I said, 'I will not put forth my hand against my lord; for he [is] the Lord's anointed.'

1 Samuel 24:11
Moreover, my father, see, indeed, see the skirt of your robe in my hand, for I cut off the skirt of your robe, and did not kill you, know and see that [there is] neither evil nor transgression in my hand, and I have not sinned against you; yet you hunt my soul to take it.

1 Samuel 24:12
The Lord judges between me and you, and the Lord avenges me of you, but my hand will not be upon you.

1 Samuel 24:13
As the proverb of the ancients says, 'Wickedness proceeds from the wicked, but my hand will not be upon you.'

1 Samuel 24:14
After whom has the king of Israel come out? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog, after a flea?

1 Samuel 24:15
The Lord therefore is Judge, and judges between me and you, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hand."

1 Samuel 24:16
And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, "[Is] this your voice, my son David?" And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

1 Samuel 24:17
And he said to David, "You [are] more righteous than I, for you have rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded you evil.

1 Samuel 24:18
And you have shown this day how you have dealt well with me, forasmuch as when the Lord had delivered me into your hand, you did not kill me.

1 Samuel 24:19
For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away well? Therefore the Lord rewards you good, for you have done that to me this day.

1 Samuel 24:20
And now, behold, I know well that you will surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.

1 Samuel 24:21
Swear now therefore to me by the Lord, that you will not cut off my seed after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house."

1 Samuel 24:22
And David swore to Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men got them up to the hold.

1 Samuel 25:1
And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

1 Samuel 25:2
And [there was] a man in Maon, whose possessions [were] in Carmel; and the man [was] very great, and he had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats, and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.

1 Samuel 25:3
Now the name of the man [was] Nabal; and the name of his wife, Abigail, and [she was] a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance, but the man [was] churlish and evil in his doings; and he [was] of the house of Caleb.

1 Samuel 25:4
And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal sheared his sheep.

1 Samuel 25:5
And David sent out ten young men, and David said to the young men, "Get up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name.

1 Samuel 25:6
And thus you will say to him who lives [in prosperity], 'Peace both to you, and peace to your house, and peace to all that you have.

1 Samuel 25:7
And now I have heard that you have shearers, now your shepherds who were with us, we do not hurt them, neither was there anything missing to them, all the while they were in Carmel.

1 Samuel 25:8
Ask your young men, and they will show you. Therefore let the young men find favor in your eyes, for we come in a good day, please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants, and to your son David.'"

1 Samuel 25:9
And when David's young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and ceased.

1 Samuel 25:10
And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who [is] David? And who [is] the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away, every man from his master.

1 Samuel 25:11
Should I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give [it] to men, whom I do not know from where they [are]?"

1 Samuel 25:12
So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.

1 Samuel 25:13
And David said to his men, "Gird on, every man his sword." And they girded on, every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword, and about four hundred men went up after David; and two hundred abode by the gear.

1 Samuel 25:14
But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, "Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them."

1 Samuel 25:15
But the men [were] very good to us, and we were not hurt, neither did we miss anything, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields.

1 Samuel 25:16
They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

1 Samuel 25:17
Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household, for he [is such] a son of Belial, that [a man] cannot speak to him."

1 Samuel 25:18
Then Abigail hastened, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep readily dressed, and five measures of parched [corn], and a hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid [them] on donkeys.

1 Samuel 25:19
And she said to her servants, "Go on before me; behold, I come after you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

1 Samuel 25:20
And it was [so, as] she rode on the donkey, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.

1 Samuel 25:21
Now David had said, "Surely in vain I have kept all that this [fellow] has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that [pertained] to him, and he has requited me evil for good.

1 Samuel 25:22
So and more also does God do to the enemies of David, if I leave of all that [pertains] to him by the morning light, any who urinates against the wall."

1 Samuel 25:23
And when Abigail saw David, she hastened, and came off the donkey, and fell before David on her face, and prostrated to the ground,

1 Samuel 25:24
And fell at his feet, and said, "Upon me, my lord, [upon] me [let this] iniquity [be], and please let your handmaid speak in your audience, and hear the words of your handmaid.

1 Samuel 25:25
Please do not let my lord regard this man of Belial, [even] Nabal, for as his name [is], so he [is]; Nabal [is] his name, and folly [is] with him, but I your handmaid did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.

1 Samuel 25:26
Now therefore, my lord, [as] the Lord lives, and [as] your soul lives, seeing the Lord has withheld you from coming to [shed] blood, and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now let your enemies, and those who seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.

1 Samuel 25:27
And now this blessing which your handmaid has brought to my lord, let it even be given to the young men who follow my lord.

1 Samuel 25:28
Please forgive the trespass of your handmaid, for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fights the battles of the Lord, and evil has not been found in you [all] your days.

1 Samuel 25:29
Yet a man has risen to pursue you, and to seek your soul, but the soul of my lord will be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord your God; and the souls of your enemies, He will sling them out, [as out] of the middle of a sling.

1 Samuel 25:30
And it will come to pass, when the Lord will have done to my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and will have appointed you ruler over Israel;

1 Samuel 25:31
That this will not be grief to you, nor offence of heart to my lord, either that you have shed blood causeless, or that my lord has avenged himself, but when the Lord will have dealt well with my lord, then remember your handmaid."

1 Samuel 25:32
And David said to Abigail, "Blessed [is] the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me.

1 Samuel 25:33
And blessed [is] your advice, and blessed [are] you, who have kept me this day from coming to [shed] blood, and from avenging myself with my own hand.

1 Samuel 25:34
For in very deed, [as] the Lord God of Israel lives, who has kept me back from hurting you, except you had hastened and come to meet me, surely there had not been left to Nabal by the morning light, any who urinate against the wall."

1 Samuel 25:35
So David received [that] which she had brought him of her hand, and said to her, "Go up in peace to your house; see, I have listened to your voice, and have accepted your person."

1 Samuel 25:36
And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart [was] good within him, for he [was] very drunk, therefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.

1 Samuel 25:37
But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became [as] a stone.

1 Samuel 25:38
And it came to pass about ten days [after], that the Lord struck Nabal, that he died.

1 Samuel 25:39
And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Blessed [is] the Lord, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept His servant from evil, for the Lord has returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head." And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.

1 Samuel 25:40
And when the servants of David were brought to Abigail to Carmel, they spoke to her, saying, "David sent us to you, to take to him to wife."

1 Samuel 25:41
And she arose, and prostrated on [her] face to the earth, and said, "Behold, [let] your handmaid [be] a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord."

1 Samuel 25:42
And Abigail hastened, and arose, and rode upon a donkey, with five damsels of hers who went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.

1 Samuel 25:43
David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both his wives. *4:3

1 Samuel 25:44
But Saul had given Michal, his daughter, David's wife, to Phalti, the son of Laish, who [was] of Gallim.

1 Samuel 26:1
And the Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, "Does David not hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, [which is] before Jeshimon?"

1 Samuel 26:2
Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.

1 Samuel 26:3
And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which [is] before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilderness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.

1 Samuel 26:4
David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was brought in very deed.

1 Samuel 26:5
And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched, and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and Abner, the son of Ner, the captain of his host; and Saul lay in the trench, and the people pitched around him.

1 Samuel 26:6
Then David answered and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, "Who will go down with me to Saul to the camp?" And Abishai said, "I will go down with you."

1 Samuel 26:7
So David and Abishai came to the people by night, and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster, but Abner and the people lay around him.

1 Samuel 26:8
Then Abishai said to David, "God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day, now therefore, please let me strike him with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not [strike] him the second time."

1 Samuel 26:9
And David said to Abishai, "Do not destroy him, for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless?"

1 Samuel 26:10
David said furthermore, "[As] the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him; or his day will come to die; or he will descend into battle, and perish.

1 Samuel 26:11
The Lord forbids that I should stretch forth my hand against the Lord's anointed, but please, now take the spear that [is] at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go."

1 Samuel 26:12
So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and they got away, and no man saw [it], nor knew [it], neither awakened, for they [were] all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them.

1 Samuel 26:13
Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of a hill afar off; a great space [being] between them.

1 Samuel 26:14
And David cried to the people, and to Abner, the son of Ner, saying, "Do you not answer, Abner?" Then Abner answered and said, "Who [are] you [who] cries to the king?"

1 Samuel 26:15
And David said to Abner, "[Are] you not a [valiant] man? And who [is] like you in Israel? Why then have you not kept your lord the king? For one of the people came in to destroy the king your lord.

1 Samuel 26:16
This thing [is] not good that you have done. [As] the Lord lives, you [are] worthy to die, because you have not kept your master, the Lord's anointed. And now see where the king's spear [is], and the cruse of water that [was] at his bolster."

1 Samuel 26:17
And Saul knew David's voice, and said, "[Is] this your voice, my son David?" And David said, "[It is] my voice, my lord, O king."

1 Samuel 26:18
And he said, "Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil [is] in my hand?

1 Samuel 26:19
Now therefore, please let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the Lord has stirred you up against me, let Him accept an offering, but if [they are] the children of men, they [are] cursed before the Lord; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, 'Go, serve other gods.'

1 Samuel 26:20
Now therefore, do not let my blood fall to the earth before the Face of the Lord, for the king of Israel has come out to seek a flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains."

1 Samuel 26:21
Then Saul said, "I have sinned, return, my son David, for I will no longer do you harm, because my soul was precious in your eyes this day, behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly."

1 Samuel 26:22
And David answered and said, "Behold the king's spear! And let one of the young men come over and fetch it.

1 Samuel 26:23
The Lord renders to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the Lord delivered you into [my] hand today, but I would not stretch forth my hand against the Lord's anointed.

1 Samuel 26:24
And, behold, as your life was much set by this day in my eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation."

1 Samuel 26:25
Then Saul said to David, "Blessed [are] you, my son David, you will both do great [things], and will also still prevail." So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

1 Samuel 27:1
And David said in his heart, "I will now perish one day by the hand of Saul, [there is] nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any coast of Israel, so I will escape out of his hand."

1 Samuel 27:2
And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men who [were] with him to Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

1 Samuel 27:3
And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, [even] David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife.

1 Samuel 27:4
And it was told to Saul that David had fled to Gath, and he no longer sought for him again.

1 Samuel 27:5
And David said to Achish, "If I have now found grace in your eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there, for why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?"

1 Samuel 27:6
Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day, wherefore Ziklag pertains to the kings of Judah to this day.

1 Samuel 27:7
And the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

1 Samuel 27:8
And David and his men went up, and invaded the Geshurites, and the Gezrites, and the Amalekites, for those [nations were] of old, the inhabitants of the land, as you go to Shur, even to the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 27:9
And David struck the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the donkeys, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.

1 Samuel 27:10
And Achish said, "Where have you made a road today?" And David said, "Against the south of Judah, and against the south of the Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites."

1 Samuel 27:11
And David saved neither man nor woman alive, to bring [tidings] to Gath, saying, "Unless they should tell on us, saying, 'David did thus, and so [will] his manner [be] all the while he dwells in the country of the Philistines.'"

1 Samuel 27:12
And Achish believed David, saying, "He has made his people Israel to utterly abhor him; therefore he will be my servant forever."

1 Samuel 28:1
And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. And Achish said to David, "Do you assuredly know, that you will go out with me to battle, you and your men."

1 Samuel 28:2
And David said to Achish, "Surely you will know what your servant can do." And Achish said to David, "Therefore will I make you keeper of my head forever."

1 Samuel 28:3
Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those who had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.

1 Samuel 28:4
And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem, and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.

1 Samuel 28:5
And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.

1 Samuel 28:6
And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.

1 Samuel 28:7
Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek me a woman who has a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "Behold, [there is] a woman who has a familiar spirit at Endor."

1 Samuel 28:8
And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night, and he said, "Please divine to me by the familiar spirit, and bring [him] up to me, whom I will name to you."

1 Samuel 28:9
And the woman said to him, "Behold, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land, why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?"

1 Samuel 28:10
And Saul swore to her by the Lord, saying, "[As] the Lord lives, no punishment will happen to you for this thing."

1 Samuel 28:11
Then the woman said, "Whom will I bring up to you?" And he said, "Bring up Samuel to me."

1 Samuel 28:12
And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice, and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, "Why have you deceived me? For you [are] Saul."

1 Samuel 28:13
And the king said to her, "Do not be afraid, for what did you see?" And the woman said to Saul, "I saw gods ascending out of the earth."

1 Samuel 28:14
And he said to her, "What form [is] he of?" And she said, "An old man comes up; and he [is] covered with a mantle." And Saul perceived that it [was] Samuel, and he stooped with [his] face to the ground, and prostrated.

1 Samuel 28:15
And Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disquieted me, to bring me up?" And Saul answered, "I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me, and no longer answers me, neither by prophets, nor by dreams, therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I will do."

1 Samuel 28:16
Then Samuel said, "Why then do you ask of me, seeing the Lord has departed from you, and has become your enemy?

1 Samuel 28:17
And the Lord has done to him, as He spoke by me, for the Lord has rent the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, [even] to David.

1 Samuel 28:18
Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord, nor executed His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day.

1 Samuel 28:19
Moreover, the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons [will be] with me, the Lord will also deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 28:20
Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel, and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

1 Samuel 28:21
And the woman came to Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said to him, "Behold, your handmaid has obeyed your voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have listened to your words which you spoke to me.

1 Samuel 28:22
Now therefore, please listen also to the voice of your handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before you; and eat, that you may have strength, when you go on your way."

1 Samuel 28:23
But he refused, and said, "I will not eat." But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he listened to their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.

1 Samuel 28:24
And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hastened, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded [it], and baked unleavened bread thereof.

1 Samuel 28:25
And she brought [it] before Saul, and before his servants; and they ate. Then they rose up, and went away that night.

1 Samuel 29:1
Now the Philistines gathered all their armies together to Aphek, and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which [is] in Jezreel.

1 Samuel 29:2
And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands, but David and his men passed on in the rear with Achish.

1 Samuel 29:3
Then the princes of the Philistines said, "What [do] these Hebrews [do here]?" And Achish said to the princes of the Philistines, "[Is] this not David, the servant of Saul, the king of Israel, who has been with me these days, or these years, and I have found no fault in him since he fell [to me] to this day?"

1 Samuel 29:4
And the princes of the Philistines were wroth with him; and the princes of the Philistines said to him, "Make this fellow return, that he may go again to his place which you have appointed him, and let him not go down with us to battle, unless he becomes an adversary to us in the battle, for whereby should he reconcile himself to his master? [Should it] not [be] with the heads of these men?

1 Samuel 29:5
[Is] this not David, of whom they sang to one another in dances, saying, 'Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands?'"

1 Samuel 29:6
Then Achish called David, and said to him, "Surely, [as] the Lord lives, you have been upright, and your going out and your coming in with me in the host [is] good in my sight, for I have not found evil in you since the day of your coming to me to this day, nevertheless the lords do not favor you.

1 Samuel 29:7
Therefore now return, and go in peace, that you do not displease the lords of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 29:8
And David said to Achish, "But what have I done? And what have you found in your servant so long as I have been with you to this day, that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"

1 Samuel 29:9
And Achish answered and said to David, "I know that you [are] good in my sight, as an angel of God, notwithstanding, the princes of the Philistines have said, 'He will not go up with us to the battle.'

1 Samuel 29:10
Therefore now rise up early in the morning with your master's servants who are brought with you, and as soon as you are up early in the morning, and have light, depart."

1 Samuel 29:11
So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

1 Samuel 30:1
And it came to pass, when David and his men were brought to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and struck Ziklag, and burned it with fire;

1 Samuel 30:2
And had taken the women captives, who [were] therein, they did not slay any, either great or small, but carried [them] away, and went on their way.

1 Samuel 30:3
So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, [it was] burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

1 Samuel 30:4
Then David and the people who [were] with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.

1 Samuel 30:5
And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail, the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.

1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters, but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

1 Samuel 30:7
And David said to Abiathar the priest, "Ahimelech's son, please bring the ephod here to me." And Abiathar brought the ephod there to David.

1 Samuel 30:8
And David inquired at the Lord, saying, "Should I pursue after this troop? Will I overtake them?" And He answered him, "Pursue, for you will surely overtake [them], and without fail recover [all]."

1 Samuel 30:9
So David went, he and the six hundred men who [were] with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those who were left behind stayed.

1 Samuel 30:10
But David pursued, he and four hundred men, for two hundred abode behind, who were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

1 Samuel 30:11
And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he ate; and they made him drink water;

1 Samuel 30:12
And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins, and when he had eaten, his spirit came to him again, for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk [any] water, for three days and three nights.

1 Samuel 30:13
And David said to him, "To whom [do you belong]? And from where [are] you?" And he said, "I [am] a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because I fell sick three days ago.

1 Samuel 30:14
We made an invasion [upon] the south of the Cherethites, and upon [the coast] which [belongs] to Judah, and upon the south of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire."

1 Samuel 30:15
And David said to him, "Can you bring me down to this company?" And he said, "Swear to me by God, that you will neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring you down to this company."

1 Samuel 30:16
And when he had brought him down, behold, [they were] spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

1 Samuel 30:17
And David struck them from the twilight even to the evening of the next day, and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who rode upon camels, and fled.

1 Samuel 30:18
And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives.

1 Samuel 30:19
And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any [thing] that they had taken to them, David recovered all.

1 Samuel 30:20
And David took all the flocks and the herds, [which] they drove before those [other] cattle, and said, "This [is] David's spoil."

1 Samuel 30:21
And David came to the two hundred men, who were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor, and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people who [were] with him, and when David came near the people, he saluted them.

1 Samuel 30:22
Then all the wicked men and [men] of Belial answered, of those who went with David, and said, "Because they did not go with us, we will not give them [anything] of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead [them] away, and depart."

1 Samuel 30:23
Then David said, "You will not do so, my brethren, with that which the Lord has given us, who has preserved us, and delivered the company who came against us into our hand;

1 Samuel 30:24
For who will hear you in this matter? But as his part [is] who goes down to the battle, so [will] his part [be] who sits by the stuff, they will part alike."

1 Samuel 30:25
And it was [so] from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.

1 Samuel 30:26
And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil to the elders of Judah, [even] to his friends, saying, "Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;

1 Samuel 30:27
To [those] who [were] in Bethel, and to [those] who [were] in south Ramoth, and to [those] who [were] in Jattir,

1 Samuel 30:28
And to [those] who [were] in Aroer, and to [those] who [were] in Siphmoth, and to [those] who [were] in Eshtemoa,

1 Samuel 30:29
And to [those] who [were] in Rachal, and to [those] who [were] in the cities of the Jerahmeelites, and to [those] who [were] in the cities of the Kenites,

1 Samuel 30:30
And to [those] who [were] in Hormah, and to [those] who [were] in Chorashan, and to [those] who [were] in Athach,

1 Samuel 30:31
And to [those] who [were] in Hebron, and to all the places where David himself and his men walked.

1 Samuel 31:1
Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in Mount Gilboa.

1 Samuel 31:2
And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons.

1 Samuel 31:3
And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

1 Samuel 31:4
Then Saul said to his armorbearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through therewith; unless these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me." But his armorbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. *Book of Enoch 89:47

1 Samuel 31:5
And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

1 Samuel 31:6
So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armorbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

1 Samuel 31:7
And when the men of Israel who [were] on the other side of the valley, and [those] who [were] on the other side of Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

1 Samuel 31:8
And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in Mount Gilboa.

1 Samuel 31:9
And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armor, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish [it in] the house of their idols, and among the people.

1 Samuel 31:10
And they put his armor in the house of Ashtaroth, and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.

1 Samuel 31:11
And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;

1 Samuel 31:12
All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

1 Samuel 31:13
And they took their bones, and buried [them] under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted for seven days.