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1 Samuel 16

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1 And the Lord said to Samuel, How long will you grieve for Saul, whom I rejected, that he should not be king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for between his sons I saw for myself a king.
2 And Samuel said, How will I go? Saul will hear and kill me. The Lord said: Take in your hand the calf from the herd and say: 'I have come for a sacrifice to the Lord';
3 and invite Jesse to the sacrifice; I will show you what to do to you, and you will anoint me of that which I will tell you.
4 And Samuel did as the Lord had told him. When he came to Bethlehem, the elders of the city with trepidation came out to meet him and said: is your coming peaceful?
5 And he answered: it is peaceful, for the sacrifice to the Lord I have come; sanctify yourself and go with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.

6 And when they came, he, seeing Eliab, said: surely, this is His anointed before the Lord!
7 But the Lord said to Samuel: Do not look at his sight and at the height of his growth; I rejected him; I [look wrong] how a person looks; for a man looks on his face, and the Lord looks on his heart.
eight And Jesse Aminadawa called and brought him to Samuel, and said Samuel: and the Lord did not choose this.
nine And Jesse summed up Samma, and said [Samuel]: and the Lord did not choose this.
ten So Jesse brought his seven sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse: [the Lord] did not select any of these.
eleven And Samuel said to Jesse: Are all the children here? And Jesse answered: there is still less; he is grazing sheep. And Samuel said to Jesse: Send and take it, for we shall not sit down to dinner, until he comes here.
12 And he sent [Jesse] and brought him. He was blond, with beautiful eyes and a pleasant face. And the Lord said: Rise, anoint him, for it is he.
13 And Samuel took the horn with oil and anointed him among his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord rested on David from that day and after; Samuel got up and went to Ramah.

fourteen But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and the evil spirit from the Lord revolted him.
fifteen And the servants of Saul said to him: Behold, an evil spirit from God angers you;
16 may our master order his servants [who] before you to look for a person skilled in playing the harp, and when an evil spirit comes from God, he, playing with his hand, will reassure you.
17 And Saul answered his servants: Find me a man who plays well, and introduce him to me.
18 Then one of his servants said: “Behold, I saw at Jesse the Bethlehem son who could play, a man who was brave and warlike, and intelligent in speeches and visible to himself, and the Lord was with him.
19 And Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, Send to me David your son who is with the flock.
20 And Jesse took a donkey with bread and a fur with wine and one kid, and he sent with David his son to Saul.
21 And David came to Saul and served before him, and he liked him very much, and became his squire.
22 And Saul sent to Jesse: May David serve with me, for he has found favor in my eyes.
23 And when the spirit from God was on Saul, then David, taking the harp, played, and Saul became more pleasant and better, and the evil spirit receded from him.

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