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FIRST SAMUEL

not lie nor repent; for He is not a man, that He should repent.' 30Then he said: 'I have sinned; yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God.' 31So Samuel returned after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord.

32Then said Samuel: 'Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.' And Agag came unto him in chains. And Agag said: 'Surely the bitterness of death is at hand.' 33And Samuel said:

As thy sword hath made women childless,
So shall thy mother be childless among women.

And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.

34Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeath-shaul. 35And Samuel never beheld Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel mourned for Saul; and the Lord repented that He had made Saul king over Israel.

16And the Lord said unto Samuel: 'How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? fill thy horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite; for I have provided Me a king among his sons.' 2And Samuel said: 'How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me.' And the Lord said: 'Take a heifer with thee, and say: I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. 3And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will tell thee what thou shalt do; and thou shalt anoint unto Me him whom I name unto thee.' 4And Samuel did that which the Lord spoke, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said: 'Comest thou peaceably?' 5And he said: 'Peaceably; I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.' And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 6And it came to pass, when they were come, that he beheld Eliab, and said: 'Surely the Lord's anointed is before Him.' 7But the Lord said unto Samuel: 'Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.' 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said: 'Neither hath the Lord chosen this.' 9Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said: 'Neither hath the Lord chosen this.' 10And Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse: 'The Lord hath not chosen these.' 11And Samuel said unto Jesse: 'Are here all thy children?' And he said: 'There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep.' And Samuel said unto Jesse: 'Send and fetch him; for we will not sit down till he come hither.' 12And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of beautiful eyes, and goodly to look upon. And the Lord said: 'Arise, anoint him; for this is he.' 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

14Now the spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrified him. 15And Saul's servants said unto him: 'Behold now, an evil spirit from God

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