1 Samuel 16:1-13 NIV

Samuel Anoints David

1 The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn1 for Saul, since I have rejected2 him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil3 and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse4 of Bethlehem. I have chosen5 one of his sons to be king."

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2 But Samuel said, "How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me." The LORD said, "Take a heifer with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'
3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show6 you what to do. You are to anoint7 for me the one I indicate."

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4 Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem,8 the elders of the town trembled9 when they met him. They asked, "Do you come in peace?10"

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5 Samuel replied, "Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate11 yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

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6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab12 and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed stands here before the LORD."

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7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance,13 but the LORD looks at the heart."14

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8 Then Jesse called Abinadab15 and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."

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9 Jesse then had Shammah16 pass by, but Samuel said, "Nor has the LORD chosen this one."

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10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these."
11 So he asked Jesse, "Are these all17 the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep."18 Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit downa until he arrives."

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    • a 16:11 - Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew "not gather around"
      12 So he19 sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome20 features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."

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      13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed21 him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD 22 came upon David in power.23 Samuel then went to Ramah.

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