1 Samuel 16:2

Overview - 1 Samuel 16
Samuel sent by God, under pretence of a sacrifice, comes to Beth-lehem.
His human judgment is reproved.
11 He anoints David.
15 Saul sends for David to quiet his evil spirit.
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1 Samuel 16:2  (King James Version)
And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.

How can I go
Exodus 3:11 ; 1 Kings 18:9-14 ; Matthew 10:16 ; Luke 1:34

Take an heifer
For the prudent management of the affair, and to avoid suspicion, Samuel was directed to go to Bethlehem to sacrifice, as he probably did from time to time in many different places; and the answer which he was instructed to return was strictly true though he did not tell the principal design of his coming; for though no man in any circumstances should tell a lie, yet, in all circumstances, he is not bound to tell the whole truth, though he must tell nothing but the truth, and so tell that truth that the hearer shall not believe a lie by it.

with thee
Hebrew in thine hand.

I am come
9:12 20:29 Jeremiah 38:26 Jeremiah 38:27