The LORD said to Samuel, 1"How long will you grieve over Saul, since 2I have rejected him from being king over Israel? 3Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, 4for I have provided for myself a king among his sons."
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, 5'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'
And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. 6And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you."
Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city 7came to meet him trembling and said, 8"Do you come peaceably?"
And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. 9Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they came, he looked on 10Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is before him."
But the LORD said to Samuel, 11"Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, 12but the LORD looks on the heart."
Then Jesse called 13Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."
Then Jesse made 14Shammah pass by. And he said, "Neither has the LORD chosen this one."
And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen these."
Then Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, 15"There remains yet the youngest,a but behold, he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, 16"Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here."
And he sent and brought him in. Now he was 17ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, 18"Arise, anoint him, for this is he."
Then Samuel took 19the horn of oil 20and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. 21And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
1422Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, 23and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him.
And Saul's servants said to him, "Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you.
Let our lord now command your servants 24who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will 25play it, and you will be well."
So Saul said to his servants, "Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me."
One of the young men answered, "Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, 26a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, 27and the LORD is with him."
Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, "Send me David your son, 28who is with the sheep."
2029And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul.
And David came to Saul 30and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer.
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, "Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight."
And 31whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre 32and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.