The LORD said to Shemu'el, How long will you mourn for Sha'ul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Yisra'el? fill your horn with oil, and go: I will send you to Yishai the Beit-Hallachmite; for I have provided me a king among his sons.
Shemu'el said, How can I go? if Sha'ul hear it, he will kill me. The LORD said, Take a heifer with you, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.
Call Yishai to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do: and you shall anoint to me him whom I name to you.
Shemu'el did that which the LORD spoke, and came to Beit-Lechem. The Zakenim of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, Come you peaceably?
He said, Peaceably; I am come to sacrifice to the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. He sanctified Yishai and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.
It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eli'av, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.
But the LORD said to Shemu'el, "Don't look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for [the LORD sees] not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Then Yishai called Avinadav, and made him pass before Shemu'el. He said, Neither has the LORD chosen this.
Then Yishai made Shammah to pass by. He said, Neither has the LORD chosen this.
Yishai made seven of his sons to pass before Shemu'el. Shemu'el said to Yishai, the LORD has not chosen these.
Shemu'el said to Yishai, Are here all your children? He said, There remains yet the youngest, and, behold, he is keeping the sheep. Shemu'el said to Yishai, Send and get him; for we will not sit down until he come here.
He sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful face, and goodly to look on. The LORD said, Arise, anoint him; for this is he.
Then Shemu'el took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily on David from that day forward. So Shemu'el rose up, and went to Ramah.
Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Sha'ul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
Sha'ul's servants said to him, See now, an evil spirit from God troubles you.
Let our lord now command your servants who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp: and it shall happen, when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play with his hand, and you shall be well.
Sha'ul said to his servants, Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me.
Then answered one of the young men, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Yishai the Beit-Hallachmite, who is skillful in playing, and a mighty man of valor, and a man of war, and prudent in speech, and a comely person; and the LORD is with him.
Therefore Sha'ul sent messengers to Yishai, and said, Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.
Yishai took a donkey [laden] with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son to Sha'ul.
David came to Sha'ul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.
Sha'ul sent to Yishai, saying, Please let David stand before me; for he has found favor in my sight.
It happened, when the [evil] spirit from God was on Sha'ul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand: so Sha'ul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.