1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
15:34 Then SamuelA wentB to Ramah;C
and SaulD went upE to his houseF in GibeahG of Saul.
35 Samuel did not seeH Saul againI until the day of his death,J but Samuel grievedK over Saul.
And the LordL was sorryM that he had made Saul king over Israel.N
16:1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejectedO him from being king over Israel. FillP your hornQ with oilR and set out;S
I will sendT you to JesseU the Bethlehemite,V for I have providedW for myself a king among his sons.”X
2 Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hearsY of it, he will killZ me.”
And the Lord said, “Take a heiferAA, BB with you,CC and say, ‘I have come to sacrificeDD to the Lord.’
3 InviteEE Jesse to the sacrifice,FF and I will showGG you what you shall do;HH and you shall anointII for me the one whom I name to you.”
4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded,JJ and came to Bethlehem.KK The eldersLL of the cityMM
came to meetNN him trembling,OO and said, “Do you come peaceably?”PP
5 He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctifyQQ yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6 When they came, he lookedRR on EliabSS and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointedTT is now beforeUU the Lord.”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not lookVV on his appearanceWW or on the heightXX of his stature,YY because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortalsZZ see;
theyAAA lookBBB on the outward appearance,CCC but the Lord looks on the heart.”DDD
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab,EEE and made him passFFF beforeGGG Samuel.
He said, “Neither has the Lord chosenHHH this one.” 9 Then Jesse made ShammahIII pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse made sevenJJJ of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”
11 Samuel said to Jesse, “Are allKKK your sonsLLL here?”
And he said, “There remainsMMM yet the youngest,NNN, OOO but he is keepingPPP the sheep.”QQQ
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit downRRR until he comes here.” 12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy,SSS and had beautifulTTT eyes,UUU and was handsome.VVV
The Lord said, “RiseWWW and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presenceXXX of his brothers;YYY
and the spiritZZZ of the Lord cameAAAA mightily upon DavidBBBB from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
Image credit: “Choosing a King” by Lambsongs – Jill Kemp & Richard Gunther.