1 Samuel 16:1-13
FillG your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to JesseH the Bethlehemite,I for I have providedJ for myself a king among his sons.”
2 Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hearsK of it, he will killL me.”
And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrificeM to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice,N and I will showO you what you shall do; and you shall anointP for me the one whom I name to you.”
5 He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctifyU 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 looked on EliabV and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointedW is now before the Lord.”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not lookX on his appearanceY or on the heightZ of his stature,AA because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortalsBB see; they look on the outward appearance,CC but the Lord looks on the heart.”DD
8 Then Jesse called Abinadab,EE and made him passFF beforeGG Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made ShammahHH pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse made sevenII of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”
The Lord said, “RiseRR and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presenceSS of his brothers; and the spiritTT of the Lord cameUU mightily upon DavidVV from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.WW
Image Credit: “David Anointed King by Samuel” from the Dura Europos Synagogue, Syria, 3rd century AD.