The Lord's Chosen - 1st Samuel 16

1 Samuel 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt  thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from  reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will  send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me  a king among his sons. 

1 Samuel 16:2 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. 

1 Samuel 16:3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will  shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me  him whom I name unto thee. 

1 Samuel 16:4 And Samuel did that  which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the  elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest  thou peaceably? 

1 Samuel 16:5 And he said, Peaceably: I am come  to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come  with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his  sons, and called them to the sacrifice.  

1 Samuel 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’S anointed is  before him. 

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look  not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature;  because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as  man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but  the LORD looketh on the heart. 

1 Samuel 16:8 Then Jesse called  Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said,  Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 

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1 Samuel 16:9 Then Jesse  made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the  LORD chosen this. 

1 Samuel 16:10 Again, Jesse made seven of his  sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse,  The LORD hath not chosen these. 

1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said  unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There  remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the  sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for  we will not sit down till he come hither. 

1 Samuel 16:12 And he  sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal  of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the  LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 

1 Samuel 16:13  Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the  midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came  upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and  went to Ramah.   

1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul,  and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. 

1 Samuel 16:15  And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil  spirit from God troubleth thee. 

1 Samuel 16:16 Let our lord now  command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out  a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall  come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee,  that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.  

1 Samuel 16:17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a  man that can play well, and bring him to me. 

1 Samuel 16:18  Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have  seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in  playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and  prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is  with him.  

1 Samuel 16:19 Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and  said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.  

1 Samuel 16:20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a  bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son  unto Saul. 

1 Samuel 16:21 And David came to Saul, and stood  before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his  armourbearer. 

1 Samuel 16:22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let  David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found  favour in my sight. 

1 Samuel 16:23 And it came to pass, when the  evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an  harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and  was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.  KJV