1:1 Now there was a certain man of
Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son
of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an
1:2 And he had two wives; the name of the
one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had
children, but Hannah had no children.
1:3 And this man went up out of his city
yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh.
And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD,
1:4 And when the time was that Elkanah
offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her
1:5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy
portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
1:6 And her adversary also provoked her
sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
1:7 And as he did so year by year, when she
went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she
wept, and did not eat.
1:8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her,
Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy
heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
1:9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten
in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a
seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and
prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine
handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt
give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD
all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his
1:12 And it came to pass, as she continued
praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
1:13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart;
only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli
thought she had been drunken.
1:14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt
thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
1:15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my
lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine
nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
1:16 Count not thine handmaid for a
daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief
have I spoken hitherto.
1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in
peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast
asked of him.
1:18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find
grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her
countenance was no more sad.
1:19 And they rose up in the morning early,
and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house
to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered
1:20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the
time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son,
and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
1:21 And the man Elkanah, and all his
house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his
1:22 But Hannah went not up; for she said
unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then
I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide
1:23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her,
Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD
establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck
until she weaned him.
1:24 And when she had weaned him, she took
him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a
bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh:
and the child was young.
1:25 And they slew a bullock, and brought
the child to Eli.
1:26 And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul
liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto
1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the
LORD. And he
worshipped the LORD there.
2:1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart
rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is
enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for
there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let
not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of
knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
2:4 The bows of the mighty men are broken,
and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
2:5 They that were full have hired out
themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the
barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed
2:6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he
bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich:
he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among
princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars
of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.
2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints,
and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no
2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be
broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his
king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
2:11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his
house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.
2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of
Belial; they knew not the LORD.
2:13 And the priest's custom with the
people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant
came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth
in his hand;
2:14 And he struck it into the pan, or
kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the
priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites
that came thither.
2:15 Also before they burnt the fat, the
priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh
to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee,
2:16 And if any man said unto him, Let them
not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul
desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me
now: and if not, I will take it by force.
2:17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was
very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.
2:18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD,
being a child, girded with a linen ephod.
2:19 Moreover his mother made him a little
coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with
her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
2:20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife,
and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is
lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.
2:21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that
she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child
Samuel grew before the LORD.
2:22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all
that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women
that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
2:23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such
things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.
2:24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report
that I hear: ye make the LORD's people to transgress.
2:25 If one man sin against another, the
judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall
intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of
their father, because the LORD would slay them.
2:26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was
in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.
2:27 And there came a man of God unto Eli,
and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the
house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?
2:28 And did I choose him out of all the
tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn
incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of
thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?
2:29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and
at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and
honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest
of all the offerings of Israel my people?
2:30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith,
I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk
before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for
them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be
2:31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut
off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not
be an old man in thine house.
2:32 And thou shalt see an enemy in my
habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there
shall not be an old man in thine house for ever.
2:33 And the man of thine, whom I shall not
cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve
thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the
flower of their age.
2:34 And this shall be a sign unto thee,
that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day
they shall die both of them.
2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful
priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in
my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before
mine anointed for ever.
2:36 And it shall come to pass, that every
one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a
piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray
thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of
3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto
the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those
days; there was no open vision.
3:2 And it came to pass at that time, when
Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he
could not see;
3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the
temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down
3:4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he
answered, Here am I.
3:5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am
I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again.
And he went and lay down.
3:6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel.
And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst
call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD,
neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
3:8 And the LORD called Samuel again the
third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for
thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the
3:9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie
down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his
3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and
called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak;
for thy servant heareth.
3:11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I
will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that
heareth it shall tingle.
3:12 In that day I will perform against Eli
all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I
will also make an end.
3:13 For I have told him that I will judge
his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons
made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
3:14 And therefore I have sworn unto the
house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged
with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
3:15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and
opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew
Eli the vision.
3:16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said,
Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.
3:17 And he said, What is the thing that
the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do
so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the
things that he said unto thee.
3:18 And Samuel told him every whit, and
hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what
seemeth him good.
3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with
him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to
Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
3:21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh:
for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
4:1 And the word of Samuel came to all
Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and
pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.
4:2 And the Philistines put themselves in
array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten
before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about
four thousand men.
4:3 And when the people were come into the
camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to
day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of
the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may
save us out of the hand of our enemies.
4:4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they
might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts,
which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni
and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the
LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so
that the earth rang again.
4:6 And when the Philistines heard the
noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great
shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of
the LORD was come into the camp.
4:7 And the Philistines were afraid, for
they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for
there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
4:8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out
of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the
Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.
4:9 Be strong and quit yourselves like men,
O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they
have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.
4:10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel
was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a
very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand
4:11 And the ark of God was taken; and the
two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.
4:12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of
the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and
with earth upon his head.
4:13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a
seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of
God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city
4:14 And when Eli heard the noise of the
crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man
came in hastily, and told Eli.
4:15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years
old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.
4:16 And the man said unto Eli, I am he
that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he
said, What is there done, my son?
4:17 And the messenger answered and said,
Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a
great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and
Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
4:18 And it came to pass, when he made
mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by
the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an
old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
4:19 And his daughter in law, Phinehas'
wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the
tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and
her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains
came upon her.
4:20 And about the time of her death the
women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a
son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it.
4:21 And she named the child Ichabod,
saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was
taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.
4:22 And she said, The glory is departed
from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.
5:1 And the Philistines took the ark of
God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.
5:2 When the Philistines took the ark of
God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
5:3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on
the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before
the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place
5:4 And when they arose early on the morrow
morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before
the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his
hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was
left to him.
5:5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon,
nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon
in Ashdod unto this day.
5:6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon
them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods,
even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.
5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it
was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with
us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.
5:8 They sent therefore and gathered all
the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do
with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of
the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark
of the God of Israel about thither.
5:9 And it was so, that, after they had
carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a
very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small
and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.
5:10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to
Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the
Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the
God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.
5:11 So they sent and gathered together all
the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God
of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not,
and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the
city; the hand of God was very heavy there.
5:12 And the men that died not were smitten
with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.
6:1 And the ark of the LORD was in the
country of the Philistines seven months.
6:2 And the Philistines called for the
priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place.
6:3 And they said, If ye send away the ark
of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wise return him a
trespass offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to
you why his hand is not removed from you.
6:4 Then said they, What shall be the
trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five
golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the
lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your
6:5 Wherefore ye shall make images of your
emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give
glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand
from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.
6:6 Wherefore then do ye harden your
hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he
had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go,
and they departed?
6:7 Now therefore make a new cart, and take
two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to
the cart, and bring their calves home from them:
6:8 And take the ark of the LORD, and lay
it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for
a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it
away, that it may go.
6:9 And see, if it goeth up by the way of
his own coast to Bethshemesh, then he hath done us this great evil:
but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that smote us:
it was a chance that happened to us.
6:10 And the men did so; and took two milch
kine, and tied them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home:
6:11 And they laid the ark of the LORD upon
the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their
6:12 And the kine took the straight way to
the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they
went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the
lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of
6:13 And they of Bethshemesh were reaping
their wheat harvest in the valley: and they lifted up their eyes, and
saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it.
6:14 And the cart came into the field of
Joshua, a Bethshemite, and stood there, where there was a great stone:
and they clave the wood of the cart, and offered the kine a burnt
offering unto the LORD.
6:15 And the Levites took down the ark of
the LORD, and the coffer that was with it, wherein the jewels of gold
were, and put them on the great stone: and the men of Bethshemesh
offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices the same day unto
6:16 And when the five lords of the
Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.
6:17 And these are the golden emerods which
the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD; for
Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron
6:18 And the golden mice, according to the
number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five
lords, both of fenced cities, and of country villages, even unto the
great stone of Abel, whereon they set down the ark of the LORD: which
stone remaineth unto this day in the field of Joshua, the Bethshemite.
6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh,
because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the
people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people
lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great
6:20 And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who
is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up
6:21 And they sent messengers to the
inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying, The Philistines have brought
again the ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you.
7:1 And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and
fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of
Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark
of the LORD.
7:2 And it came to pass, while the ark
abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty
years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of
Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts,
then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and
prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will
deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
7:4 Then the children of Israel did put
away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.
7:5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to
Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.
7:6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh,
and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that
day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel
judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
7:7 And when the Philistines heard that the
children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the
Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel
heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
7:8 And the children of Israel said to
Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will
save us out of the hand of the Philistines.
7:9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and
offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried
unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him.
7:10 And as Samuel was offering up the
burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel:
but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the
Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before
7:11 And the men of Israel went out of
Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came
7:12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it
between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying,
Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.
7:13 So the Philistines were subdued, and
they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
7:14 And the cities which the Philistines
had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto
Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of
the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
7:15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days
of his life.
7:16 And he went from year to year in
circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all
7:17 And his return was to Ramah; for there
was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar
unto the LORD.
8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was
old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
8:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel;
and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.
8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways,
but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered
themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art
old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us
like all the nations.
8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when
they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken
unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they
have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not
reign over them.
8:8 According to all the works which they
have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto
this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so
do they also unto thee.
8:9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice:
howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of
the king that shall reign over them.
8:10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD
unto the people that asked of him a king.
8:11 And he said, This will be the manner
of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and
appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen;
and some shall run before his chariots.
8:12 And he will appoint him captains over
thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his
ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war,
and instruments of his chariots.
8:13 And he will take your daughters to be
confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
8:14 And he will take your fields, and your
vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them
to his servants.
8:15 And he will take the tenth of your
seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his
8:16 And he will take your menservants, and
your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and
put them to his work.
8:17 He will take the tenth of your sheep:
and ye shall be his servants.
8:18 And ye shall cry out in that day
because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will
not hear you in that day.
8:19 Nevertheless the people refused to
obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king
8:20 That we also may be like all the
nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and
fight our battles.
8:21 And Samuel heard all the words of the
people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
8:22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken
unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men
of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.
9:1 Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose
name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of
Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
9:2 And he had a son, whose name was Saul,
a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children
of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he
was higher than any of the people.
9:3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father
were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants
with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.
9:4 And he passed through mount Ephraim,
and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then
they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and
he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.
9:5 And when they were come to the land of
Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us
return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought
9:6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there
is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he
saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he
can shew us our way that we should go.
9:7 Then said Saul to his servant, But,
behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent
in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God:
what have we?
9:8 And the servant answered Saul again,
and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of
silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.
9:9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went
to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for
he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)
9:10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well
said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God
9:11 And as they went up the hill to the
city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto
them, Is the seer here?
9:12 And they answered them, and said, He
is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to
the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high
9:13 As soon as ye be come into the city,
ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to
eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless
the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore
get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.
9:14 And they went up into the city: and
when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against
them, for to go up to the high place.
9:15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his
ear a day before Saul came, saying,
9:16 To morrow about this time I will send
thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to
be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of
the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because
their cry is come unto me.
9:17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall
reign over my people.
9:18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the
gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
9:19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I
am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat
with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee
all that is in thine heart.
9:20 And as for thine asses that were lost
three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on
whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy
9:21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a
Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the
least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then
speakest thou so to me?
9:22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant,
and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest
place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.
9:23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring
the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by
9:24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and
that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said,
Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this
time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the
people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
9:25 And when they were come down from the
high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of
9:26 And they arose early: and it came to
pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top
of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose,
and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
9:27 And as they were going down to the end
of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us,
(and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee
the word of God.
10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and
poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because
the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
10:2 When thou art departed from me to day,
then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of
Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou
wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of
the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
10:3 Then shalt thou go on forward from
thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall
meet thee three men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three
kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying
a bottle of wine:
10:4 And they will salute thee, and give
thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.
10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill
of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to
pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a
company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery,
and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall
10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come
upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into
10:7 And let it be, when these signs are
come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with
10:8 And thou shalt go down before me to
Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt
offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days
shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt
10:9 And it was so, that when he had turned
his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those
signs came to pass that day.
10:10 And when they came thither to the
hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God
came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
10:11 And it came to pass, when all that
knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the
prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is
come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
10:12 And one of the same place answered
and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is
Saul also among the prophets?
10:13 And when he had made an end of
prophesying, he came to the high place.
10:14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to
his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when
we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.
10:15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I
pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.
10:16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told
us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the
kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not.
10:17 And Samuel called the people together
unto the LORD to Mizpeh;
10:18 And said unto the children of Israel,
Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt,
and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the
hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:
10:19 And ye have this day rejected your
God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your
tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us.
Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and
by your thousands.
10:20 And when Samuel had caused all the
tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
10:21 When he had caused the tribe of
Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was
taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him,
he could not be found.
10:22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the
Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff.
10:23 And they ran and fetched him thence:
and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the
people from his shoulders and upward.
10:24 And Samuel said to all the people,
See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him
among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save
10:25 Then Samuel told the people the
manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before
the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah;
and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.
10:27 But the children of Belial said, How
shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no
presents. But he held his peace.
11:1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and
encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto
Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.
11:2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them,
On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust
out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.
11:3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto
him, Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all
the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will
come out to thee.
11:4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of
Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the
people lifted up their voices, and wept.
11:5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd
out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they
weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.
11:6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul
when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.
11:7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed
them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by
the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul
and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of
the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.
11:8 And when he numbered them in Bezek,
the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of
Judah thirty thousand.
11:9 And they said unto the messengers that
came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by
that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came
and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.
11:10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To
morrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that
seemeth good unto you.
11:11 And it was so on the morrow, that
Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst
of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the
heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were
scattered, so that two of them were not left together.
11:12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who
is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may
put them to death.
11:13 And Saul said, There shall not a man
be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation
11:14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come,
and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there.
11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal;
and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there
they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and
there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
12:1 And Samuel said unto all Israel,
Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me,
and have made a king over you.
12:2 And now, behold, the king walketh
before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with
you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day.
12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me
before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or
whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I
oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine
eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
12:4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded
us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand.
12:5 And he said unto them, The LORD is
witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye
have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.
12:6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is
the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers
up out of the land of Egypt.
12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may
reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD,
which he did to you and to your fathers.
12:8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and
your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron,
which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in
12:9 And when they forgat the LORD their
God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of
Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the
king of Moab, and they fought against them.
12:10 And they cried unto the LORD, and
said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have
served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our
enemies, and we will serve thee.
12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and
Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of
your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.
12:12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king
of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a
king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.
12:13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye
have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set
a king over you.
12:14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve
him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you
continue following the LORD your God:
12:15 But if ye will not obey the voice of
the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall
the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
12:16 Now therefore stand and see this
great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.
12:17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I
will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye
may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done
in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.
12:18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and
the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly
feared the LORD and Samuel.
12:19 And all the people said unto Samuel,
Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we
have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
12:20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear
not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from
following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;
12:21 And turn ye not aside: for then
should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for
they are vain.
12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his
people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to
make you his people.
12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I
should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will
teach you the good and the right way:
12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in
truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done
12:25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye
shall be consumed, both ye and your king.
13:1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had
reigned two years over Israel,
13:2 Saul chose him three thousand men of
Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount
Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and
the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.
13:3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the
Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And
Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews
13:4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had
smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in
abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together
after Saul to Gilgal.
13:5 And the Philistines gathered
themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots,
and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea
shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash,
eastward from Bethaven.
13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they
were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people
did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in
high places, and in pits.
13:7 And some of the Hebrews went over
Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in
Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
13:8 And he tarried seven days, according
to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to
Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
13:9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt
offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt
13:10 And it came to pass, that as soon as
he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel
came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
13:11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done?
And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me,
and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the
Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
13:12 Therefore said I, The Philistines
will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication
unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt
13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast
done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy
God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established
thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not
continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD
hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou
hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
13:15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from
Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were
present with him, about six hundred men.
13:16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and
the people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin:
but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.
13:17 And the spoilers came out of the camp
of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way
that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:
13:18 And another company turned the way to
Bethhoron: and another company turned to the way of the border that
looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
13:19 Now there was no smith found
throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the
Hebrews make them swords or spears:
13:20 But all the Israelites went down to
the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and
his axe, and his mattock.
13:21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks,
and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to
sharpen the goads.
13:22 So it came to pass in the day of
battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of
any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and
with Jonathan his son was there found.
13:23 And the garrison of the Philistines
went out to the passage of Michmash.