1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you feel sorry for Saul? You are feeling sorry for him, even after I told you that I refuse to let Saul be the king of Israel! Fill your horn with oil and go to Bethlehem. I am sending you to a man named Jesse. Jesse lives in Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be the new king.” 2But Samuel said, “If I go, Saul will hear the news. Then he will try to kill me.” The Lord said, “Go to Bethlehem. Take a young calf with you. Say, 'I have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice. Then I will show you what to do. You must anoint the person I show you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord told him to do. Samuel went to Bethlehem. The elders ˻(leaders)˼ of Bethlehem shook with fear. They met Samuel and asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5Samuel answered, “Yes, I come in peace. I come to make a sacrifice to the Lord. Prepare yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Samuel prepared Jesse and his sons. Then Samuel invited them to come and share the sacrifice. 6When Jesse and his sons arrived, Samuel saw Eliab. Samuel thought, “Surely this is the man that the Lord has chosen!” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Eliab is tall and handsome. But don’t think about things like that. God does not look at the things people see. People look only at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at his heart. Eliab is not the right man.” 8Then Jesse called his second son, Abinadab. Abinadab walked by Samuel. But Samuel said, “No, this is not the man that the Lord chose.” 9Then Jesse told Shammah to walk by Samuel. But Samuel said, “No, the Lord did not choose this man, either.” 10Jesse showed seven of his sons to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these men.” 11Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse answered, “No, I have another son—my youngest, but he is out taking care of the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him. Bring him here. We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.” 12Jesse sent someone to get his youngest son. This son was a good-looking, red-faced young man. He was very handsome. The Lord said to Samuel, “Get up and anoint him. He is the one.” 13Samuel took the horn with the oil in it, and poured the special oil on Jesse’s youngest son in front of his brothers. The Lord’s Spirit came on David with great power from that day on. Then Samuel went back home to Ramah. 14The Lord’s Spirit left Saul. Then the Lord sent a bad spirit to Saul. It caused him much trouble. 15Saul’s servants said to him, “A bad spirit from God is bothering you. 16Give us the command and we will look for someone who can play the harp. If the bad spirit from the Lord comes on you, this person will play music for you. Then you will feel better.” 17So Saul said to his servants, “Find a person who plays music well and bring him to me.” 18One of the servants said, “There is a man named Jesse living in Bethlehem. I saw Jesse’s son. He knows how to play the harp. He is also a brave man and fights well. He is smart and handsome. And the Lord is with him.” 19So Saul sent messengers to Jesse. They told Jesse, “You have a son named David. He takes care of your sheep. Send him to me.” 20So Jesse got some things as a gift for Saul. Jesse got a donkey, some bread and a bottle of wine, and a young goat. Jesse gave those things to David and sent him to Saul. 21So David went to Saul and stood in front of him. Saul loved David very much. David became the helper who carried Saul’s weapons. 22Saul sent a message to Jesse. “Let David stay and serve me. I like him very much.” 23Any time the bad spirit from God came on Saul, David would take his harp and play it. The bad spirit would leave Saul and he would begin to feel better.
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