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Saul pursueth him.

I. SAMUEL 23

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Ps. 11. 1
& Ps. 54,
title.

He spareth Saul's life.

David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.

3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and d David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

4 And the men of David said unto him, f Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the

5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt.

19 Then came up the Ziphites to Cp. ch. 26. 1. skirt of 1 Saul's robe privily.
Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David
hide himself with us in strong holds in
the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which 1 Heb. the
is 2 on the south of 3 Jeshimon?

20 Now therefore, O king, come down
according to all the desire of thy soul
to come down; and our part shall be
to deliver him into the king's hand.
21 And Saul said, "Blessed be ye of the
LORD; for ye have compassion on me.
22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and
know and see his place where his 5 haunt
is, and who hath seen him there: for
it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.
23 See therefore, and take knowledge
of all the lurking places where he hideth
himself, and come ye again to me with
the certainty, and I will go with you:
and it shall come to pass, if he be in
the land, that I will search him out
throughout all the thousands of Judah.
24 And they arose, and went to Ziph
before Saul: but David and his men
were in the wilderness of Maon, in
the plain on Pthe south of Jeshimon.
25 Saul also and his men went to seek
him. And they told David: wherefore
he came down 6 into a rock, and abode
in the wilderness of Maon. And when
Saul heard that, he pursued after David
in the wilderness of Maon.

26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to take them.

robe which
was Saul's.
Jos. 18. 28.

2 Sa. 24. 10.
1 ch. 26. 1, 3.

2 Heb. on
the right
hand.
3 Or, the
wilderness?
m ver. 10.

See ch. 12. 3.
n Ru. 2. 20.
4 Heb.
cut off.

5

Heb. foot shall be.

o Jos. 15, 55.

p See ver. 19.

7 ver. 4.

6 Or, from

the rock.

So Ps. 31. 22.

8 Ge. 16. 5.
So Judg. 11.
27.
Job 5. 8.

27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; 'fort Cp. 2 Ki. the Philistines have 7invaded the land. 19. 9.

28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place 8 Sela-hammahlekoth.

29 And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at "En-gedi. CHAPTER 24

AND it came to pass, when Saul was returned from fo following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.

2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek

7 Heb.
spread
themselves
upon, fc.
8 That is,
The rock of
divisions.

u See Joa, 15.
62.

9 Heb. judge.

10 Heb. after.
ch. 23. 17.

k

6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, "the LORD's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. 7 So David 4stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and 2 some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD's anointed.

11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it. 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee; but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

13 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

15 The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and 9 deliver me out of thine hand.

16 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, "Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

17 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast

Nabal's churlishness.

I. SAMUEL 24 Abigail pleadeth with David,

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18 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: foras-1 Heb. much as when the LORD had 2 delivered slaughter, 2 Heb. me into thine hand, thou killedst me not. 19 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.

20 And now, behold, I know well that 6 ch. 23. 17. thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.

e ch. 22. 2 & 23. 13 & 27, 2 & 30. 9.

21 dSwear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt notd destroy my name out of my father's house.

22 And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

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Ge. 21. 23. e ch. 30. 24.

f 2 Sa. 21. 7. 9 See ch. 13. 10 marg. 3 Heb. flew upon them. ch. 14. 32. h ch. 23. 29.

AND Samuel died; and all the Israel-Heb.

ites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

shamed.

ch. 28. 3.
Deu. 34. 8.
Ex. 14. 22.

So Job 1. 10. l ch. 1. 19. m Nu. 10. 12.

2 And there was a man in Maon, whose 5 possessions were in Carmel; and the 5 Or, business. man was very great, and he had threen Deu. 13. 13. thousand sheep, and a thousand goats: and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.

3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; Ge. 32. 13. and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.

4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep.

5 And David sent out ten young men, and David said unto the young men, Get you up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and 7greet him in my name:

6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth in prosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be to thine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast.

6 Or, lumps, ch. 30. 12. 2 Sa. 16. 1.

1 Ch. 12 40. p 2 Sa. 13. 23.

7 Heb.

ask him in my name of peace.

So 1 Ch.

12. 18.
Ps. 122. 7.
Cp. Mt. 10.
12, 13.

7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers: now thy shepherds which were with us, we 4hurt them not, neither was there ought "missing unto them, all the ver. 15, 21. while they were in Carmel.

Lk. 10. 5.

Ru. 1. 17.

8 Ask thy young men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes: for we come in a good day: give, I pray thee, Esth. 8. 17 whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son David,

& 9. 19, 22. Jos. 15, 18. v So ver. 41. Ru. 2. 10.

2 Sa. 14. 9. 8 Heb. rested. 9 Heb. ears. r Judg. 9. 28.

9 And when David's young men came, they spake to Nabal according to all those words in the name of David, and Sceased. 10 And Nabal answered David's ser-10 Heb. lay vants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse ? there be many

it to his heart.

servants now a days that break away every man from his master.

11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be? 12 So David's young men turned their way, and went again, and came and told him all those sayings.

13 And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff.

14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he 3 railed on them.

15 But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, as long as we were conversant with them, when we were in the fields:

16 They were a wall unto us both by night and day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such" a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.

18 T Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred 6clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on

asses.

19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.

20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.

21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and "fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, "upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine 9audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.

25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, 10 regard this "man of Belial, even Nabal: for as

and pacifieth him.

I. SAMUEL 25

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a ch. 20. 3. ch. 21. 15.

34.

26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden theee So ver. 26, from coming to shed blood, and from 2avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.

27 And now this 3 blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that 4 follow my lord.

28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will cer tainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord f fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.

29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.

30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;

31 That this shall be 8 no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid. 32 And David said to Abigail," Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:

1 Ki. 2. 44 So Ps. 7. 16. Ezek. 17. 19. 2 Heb. saving thyself.

Or, present. ch. 30. 26. See Ge. 33. 11 & 2 Ki. 18. 31.

4 Heb. walk at the feet of, &c.

e ch. 2. 35. So 2 Sa. 7. 11, 27.

5

ch. 18. 17. Heb. at her feet. Jos. 15. 56. h Jer. 10. 18. i ch. 27. 3

& 30. 5.
2 Sa. 2. 2

& 3. 2, 3. 6 Heb. in the midst of the bought of a sling.

ch. 19. 17.

2 Sa. 3. 14. 7 Phaltiel, 2 Sa 3. 15. Isa. 10. 30. 8 Heb. no staggering,

or,

stumbling.

1 Pa. 54, title. See ch. 23.

19.

Ge. 21 27.

n So ver. 26. 34, 39.

33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast "kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from ver. 39. avenging myself with mine own hand. 34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back Ru. 3. 13. from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

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35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.

p 2 Sa. 2. 8.

9 Or, midst
of his
carriages.
ch. 17. 20.
7 ch. 1. 17.
2 Sa. 2. 18,
&c.

& 10. 10, 14
& 16, 9
& 18. 12

& 21. 17.

36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk-Ge. 32. 20. en: wherefore she told him nothing, less2 Sa. 3. 39 or more, until the morning light.

37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he

became as a stone.

38 And it came to pass about ten days

& 19. 22. u So Judg. 7. 9--11.

v 2 Sa. 13. 23, 28.

ch. 19. 13.

r So ch. 24. 4. 10 Heb.

shut up.

Saul pursueth David.

after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died.

39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath

kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath d returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.

40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife. 41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.

42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with tive damsels of hers that went 5 after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.

43 David also took Ahinoam 9 of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.

44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to 7 Phalti the son of Laish, which was of k Gallim.

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Aibeah, gayites, both not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?

ND the Ziphites came unto Saul to

2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph. 3 And Saul pitched in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon, by the way. But David abode in the wilder ness, and he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness.

4 David therefore sent out spies, and understood that Saul was come in very deed.

5 And David arose, and came to the place where Saul had pitched: and David beheld the place where Saul lay, and PAbner the son of Ner, the captain of his host: and Saul lay in the 9trench, and the people pitched round about him.

6 Then answered David and said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to "Abishai the son of Zeruiah, brother to Joab, saying, Who will "go down with me to Saul to the camp? And Abishai said, I will go down with thee.

7 So David and Abishai came to the people by night; and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.

8 Then said Abishai to David, "God hath 10 delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me

David again spareth Saul. I. SAMUEL 26

smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.

9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless?

10 David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or dhis day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.

11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were

a ch. 24. 6, 10. See ch. 12. 3. b So Ps. 7. 8. c ch. 25, 38. d So Job 7. 1 & 14. 5. ch. 31. 6. fch. 24. 6.

9 Ru. 2. 20.

all asleep; because a deep sleep from Ge. 2. 21 the LORD was fallen upon them.

13 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:

14 And David cried to the people, and to Abner the son of Ner, saying, Answerest thou not, Abner? Then Abner answered and said, Who art thou that criest to the king?

& 15. 12.

1 Heb. be consumed.

15 And David said to Abner, Art notch. 23. 13. thou a valiant man? and who is like

to thee in Israel? wherefore then hast j ch. 17. 4. thou not kept thy lord the king? for there came one of the people in to destroy the king thy lord."

k ch. 25. 43.

the sons of death. See ch. 20. 31.

16 This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the LORD liveth, ye are 2 wor-2 Heb. thy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the LORD'S anointed. And now see where the king's spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster. 17 And Saul knew David's voice, and said, "Is this thy voice, my son David?m And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king.

18 And he said, "Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? for what have I done? or what evil is in mine hand?

19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred thee up against me, let him 5accept an offering but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the LORD; for they have driven me out this day from 6abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.

20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.

21 Then said Saul, "I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold,

ch. 20. 3.
ch. 24. 16.
So ch. 24.

9-11.
Jos. 15. 31.
3 Heb. the
number
of days.

p 2 Sa. 24. 1. 4 Heb. a year of days. ch. 29. 3. Heb. smell.

5

Ge. 8. 21.

Cp. Ps. 120. 5. Jos. 13. 2, 6 Heb. cleaving.

7 Or, Geraites.

ch. 15. 2.

t 2 Sa. 14. 16 & 20. 19.

Ge. 16. 7. ch. 24. 14. w ch. 15. 24. sor, Did you

So ch. 24. 17.

not make a road, fc.

David fleeth to Achish.

I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

22 And David answered and said, Behold the king's spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.

236 The LORD render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the LORD delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed.

24 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the LORD, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

25 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.

AND

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AND David said in his heart, I shall A now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

2 And David arose, and he passed over with the six hundred men that evere with him unto Achish, the son of Maoch, king of Gath.

3 And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David k with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's wife.

4 And it was told Saul that David was fled to Gath: and he sought no more again for him.

5 And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?

6 Then Achish gave him Ziklag that day wherefore Ziklag pertaineth unto the kings of Judah unto this day.

7 And 3 the time that David dwelt in the country of the Philistines was a full year and four months.

8 And David and his men went up, and invaded "the Geshurites, and the 7 Gezrites, and the 'Amalekites: for those nations were of old the inhabitants of the land, as thou goest to Shur, even unto the land of Egypt.

9 And David smote the land, and left neither man nor woman alive, and took away the sheep, and the oxen, and the asses, and the camels, and the apparel, and returned, and came to Achish.

10 And Achish said, 8 Whither have ye made a road to day? And David said, Against the south of Judah, and against

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AND it came to pass in those days, that AN A the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. d ver. 16. And Achish said unto David, Know thou assuredly, that thou shalt go out with me to battle, thou and thy men.

2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.

3 Now f Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.

ch. 16. 14 & 18. 12. e ver. 6. 3 Heb. by the hand of prophets. ver. 17.

ch. 25. 1. 4 Or, for himself. 5 Heb. mine hand.

ch. 15. 28. h ch. 1. 19.

19. 31.

Cp. Ex. 22.
18.
ch. 15. 9.

4 And the Philistines gathered them-Lev. selves together, and came and pitched in * Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.

5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.

6 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, "the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor.

8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiart spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.

So 1 Ch. 10. 13. Cp.

1 Ki. 20. 42. Jer, 48. 10. k Jos. 19. 18.

ch. 31. 1. m ch. 31. 2. ver. 15.

6

ch. 14. 37.

Heb. made

haste, and fell with the fulness of his stature.

o Nu. 12. 6. Ex. 28. 30. Cp. 1 Ch.

p

10. 13. Jos. 17. 11. Judg. 12. 3.

Deu. 18. 10.

9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have u ver. 3. familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?

10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.

11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.

12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the

v Esth. 1. 6.

w Ge, 18. 6.

Samuel appeareth.

woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast. thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.

14 And he said unto her, 1 What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and dGod is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither 3 by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?

17 And the LORD hath done 4 to him, as he spake by 5me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. 19 Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

21 And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto

me.

22 Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest on thy way.

23 But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.

24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded it, and did bake unleavened bread thereof:

25 And she brought it before Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.

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