1 Samuel 16 ©
Samuel by God's direction goeth to Beth-lehem under pretence of a sacrifice. Jesse's seven sons pass before him, but are not approved by God. David is sent for, approved, and anointed. An evil spirit troubleth Saul, who by the advice of his servants sendeth for David, and is relieved by his music.
AND the LORD said unto Samuel, aHow long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing bI have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine chorn with oil, and go, I will send thee to dJesse the Beth-lehemite: for eI have provided me a king among his sons.
And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and hI will shew thee what ithou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
¶And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on 3Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.
But the LORD msaid unto Samuel, Look not on his ncountenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth onot as man seeth; for man looketh on the 4outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Then Jesse made 5Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.
And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-lehemite, that is *cunning in playing, band a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in 9matters, and a comely person, and cthe LORD is with him.
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.