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1 Yahweh said to Samuel, 'How much longer do you mean to go on mourning over Saul, now that I myself have rejected him as ruler of Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have found myself a king from among his sons.'
1Sam 15:23  1Sam 15:35  1Sam 9:16  1Sam 10:1  1Sam 13:13-14  2Kgs 9:1  1Sam 15:26 

2 Samuel replied, 'How can I go? When Saul hears of it he will kill me.' Yahweh then said, 'Take a heifer with you and say, "I have come to sacrifice to Yahweh."
1Sam 9:12  1Sam 20:29  1Kgs 18:9-14  Exod 3:11  Jer 38:26-27  Luke 1:34  Matt 10:16 

3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I shall reveal to you what you must do; and you will anoint for me the one I indicate to you.'
1Sam 9:16  Exod 4:15  Acts 9:6  1Sam 9:12-13  1Sam 16:12-13  2Sam 15:11  Deut 17:14-15 

4 Samuel did what Yahweh ordered and went to Bethlehem. The elders of the town came trembling to meet him and asked, 'Seer, is your coming favourable for us,'
1Kgs 2:13  2Kgs 9:22  1Chr 12:17-18  1Sam 21:1  1Kgs 17:18  2Sam 6:9  Gen 48:7 

5 'Yes,' he replied. 'I have come to sacrifice to Yahweh. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.' He purified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
Exod 19:10  Josh 3:5  1Cor 11:28  2Chr 30:17-20  Exod 19:14-15  Job 1:5  Joel 2:16 

6 When they arrived, he looked at Eliab and thought, 'This must be Yahweh's anointed now before him,'
1Sam 17:13  1Chr 2:13  1Sam 17:22  Judg 8:18  1Chr 27:18  1Kgs 12:26 

7 but Yahweh said to Samuel, 'Take no notice of his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him; God does not see as human beings see; they look at appearances but Yahweh looks at the heart.'
John 7:24  Jer 17:10  Luke 16:15  Isa 55:8-9  1Pet 3:4  1Chr 28:9  Prov 31:30 

8 Jesse then called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel, who said, 'Yahweh has not chosen this one either.'
1Sam 17:13  1Chr 2:13 

9 Jesse then presented Shammah, but Samuel said, 'Yahweh has not chosen this one either.'
1Sam 17:13  1Chr 2:13  2Sam 13:3 

10 Jesse thus presented seven of his sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, 'Yahweh has not chosen these.'
1Chr 2:13-15 

11 He then asked Jesse, 'Are these all the sons you have?' Jesse replied, 'There is still one left, the youngest; he is looking after the sheep.' Samuel then said to Jesse, 'Send for him, for we shall not sit down to eat until he arrives.'
Ps 78:70-71  1Chr 17:7  2Sam 7:8  1Sam 17:12-15  1Sam 17:28  2Sam 13:3 

12 Jesse had him sent for; he had ruddy cheeks, with fine eyes and an attractive appearance. Yahweh said, 'Get up and anoint him: he is the one!'
1Sam 9:17  1Sam 17:42  Acts 7:20  Acts 4:27  Gen 39:6  Heb 11:23  Lam 4:7 

13 At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him, surrounded by his brothers; and the spirit of Yahweh seized on David from that day onwards. Samuel, for his part, set off and went to Ramah.
1Sam 10:6  1Sam 10:1  1Sam 10:9-10  Heb 1:9  John 3:34  Num 27:18  Judg 3:10 

14 Now the spirit of Yahweh had withdrawn from Saul, and an evil spirit from Yahweh afflicted him with terrors.
1Sam 18:10  1Sam 18:12  Judg 16:20  1Sam 28:15  Judg 9:23  1Sam 11:6  Ps 51:11 

15 Saul's servants said to him, 'An evil spirit from God is undoubtedly the cause of your terrors.

16 Let our lord give the order, and your servants who wait on you will look for a skilled harpist; when the evil spirit from God comes over you, he will play and it will do you good.'
2Kgs 3:15  1Kgs 10:8  1Sam 16:21-23  1Sam 18:10  1Sam 19:9  1Sam 10:5  Gen 41:46 

17 Saul said to his attendants, 'Find me, please, a man who plays well, and bring him to me.'

18 One of the servants then spoke up and said, 'I have seen one of the sons of Jesse the Bethlehemite: he is a skilled player, a brave man and a fighter, well spoken, good-looking and Yahweh is with him.'
1Sam 3:19  1Sam 17:32-36  2Sam 17:10  Gen 39:2  Gen 39:23  1Sam 10:7  1Sam 18:12-14 

19 So Saul sent messengers to Jesse with the order, 'Send me your son David (who is with the sheep).'
1Sam 16:11  1Sam 17:15  Ps 78:70-72  1Kgs 19:19  1Sam 17:33-34  Amos 1:1  Amos 7:14-15 

20 Jesse took five loaves, a skin of wine and a kid, and sent them to Saul by his son David.
1Sam 10:27  Prov 18:16  1Sam 17:18  1Sam 25:18  2Sam 16:1-2  Gen 43:11 

21 David went to Saul and entered his service; Saul became very fond of him and David became his armour-bearer.
Gen 41:46  Prov 22:29  1Kgs 10:8  Deut 1:38  Deut 10:8  Ps 62:9  Ps 118:9 

22 Saul then sent a message to Jesse, 'Let David stay in my service, since he has won my favour.'

23 And whenever the spirit from God came over Saul, David would take a harp and play; Saul would then be soothed; it would do him good, and the evil spirit would leave him.
1Sam 16:14-16  1Sam 18:10-11  Luke 11:24-26  Matt 12:43-45