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The Deaths of Saul and Jonathan1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s...

David Defeats the Amalekites1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire;2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew...

David Marches with the Philistines, but Is Rejected by Their Princes1 Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel.2 And the lords of the Philistines passed on by hundreds, and by thousands: but David and his men...

Achish Puts Confidence in David1 And it came to pass in those days, that the Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel. 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...

David Escapes into Philistine Territory to Avoid Saul1 And David said in his heart, I shall 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...

Saul’s Final Pursuit of David1 And the Ziphites came unto Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself in the hill of Hachilah, which is before Jeshimon?2 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek...

David, at the Word of the Lord, Rescues Keilah1 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.2 Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines,...

Many Gather around David as Their Commander1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every...

David at Nob Requisitions the Hallowed Bread1 Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?2 And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me...

David Makes a Promise to Jonathan1 And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not...

The Friendship of Jonathan and David1 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.2 And Saul took him that day, and would let...

Saul Plans to Kill David, but Jonathan Intervenes1 And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.2 But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee,...

Samuel Dies1 And Samuel died; and all the Israelites 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.David, Nabal, and Abigail2 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and...

Samuel Anoints Saul1 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?2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men...

The Armies of the Israelites and Philistines Prepare to Fight1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by...

Samuel Is Sent by God to Beth-lehem 1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite: for I have provided me a...

Samuel Sends Saul to Destroy Amalek1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek...

Unknown to Saul, Jonathan Defeats the Philistines1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not...

Saul’s Select Band of Three Thousand Warriors1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin:...

Samuel Testifies to His Integrity1 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.2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons...

Saul Defeats King Nahash of Ammon1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh-gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a cov­enant with...

Saul Searches the Land for His Father’s Donkeys1 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.2 And he had a son, whose name was...

Samuel’s Sons Are Evil Leaders, So Israel Asks for a King1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer-sheba.3 And his...

The People of Kirjath-jearim Bring the Ark into the House of Abinadab1 And the men of Kirjath-jearim 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.2 And...

The Philistines Take Counsel on How to Return the Ark to Israel1 And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.2 And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us...

The Philistines Place the Ark in the Temple of Dagon1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod.2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.3 And when they of...

The Israelites Are Overcome by the Philistines1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel...

How the Word of the Lord Was First Revealed to Samuel1 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.2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down...

Hannah’s Song of Thankfulness1 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 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is...

Elkanah and His Wives Go to Shiloh Every Year to Worship1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim-zophim, 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 Ephrathite:2 And he had two wives;...