Context6When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, Surely the LORDS anointed is before Him. 7But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 8Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, The LORD has not chosen this one either. 9Next Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, The LORD has not chosen this one either. 10Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, The LORD has not chosen these. 11And Samuel said to Jesse, Are these all the children? And he said, There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep. Then Samuel said to Jesse, Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.
12So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him; for this is he. 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
14Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. 15Sauls servants then said to him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. 16Let our lord now command your servants who are before you. Let them seek a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall come about when the evil spirit from God is on you, that he shall play the harp with his hand, and you will be well. 17So Saul said to his servants, Provide for me now a man who can play well and bring him to me. 18Then one of the young men said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is a skillful musician, a mighty man of valor, a warrior, one prudent in speech, and a handsome man; and the LORD is with him. 19So Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, Send me your son David who is with the flock. 20Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread and a jug of wine and a young goat, and sent them to Saul by David his son. 21Then David came to Saul and attended him; and Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor bearer. 22Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David now stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight. 23So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely Jehovah's anointed is before him.
And when they were come in, he saw Eliab, and said: Is the Lord's anointed before him?
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely Jehovah's anointed is before him.
English Revised Version
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass when they had come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.
World English Bible
It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eliab, and said, "Surely Yahweh's anointed is before him."
Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, in their coming in, that he seeth Eliab, and saith, 'Surely, before Jehovah is His anointed.'
'And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt them 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 king among his sons. 2. And Samuel said, How can I go? If Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. 3. And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint …
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