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  • The neighbor women said, "Now at last Naomi has a son again!" And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David. - Ruth 4:17

  • Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David. - Ruth 4:22

  • Finally, the LORD said to Samuel, "You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel. Now fill your horn with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my new king." - 1 Samuel 16:1

  • Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me." - 1 Samuel 16:3

  • "Yes," Samuel replied. "I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Purify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." Then Samuel performed the purification rite for Jesse and his sons and invited them, too. - 1 Samuel 16:5

  • Then Jesse told his son Abinadab to step forward and walk in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, "This is not the one the LORD has chosen." - 1 Samuel 16:8

  • Next Jesse summoned Shammah, but Samuel said, "Neither is this the one the LORD has chosen." - 1 Samuel 16:9

  • In the same way all seven of Jesse's sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen any of these." - 1 Samuel 16:10

  • Then Samuel asked, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse replied. "But he's out in the fields watching the sheep." "Send for him at once," Samuel said. "We will not sit down to eat until he arrives." - 1 Samuel 16:11

  • So Jesse sent for him. He was ruddy and handsome, with pleasant eyes. And the LORD said, "This is the one; anoint him." - 1 Samuel 16:12

  • One of the servants said to Saul, "The son of Jesse is a talented harp player. Not only that; he is brave and strong and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the LORD is with him." - 1 Samuel 16:18

  • So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, "Send me your son David, the shepherd." - 1 Samuel 16:19

  • Jesse responded by sending David to Saul, along with a young goat and a donkey loaded down with food and wine. - 1 Samuel 16:20

  • Then Saul sent word to Jesse asking, "Please let David join my staff, for I am very pleased with him." - 1 Samuel 16:22

  • Now David was the son of a man named Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Jesse was an old man at that time, and he had eight sons in all. - 1 Samuel 17:12
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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