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  • As Samuel turned to go, Saul grabbed at him to try to hold him back and tore his robe. - 1 Samuel 15:27

  • And Samuel said to him, "See? The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to someone else--one who is better than you. - 1 Samuel 15:28

  • So Samuel finally agreed and went with him, and Saul worshiped the LORD. - 1 Samuel 15:31

  • Then Samuel said, "Bring King Agag to me." Agag arrived full of smiles, for he thought, "Surely the worst is over, and I have been spared!"*1 - 1 Samuel 15:32

  • But Samuel said, "As your sword has killed the sons of many mothers, now your mother will be childless." And Samuel cut Agag to pieces before the LORD at Gilgal. - 1 Samuel 15:33

  • Then Samuel went home to Ramah, and Saul returned to his house at Gibeah. - 1 Samuel 15:34

  • Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the LORD was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel. - 1 Samuel 15:35

  • 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

  • But Samuel asked, "How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me." "Take a heifer with you," the LORD replied, "and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the LORD. - 1 Samuel 16:2

  • So Samuel did as the LORD instructed him. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the leaders of the town became afraid. "What's wrong?" they asked. "Do you come in peace?" - 1 Samuel 16:4

  • "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

  • When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, "Surely this is the LORD's anointed!" - 1 Samuel 16:6

  • But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at a person's thoughts and intentions." - 1 Samuel 16:7

  • 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
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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