Bible: 1 Samuel 16:1-7

Samuel Anoints David as King

16:1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long do you intend to mourn for Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. 1  Fill your horn with olive oil and go! I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem, 2  for I have selected a king for myself from among his sons.” 3 

16:2 Samuel replied, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!” But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you 4  and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 16:3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you should do. You will anoint for me the one I point out 5  to you.”

16:4 Samuel did what the Lord told him. 6  When he arrived in Bethlehem, 7  the elders of the city were afraid to meet him. They 8  said, “Do you come in peace? 16:5 He replied, “Yes, in peace. I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” So he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

16:6 When they arrived, Samuel 9  noticed 10  Eliab and said to himself, 11  “Surely, here before the Lord stands his chosen king! 12  16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t be impressed by 13  his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. 14  People look on the outward appearance, 15  but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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