1 And Jehovah said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I will send you to Jesse of Bethlehem. For I have seen a king for Me among his sons.
2 And Samuel said, How can I go? If Saul hears, he will kill me. And Jehovah said, Take a heifer of the herd in your hand with you and say, I have come to sacrifice to Jehovah. 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for Me whomever I name to you.
4 And Samuel did what Jehovah said, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming and said, Do you come peaceably?
5 And he said, Peaceably. I have come to sacrifice to Jehovah. Sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 6 And it happened as they came in, he saw Eliab and said, Surely Jehovah's anointed is before Jehovah.
7 But Jehovah said to Samuel, Do not look on his face, nor on his height, because I have refused him. For He does not see as man sees. For man looks on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looks on the heart.
8 And Jesse called Abinadab, and he passed him before Samuel, but he said, Also Jehovah has not chosen this one. 9 And Jesse passed Shammah by, but he said, Also Jehovah has not chosen this one. 10 And Jesse passed seven of his sons before Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, Jehovah has not chosen these. 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, Are all the young men here? And he said, There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he keeps the sheep. And Samuel said to Jesse, Send and bring him, for we will not sit down until he comes here. 12 And he sent and brought him in. And he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and good form. And Jehovah said, Arise, anoint him. For this is he. 13 And Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the spirit of Jehovah came on David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.
14 But the spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah terrified him. 15 And Saul's servants said to him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God terrifies you. 16 Let our lord now command his servants before you to seek out a man who knows to play on a harp. And it shall be, when the evil spirit from God is on you, then he shall play with his hand, and it shall be well with you.
17 And Saul said to his servants, Now look for me a man who can play well, and bring him to me.
18 And one of the servants answered and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is skillful in playing, and a mighty warrior and a man of battle, and prudent in speech. And he is a person of good form, and Jehovah is with him.
19 And Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, Send me your son David, who is with the sheep. 20 And Jesse took an ass loaded with bread and a skin of wine and a kid, and sent them by David his son to Saul. 21 And David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse saying, Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight. 23 And it happened when the spirit from God was on Saul, that David took a harp and played with his hand. And there was relief for Saul, and it was well with him, and the evil spirit departed from him.