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ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΩΝ Α
 

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ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ ἦν ἐξ ᾿Αρμαθαὶμ Σιφά, ἐξ ὄρους ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ ὄνομα αὐτῷ ῾Ελκανὰ υἱὸς ῾Ιερεμεὴλ υἱοῦ ᾿Ηλιοὺ υἱοῦ Θοκὲ ἐν Νασὶβ ᾿Εφραίμ.

 

2 καὶ τούτῳ δύο γυναῖκες· ὄνομα τῇ μιᾷ ῎Αννα,καὶ ὄνομα τῇ δευτέρᾳ Φεννάνα· καὶ ἦν τῇ Φεννάνᾳ παιδία, καὶ τῇ ῎Αννᾳ οὐκ ἦν παιδίον.

3 καὶ ἀνέβαινεν ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ἡμερῶν εἰς ἡμέρας ἐκ πόλεως αὐτοῦ ἐξ ᾿Αρμαθαὶμ προσκυνεῖν καὶ θύειν Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ Σαβαὼθ εἰς Σηλώ· καὶ ἐκεῖ ῾Ηλὶ καὶ οἱ δύο υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ ᾿Οφνὶ καὶ Φινεὲς ἱερεῖς τοῦ Κυρίου.

4 καὶ ἐγενήθη ἡμέρα καὶ ἔθυσεν ῾Ελκανὰ καὶ ἔδωκε τῇ Φεννάνᾳ, γυναικὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ τοῖς υἱοῖς αὐτῆς μερίδας·

5 καὶ τῇ ῎Αννᾳ ἔδωκε μερίδα μίαν, ὅτι οὐκ ἦν αὐτῇ παιδίον, πλὴν ὅτι τὴν ῎Ανναν ἠγάπα ῾Ελκανὰ ὑπὲρ ταύτην. καὶ Κύριος ἀπέκλεισε τὰ περὶ τὴν μήτραν αὐτῆς,

6 ὅτι οὐκ ἔδωκεν αὐτῇ Κύριος παιδίον κατὰ τὴν θλῖψιν αὐτῆς καὶ κατὰ τὴν ἀθυμίαντῆς θλίψεως αὐτῆς, καὶ ἠθύμει διὰ τοῦτο, ὅτι συνέκλεισε Κύριος τὰ περὶ τὴν μήτραν αὐτῆς τοῦ μὴ δοῦναι αὐτῇ παιδίον.

7 οὕτως ἐποίει ἐνιαυτὸν κατ᾿ ἐνιαυτόν, ἐν τῷ ἀναβαίνειν αὐτὴν εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου· καὶ ἠθύμει καὶ ἔκλαιε καὶ οὐκ ἤσθιε.

8 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ ῾Ελκανὰ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς· ῎Αννα. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἰδοὺ ἐγώ, κύριε. καί εἶπεν αὐτῇ· τί ἔστι σοι, ὅτι κλαίεις; καὶ ἱνατί οὐκ ἐσθίεις; καὶ ἱνατί τύπτει σε ἡ καρδία σου; οὐκ ἀγαθὸς ἐγώ σοι ὑπὲρ δέκα τέκνα;

9 καὶ ἀνέστη ῎Αννα μετὰ τὸ φαγεῖν αὐτοὺς ἐν Σηλὼ καὶ κατέστη ἐνώπιον Κυρίου, καὶ ῾Ηλὶ ὁ ἱερεὺς ἐκάθητο ἐπὶ τοῦ δίφρου ἐπὶ τῶν φλιῶν ναοῦ Κυρίου.

10 καὶ αὐτὴ κατώδυνος ψυχῇ καὶ προσηύξατο πρὸς Κύριον καὶ κλαίουσα ἔκλαυσε

11 καὶ ηὔξατο εὐχὴν Κυρίῳ λέγουσα· ᾿Αδωναΐ Κύριε ᾿Ελωὲ Σαβαώθ, ἐὰν ἐπιβλέπων ἐπιβλέψῃς ἐπὶ τὴν ταπείνωσιν τῆς δούλης σου καὶ μνησθῇς μου καὶ δῷς τῇ δούλῃ σου σπέρμα ἀνδρῶν, καὶ δώσω αὐτὸν ἐνώπιόν σου δοτὸν ἕως ἡμέρας θανάτου αὐτοῦ, καὶ οἶνον καὶ μέθυσμα οὐ πίεται, καὶ σίδηρος οὐκ ἀναβήσεται ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ.

12 καὶ ἐγενήθη ὅτε ἐπλήθυνε προσευχομένη ἐνώπιον Κυρίου, καὶ ῾Ηλὶ ὁ ἱερεὺς ἐφύλαξε τὸ στόμα αὐτῆς·

13 καὶ αὕτη ἐλάλει ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτῆς καὶ τὰ χείλη αὐτῆς ἐκινεῖτο, καὶ φωνὴ αὐτῆς οὐκ ἠκούετο· καὶ ἐλογίσατο αὐτὴ ῾Ηλὶ εἰς μεθύουσαν.

14 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ τὸ παιδάριον ῾Ηλί· ἕως πότε μεθυσθήσῃ; περιελοῦ τὸν οἶνόν σου καὶ πορεύου ἐκ προσώπου Κυρίου.

15 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη ῎Αννα καὶ εἶπεν· οὐχί, κύριε· γυνή, ᾗ σκληρὰ ἡμέρα, ἐγώ εἰμι καὶ οἶνον καὶ μέθυσμα οὐ πέπωκα καὶ ἐκχέω τὴν ψυχήν μου ἐνώπιον Κυρίου·

16 μὴ δῷς τὴν δούλην σου εἰς θυγατέρα λοιμήν, ὅτι ἐκ πλήθους ἀδολεσχίας μου ἐκτέτακα ἕως νῦν.

 

17 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη ῾Ηλὶ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ· πορεύου εἰς εἰρήνην· ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ δώῃ σοι πᾶν αἴτημά σου, ὃ ᾐτήσω παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ.

18 καὶ εἶπεν· εὗρεν ἡ δούλη σου χάριν ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς σου. καὶ ἐπορεύθη ἡ γυνὴ εἰς τὴν ὁδὸν αὐτῆς καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸ κατάλυμα αὐτῆς καὶ ἔφαγε μετὰ τοῦ ἀνδρὸς αὐτῆς καὶ ἔπιε, καὶ τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτῆς οὐ συνέπεσεν ἔτι.

19 καὶ ὀρθρίζουσι τὸ πρωΐ καὶ προσκυνοῦσι τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ πορεύονται τὴν ὁδὸν αὐτῶν. καὶ εἰσῆλθεν ῾Ελκανὰ εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ ᾿Αρμαθαὶμ καὶ ἔγνω τὴν ῎Ανναν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐμνήσθη αὐτῆς Κύριος, καὶ συνέλαβε.

20 καὶ ἐγενήθη τῷ καιρῷ τῶν ἡμερῶν καὶ ἔτεκεν υἱόν· καὶ ἐκάλεσε τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ Σαμουὴλ καὶ εἶπεν· ὅτι παρὰ Κυρίου Θεοῦ Σαβαὼθ ᾐτησάμην αὐτόν.

21 Καὶ ἀνέβη ὁ ἄνθρωπος ῾Ελκανὰ καὶ πᾶς ὁ οἶκος αὐτοῦ θῦσαι ἐν Σηλὼμ τὴν θυσίαν τῶν ἡμερῶν καὶ τὰς εὐχὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ πάσας τὰς δεκάτας τῆς γῆς αὐτοῦ·

22 καὶ ῎Αννα οὐκ ἀνέβη μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, ὅτι εἶπε τῷ ἀνδρὶ αὐτῆς· ἕως τοῦ ἀναβῆναι τὸ παιδάριον, ἐὰν ἀπογαλακτίσω αὐτό, καὶ ὀφθήσεται τῷ προσώπῳ Κυρίου καὶ καθήσεται ἕως αἰῶνος ἐκεῖ.

23 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ ῾Ελκανὰ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς· ποίει τὸ ἀγαθὸν ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς σου, κάθου ἕως ἂν ἀπογαλακτίσῃς αὐτό· ἀλλὰ στήσαι Κύριος τὸ ἐξελθὸν ἐκ τοῦ στόματός σου. καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἡ γυνὴ καὶ ἐθήλασε τὸν υἱὸν αὐτῆς, ἕως ἂν ἀπογαλακτίσῃ αὐτόν.

24 καὶ ἀνέβη μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ εἰς Σηλὼμ ἐν μόσχῳ τριετίζοντι καὶ ἄρτοις καὶ οἰφὶ σεμιδάλεως καὶ νέβελ οἴνου καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου ἐν Σηλώμ, καὶ τὸ παιδάριον μετ᾿ αὐτῶν.

25 καὶ προσήγαγον ἐνώπιον Κυρίου, καὶ ἔσφαξεν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ τὴν θυσίαν, ἣν ἐποίει ἐξ ἡμερῶν εἰς ἡμέρας τῷ Κυρίῳ, καὶ προσήγαγε τὸ παιδάριον καὶ ἔσφαξε τὸν μόσχον. καὶ προσήγαγεν ῎Αννα ἡ μήτηρ τοῦ παιδίου πρὸς ῾Ηλὶ

26 καὶ εἶπεν· ἐν ἐμοί, κύριε· ζῇ ἡ ψυχή σου, ἐγὼ ἡ γυνὴ ἡ καταστᾶσα ἐνώπιόν σου μετὰ σοῦ ἐν τῷ προσεύξασθαι πρὸς Κύριον·

27 ὑπὲρ τοῦ παιδαρίου τούτου προσηυξάμην, καὶ ἔδωκέ μοι Κύριος τὸ αἴτημά μου, ὃ ᾐτησάμην παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ· 28 κἀγὼ κιχρῶ αὐτὸν τῷ Κυρίῳ πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας, ἃς ζῇ αὐτός, χρῆσιν τῷ Κυρίῳ. Καὶ εἶπεν.


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ΕΣΤΕΡΕΩΘΗ ἡ καρδία μου ἐν Κυρίῳ, ὑψώθη κέρας μου ἐν Θεῷ μου· ἐπλατύνθη ἐπ᾿ ἐχθρούς μου τὸ στόμα μου, εὐφράνθην ἐν σωτηρίᾳ σου.

2 ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν ἅγιος ὡς Κύριος, καὶ οὐκ ἔστι δίκαιος ὡς ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν· οὐκ ἔστιν ἅγιος πλήν σου.

3 μὴ καυχᾶσθε, καὶ μὴ λαλεῖτε ὑψηλά, μὴ ἐξελθέτω μεγαλορρημοσύνη ἐκ τοῦ στόματος ὑμῶν, ὅτι Θεὸς γνώσεων Κύριος καὶ Θεὸς ἑτοιμάζων ἐπιτηδεύματα αὐτοῦ.

4 τόξον δυνατῶν ἠσθένησε, καὶ ἀσθενοῦντες περιεζώσαντο δύναμιν·

5 πλήρεις ἄρτων ἠλαττώθησαν, καὶ οἱ πεινῶντες παρῆκαν γῆν· ὅτι στεῖρα ἔτεκεν ἑπτά, καὶ ἡ πολλὴ ἐν τέκνοις ἠσθένησε.

 

6 Κύριος θανατοῖ καὶ ζωογονεῖ, κατάγει εἰς ᾅδου καὶ ἀνάγει·

7 Κύριος πτωχίζει καὶ πλουτίζει, ταπεινοῖ καὶ ἀνυψοῖ.

8 ἀνιστᾷ ἀπὸ γῆς πένητα καὶ ἀπὸ κοπρίας ἐγείρει πτωχὸν καθίσαι μετὰ δυναστῶν λαοῦ καὶ θρόνον δόξης κατακληρονομῶν αὐτοῖς.

 

9 διδοὺς εὐχὴν τῷ εὐχομένῳ καὶ εὐλόγησεν ἔτη δικαίου· ὅτι οὐκ ἐν ἰσχύϊ δυνατὸς ἀνήρ,

 

10 Κύριος ἀσθενῆ ποιήσει ἀντίδικον αὐτοῦ, Κύριος ἅγιος. μὴ καυχάσθω ὁ φρόνιμος ἐν τῇ φρονήσει αὐτοῦ, καὶ μὴ καυχάσθω ὁ δυνατὸς ἐν τῇ δυνάμει αὐτοῦ, καὶ μὴ καυχάσθω ὁ πλούσιος ἐν τῷ πλούτῳ αὐτοῦ, ἀλλ᾿ ἐν τούτῳ καυχάσθω ὁ καυχώμενος, συνιεῖν καὶ γινώσκειν τὸν Κύριον καὶ ποιεῖν κρίμα καὶ δικαιοσύνην ἐν μέσῳ τῆς γῆς. Κύριος ἀνέβη εἰς οὐρανοὺς καὶ ἐβρόντησεν, αὐτὸς κρινεῖ ἄκρα γῆς, καὶ δίδωσιν ἰσχὺν τοῖς βασιλεῦσιν ἡμῶν καὶ ὑψώσει κέρας χριστοῦ αὐτοῦ.

11 Καὶ κατέλιπεν αὐτὸν ἐκεῖ ἐνώπιον Κυρίου καὶ ἀπῆλθεν εἰς ᾿Αρμαθαίμ, καὶ τὸ παιδάριον ἦν λειτουργῶν τῷ προσώπῳ Κυρίου ἐνώπιον ῾Ηλὶ τοῦ ἱερέως.

12 Καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ ῾Ηλὶ τοῦ ἱερέως υἱοὶ λοιμοὶ οὐκ εἰδότες τὸν Κύριον. καὶ τὸ δικαίωμα τοῦ ἱερέως παρὰ τοῦ λαοῦ, παντὸς τοῦ θύοντος·

13 καὶ ἤρχετο τὸ παιδάριον τοῦ ἱερέως, ὡς ἂν ἡψήθη τὸ κρέας, καὶ κρεάγρα τριόδους ἐν τῇ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ,

14 καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτὴν εἰς τὸν λέβητα τὸν μέγαν ἢ εἰς τὸ χαλκεῖον ἢ εἰς τὴν χύτραν· καὶ πᾶν, ὃ ἐὰν ἀνέβη ἐν τῇ κρεάγρᾳ, ἐλάμβανεν ἑαυτῷ ὁ ἱερεύς· κατὰ τάδε ἐποίουν παντὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ τοῖς ἐρχομένοις θῦσαι Κυρίῳ ἐν Σηλὼμ.

15 καὶ πρὶν θυμιαθῆναι τὸ στέαρ, ἤρχετο τὸ παιδάριον τοῦ ἱερέως καὶ ἔλεγε τῷ ἀνδρὶ τῷ θύοντι· δὸς κρέας ὀπτῆσαι τῷ ἱερεῖ, καὶ οὐ μὴ λάβω παρὰ σοῦ κρέας ἑφθὸν ἐκ τοῦ λέβητος.

 

16 καὶ ἔλεγεν ὁ ἀνὴρ ὁ θύων· θυμιαθήτω πρῶτον, ὡς καθήκει, τὸ στέαρ, καὶ λάβε σεαυτῷ ἐκ πάντων, ὧν ἐπιθυμεῖ ἡ ψυχή σου. καὶ εἶπεν· οὐχί, ὅτι νῦν δώσεις, καὶ ἐὰν μή, λήψομαι κραταιῶς.

 

17 καὶ ἦν ἡ ἁμαρτία ἐνώπιον Κυρίου τῶν παιδαρίων μεγάλη σφόδρα, ὅτι ἠθέτουν τὴν θυσίαν Κυρίου.

18 καὶ Σαμουὴλ ἦν λειτουργῶν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου παιδάριον περιεζωσμένον ἐφοὺδ βάρ,

19 καὶ διπλοΐδα μικρὰν ἐποίησεν αὐτῷ ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνέφερεν αὐτῷ ἐξ ἡμερῶν εἰς ἡμέρας ἐν τῷ ἀναβαίνειν αὐτὴν μετὰ τοῦ ἀνδρὸς αὐτῆς θῦσαι τὴν θυσίαν τῶν ἡμερῶν.

20 καὶ εὐλόγησεν ῾Ηλὶ τὸν ῾Ελκανὰ καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ λέγων· ἀποτίσαι σοι Κύριος σπέρμα ἐκ τῆς γυναικὸς ταύτης ἀντὶ τοῦ χρέους, οὗ ἔχρησας τῷ Κυρίῳ. καὶ ἀπῆλθεν ὁ ἄνθρωπος εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτοῦ,

21 καὶ ἐπεσκέψατο Κύριος τὴν ῎Ανναν, καὶ ἔτεκεν ἔτι τρεῖς υἱοὺς καὶ δύο θυγατέρας. καὶ ἐμεγαλύνθη τὸ παιδάριον Σαμουὴλ ἐνώπιον Κυρίου.

22 Καὶ ῾Ηλὶ πρεσβύτης σφόδρα· καὶ ἤκουσεν ἃ ἐποίουν οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ τοῖς υἱοῖς ᾿Ισραήλ,

23 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ἱνατί ποιεῖτε κατὰ τὸ ρῆμα τοῦτο, ὃ ἐγὼ ἀκούω ἐκ στόματος παντὸς τοῦ λαοῦ Κυρίου;

24 μή, τέκνα, ὅτι οὐκ ἀγαθὴ ἡ ἀκοή, ἣν ἐγὼ ἀκούω· μὴ ποιεῖτε οὕτως, ὅτι οὐκ ἀγαθαὶ αἱ ἀκοαί, ἃς ἐγὼ ἀκούω, τοῦ μὴ δουλεύειν λαὸν Θεῷ.

25 ἐὰν ἁμαρτάνων ἁμάρτῃ ἀνὴρ εἰς ἄνδρα, καὶ προσεύξονται ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ πρὸς Κύριον· καὶ ἐὰν τῷ Κυρίῳ ἁμάρτῃ, τίς προσεύξεται ὑπὲρ αὐτοῦ; καὶ οὐκ ἤκουον τῆς φωνῆς τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτῶν, ὅτι βουλόμενος ἐβούλετο Κύριος διαφθεῖραι αὐτούς.

26 καὶ τὸ παιδάριον Σαμουὴλ ἐπορεύετο καὶ ἐμεγαλύνετο καὶ ἦν ἀγαθὸν μετά Κυρίου καὶ μετὰ ἀνθρώπων.

27 καὶ ἦλθεν ὁ ἄνθρωπος Θεοῦ πρὸς ῾Ηλὶ καὶ εἶπε· τάδε λέγει Κύριος· ἀποκαλυφθεὶς ἀπεκαλύφθην πρὸς οἶκον τοῦ πατρός σου ὄντων αὐτῶν ἐν γῇ Αἰγύπτῳ δούλων τῷ οἴκῳ Φαραὼ

28 καὶ ἐξελεξάμην τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρός σου ἐκ πάντων τῶν σκήπτρων ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐμοὶ ἱερατεύειν καὶ ἀναβαίνειν ἐπὶ θυσιαστήριόν μου καὶ θυμιᾶν θυμίαμα καὶ αἴρειν ἐφοὺδ καὶ ἔδωκα τῷ οἴκῳ τοῦ πατρός σου τὰ πάντα τοῦ πυρὸς υἱῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς βρῶσιν·

29 ἱνατί ἐπέβλεψας ἐπὶ τὸ θυμίαμά μου καὶ εἰς τὴν θυσίαν μου ἀναιδεῖ ὀφθαλμῷ καὶ ἐδόξασας τοὺς υἱούς σου ὑπὲρ ἐμὲ ἐνευλογεῖσθαι ἀπαρχῆς πάσης θυσίας τοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἔμπροσθέν μου;

 

30 διὰ τοῦτο τάδε λέγει Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραήλ· εἶπα· ὁ οἶκός σου καὶ ὁ οἶκος τοῦ πατρός σου διελεύσεται ἐνώπιόν μου ἕως αἰῶνος· καὶ νῦν φησὶ Κύριος· μηδαμῶς ἐμοί, ὅτι ἀλλ᾿ ἢ τοὺς δοξάζοντάς με δοξάσω, καὶ ὁ ἐξουθενῶν με ἀτιμασθήσεται.

31 ἰδοὺ ἔρχονται ἡμέραι καὶ ἐξολοθρεύσω τὸ σπέρμα σου καὶ τὸ σπέρμα οἴκου πατρός σου,

32 καὶ οὐκ ἔσται σοι πρεσβύτης ἐν οἴκῳ μου πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας·

33 καὶ ἄνδρα οὐκ ἐξολοθρεύσω σοι ἀπὸ τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου μου ἐκλείπειν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ καὶ καταρρεῖν τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ, καὶ πᾶς περισσεύων οἴκου σου πεσοῦνται ἐν ρομφαίᾳ ἀνδρῶν.

34 καὶ τοῦτό σοι τὸ σημεῖον, ὃ ἥξει ἐπὶ τοὺς δύο υἱούς σου, ᾿Οφνὶ καὶ Φινεές· ἐν μιᾷ ἡμέρᾳ ἀποθανοῦνται ἀμφότεροι.

35 καὶ ἀναστήσω ἐμαυτῷ ἱερέα πιστόν, ὃς πάντα τὰ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ μου καὶ τὰ ἐν τῇ ψυχῇ μου ποιήσει· καὶ οἰκοδομήσω αὐτῷ οἶκον πιστόν, καὶ διελεύσεται ἀνώπιον χριστοῦ μου πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας.

36 καὶ ἔσται ὁ περισσεύων ἐν οἴκῳ σου ἥξει προσκυνεῖν αὐτῷ ὀβολοῦ ἀργυρίου λέγων· παράρριψόν με ἐπὶ μίαν τῶν ἱερατειῶν σου φαγεῖν ἄρτον.


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ΚΑΙ τὸ παιδάριον Σαμουὴλ ἦν λειτουργῶν τῷ Κυρίῳ ἐνώπιον ῾Ηλὶ τοῦ ἱερέως· καὶ ρῆμα Κυρίου ἦν τίμιον ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις, οὐκ ἦν ὅρασις διαστέλλουσα.

2 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ καὶ ῾Ηλὶ ἐκάθευδεν ἐν τῷ τόπῳ αὐτοῦ, καὶ οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτοῦ ἤρξαντο βαρύνεσθαι, καὶ οὐκ ἠδύναντο βλέπειν.

3 καὶ ὁ λύχνος τοῦ Θεοῦ πρὶν ἐπισκευασθῆναι, καὶ Σαμουὴλ ἐκάθευδεν ἐν τῷ ναῷ, οὗ ἡ κιβωτὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ.

4 καὶ ἐκάλεσε Κύριος· Σαμουὴλ Σαμουήλ· καὶ εἶπεν· ἰδοὺ ἐγώ.

5 καὶ ἔδραμε πρὸς ῾Ηλὶ καὶ εἶπεν· ἰδοὺ ἐγώ, ὅτι κέκληκάς με· καὶ εἶπεν· οὐ κέκληκά σε, ἀνάστρεφε, κάθευδε· καὶ ἀνέστρεψε καὶ ἐκάθευδε.

6 καὶ προσέθετο Κύριος καὶ ἐκάλεσε· Σαμουὴλ Σαμουήλ· καὶ ἐπορεύθη πρὸς ῾Ηλὶ τὸ δεύτερον καὶ εἶπεν· ἰδοὺ ἐγώ, ὅτι κέκληκάς με· καὶ εἶπεν· οὐ κέκληκά σε, ἀνάστρεφε, κάθευδε·

7 καὶ Σαμουὴλ πρὶν ἢ γνῶναι Θεὸν καὶ ἀποκαλυφθῆναι αὐτῷ ρῆμα Κυρίου.

8 καὶ προσέθετο Κύριος καλέσαι Σαμουὴλ ἐν τρίτῳ· καὶ ἀνέστη καὶ ἐπορεύθη πρὸς ῾Ηλὶ καὶ εἶπεν· ἰδοὺ ἐγώ, ὅτι κέκληκάς με. καὶ ἐσοφίσατο ῾Ηλὶ ὅτι Κύριος κέκληκε τὸ παιδάριον,

9 καὶ εἶπεν· ἀνάστρεφε, κάθευδε, τέκνον, καὶ ἔσται ἐὰν καλέσῃ σε καὶ ἐρεῖς· λάλει, Κύριε, ὅτι ἀκούει ὁ δοῦλός σου. καὶ ἐπορεύθῃ Σαμουὴλ καὶ ἐκοιμήθη ἐν τῷ τόπῳ αὐτοῦ.

10 καὶ ἦλθε Κύριος καὶ κατέστη καὶ ἐκάλεσεν αὐτὸν ὡς ἅπαξ καὶ ἅπαξ, καὶ εἶπε Σαμουήλ· λάλει, ὅτι ἀκούει ὁ δοῦλός σου.

11 καὶ εἶπε Κύριος πρὸς Σαμουήλ· ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ποιῶ τὰ ρήματά μου ἐν ᾿Ισραήλ, ὥστε παντὸς ἀκούοντος αὐτὰ ἠχήσει ἀμφότερα τὰ ὦτα αὐτοῦ.

12 ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ἐπεγερῶ ἐπὶ ῾Ηλὶ πάντα, ὅσα ἐλάλησα εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ, ἄρξομαι καὶ ἐπιτελέσω.

13 καὶ ἀνήγγελκα αὐτῷ ὅτι ἐκδικῶ ἐγὼ τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ ἕως αἰῶνος ἐν ἀδικίαις υἱῶν αὐτοῦ, ὅτι κακολογοῦντες Θεὸν οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐνουθέτει αὐτοὺς

14 καὶ οὐδ᾿ οὕτως. ὤμοσα τῷ οἴκῳ ῾Ηλί· εἰ ἐξιλασθήσεται ἀδικία οἴκου ῾Ηλὶ ἐν θυμιάματι καὶ ἐν θυσίαις ἕως αἰῶνος.

15 καὶ κοιμᾶται Σαμουὴλ ἕως πρωΐ καὶ ὤρθρισε τὸ πρωΐ καὶ ἤνοιξε τὰς θύρας οἴκου Κυρίου· καὶ Σαμουὴλ ἐφοβήθη ἀπαγγεῖλαι τὴν ὅρασιν τῷ ῾Ηλί.

16 καὶ εἶπεν ῾Ηλὶ πρὸς Σαμουήλ· Σαμουὴλ τέκνον· καὶ εἶπεν· ἰδοὺ ἐγώ.

17 καὶ εἶπε· τί τὸ ρῆμα τὸ λαληθὲν πρός σε; μὴ δὴ κρύψῃς ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ· τάδε ποιήσαι σοι ὁ Θεὸς καὶ τάδε προσθείη, ἐὰν κρύψῃς ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ ρῆμα ἐκ πάντων τῶν λόγων τῶν λαληθέντων σοι ἐν τοῖς ὠσί σου.

18 καὶ ἀπήγγειλε Σαμουὴλ πάντας τοὺς λόγους καὶ οὐκ ἔκρυψεν ἀπ᾿ αὐτοῦ. καὶ εἶπεν ῾Ηλί· Κύριος αὐτός, τὸ ἀγαθὸν ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ ποιήσει.

19 καὶ ἐμεγαλύνθη Σαμουήλ, καὶ ἦν Κύριος μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἔπεσεν ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν λόγων αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν.

20 καὶ ἔγνωσαν πᾶς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπὸ Δὰν καὶ ἕως Βηρσαβεὲ ὅτι πιστὸς Σαμουὴλ εἰς προφήτην τῷ Κυρίῳ.

21 καὶ προσέθετο Κύριος δηλωθῆναι ἐν Σηλώμ, ὅτι ἀπεκαλύφθη Κύριος πρὸς Σαμουήλ· καὶ ἐπιστεύθη Σαμουὴλ τοῦ προφήτης γενέσθαι τῷ Κυρίῳ εἰς πάντα ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπ᾿ ἄκρων τῆς γῆς καὶ ἕως ἄκρων. καὶ ῾Ηλὶ πρεσβύτης σφόδρα, καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ πορευόμενοι ἐπορεύοντο καὶ πονηρὰ ἡ ὁδὸς αὐτῶν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου.


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ΚΑΙ ἐγενήθη ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις καὶ συναθροίζονται ἀλλόφυλοι ἐπὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς πόλεμον· καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς ἀπάντησιν αὐτοῖς εἰς πόλεμον καὶ παρεμβάλλουσιν ἐπὶ ᾿Αβενέζερ, καὶ οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι παρεμβάλλουσιν ἐν ᾿Αφέκ.

2 καὶ παρατάσσονται ἀλλόφυλοι εἰς πόλεμον ἐπὶ ᾿Ισραήλ· καὶ ἔκλινεν ὁ πόλεμος, καὶ ἔπταισεν ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐνώπιον ἀλλοφύλων, καὶ ἐπλήγησαν ἐν τῇ παρατάξει ἐν ἀγρῷ τέσσαρες χιλιάδες ἀνδρῶν.

3 καὶ ἦλθεν ὁ λαὸς εἰς τὴν παρεμβολήν, καὶ εἶπαν οἱ πρεσβύτεροι ᾿Ισραήλ· κατὰ τί ἔπταισεν ἡμᾶς Κύριος σήμερον ἐνώπιον ἀλλοφύλων; λάβωμεν τὴν κιβωτὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν ἐκ Σηλώμ, καὶ ἐξελθέτω ἐκ μέσου ἡμῶν, καὶ σώσει ἡμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθρῶν ἡμῶν.

4 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ λαὸς εἰς Σηλώμ, καὶ αἴρουσιν ἐκεῖθεν τὴν κιβωτὸν Κυρίου καθημένου Χερουβίμ· καὶ ἀμφότεροι οἱ υἱοὶ ῾Ηλὶ μετὰ τῆς κιβωτοῦ, ᾿Οφνὶ καὶ Φινεές.

5 καὶ ἐγενήθη ὡς ἦλθεν ἡ κιβωτὸς Κυρίου εἰς τὴν παρεμβολήν, καὶ ἀνέκραξε πᾶς ᾿Ισραὴλ φωνῇ μεγάλῃ, καὶ ἤχησεν ἡ γῆ.

6 καὶ ἤκουσαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι τῆς κραυγῆς, καὶ εἶπον οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι· τίς ἡ κραυγὴ ἡ μεγάλη αὕτη ἐν τῇ παρεμβολῇ τῶν ῾Εβραίων; καὶ ἔγνωσαν ὅτι κιβωτὸς Κυρίου ἥκει εἰς τὴν παρεμβολήν.

7 καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι καὶ εἶπον· οὗτοι οἱ θεοὶ ἥκασι πρὸς αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν παρεμβολήν· οὐαὶ ἡμῖν· ἐξελοῦ ἡμᾶς, κύριε, σήμερον, ὅτι οὐ γέγονε τοιαύτη ἐχθὲς καὶ τρίτην.

8 οὐαὶ ἡμῖν· τίς ἐξελεῖται ἡμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς τῶν θεῶν τῶν στερεῶν τούτων; οὗτοι οἱ θεοί, οἱ πατάξαντες τὴν Αἴγυπτον ἐν πάσῃ πληγῇ καὶ ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ.

9 κραταιοῦσθε καὶ γίνεσθε εἰς ἄνδρας ἀλλόφυλοι, ὅπως μὴ δουλεύσητε τοῖς ῾Εβραίοις, καθὼς ἐδούλευσαν ἡμῖν, καὶ ἔσεσθε εἰς ἄνδρας καὶ πολεμήσατε αὐτούς.

10 καὶ ἐπολέμησαν αὐτούς· καὶ πταίει ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ, καὶ ἔφυγεν ἕκαστος εἰς σκήνωμα αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἐγένετο πληγή μεγάλη σφόδρα, καὶ ἔπεσον ἐξ ᾿Ισραὴλ τριάκοντα χιλιάδες ταγμάτων.

11 καὶ κιβωτὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐλήφθη, καὶ ἀμφότεροι οἱ υἱοὶ ῾Ηλὶ ἀπέθανον, ᾿Οφνὶ καὶ Φινεές.

12 Καὶ ἔδραμεν ἀνὴρ ᾿Ιεμιναῖος ἐκ τῆς παρατάξεως καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς Σηλὼμ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ, καὶ τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ διερρωγότα, καὶ γῆ ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ.

13 καὶ ἦλθε, καὶ ἰδοὺ ῾Ηλὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ δίφρου παρὰ τὴν πύλη σκοπεύων τὴν ὁδόν, ὅτι ἦν καρδία αὐτοῦ ἐξεστηκυῖα περὶ τῆς κιβωτοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ· καὶ ὁ ἄνθρωπος εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὴν πόλιν ἀπαγγεῖλαι, καὶ ἀνεβόησεν ἡ πόλις.

14 καὶ ἤκουσεν ῾Ηλὶ τὴν φωνὴν τῆς βοῆς καὶ εἶπε· τίς ἡ φωνὴ τῆς βοῆς ταύτης; καὶ ὁ ἄνθρωπος σπεύσας εἰσῆλθε καὶ ἀπήγγειλε τῷ ῾Ηλί.

15 καὶ ῾Ηλὶ υἱὸς ἐνενήκοντα ἐτῶν, καὶ οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπανέστησαν καὶ οὐκ ἐπέβλεπε·

16 καὶ εἶπεν ῾Ηλὶ τοῖς ἀνδράσι τοῖς περιεστηκόσιν αὐτῷ· τίς ἡ φωνὴ τοῦ ἤχου τούτου; καὶ ὁ ἀνὴρ σπεύσας προσῆλθε πρὸς ῾Ηλὶ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἥκων ἐκ τῆς παρεμβολῆς, κἀγὼ πέφευγα ἐκ τῆς παρατάξεως σήμερον. καὶ εἶπεν ῾Ηλί· τί τὸ γεγονὸς ρῆμα, τέκνον;

17 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη τὸ παιδάριον καὶ εἶπε· πέφευγεν ἀνὴρ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐκ προσώπου ἀλλοφύλων, καὶ ἐγένετο πληγὴ μεγάλη ἐν τῷ λαῷ, καὶ ἀμφότεροι οἱ υἱοὶ σου τεθνήκασι, καὶ ἡ κιβωτὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐλήφθη.

18 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἐμνήσθη τῆς κιβωτοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ ἔπεσεν ἀπὸ τοῦ δίφρου ὀπισθίως ἐχόμενος τῆς πύλης, καὶ συνετρίβη ὁ νῶτος αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀπέθανεν, ὅτι πρεσβύτης ὁ ἄνθρωπος καὶ βαρύς· καὶ αὐτὸς ἔκρινε τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ εἴκοσιν ἔτη.

19 Καὶ νύμφη αὐτοῦ γυνὴ Φινεὲς συνειληφυῖα τοῦ τεκεῖν· καὶ ἤκουσε τὴν ἀγγελίαν ὅτι ἐλήφθη ἡ κιβωτὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ ὅτι τέθνηκεν ὁ πενθερὸς αὐτῆς καὶ ὁ ἀνὴρ αὐτῆς, καὶ ἔκλαυσε καὶ ἔτεκεν, ὅτι ἐπεστράφησαν ἐπ᾿ αὐτὴν ὠδῖνες αὐτῆς.

20 καὶ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ αὐτῆς ἀποθνήσκει, καὶ εἶπον αὐτῇ αἱ γυναῖκες αἱ παρεστηκυῖαι αὐτῇ· μὴ φοβοῦ, ὅτι υἱὸν τέτοκας· καὶ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη, καὶ οὐκ ἐνόησεν ἡ καρδία αὐτῆς.

21 καὶ ἐκάλεσε τὸ παιδάριον Οὐαὶ Βαρχαβὼθ ὑπὲρ τῆς κιβωτοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ πενθεροῦ αὐτῆς καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ ἀνδρὸς αὐτῆς.

22 καὶ εἶπαν· ἀπῴκισται δόξα ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν τῷ ληφθῆναι τὴν κιβωτὸν Κυρίου.


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ΚΑΙ ἀλλόφυλοι ἔλαβον τὴν κιβωτὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ εἰσήνεγκαν αὐτὴν ἐξ ᾿Αβενέζερ εἰς ῎Αζωτον.

2 καί ἔλαβον ἀλλόφυλοι τὴν κιβωτὸν Κυρίου καὶ εἰσήνεγκαν αὐτὴν εἰς οἶκον Δαγὼν καὶ παρέστησαν αὐτὴν παρὰ Δαγών.

3 καὶ ὤρθρισαν οἱ ᾿Αζώτιοι καὶ εἰσῆλθον εἰς οἶκον Δαγὼν καὶ εἶδον καὶ ἰδοὺ Δαγὼν πεπτωκὼς ἐπὶ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ ἐνώπιον κιβωτοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ· καὶ ἤγειραν τὸν Δαγὼν καὶ κατέστησαν εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτοῦ. καὶ ἐβαρύνθη χεὶρ Κυρίου ἐπὶ τοὺς ᾿Αζωτίους καὶ ἐβασάνισεν αὐτοὺς καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὰς ἕδρας αὐτῶν, τὴν ῎Αζωτον καὶ τὰ ὅρια αὐτῆς.

4 καὶ ἐγένετο ὅτε ὤρθρισαν τὸ πρωΐ, καὶ ἰδοὺ Δαγὼν πεπτωκὼς ἐπὶ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ ἐνώπιον κιβωτοῦ διαθήκης Κυρίου, καὶ ἡ κεφαλὴ Δαγὼν καὶ ἀμφότερα τὰ ἴχνη χειρῶν αὐτοῦ ἀφῃρημένα ἐπὶ τά ἐμπρόσθια ἀμαφὲθ ἕκαστον, καὶ ἀμφότεροι οἱ καρποὶ τῶν χειρῶν αὐτοῦ πεπτωκότες ἐπὶ τὸ πρόθυρον, πλὴν ἡ ράχις Δαγὼν ὑπελείφθη.

5 διὰ τοῦτο οὐκ ἐπιβαίνουσιν οἱ ἱερεῖς Δαγὼν καὶ πᾶς ὁ εἰσπορευόμενος εἰς οἶκον Δαγὼν ἐπὶ βαθμὸν οἴκου Δαγὼν ἐν ᾿Αζώτῳ ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης, ὅτι ὑπερβαίνοντες ὑπερβαίνουσι.

6 καὶ ἐβαρύνθη ἡ χεὶρ Κυρίου ἐπὶ ῎Αζωτον, καὶ ἐπήγαγεν αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐξέζεσεν αὐτοῖς εἰς τὰς ναῦς, καὶ μέσον τῆς χώρας αὐτῆς ἀνεφύησαν μύες, καὶ ἐγένετο σύγχυσις θανάτου μεγάλη ἐν τῇ πόλει.

7 καὶ εἶδον οἱ ἄνδρες ᾿Αζώτου ὅτι οὕτως, καὶ λέγουσιν· ὅτι οὐ καθήσεται κιβωτὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν, ὅτι σκληρὰ χεὶρ αὐτοῦ ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς καὶ ἐπὶ Δαγὼν θεὸν ἡμῶν.

8 καὶ ἀποστέλλουσι καὶ συνάγουσι τοὺς σατράπας τῶν ἀλλοφύλων πρὸς αὐτοὺς καὶ λέγουσι· τί ποιήσωμεν τῇ κιβωτῷ Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ; καὶ λέγουσιν οἱ Γεθαῖοι· μετελθέτω κιβωτὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ πρὸς ἡμᾶς· καὶ μετῆλθε κιβωτὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς Γέθ.

9 καὶ ἐγενήθη μετὰ τὸ μετελθεῖν αὐτὴν καὶ γίνεται χεὶρ Κυρίου τῇ πόλει, τάραχος μέγας σφόδρα, καὶ ἐπάταξε τοὺς ἄνδρας τῆς πόλεως ἀπὸ μικροῦ ἕως μεγάλου καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὰς ἕδρας αὐτῶν, καὶ ἐποίησαν οἱ Γεθαῖοι ἑαυτοῖς ἕδρας.

10 καὶ ἐξαποστέλλουσι τὴν κιβωτὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ εἰς ᾿Ασκάλωνα. καὶ ἐγενήθη ὡς εἰσῆλθε κιβωτὸς Θεοῦ εἰς ᾿Ασκάλωνα, καὶ ἐβόησαν οἱ ᾿Ασκαλωνῖται λέγοντες· τί ἀπεστρέψατε τὴν κιβωτὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς ἡμᾶς θανατῶσαι ἡμᾶς καὶ τὸν λαὸν ἡμῶν;

11 καὶ ἐξαποστέλλουσι καὶ συνάγουσι τοὺς σατράπας τῶν ἀλλοφύλων καὶ εἶπον· ἐξαποστείλατε τὴν κιβωτὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ καθισάτω εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτῆς καὶ οὐ μὴ θανατώσῃ ἡμᾶς καὶ τὸν λαὸν ἡμῶν·

12 ὅτι ἐγενήθη σύγχυσις ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ πόλει βαρεῖα σφόδρα, ὡς εἰσῆλθε κιβωτὸς Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐκεῖ, καὶ οἱ ζῶντες καὶ οὐκ ἀποθανόντες ἐπλήγησαν εἰς τὰς ἕδρας, καὶ ἀνέβη ἡ κραυγὴ τῆς πόλεως εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν.


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ΚΑΙ ἦν κιβωτὸς ἐν ἀγρῷ τῶν ἀλλοφύλων ἑπτὰ μῆνας, καὶ ἐξέζεσεν ἡ γῆ αὐτῶν μύας.

 

2 καὶ καλοῦσιν ἀλλόφυλοι τοὺς ἱερεῖς καὶ τοὺς μάντεις καὶ τοὺς ἐπαοιδοὺς αὐτῶν λέγοντες· τί ποιήσωμεν τῇ κιβωτῷ Κυρίου; γνωρίσατε ἡμῖν ἐν τίνι ἀποστελοῦμεν αὐτὴν εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτῆς.

3 καὶ εἶπαν· εἰ ἐξαποστέλλετε ὑμεῖς τὴν κιβωτὸν διαθήκης Κυρίου Θεοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ, μὴ δὴ ἐξαποστείλητε αὐτὴν κενήν, ἀλλ᾿ ἀποδιδόντες ἀπόδοτε αὐτῇ τῆς βασάνου, καὶ τότε ἰαθήσεσθε, καὶ ἐξιλασθήσεται ὑμῖν, μὴ οὐκ ἀποστῇ ἡ χεὶρ αὐτοῦ ἀφ᾿ ὑμῶν.

4 καὶ λέγουσι· τί τὸ τῆς βασάνου ἀποδώσομεν αὐτῇ; καὶ εἶπαν· κατ᾿ ἀριθμὸν τῶν σατραπῶν τῶν ἀλλοφύλων πέντε ἕδρας χρυσᾶς, ὅτι πταῖσμα ἐν ὑμῖν καὶ τοῖς ἄρχουσιν ὑμῶν καὶ τῷ λαῷ,

 

5 καὶ μῦς χρυσοῦς ὁμοίωμα τῶν μυῶν ὑμῶν τῶν διαφθειρόντων τὴν γῆν· καὶ δώσετε τῷ Κυρίῳ δόξαν, ὅπως κουφίσῃ τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἀφ᾿ ὑμῶν καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν θεῶν ὑμῶν καὶ ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ὑμῶν.

6 καὶ ἵνα τί βαρύνετε τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν, ὡς ἐβάρυνεν Αἴγυπτος καὶ Φαραὼ τὴν καρδίαν αὐτῶν; οὐχὶ ὅτε ἐνέπαιξεν αὐτοῖς, ἐξαπέστειλαν αὐτούς, καὶ ἀπῆλθον;

7 καὶ νῦν λάβετε καὶ ποιήσατε ἅμαξαν καινὴν καὶ δύο βόας πρωτοτοκούσας ἄνευ τῶν τέκνων καὶ ζεύξατε τὰς βόας ἐν τῇ ἁμάξῃ καὶ ἀπαγάγετε τὰ τέκνα ἀπὸ ὄπισθεν αὐτῶν εἰς οἶκον·

 

8 καὶ λήψεσθε τὴν κιβωτὸν καὶ θήσετε αὐτὴν ἐπὶ τὴν ἅμαξαν καὶ τὰ σκεύη τὰ χρυσᾶ ἀποδώσετε αὐτῇ τῆς βασάνου καὶ θήσετε ἐν θέματι βερσεχθὰν ἐκ μέρους αὐτῆς καὶ ἐξαποστελεῖτε αὐτὴν καὶ ἀπελάσατε αὐτήν, καὶ ἀπελεύσεται·

9 καὶ ὄψεσθε, εἰ εἰς ὁδὸν ὁρίων αὐτῆς πορεύσεται κατὰ Βαιθσαμύς, αὐτὸς πεποίηκεν ἡμῖν τὴν κακίαν τὴν μεγάλην ταύτην, καὶ ἐὰν μή, καὶ γνωσόμεθα ὅτι οὐ χεὶρ αὐτοῦ ἧπται ἡμῶν, ἀλλὰ σύμπτωμα τοῦτο γέγονεν ἡμῖν.

10 καὶ ἐποίησαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι οὕτω. καὶ ἔλαβον δύο βόας πρωτοτοκούσας καὶ ἔζευξαν αὐτὰς ἐν τῇ ἁμάξῃ καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτῶν ἀπεκώλυσαν εἰς οἶκον

11 καὶ ἔθεντο τὴν κιβωτὸν Κυρίου ἐπὶ τὴν ἅμαξαν καὶ τὸ θέμα ἐργὰβ καὶ τοὺς μῦς τοὺς χρυσοῦς.

12 καὶ κατεύθυναν αἱ βόες ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ εἰς ὁδὸν Βαιθσαμύς, ἐν τρίβῳ ἑνὶ ἐπορεύοντο καὶ ἐκοπίων καὶ οὐ μεθίσταντο δεξιὰ οὐδὲ ἀριστερά· καὶ οἱ σατράπαι τῶν ἀλλοφύλων ἐπορεύοντο ὀπίσω αὐτῆς ἕως ὁρίων Βαιθσαμύς.

13 καὶ οἱ ἐν Βαιθσαμὺς ἐθέριζον θερισμὸν πυρῶν ἐν κοιλάδι· καὶ ᾖραν ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτῶν καὶ εἶδον κιβωτὸν Κυρίου καὶ ηὐφράνθησαν εἰς ἀπάντησιν αὐτῆς.

14 καὶ ἡ ἅμαξα εἰσῆλθεν εἰς ἀγρὸν ᾿Ωσηὲ τὸν ἐν Βαιθσαμύς, καὶ ἔστησαν ἐκεῖ παρ᾿ αὐτῇ λίθον μέγαν καὶ σχίζουσι τὰ ξύλα τῆς ἁμάξης καὶ τὰς βόας ἀνήνεγκαν εἰς ὁλοκαύτωσιν τῷ Κυρίῳ.

 

15 καὶ οἱ Λευῖται ἀνήνεγκαν τὴν κιβωτὸν τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ τὸ θέμα ἐργὰβ μετ᾿ αὐτῆς καὶ τὰ ἐπ᾿ αὐτῆς σκεύη τὰ χρυσᾶ καὶ ἔθεντο ἐπὶ τοῦ λίθου τοῦ μεγάλου, καὶ οἱ ἄνδρες Βαιθσαμὺς ἀνήνεγκαν ὁλοκαυτώσεις καὶ θυσίας ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ τῷ Κυρίῳ.

16 καὶ οἱ πέντε σατράπαι τῶν ἀλλοφύλων ἑώρων καὶ ἀνέστρεψαν εἰς ᾿Ασκάλωνα τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ.

17 καὶ αὗται αἱ ἕδραι αἱ χρυσαῖ, ἃς ἀπέδωκαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι τῆς βασάνου τῷ Κυρίῳ· τῆς ᾿Αζώτου μίαν, τῆςΓάζης μίαν, τῆς ᾿Ασκάλωνος μίαν, τῆς Γὲθ μίαν, τῆς ᾿Ακκαρὼν μίαν.

18 καὶ μῦς οἱ χρυσοῖ κατ᾿ ἀριθμὸν πασῶν πόλεων τῶν ἀλλοφύλων τῶν πέντε σατραπῶν ἐκ πόλεως ἐστερεωμένης καὶ ἕως κώμης τοῦ Φερεζαίου καὶ ἕως λίθου τοῦ μεγάλου, οὗ ἐπέθηκαν ἐπ᾿ αὐτοῦ τὴν κιβωτὸν διαθήκης Κυρίου, τοῦ ἐν ἀγρῷ ᾿Ωσηὲ τοῦ Βαιθσαμυσίτου.

19 Καὶ οὐκ ἠσμένισαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ιεχονίου ἐν τοῖς ἀνδράσι Βαιθσαμύς, ὅτι εἶδον κιβωτὸν Κυρίου· καὶ ἐπάταξεν ἐν αὐτοῖς ἑβδομήκοντα ἄνδρας, καὶ πεντήκοντα χιλιάδας ἀνδρῶν, καὶ ἐπένθησεν ὁ λαός, ὅτι ἐπάταξε Κύριος ἐν τῷ λαῷ πληγὴν μεγάλην σφόδρα.

20 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἄνδρες οἱ ἐκ Βαιθσαμύς· τίς δυνήσεται διελθεῖν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ ἁγίου τούτου; καὶ πρὸς τίνα ἀναβήσεται κιβωτὸς Κυρίου ἐφ᾿ ἡμῶν;

21 καὶ ἀποστέλλουσιν ἀγγέλους πρὸς τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Καριαθιαρὶμ λέγοντες· ἀπεστρόφασιν ἀλλόφυλοι τὴν κιβωτὸν Κυρίου· κατάβητε καὶ ἀναγάγετε αὐτὴν πρὸς ἑαυτούς.


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ΚΑΙ ἔρχονται οἱ ἄνδρες Καριαθιαρὶμ καὶ ἀνάγουσι τὴν κιβωτὸν διαθήκης Κυρίου καὶ εἰσάγουσιν αὐτὴν εἰς οἶκον ᾿Αμιναδὰβ τὸν ἐν τῷ βουνῷ· καὶ τὸν ᾿Ελεάζαρ τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ ἡγίασαν φυλάσσειν τὴν κιβωτὸν διαθήκης Κυρίου.

2 Καὶ ἐγενήθη ἀφ᾿ ἦς ἡμέρας ἧν ἡ κιβωτὸς ἐν Καριαθιαρίμ, ἐπλήθυναν αἱ ἡμέραι καὶ ἐγένετο εἴκοσι ἔτη, καὶ ἐπέβλεψε πᾶς οἶκος ᾿Ισραὴλ ὀπίσω Κυρίου.

3 καὶ εἶπε Σαμουὴλ πρὸς πάντα οἶκον ᾿Ισραὴλ λέγων· εἰ ἐν ὅλῃ καρδίᾳ ὑμῶν ὑμεῖς ἐπιστρέφετε πρὸς Κύριον, περιέλετε θεοὺς ἀλλοτρίους ἐκ μέσου ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ ἄλση καὶ ἑτοιμάσατε τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν πρὸς Κύριον καὶ δουλεύσατε αὐτῷ μόνῳ, καὶ ἐξελεῖται ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς ἀλλοφύλων.

4 καὶ περιεῖλον οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ τὰς Βααλὶμ καὶ τὰ ἄλση ᾿Ασταρὼθ καὶ ἐδούλευσαν Κυρίῳ μόνῳ.

5 καὶ εἶπε Σαμουήλ· ἀθροίσατε πάντα ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς Μασσηφάθ, καὶ προσεύξομαι περὶ ὑμῶν πρὸς Κύριον.

6 καὶ συνήχθησαν εἰς Μασσηφὰθ καὶ ὑδρεύονται ὕδωρ καὶ ἐξέχεαν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν. καὶ ἐνήστευσαν ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ καὶ εἶπαν· ἡμαρτήκαμεν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου· καὶ ἐδίκαζε Σαμουὴλ τοὺς υἱοὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς Μασσηφάθ.

7 καὶ ἤκουσαν οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι ὅτι συνηθροίσθησαν πάντες οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς Μασσηφάθ, καὶ ἀνέβησαν σατράπαι ἀλλοφύλων ἐπὶ ᾿Ισραήλ· καὶ ἀκούουσιν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν ἀπὸ προσώπου ἀλλοφύλων.

 8 καὶ εἶπαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς Σαμουήλ· μὴ παρασιωπήσῃς ἀφ᾿ ἡμῶν τοῦ μὴ βοᾶν πρὸς Κύριον Θεόν σου, καὶ σώσει ἡμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς ἀλλοφύλων.

9 καὶ ἔλαβε Σαμουὴλ ἄρνα γαλαθηνὸν ἕνα, καὶ ἀνήνεγκεν αὐτὸν ὁλοκαύτωσιν σὺν παντὶ τῷ λαῷ τῷ Κυρίῳ. καὶ ἐβόησε Σαμουὴλ πρὸς Κύριον περὶ ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἐπήκουσεν αὐτοῦ Κύριος.

10 καὶ ἦν Σαμουὴλ ἀναφέρων τὴν ὁλοκαύτωσιν, καὶ ἀλλόφυλοι προσῆγον εἰς πόλεμον ἐπὶ ᾿Ισραήλ. καὶ ἐβρόντησε Κύριος ἐν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀλλοφύλους, καὶ συνεχύθησαν καὶ ἔπταισαν ἐνώπιον ᾿Ισραήλ.

11 καὶ ἐξῆλθαν ἄνδρες ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐκ Μασσηφὰθ καὶ κατεδίωξαν τοὺς ἀλλοφύλους καὶ ἐπάταξαν αὐτοὺς ἕως ὑποκάτω τοῦ Βαιθχόρ.

12 καὶ ἔλαβε Σαμουὴλ λίθον ἕνα καὶ ἔστησεν αὐτὸν ἀνὰ μέσον Μασσηφὰθ καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τῆς παλαιᾶς καὶ ἐκάλεσε τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ᾿Αβενέζερ, Λίθος τοῦ βοηθοῦ, καὶ εἶπεν· ἕως ἐνταῦθα ἐβοήθησεν ἡμῖν Κύριος.

13 καὶ ἐταπείνωσε Κύριος τοὺς ἀλλοφύλους, καὶ οὐ προσέθεντο ἔτι προσελθεῖν εἰς ὅριον ᾿Ισραήλ· καὶ ἐγενήθη χεὶρ Κυρίου ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀλλοφύλους πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας τοῦ Σαμουήλ.

14 καὶ ἀπεδόθησαν αἱ πόλεις, ἃς ἔλαβον οἱ ἀλλόφυλοι παρὰ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἀπέδωκαν αὐτὰς τῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπὸ ᾿Ασκάλωνος ἕως ᾿Αζόβ, καὶ τὸ ὅριον ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀφείλοντο ἐκ χειρὸς ἀλλοφύλων. καὶ ἦν εἰρήνη ἀνὰ μέσον ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ ᾿Αμορραίου.

15 καὶ ἐδίκαζε Σαμουὴλ τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας τῆς ζωῆς αὐτοῦ.

16 καὶ ἐπορεύετο κατ᾿ ἐνιαυτὸν καὶ ἐκύκλου Βαιθὴλ καὶ τὴν Γαλγαλὰ καὶ τὴν Μασσηφὰθ καὶ ἐδίκαζε τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἡγιασμένοις τούτοις·

17 ἡ δὲ ἀποστροφὴ αὐτοῦ εἰς ᾿Αρμαθαὶμ ὅτι ἐκεῖ ἦν ὁ οἶκος αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐδίκαζεν ἐκεῖ τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾠκοδόμησεν ἐκεῖ θυσιαστήριον τῷ Κυρίῳ.


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ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ὡς ἐγήρασε Σαμουήλ, καὶ κατέστησε τοὺς υἱοὺς αὐτοῦ δικαστὰς τῷ ᾿Ισραήλ.

2 καὶ ταῦτα τὰ ὀνόματα τῶν υἱῶν αὐτοῦ· πρωτότοκος ᾿Ιωήλ, καὶ ὄνομα τοῦ δευτέρου ᾿Αβιά, δικασταὶ ἐν Βηρσαβεέ.

3 καὶ οὐκ ἐπορεύθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ ἐν ὁδῷ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐξέκλιναν ὀπίσω τῆς συντελείας καὶ ἐλάμβανον δῶρα καὶ ἐξέκλινον δικαιώματα.

4 καὶ συναθροίζονται ἄνδρες ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ παραγίνονται εἰς ᾿Αρμαθαὶμ πρὸς Σαμουὴλ

5 καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· ἰδοὺ σὺ γεγήρακας, καὶ οἱ υἱοί σου οὐ πορεύονται ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ σου· καὶ νῦν κατάστησον ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς βασιλέα δικάζειν ἡμᾶς, καθὰ καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ ἔθνη.

6 καὶ πονηρὸν τὸ ρῆμα ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς Σαμουήλ, ὡς εἶπαν, δὸς ἡμῖν βασιλέα δικάζειν ἡμᾶς· καὶ προσηύξατο Σαμουὴλ πρὸς Κύριον.

7 καὶ εἶπε Κύριος πρὸς Σαμουήλ· ἄκουε τῆς φωνῆς τοῦ λαοῦ, καθὰ ἂν λαλῶσί σοι· ὅτι οὐ σὲ ἐξουθενήκασιν, ἀλλ᾿ ἢ ἐμὲ ἐξουθενήκασι τοῦ μὴ βασιλεύειν ἐπ᾿ αὐτῶν.

8 κατὰ πάντα τὰ ποιήματα, ἃ ἐποίησάν μοι ἀφ᾿ ἧς ἡμέρας ἀνήγαγον αὐτοὺς ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης καὶ ἐγκατέλιπόν με καὶ ἐδούλευον θεοῖς ἑτέροις, οὕτως αὐτοὶ ποιοῦσι καὶ σοί.

9 καὶ νῦν ἄκουε τῆς φωνῆς αὐτῶν· πλὴν ὅτι διαμαρτυρόμενος διαμαρτύρῃ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἀπαγγελεῖς αὐτοῖς τὸ δικαίωμα τοῦ βασιλέως, ὃς βασιλεύσει ἐπ᾿ αὐτούς.

10 καὶ εἶπε Σαμουὴλ πᾶν τὸ ρῆμα τοῦ Κυρίου πρὸς τὸν λαὸν τοὺς αἰτοῦντας παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ βασιλέα

11 καὶ εἶπε· τοῦτο ἔσται τὸ δικαίωμα τοῦ βασιλέως, ὃςβασιλεύσει ἐφ᾿ ὑμᾶς· τοὺς υἱοὺς ὑμῶν λήψεται, καὶ θήσεται αὐτοὺς ἐν ἅρμασιν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν ἱππεῦσιν αὐτοῦ καὶ προτρέχοντας τῶν ἁρμάτων αὐτοῦ

12 καὶ θέσθαι αὐτοὺς ἑαυτῷ ἑκατοντάρχους καὶ χιλιάρχους καὶ θερίζειν θερισμὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ τρυγᾶν τρυγητὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ποιεῖν σκεύη πολεμικὰ αὐτοῦ καὶ σκεύη ἁρμάτων αὐτοῦ·

 

13 καὶ τὰς θυγατέρας ὑμῶν λήψεται εἰς μυρεψοὺς καὶ εἰς μαγειρίσσας καὶ εἰς πεσσούσας·

14 καὶ τοὺς ἀγροὺς ὑμῶν καὶ τοὺς ἀμπελῶνας ὑμῶν καὶ τοὺς ἐλαιῶνας ὑμῶν τοὺς ἀγαθοὺς λήψεται καὶ δώσει τοῖς δούλοις ἑαυτοῦ.

15 καὶ τὰ σπέρματα ὑμῶν καὶ τοὺς ἀμπελῶνας ὑμῶν ἀποδεκατώσει καὶ δώσει τοῖς εὐνούχοις αὐτοῦ καὶ τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ·

16 καὶ τοὺς δούλους ὑμῶν καὶ τὰς δούλας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ βουκόλια ὑμῶν τὰ ἀγαθὰ καὶ τοὺς ὄνους ὑμῶν λήψεται, καὶ ἀποδεκατώσει εἰς τὰ ἔργα αὐτοῦ

17 καὶ τὰ ποίμνια ὑμῶν ἀποδεκατώσει· καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθε αὐτῷ δοῦλοι.

18 καὶ βοήσεσθε ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ἐκ προσώπου βασιλέως ὑμῶν, οὗ ἐξελέξασθε ἑαυτοῖς, καὶ οὐκ ἐπακούσεται Κύριος ὑμῶν ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις, ὅτι ὑμεῖς ἐξελέξασθε ἑαυτοῖς βασιλέα.

19 καὶ οὐκ ἐβούλετο ὁ λαὸς ἀκοῦσαι τοῦ Σαμουὴλ καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· οὐχί, ἀλλ᾿ ἢ βασιλεὺς ἔσται ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς,

20 καὶ ἐσόμεθα καὶ ἡμεῖς καθὰ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, καὶ δικάσει ἡμᾶς βασιλεὺς ἡμῶν καὶ ἐξελεύσεται ἔμπροσθεν ἡμῶν καὶ πολεμήσει τὸν πόλεμον ἡμῶν.

21 καὶ ἤκουσε Σαμουὴλ πάντας τοὺς λόγους τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ ἐλάλησεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὰ ὦτα Κυρίου.

22 καὶ εἶπε Κύριος πρὸς Σαμουήλ· ἄκουε τῆς φωνῆς αὐτῶν καὶ βασίλευσον αὐτοῖς βασιλέα. καὶ εἶπε Σαμουὴλ πρὸς ἄνδρας ᾿Ισραήλ· ἀποτρεχέτω ἕκαστος εἰς τὴν πόλιν αὐτοῦ.


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ΚΑΙ ἀνὴρ ἐξ υἱῶν Βενιαμίν, καὶ ὄνομα αὐτῷ Κίς, υἱὸς ᾿Αβιήλ, υἱοῦ ᾿Ιαρέδ, υἱοῦ Βαχίρ, υἱοῦ ᾿Αφέκ, υἱοῦ ἀνδρὸς ᾿Ιεμιναίου, ἀνὴρ δυνατός.

 

2 καὶ τούτῳ υἱός, καὶ ὄνομα αὐτῷ Σαούλ, εὐμεγέθης, ἀνὴρ ἀγαθός, καὶ οὐκ ἦν ἐν υἱοῖς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀγαθὸς ὑπὲρ αὐτόν, ὑπερωμίαν καὶ ἐπάνω ὑψηλὸς ὑπὲρ πᾶσαν τὴν γῆν.

3 καὶ ἀπώλοντο αἱ ὄνοι Κὶς πατρὸς Σαούλ, καὶ εἶπε Κὶς πρὸς Σαοὺλ τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ· λαβὲ μετὰ σεαυτοῦ ἓν τῶν παιδαρίων καὶ ἀνάστητε καὶ πορεύθητε καὶ ζητήσατε τὰς ὄνους.

4 καὶ διῆλθον δι᾿ ὄρους ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ διῆλθον διὰ τῆς γῆς Σελχὰ καὶ οὐχ εὗρον· καὶ διῆλθον διὰ τῆς γῆς Σεγαλείμ, καὶ οὐκ ἦν· καὶ διῆλθον διὰ τῆς γῆς ᾿Ιαμὶν καὶ οὐχ εὗρον.

 

5 αὐτῶν δὲ ἐλθόντων εἰς τὴν Σίφ, καὶ Σαοὺλ εἶπε τῷ παιδαρίῳ αὐτοῦ τῷ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ· δεῦρο καὶ ἀποστρέψωμεν, μὴ ἀνεὶς ὁ πατήρ μου τὰς ὄνους φροντίζῃ τὰ περὶ ἡμῶν·

6 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ παιδάριον· ἰδοὺ δὴ ἄνθρωπος τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ, καὶ ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἔνδοξος, πᾶν, ὃ ἐὰν λαλήσῃ, παραγινόμενον παρέσται· καὶ νῦν πορευθῶμεν, ὅπως ἀπαγγείλῃ ἡμῖν τὴν ὁδὸν ἡμῶν, ἐφ᾿ ἣν ἐπορεύθημεν ἐπ᾿ αὐτήν.

7 καὶ εἶπε Σαοὺλ τῷ παιδαρίῳ αὐτοῦ τῷ μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἰδοὺ πορευσόμεθα, καὶ τὶ οἴσομεν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τοῦ Θεοῦ; ὅτι οἱ ἄρτοι ἐκλελοίπασιν ἐκ τῶν ἀγγείων ἡμῶν, καὶ πλεῖον οὐκ ἔστι μεθ᾿ ἡμῶν εἰσενεγκεῖν τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸ ὑπάρχον ἡμῖν.

8 καὶ προσέθετο τὸ παιδάριον ἀποκριθῆναι τῷ Σαοὺλ καὶ εἶπεν· ἰδοὺ εὕρηται ἐν τῇ χειρί μου τέταρτον σίκλου ἀργυρίου, καὶ δώσεις τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τοῦ Θεοῦ, καὶ ἀπαγγελεῖ ἡμῖν τὴν ὁδὸν ἡμῶν.

9 καὶ ἔμπροσθεν ἐν ᾿Ισραὴλ τάδε ἔλεγεν ἕκαστος ἐν τῷ πορεύεσθαι ἐπερωτᾶν τὸν Θεόν· δεῦρο καὶ πορευθῶμεν πρὸς τὸν βλέποντα· ὅτι τὸν προφήτην ἐκάλει ὁ λαὸς ἔμπροσθεν ῾Ο βλέπων.

10 καὶ εἶπε Σαοὺλ πρὸς τὸ παιδάριον αὐτοῦ· ἀγαθόν τὸ ρῆμα, δεῦρο καὶ πορευθῶμεν. καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν πόλιν, οὗ ἦν ἐκεῖ ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ τοῦ Θεοῦ.

11 αὐτῶν ἀναβαινόντων τὴν ἀνάβασιν τῆς πόλεως καὶ αὐτοὶ εὑρίσκουσι τὰ κοράσια ἐξεληλυθότα ὑδρεύεσθαι ὕδωρ καὶ λέγουσιν αὐταῖς· εἰ ἔστιν ἐνταῦθα ῾Ο βλέπων;

12 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη τὰ κοράσια αὐτοῖς καὶ λέγουσιν αὐτοῖς· ἔστιν, ἰδοὺ κατὰ πρόσωπον ὑμῶν· νῦν διὰ τὴν ἡμέραν ἥκει εἰς τὴν πόλιν, ὅτι θυσία σήμερον τῷ λαῷ ἐν Βαμᾷ·

13 ὡς ἂν εἰσέλθητε εἰς τὴν πόλιν, οὕτως εὑρήσετε αὐτὸν ἐν τῇ πόλει πρὶν ἀναβῆναι αὐτὸν εἰς Βαμᾶ τοῦ φαγεῖν· ὅτι οὐ μὴ φάγῃ ὁ λαὸς ἕως τοῦ εἰσελθεῖν αὐτόν, ὅτι οὗτος εὐλογεῖ τὴν θυσίαν, καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἐσθίουσιν οἱ ξένοι· καὶ νῦν ἀνάβητε, ὅτι διὰ τὴν ἡμέραν εὑρήσετε αὐτόν.

14 καὶ ἀναβαίνουσι τὴν πόλιν. αὐτῶν εἰσπορευομένων εἰς μέσον τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἰδοὺ Σαμουὴλ ἐξῆλθεν εἰς τὴν ἀπάντησιν αὐτῶν τοῦ ἀναβῆναι εἰς Βαμᾶ.

15 καὶ Κύριος ἀπεκάλυψε τὸ ὠτίον Σαμουὴλ ἡμέρᾳ μιᾷ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ ἐλθεῖν πρὸς αὐτὸν Σαοὺλ λέγων·

16 ὡς ὁ καιρός, αὔριον ἀποστελῶ πρός σε ἄνδρα ἐκ γῆς Βενιαμίν, καὶ χρίσεις αὐτὸν εἰς ἄρχοντα ἐπὶ τὸν λαόν μου ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ σώσει τὸν λαόν μου ἐκ χειρὸς ἀλλοφύλων· ὅτι ἐπέβλεψα ἐπὶ τὴν ταπείνωσιν τοῦ λαοῦ μου, ὅτι ἦλθε βοὴ αὐτῶν πρός με.

17 καὶ Σαμουὴλ εἶδε τὸν Σαούλ· καὶ Κύριος ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ· ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος, ὃν εἶπά σοι, οὗτος ἄρξει ἐν τῷ λαῷ μου.

18 καὶ προσήγαγε Σαοὺλ πρὸς Σαμουὴλ εἰς μέσον τῆς πόλεως καὶ εἶπεν· ἀπάγγειλον δὴ ποῖος ὁ οἶκος τοῦ βλέποντος.

19 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη Σαμουὴλ τῷ Σαοὺλ καὶ εἶπεν· ἐγώ εἰμι αὐτός· ἀνάβηθι ἔμπροσθέν μου εἰς Βαμᾶ καὶ φάγε μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ σήμερον, καὶ ἐξαποστελῶ σε πρωΐ καὶ πάντα τὰ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ σου ἀπαγγελῶ σοι·

20 καὶ περὶ τῶν ὄνων σου τῶν ἀπολωλυιῶν σήμερον τριταίων μὴ θῇς τὴνκαρδίαν σου αὐταῖς, ὅτι εὕρηνται· καὶ τίνι τὰ ὡραῖα τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ; οὐ σοὶ καὶ τῷ οἴκῳ τοῦ πατρός σου;

21 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη Σαοὺλ καὶ εἶπεν· οὐχὶ ἀνδρὸς υἱὸς ᾿Ιεμιναίου ἐγώ εἰμι τοῦ μικροῦ σκήπτρου φυλῆς ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ τῆς φυλῆς τῆς ἐλαχίστης ἐξ ὅλους σκήπτρου Βενιαμίν; καὶ ἱνατί ἐλάλησας πρὸς ἐμὲ κατὰ τὸ ρῆμα τοῦτο;

22 καὶ ἔλαβε Σαμουὴλ τὸν Σαοὺλ καὶ τὸ παιδάριον αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰσήγαγεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ κατάλυμα καὶ ἔθετο αὐτοῖς ἐκεῖ τόπον ἐν πρώτοις τῶν κεκλημένων ὡσεὶ ἑβδομήκοντα ἀνδρῶν.

23 καὶ εἶπε Σαμουὴλ τῷ μαγείρῳ· δός μοι τὴν μερίδα, ἣν ἔδωκά σοι, ἣν εἶπά σοι θεῖναι αὐτὴν παρά σοι.

24 καὶ ἥψησεν ὁ μάγειρος τὴν κωλέαν, καὶ παρέθηκεν αὐτὴν ἐνώπιον Σαούλ· καὶ εἶπε Σαμουὴλ τῷ Σαούλ· ἰδοὺ ὑπόλειμμα, παράθες αὐτὸ ἐνώπιόν σου καὶ φάγε, ὅτι μαρτύριον τέθειταί σοι παρὰ τοὺς ἄλλους· ἀπόκνιζε. καὶ ἔφαγε Σαοὺλ μετὰ Σαμουὴλ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ.

25 καὶ κατέβη ἐκ τῆς Βαμᾶ εἰς τὴν πόλιν· καὶ διέστρωσαν τῷ Σαοὺλ ἐπὶ τῷ δώματι, καὶ ἐκοιμήθη.

26 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἀνέβαινεν ὁ ὄρθρος, καὶ ἐκάλεσε Σαμουὴλ τὸν Σαοὺλ ἐπὶ τῷ δώματι λέγων· ἀνάστα, καὶ ἐξαποστελῶ σε· καὶ ἀνέστη Σαούλ, καὶ ἐξῆλθεν αὐτὸς καὶ Σαμουὴλ ἕως ἔξω.

27 αὐτῶν καταβαινόντων εἰς μέρος τῆς πόλεως καὶ Σαμουὴλ εἶπε τῷ Σαούλ· εἰπὸν τῷ νεανίσκῳ καὶ διελθέτω ἔμπροσθεν ἡμῶν, καὶ σὺ στῆθι ὡς σήμερον καὶ ἄκουσον ρῆμα Θεοῦ.


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ΚΑΙ ἔλαβε Σαμουὴλ τὸν φακὸν τοῦ ἐλαίου καὶ ἐπέχεεν ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐφίλησεν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· οὐχὶ κέκχρικέ σε Κύριος εἰς ἄρχοντα ἐπὶ τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ, ἐπὶ ᾿Ισραήλ; καὶ σὺ ἄρξεις ἐν λαῷ Κυρίου, καὶ σὺ σώσεις αὐτὸν ἐκ χειρὸς ἐχθρῶν αὐτοῦ κυκλόθεν.

2 καὶ τοῦτό σοι τὸ σημεῖον ὅτι ἔχρισέ σε Κύριος ἐπὶ κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ εἰς ἄρχοντα· ὡς ἂν ἀπέλθῃς σήμερον ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ, καὶ εὑρήσεις δύο ἄνδρας πρὸς τοῖς τάφοις Ραχὴλ ἐν τῷ ὄρει Βενιαμὶν ἁλλομένους μεγάλα, καὶ ἐροῦσί σοι· εὕρηνται αἱ ὄνοι, ἃς ἐπορεύθητε ζητεῖν, καὶ ἰδοὺ ὁ πατήρ σου ἀποτετίνακται τὸ ρῆμα τῶν ὄνων καὶ ἐδαψιλεύσατο δι᾿ ὑμᾶς λέγων· τί ποιήσω ὑπὲρ τοῦ υἱοῦ μου;

3 καὶ ἀπελεύσῃ ἐκεῖθεν καὶ ἐπέκεινα ἥξεις ἕως τῆς δρυὸς Θαβὼρ καὶ εὑρήσεις ἐκεῖ τρεῖς ἄνδρας ἀναβαίνοντας πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν εἰς Βαιθήλ, ἕνα αἴροντα τρία αἰγίδια καὶ ἕνα αἴροντα τρία ἀγγεῖα ἄρτων καὶ ἕνα αἴροντα ἀσκὸν οἴνου.

4 καὶ ἐρωτήσουσί σε τὰ εἰς εἰρήνην καὶ δώσουσί σοι δύο ἀπαρχὰς ἄρτων, καὶ λήψῃ ἐκ τῆς χειρὸς αὐτῶν.

5 καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα εἰσελεύσῃ εἰς τὸν βουνὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ, οὗ ἐστιν ἐκεῖ τὸ ἀνάστημα τῶν ἀλλοφύλων, ἐκεῖ Νασὶβ ὁ ἀλλόφυλος. καὶ ἔσται ὡς ἂν εἰσέλθητε ἐκεῖ εἰς τὴν πόλιν, καὶ ἀπαντήσεις χορῷ προφητῶν καταβαινόντων ἐκ τῆς Βαμᾶ, καὶ ἔμπροσθεν αὐτῶν νάβλα καὶ τύμπανον καὶ αὐλὸς καὶ κινύρα, καὶ αὐτοὶ προφητεύοντες·

6 καὶ ἐφαλεῖται ἐπὶ σὲ πνεῦμα Κυρίου, καὶ προφητεύσεις μετ᾿ αὐτῶν καὶ στραφήσῃ εἰς ἄνδρα ἄλλον.

7 καὶ ἔσται ὅταν ἥξει τὰ σημεῖα ταῦτα ἐπὶ σέ, ποίει πάντα, ὅσα ἐὰν εὕρῃ ἡ χείρ σου, ὅτι Θεὸς μετὰ σοῦ.

8 καὶ καταβήσῃ ἔμπροσθεν τῆς Γαλγάλ, καὶ ἰδοὺ καταβαίνω πρός σε ἀνενεγκεῖν ὁλοκαύτωσιν καὶ θυσίας εἰρηνικάς· ἑπτὰ ἡμέρας διαλείψεις ἕως τοῦ ἐλθεῖν με πρός σε, καὶ γνωρίσω σοι ἃ ποιήσεις.

 

9 καὶ ἐγενήθη ὥστε ἐπιστραφῆναι τῷ ὤμῳ αὐτοῦ ἀπελθεῖν ἀπὸ Σαμουήλ, μετέστρεψεν αὐτῷ ὁ Θεὸς καρδίαν ἄλλην· καὶ ἦλθε πάντα τὰ σημεῖα ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ.

10 καὶ ἔρχεται ἐκεῖθεν εἰς τὸν βουνόν, καὶ ἰδοὺ χορὸς προφητῶν ἐξεναντίας αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἥλατο ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸν πνεῦμα Θεοῦ, καὶ προεφήτευσεν ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν.

11 καὶ ἐγενήθησαν πάντες οἱ εἰδότες αὐτὸν ἐχθὲς καὶ τρίτης καὶ εἶδον καὶ ἰδοὺ αὐτὸς ἐν μέσῳ τῶν προφητῶν. καὶ εἶπεν ὁ λαὸς ἕκαστος πρὸς τὸν πλησίον αὐτοῦ· τί τοῦτο τὸ γεγονὸς τῷ υἱῷ Κίς; ἦ καὶ Σαοὺλ ἐν προφήταις;

12 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη τις αὐτῶν καὶ εἶπε· καὶ τίς πατὴρ αὐτοῦ; καὶ διὰ τοῦτο ἐγενήθη εἰς παραβολήν, ἦ καὶ Σαοὺλ ἐν προφήταις;

13 καὶ συνετέλεσε προφητεύων καὶ ἔρχεται εἰς τὸν βουνόν.

14 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ οἰκεῖος αὐτοῦ πρὸς αὐτὸν καὶ πρὸς τὸ παιδάριον αὐτοῦ· ποῦ ἐπορεύθητε; καὶ εἶπαν· ζητεῖν τὰς ὄνους· καὶ εἴδαμεν ὅτι οὐκ εἰσί, καὶ εἰσήλθομεν πρὸς Σαμουήλ.

15 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ οἰκεῖος πρὸς Σαούλ· ἀπάγγειλον δή μοι, τί εἶπέ σοι Σαμουήλ;

16 καὶ εἶπε Σαοὺλ πρὸς τὸν οἰκεῖον αὐτοῦ· ἀπήγγειλεν ἀπαγγέλλων μοι ὅτι εὕρηνται αἱ ὄνοι. τὸ δὲ ρῆμα τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἀπήγγειλεν αὐτῷ.

17 Καὶ παρήγγειλε Σαμουὴλ παντὶ τῷ λαῷ πρὸς Κύριον εἰς Μασσηφὰθ

18 καὶ εἶπε πρὸς υἱοὺς ᾿Ισραήλ· τάδε εἶπε Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ λέγων· ἐγὼ ἀνήγαγον τοὺς υἱοὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐξ Αἰγύπτου καὶ ἐξειλάμην ὑμᾶς ἐκ χειρὸς Φαραὼ βασιλέως Αἰγύπτου καὶ ἐκ πασῶν τῶν βασιλειῶν τῶν θλιβουσῶν ὑμᾶς·

19 καὶ ὑμεῖς σήμερον ἐξουδενήκατε τὸν Θεόν, ὃς αὐτός ἐστιν ὑμῶν σωτὴρ ἐκ πάντων τῶν κακῶν ὑμῶν καὶ θλίψεων ὑμῶν, καὶ εἴπατε· οὐχί, ἀλλ᾿ ἢ ὅτι βασιλέα καταστήσεις ἐφ᾿ ἡμῶν· καὶ νῦν κατάστητε ἐνώπιον Κυρίου κατὰ τὰ σκῆπτρα ὑμῶν καὶ κατὰ τὰς φυλὰς ὑμῶν.

20 καὶ προσήγαγε Σαμουὴλ πάντα τὰ σκῆπτρα ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ κατακληροῦται σκῆπτρον Βενιαμίν·

21 καὶ προσάγει σκῆπτρον Βενιαμὶν εἰς φυλάς, καὶ κατακληροῦται φυλὴ Ματταρί· καὶ προσάγουσι τὴν φυλὴν Ματταρὶ εἰς ἄνδρας, καὶ κατακληροῦται Σαοὺλ υἱὸς Κίς. καὶ ἐζήτει αὐτόν, καὶ οὐχ εὑρίσκετο.

22 καὶ ἐπηρώτησε Σαμουὴλ ἔτι ἐν Κυρίῳ· εἰ ἔρχεται ὁ ἀνὴρ ἐνταῦθα; καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· ἰδοὺ αὐτὸς κέκρυπται ἐν τοῖς σκεύεσι.

23 καὶ ἔδραμε καὶ λαμβάνει αὐτὸν ἐκεῖθεν καὶ κατέστησεν ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ λαοῦ, καὶ ὑψώθη ὑπὲρ πάντα τὸν λαὸν ὑπερωμίαν καὶ ἐπάνω.

24 καὶ εἶπε Σαμουὴλ πρὸς πάντα τὸν λαόν· εἰ ἑωράκατε ὃν ἐκλέλεκται ἑαυτῷ Κύριος, ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν ὅμοιος αὐτῷ ἐν πᾶσιν ὑμῖν; καὶ ἔγνωσαν πᾶς ὁ λαὸς καὶ εἶπαν· ζήτω ὁ βασιλεύς.

25 καὶ εἶπε Σαμουὴλ πρὸς τὸν λαὸν τὸ δικαίωμα τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ἔγραψεν ἐν βιβλίῳ καὶ ἔθηκεν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου. καὶ ἐξαπέστειλε Σαμουὴλ πάντα τὸν λαόν, καὶ ἀπῆλθεν ἕκαστος εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτοῦ.

26 καὶ Σαοὺλ ἀπῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ εἰς Γαβαά· καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν υἱοὶ δυνάμεων, ὧν ἥψατο Κύριος καρδίας αὐτῶν μετὰ Σαούλ.

27 καὶ υἱοὶ λοιμοὶ εἶπαν· τίς σώσει ὑμᾶς οὗτος; καὶ ἠτίμασαν αὐτὸν καὶ οὐκ ἤνεγκαν αὐτῷ δῶρα.

 


 

 

 

    

 

    

       

1 KINGS


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There was a man of Armathaim Sipha, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Helkana, a son of Jeremeel the son of Elias the son of Thoke, in Nasib Ephraim.

2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Anna, and the name of the second Phennana. And Phennana had children, but Anna had no child.

3 And the man went up from year to year from his city, from Armathaim, to worship and sacrifice to the Lord God of Sabaoth at Selom: and there were Heli and his two sons Ophni and Phinees, the priests of the Lord.

4 And the day came, and Helkana sacrificed, and gave portions to his wife Phennana and her children.

 

5 And to Anna he gave a prime portion, because she had no child, only Helkana loved Anna more than the other; but the Lord had closed her womb.

 

6 For the Lord gave her no child in her affliction, and according to the despondency of her affliction; and she was dispirited on this account, that the Lord shut up her womb so as not to give her a child.

 

7 So she did year by year, in going up to the house of the Lord; and she was dispirited, and wept, and did not eat.

8 And Helkana her husband said to her, Anna: and she said to him, Here am I, my lord: and he said to her, What ails thee that thou weepest? and why dost thou not eat? and why does thy heart smite thee? am I not better to thee than ten children?

9 And Anna rose up after they had eaten in Selom, and stood before the Lord: and Heli the priest was on a seat by the threshold of the temple of the Lord.

 

10 And she was very much grieved in spirit, and prayed to the Lord, and wept abundantly.

11 And she vowed a vow to the Lord, saying, O Lord God of Sabaoth, if thou welt indeed look upon the humiliation of thine handmaid, and remember me, and give to thine handmaid a man-child, then will I indeed dedicate him to thee till the day of his death; and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and no razor shall come upon his head.

 

12 And it came to pass, while she was long praying before the Lord, that Heli the priest marked her mouth.

13 And she was speaking in her heart, and her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: and Heli accounted her a drunken woman.

14 And the servant of Heli said to her, How long wilt thou be drunken? take away thy wine from thee, and go out from the presence of the Lord.

15 And Anna answered and said, Nay, my lord, I live in a hard day, and I have not drunk wine or strong drink, and I pour out my soul before the Lord.

 

16 Count not thy handmaid for a pestilent woman, for by reason of the abundance of my importunity I have continued my prayer until now.

17 And Heli answered and said to her, Go in peace: the God of Israel give thee all thy petition, which thou hast asked of him.

18 And she said, Thine handmaid has found favour in thine eyes: and the woman went her way, and entered into her lodging, and ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was no more sad.

 

19 And they rise early in the morning, and worship the Lord, and they go their way: and Helkana went into his house at Armathaim, and knew his wife Anna; and the Lord remembered her, and she conceived.

20 And it came to pass when the time was come, that she brought forth a son, and called his name Samuel, and said, Because I asked him of the Lord God of Sabaoth.

21 And the man Helkana and all his house went up to offer in Selom the yearly sacrifice, and his vows, and all the tithes of his land.

 

22 But Anna did not go up with him, for she said to her husband, I will not go up until the child goes up, when I have weaned him, and he shall be presented before the Lord, and he shall abide there continually.

23 And Helkana her husband said to her, Do that which is good in thine eyes, abide still until thou shalt have weaned him; but may the Lord establish that which comes out of thy mouth: and the woman tarried, and suckled her son until she had weaned him.

24 And she went up with him to Selom with a calf of three years old, and loaves, and an ephah of fine flour, and a bottle of wine: and she entered into the house of the Lord in Selom, and the child with them.

25 And they brought him before the Lord; and his father slew his offering which he offered from year to year to the Lord; and he brought near the child, and slew the calf; and Anna the mother of the child brought him to Heli.

26 And she said, I pray thee, my lord, as thy soul liveth, I am the woman that stood in thy presence with thee while praying to the Lord.

27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord has given me my request that I asked of him.

28 And I lend him to the Lord all his days that he lives, a loan to the Lord: and she said,


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My heart is established in the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God; my mouth is enlarged over my enemies, I have rejoiced in thy salvation.

2 For there is none holy as the Lord, and there is none righteous as our God; there is none holy besides thee.

3 Boast not, and utter not high things; let not high-sounding words come out of your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and God prepares his own designs.

4 The bow of the mighty has waxed feeble, and the weak have girded themselves with strength.

5 They that were full of bread are brought low; and the hungry have forsaken the land; for the barren has born seven, and she that abounded in children has waxed feeble.

6 The Lord kills and makes alive; he brings down to the grave, and brings up.

7 The Lord makes poor, and makes rich; he brings low, and lifts up.

8 He lifts up the poor from the earth, and raises the needy from the dunghill; to seat him with the princes of the people, and causing them to inherit the throne of glory:

9 granting his petition to him that prays; and he blesses the years of the righteous, for by strength cannot man prevail.

10 The Lord will weaken his adversary; the Lord is holy. Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, nor let the mighty man boast in his strength, and let not the rich man boast in his wealth; but let him that boasts boast in this, to understand and know the Lord, and to execute judgment and justice in the midst of the earth. The Lord has gone up to the heavens, and has thundered: he will judge the extremities of the earth, and he gives strength to our kings, and will exalt the horn of his Christ.

11 And she left him there before the Lord, and departed to Armathaim: and the child ministered in the presence of the Lord before Heli the priest.

 

12 And the sons of Heli the priest were evil sons, not knowing the Lord. And the priestís claim from every one of the people that sacrificed was this:

13  the servant of the priest came when the flesh was in seething, and a flesh-hook of three teeth was in his hand.

14 And he struck it into the great caldron, or into the brazen vessel, or into the pot, and whatever came up with the flesh-hook, the priest took for himself: so they did to all Israel that came to sacrifice to the Lord in Selom.

15 And before the fat was burnt for a sweet savour, the servant of the priest would come, and say to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest, and I will by no means take of thee sodden flesh out of the caldron.

16 And if the man that sacrificed said, First let the fat be burned, as it is fit, and take for thyself of all things which thy soul desires: then he would say, Nay, for thou shalt give it me now; and if not I will take it by force.

17 So the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for they set at nought the offering of the Lord.

18 And Samuel ministered before the Lord, a child girt with a linen ephod.

19 And his mother made him a little doublet, and brought it to him from year to year, in her going up in company with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

20 And Heli blessed Helcana and his wife, saying The Lord recompense to thee seed of this woman, in return for the loan which thou hast lent to the Lord: and the man returned to his place.

 

21 And the Lord visited Anna, and she bore yet three sons, and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.

 

22 And Heli was very old, and he heard what his sons did to the children of Israel.

23 And he said to them, Why do ye according to this thing, which I hear from the mouth of all the people of the Lord?

24 Nay my sons, for the report which I hear is not good; do not so, for the reports which I hear are not good, so that the people do not serve God.

25 If a man should at all sin against another, then shall they pray for him to the Lord; but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him? But they hearkened not to the voice of their father, because the Lord would by all means destroy them.

26 And the child Samuel advanced, and was in favour with God and with men.

 

27 And a man of God came to Heli, and said, Thus says the Lord, I plainly revealed myself to the house of thy father, when they were servants in Egypt to the house of Pharao.

28 And I chose the house of thy father out of all the tribes of Israel to minister to me in the priestís office, to go up to my altar, and to burn incense, and to wear an ephod. And I gave to the house of thy father all the offerings by fire of the children of Israel for food.

 

29 And wherefore hast thou looked upon my incense-offering and my meat-offering with a shameless eye, and hast honoured thy sons above me, so that they should bless themselves with the first-fruits of every sacrifice of Israel before me?

30 Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel, I said, Thy house and the house of thy father shall pass before me for ever: but now the Lord says, That be far from me; for I will only honour them that honour me, and he that sets me at nought shall be despised.

31 Behold, the days come when I will destroy thy seed and the seed of thy fatherís house.

32 And thou shalt not have an old man in my house for ever.

33 And if I do not destroy a man of thine from my altar, it shall be that his eyes may fail and his soul may perish; and every one that remains in thy house shall fall by the sword of men.

 

34 And this which shall come upon thy two sons Ophni and Phinees shall be a sign to thee; in one day they shall both die.

35 And I will raise up to myself a faithful priest, who shall do all that is in my heart and in my soul; and I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before my Christ for ever.

 

36 And it shall come to pass that he that survives in thy house, shall come to do obeisance before him for a little piece of silver, saying, Put me into one of thy priestís offices to eat bread.


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And the child Samuel ministered to the Lord before Heli the priest: and the word of the Lord was precious in those days, there was no distinct vision.

 

2 And it came to pass at that time that Heli was sleeping in his place; and his eyes began to fail, and could not see.

 

3 And the lamp of God was burning before it was trimmed, and Samuel slept in the temple, where was the ark of God.

4 And the Lord called, Samuel, Samuel; and he said, Behold, here am I.

5 And he ran to Heli, and said, Here am I, for thou didst call me: and he said, I did not call thee; return, go to sleep; and he returned and went to sleep.

 

6 And the Lord called again, Samuel, Samuel: and he went to Heli the second time, and said, Behold here am I, for thou didst call me: and he said, I called thee not; return, go to sleep.

7 And it was before Samuel knew the Lord, and before the word of the Lord was revealed to him.

8 And the Lord called Samuel again for the third time: and he arose and went to Heli, and said, Behold, I am here, for thou didst call me: and Heli perceived that the Lord had called the child.

9 And he said, Return, child, go to sleep; and it shall come to pass if he shall call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak for thy servant hears: and Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called him as before: and Samuel said, Speak, for thy servant hears.

 

11 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I execute my words in Israel; whoever hears them, both his ears shall tingle.

12 In that day I will raise up against Heli all things that I have said against his house; I will begin, and I will make an end.

13 And I have told him that I will be avenged on his house perpetually for the iniquities of his sons, because his sons spoke evil against God, and he did not admonish them.

14 And it shall not go on so; I have sworn to the house of Eli, the iniquity of the house of Eli shall not be atoned for with incense or sacrifices for ever.

15 And Samuel slept till morning, and rose early in the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord; and Samuel feared to tell Heli the vision.

 

16 And Heli said to Samuel, Samuel, my son; and he said, Behold, here am I.

17 And he said, What was the word that was spoken to thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: may God do these things to thee, and more also, if thou hide from me any thing of all the words that were spoken to thee in thine ears.

18 And Samuel reported all the words, and hid them not from him. And Heli said, He is the Lord, he shall do that which is good in his sight.

19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and there did not fall one of his words to the ground.

 

20 And all Israel knew from Dan even to Bersabee, that Samuel was faithful as a prophet to the Lord.

 

21 And the Lord manifested himself again in Selom, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel; and Samuel was accredited to all Israel as a prophet to the Lord from one end of the land to the other: and Heli was very old, and his sons kept advancing in wickedness, and their way was evil before the Lord.

 


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And it came to pass in those days that the Philistines gathered themselves together against Israel to war; and Israel went out to meet them and encamped at Abenezer, and the Philistines encamped in Aphec.

 

 

2 And the Philistines prepare to fight with Israel, and the battle was turned against them; and the men of Israel fell before the Philistines, and there were smitten in the battle in the field four thousand men.

 

3 And the people came to the camp, and the elders of Israel said, Why has the Lord caused us to fall this day before the Philistines? let us take the ark of our God out of Selom, and let it proceed from the midst of us, and it shall save us from the hand of our enemies.

 

4 And the people sent to Selom, and they take thence the ark of the Lord who dwells between the cherubs: and both the sons of Heli, Ophni and Phinees, were with the ark.

5 And it came to pass when the ark of the Lord entered into the camp, that all Israel cried out with a loud voice, and the earth resounded.

6 And the Philistines heard the cry, and the Philistines said, What is this great cry in the camp of the Hebrews: and they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp.

7 And the Philistines feared, and said, These are the Gods that are come to them into the camp. Woe to us, O Lord, deliver us to-day for such a thing has not happened aforetime:

8 woe to us, who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote Egypt with every plague, and in the wilderness.

9 Strengthen yourselves and behave yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye may not serve the Hebrews as they have served us, but be ye men and fight with them.

10 And they fought with them; and the men of Israel fall, and they fled every man to his ten; and there was a very great slaughter; and there fell of Israel thirty thousand fighting men.

11 And the ark of God was taken, and both the sons of Heli, Ophni, and Phinees, died.

12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the battle, and he came to Selom on that day: and his clothes were rent, and earth was upon his head.

 

13 And he came, an behold, Heli was upon the seat by the gate looking along the way, for his heart was greatly alarmed for the ark of God: and the man entered into the city to bring tidings; and the city cried out.

14 And Heli heard the sound of the cry, and said, What is the voice of this cry? and the men hasted and went in, and reported to Heli.

15 Now Heli was ninety years old, and his eyes were fixed, and he saw not.

16 And Heli said to them that stood round about him, What is the voice of this sound? And the man hasted and advanced to Heli, and said to him, I am he that is come out of the camp, and I have fled from the battle to-day: and Heli said, What is the even, my son?

 

17 And they young man answered and said, The men of Israel fled from the face of the Philistines, and there was a great slaughter among the people, and both thy sons are dead, and the ark of God is taken.

 

18 And it came to pass, when he mentioned the ark of God, that he fell from the seat backward near the gate, and his back was broken, and he died, for he was an old man and heavy: and he judged Israel twenty years.

19 And his daughter-in-law the wife of Phinees was with child, about to bring forth; and she heard the tidings, that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead; and she wept and was delivered, for her pains came upon her.

20 And in her time she was at the point of death; and the women that stood by her, said to her, Fear not, for thou hast born a son: but she answered not, and her heart did not regard it.

21 And she called the child Uaebarchaboth, because of the ark of God, and because of her father-in-law, and because of her husband.

22 And they said, The glory of Israel is departed, forasmuch as the ark of the Lord is taken.


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And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Abenezer to Azotus.

2 And the Philistines took the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

3 And the people of Azotus rose early, and entered into the house of Dagon; and looked, and behold, Dagon had fallen on his face before the ark of the Lord: and they lifted up Dagon, and set him in his place. And the hand of the Lord was heavy upon the Azotians, and he plagued them, and he smote them in their secret parts, Azotus and her coasts.

 

4 And it came to pass when they rose early in the morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off each before the threshold, and both the wrists of his hands had fallen on the floor of the porch; only the stump of Dagon was left.

5 Therefore the priests of Dagon, and every one that enters into the house of Dagon, do not tread upon the threshold of the house of Dagon in Azotus until this day, for they step over.

6 And the hand of the Lord was heavy upon Azotus, and he brought evil upon them, and it burst out upon them into the ships, and mice sprang up in the midst of their country, and there was a great and indiscriminate mortality in the city.

7 And the men of Azotus saw that it was so, and they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us, for his hand is heavy upon us and upon Dagon our god.

8 And they send and gather the lords of the Philistines to them, and say, What shall we do to the ark of the God of Israel? and the Gittites say, Let the ark of God come over to us; and the ark of the God of Israel came to Geth.

 

9 And it came to pass after it went about to Geth, that the hand of the Lord comes upon the city, a very great confusion; and he smote the men of the city small and great, and smote them in their secret parts: and the Gittites made to themselves images of emerods.

 

10 And they send away the ark of God to Ascalon; and it came to pass when the ark of God went into Ascalon, that the men of Ascalon cried out, saying, Why have ye brought back the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people?

 

11 And they send and gather the lords of the Philistines, and they said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it lodge in its place; and let it not slay us and our people.

 

12 For there was a very great confusion in all the city, when the ark of the God of Israel entered there; and those, who lived and died not were smitten with emerods; and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

 

 
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And the ark was seven months in the country of the Philistines, and their land brought forth swarms of mice.

2 And the Philistines call their priests, and their prophets, and their enchanters, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the Lord? teach us wherewith we shall send it away to its place.

3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the covenant of the Lord God of Israel, do not on any account send it away empty, but by all means render to it an offering for the plague; and then shall ye be healed, and an atonement shall be made for you: should not his hand be thus stayed from off you?

4 And they say, What is the offering for the plague which we shall return to it? and they said, According to the number of the lords of the Philistines, five golden emerods, for the plague was on you, and on your rulers, and on the people;

5 and golden mice, the likeness of the mice that destroy your land: and ye shall give glory to the Lord, that he may lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.

6 And why do ye harden your hearts, as Egypt and Pharao hardened their hearts? was it not so when he mocked them, that they let the people go, and they departed?

7 And now take wood and make a new wagon, and take two cows, that have calved for the first time, without their calves; and do ye yoke the cows to the wagon, and lead away the calves from behind them home.

8 And ye shall take the ark and put it on the wagon; and ye shall restore to it the golden articles for the trespass-offering in a coffer by the side of it: and ye shall let it go, and sent it away, and ye shall depart.

 

9 And ye shall see, if it shall go the way of its coasts along by Baethsamys, he has brought upon us this great affliction; and if not, then shall we know that his hand has not touched us, but this is a chance which has happened to us.

10 And the Philistines did so; and they took two cows that had calved for the first time, and yoked them to the waggon, and shut up their calves at home.

11 And they set the ark of the Lord, and the coffer, and the golden mice, on the waggon.

12 And the cows went straight on the way to the way of Baethsamys, they went along one track; and laboured, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after it as far as the coasts of Baethsamys.

13 And the men of Baethsamys were reaping the wheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark of the Lord, and rejoiced to meet it.

14 And the waggon entered into the field of Osee, which was in Baethsamys, and they set there by it a great stone; and they split the wood of the waggon, and offered up the cows for a whole-burnt-offering to the Lord.

15 And the Levites brought up the ark of the Lord, and the coffer with it, and the golden articles upon it, and placed them on the great stone, and the men of Baethsamys offered whole-burnt-offerings and meat offerings on that day to the Lord.

 

16 And the five lords of the Philistines saw, and returned to Ascalon in that day.

17 And these are the golden emerods which the lords of the Philistines gave as a trespass-offering to the Lord; for Azotus one, for Gaza one, for Ascalon one, for Geth one, for Accaron one.

18 And the golden mice according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines, belonging to the five lords, from the fenced city to the village of the Pherezite, and to the great stone, on which they placed the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that was in the field of Osee the Baethsamysite.

19 And the sons of Jechonias were not pleased with the men of Baethsamys, because they saw the ark of the Lord; and the Lord smote among them seventy men, and fifty thousand men: and the people mourned, because the Lord had inflicted on the people, a very great plague.

20 And the men of Baethsamys said, Who shall be able to pass before this holy Lord God? and to whom shall the ark of the Lord go up from us?

 

21 And they send messengers to the inhabitants of Cariathiarim, saying, The Philistines have brought back the ark of the Lord, go down and take it home to yourselves.


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And the men of Cariathiarim come, and bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord: and they bring it into the house of Aminadab in the hill; and they sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

2 And it came to pass from the time that the ark was in Cariathiarim, the days were multiplied, and the time was twenty years; and all the house of Israel looked after the Lord.

3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do with all your heart return to the Lord, take away the strange gods from the midst of you, and the groves, and prepare your hearts to serve the Lord, and serve him only; and he shall deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.

4 And the children of Israel took away Baalim and the groves of Astaroth, and served the Lord only.

5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Massephath, and I will pray for you to the Lord.

 

6 And they were gathered together to Massephath, and they drew water, and poured it out upon the earth before the Lord. And they fasted on that day, and said, We have sinned before the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Massephath.

7 And the Philistines heard that all the children of Israel were gathered together to Massephath: and the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel: and the children of Israel heard, and they feared before the Philistines.

8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry to the Lord thy God for us, and he shall save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

 

9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it up as a whole-burnt-offering with all the people to the Lord: and Samuel cried to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord heard him.

10 And Samuel was offering the whole-burnt-offering; and the Philistines drew near to war against Israel; and the Lord thundered with a mighty sound in that day upon the Philistines, and they were confounded and overthrown before Israel.

11 And the men of Israel went forth out of Massephath, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them to the parts under Baethchor.

12 And Samuel took a stone, and set it up between Massephath and the old city; and he called the name of it Abenezer, stone of the helper; and he said, Hitherto has the Lord helped us.

 

13 So the Lord humbled the Philistines, and they did not anymore come into the border of Israel; and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

14 And the cities which the Philistines took from the children of Israel were restored; and they restored them to Israel from Ascalon to Azob: and they took the coast of Israel out of the hand of the Philistines; and there was peace between Israel and the Amorite.

 

15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.

 

16 And he went year by year, and went round Baethel, and Galgala, and Massephath; and he judged Israel in all these consecrated places.

 

17 And his return was to Armathaim, because there was his house; and there he judged Israel, and built there an altar to the Lord.


8

And it came to pass when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

2 And these are the names of his sons; Joel the first-born, and the name of the second Abia, judges in Bersabee.

3 And his sons did not walk in his way; and they turned aside after gain, and took gifts, and perverted judgments.

4 And the men of Israel gather themselves together, and come to Armathaim to Samuel,

5 and they said to him, Behold, thou art grown old, and thy sons walk not in thy way; and now set over us a king to judge us, as also the other nations have.

 

6 And the thing was evil in the eyes of Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us: and Samuel prayed to the Lord.

7 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hear the voice of the people, in whatever they shall say to thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me from reigning over them.

8 According to all their doings which they have done to me, from the day that I brought them out of Egypt until this day, even as they have deserted me, and served other gods, so they do also to thee.

9 And now hearken to their voice; only thou shalt solemnly testify to them, and thou shalt describe to them the manner of the king who shall reign over them.

10 And Samuel spoke every word of the Lord to the people who asked of him a king.

 

11 And he said, This shall be the manner of the king that shall rule over you: he shall take your sons, and put them in his chariots, and among his horsemen, and running before his chariots,

 

12 and his manner shall be to make them to himself captains of hundreds and captains of thousands; and to reap his harvest, and gather his vintage, and prepare his instruments of war, and the implements of his chariots.

13 And he will take your daughters to be perfumers, and cooks, and bakers.

14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your good oliveyards, and give them to his servants.

15 And he will take the tithe of your seeds and your vineyards, and give it to his eunuchs, and to his servants.

16 And he will take your servants, and your handmaids, and your good herds and your asses, and will take the tenth of them for his works.

 

17 And he will tithe your flocks; and ye shall be his servants.

18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye have chosen to yourselves, and the Lord shall not hear you in those days, because ye have chosen to yourselves a king.

19 But the people would not hearken to Samuel; and they said to him, Nay, but there shall be a king over us.

20 An we also will be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and shall go out before us, and fight our battles.

 

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and spoke them in the ears of the Lord.

22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken to their voice, and appoint them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Let each man depart to his city.

 

 
9

And there was a man of the sons of Benjamin, and his name was Kis, the son of Abiel, the son of Jared, the son of Bachir, the son of Aphec, the son of a Benjamite, a man of might.

2 And this man had a son, and his name was Saul, of great stature, a goodly man; and there was not among the sons of Israel a goodlier than he, high above all the people from his shoulders and upward.

3 And the asses of Kis the father of Saul were lost; and Kis said to Saul his son, Take with thee one of the young men, and arise ye, and go seek the asses.

 

4 And they went through mount Ephraim, and they went through the land of Selcha, and found them not: and they passed through the land of Segalim, and they were not there: and they passed through the land of Jamin, and found them not.

5 And when they came to Siph, then Saul said to his young man that was with him, Come and let us return, lest my father leave the asses, and take care for us.

6 And the young man said to him, Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is of high repute; all that he shall speak will surely come to pass: now then let us go, that he may tell us our way on which we have set out.

 

7 And Saul said to his young man that was with him, Lo, then, we will go; but what shall we bring the man of God? for the loaves are spent out of our vessels, and we have nothing more with us that belongs to us to bring to the man of God.

 

8 And the young man answered Saul again, and said, Behold, there is found in my hand a fourth part of a shekel of silver; and thou shalt give it to the man of God, and he shall tell us our way.

 

9 Now before time in Israel every one in going to enquire of God said, Come and let us go to the seer; for the people beforetime called the prophet, the seer.

 

10 And Saul said to his servant, Well said, come and let us go: and they went to the city where the man of God was.

 

11 As they went up the ascent to the city, they find damsels come out to draw water, and they say to them, Is the seer here?

 

12 And the virgins answered them, and they say to them, He is: behold, he is before you: now he is coming to the city, because of the day, for to-day there is a sacrifice for the people in Bama.

13 As soon as ye shall enter into the city, so shall ye find him in the city, before he goes up to Bama to eat; for the people will not eat until he comes in, for he blesses the sacrifice, and afterwards the guests eat; now then go up, for ye shall find him because of the holiday.

14 And they go up to the city; and as they were entering into the midst of the city, behold, Samuel came out to meet them, to go up to Bama.

 

15 And the Lord uncovered the ear of Samuel one day before Saul came to him, saying,

 

16 At this time to-morrow I will send to thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be ruler over my people Israel, and he shall save my people out of the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon the humiliation of my people, for their cry is come unto me.

17 And Samuel looked upon Saul, and the Lord answered him, Behold the man of whom I spoke to thee, this one shall rule over my people.

18 And Saul drew near to Samuel into the midst of the city, and said, Tell me now which is the house of the seer?

19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am he: go up before me to Bama, and eat with me to-day, and I will send thee away in the morning, and I will tell thee all that is in thine heart.

 

20 And concerning thine asses that have been lost now these three days, care not for them, for they are found. And to whom does the excellency of Israel belong? does it not to thee and to thy fatherís house?

21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I the son of a Benjamite, the least tribe of the people of Israel? and of the least family of the whole tribe of Benjamin? and why hast thou spoken to me according to this word?

 

22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them to the inn, and set them there a place among the chief of those that were called, about seventy men.

23 And Samuel said to the cook, Give me the portion which I gave thee, which I told thee to set by thee.

 

24 Now the cook had boiled the shoulder, and he set it before Saul; and Samuel said to Saul, Behold that which is left: set before thee, an eat; for it is set thee for a testimony in preference to the others; take of it: and Saul ate with Samuel on that day.

 

25 And he went down from Bama into the city; and they prepared a lodging for Saul on the roof, and he lay down.

26 An it came to pass when the morning dawned, that Samuel called Saul on the roof, saying, Rise up, and I will dismiss thee. And Saul arose, and he and Samuel went out.

27 As they went down to a part of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Speak to the young man, and let him pass on before us; and do thou stand as to-day, and hearken to the word of God.


10

And Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed him, and said to him, Has not the Lord anointed thee for a ruler over his people, over Israel? and thou shalt rule among the people of the Lord, and thou shalt save them out of the hand of their enemies;

2 and this shall be the sign to thee that the Lord has anointed thee for a ruler over his inheritance. As soon as thou shalt have departed this day from me, thou shalt find two men by the burial-place of Rachel on the mount of Benjamin, exulting greatly; and they shall say to thee, The asses are found which ye went to seek; and, behold, thy father has given up the matter of the asses, and he is anxious for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?

3 And thou shalt depart thence, and shalt go beyond that as far as the oak of Thabor, and thou shalt find there three men going up to God to Baethel, one bearing three kids, and another bearing three vessels of bread, and another bearing a bottle of wine.

4 And they shall ask thee how thou doest, and shall give thee two presents of bread, and thou shall receive them of their hand.

5 And afterward thou shalt go to the hill of God, where is the encampment of the Philistines; there is Nasib the Philistine: an it shall come to pass when ye shall have entered into the city, that thou shalt meet a band of prophets coming down from the Bama; and before them will be lutes, and a drum, and a pipe, and a harp, and they shall prophesy.

6 And the Spirit of the Lord shall come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

7 And it shall come to pass when these signs shall come upon thee, óthen do thou whatsoever thy hand shall find, because God is with thee.

8 And thou shalt go down in front of Galgal, and behold, I come down to thee to offer a whole-burnt-offering and peace-offerings: seven days shalt thou wait until I shall come to thee, and I will make known to thee what thou shalt do.

9 And it came to pass when he turned his back to depart from Samuel, God gave him another heart; and all these signs came to pass in that day.

 

10 And he comes thence to the hill, and behold a band of prophets opposite to him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied in the midst of them.

11 And all that had known him before came, and saw, and behold, he was in the midst of the prophets: and the people said every one to his neighbour, What is this that has happened to the son of Kis? is Saul also among the prophets?

12 And one of them answered and said, And who is his father? and therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

13 And he ceased prophesying, and comes to the hill.

 

14 And his kinsman said to him and to his servant, Whither went ye? and they said, To seek the asses; and we saw that they were lost, and we went in to Samuel.

15 And his kinsman said to Saul, Tell me, I pray thee, What did Samuel say to thee?

16 And Saul said to his kinsman, he verily told me that the asses were found. But the matter of the kingdom he told him not.

 

17 And Samuel summoned all the people before the Lord to Massephath.

18 And he said to the children of Israel, Thus has the Lord God of Israel spoken, saying, I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, and I rescued you out of the hand of Pharao king of Egypt, and out of all the kingdoms that afflicted you.

19 And ye have this day rejected God, who is himself your Deliverer out of all your evils and afflictions; and ye said, Nay, but thou shalt set a king over us: and now stand before the Lord according to your tribes, and according to your families.

 

20 And Samuel brought nigh all the tribes of Israel, and the tribe of Benjamin is taken by lot.

21 And he brings near the tribe of Benjamin by families, and the family of Mattari is taken by lot: and they bring near the family of Mattari, man by man, and Saul the son of Kis is taken; and he sought him, but he was not found.

22 And Samuel asked yet again of the Lord, Will the man come hither? and the Lord said, Behold, he is hid among the stuff.

23 And he ran and took him thence, and he set him in the midst of the people; and he was higher than all the people by his shoulders and upwards.

24 And Samuel said to all the people, Have ye seen whom the Lord has chosen to himself, that there is none like to him among you all? And all the people took notice, and said, Let the king live!

25 And Samuel told the people the manner of the king, and wrote it in a book, and set it before the Lord: and Samuel sent away all the people, and each went to his place.

 

26 And Saul departed to his house to Gabaa; and there went with Saul mighty men whose hearts God had touched.

27 But evil men said, Who is this man that shall save us? and they despised him, and brought him no gifts.

 

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