1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13
(reader begins in front of the
34 Then Samuel went to
and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul.
did not see Saul again
until the day of his death,
but Samuel grieved over Saul.
And the Lord was
that he had made Saul king over Israel.
(reader turns the crown on the
worship center upside down)
16:1 The Lord said
“How long will you grieve over Saul?
I have rejected him from being king over Israel.
Fill your horn with oil and set out;
I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite,
for I have provided for myself
a king among his sons.”
(reader moves the crown from the
worship center to the lectern, right-side up)
2 Samuel said,
“How can I go?
If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.”
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And the Lord said,
“Take a heifer with you, and say,
‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
Jesse to the sacrifice,
and I will show you what you shall do;
and you shall anoint for me
the one whom I name to you.”
(reader comes down the steps)
4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded,
came to Bethlehem.
The elders of the
city came to meet him trembling,
congregation to be the elders, “trembling”)
and they asked,
you come peaceably?”
(prod them to do so)
I have come to sacrifice to the Lord;
and come with me to the sacrifice.”
(Someone has been asked
ahead of time to be Jesse.
After the next sentence, “Jesse”
goes and recruits eight males
to come forward and stand in a
line in front of the lectern.
These are NOT speaking parts.
“Jesse” can call them out by name … or not.)
And he sanctified
Jesse and his sons
and invited them to the sacrifice.
and Abinadab are the only 2 mentioned here.
2:13-15 adds Shimea,
Nethanel, Raddai, and
David is the seventh son, not the eighth. Some explain this by
saying one of David’s older brothers died after this,
before marriage and child-rearing, and thus was not
6 When they came, Samuel
looked on Eliab and thought,
“Surely the Lord’s
anointed is now before the Lord.”
(reader acts the part of “Samuel”)
7 But the Lord said
“Do not look on his appearance
or on the height of his stature,
because I have rejected him;
for the Lord does
not see as mortals see;
they look on the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks
on the heart.”
8 Then Jesse called
and made him pass before Samuel. He said,
“Neither has the Lord chosen
9 Then Jesse made
Shammah pass by. And he said,
“Neither has the Lord chosen
made seven of his sons pass before Samuel,
and Samuel said to Jesse,
“The Lord has
not chosen any of these.”
11 Samuel said to Jesse,
“Are all your sons here?”
(“Jesse” can memorize
the following response, be prompted to speak, or simply mime)
And he said,
“There remains yet the youngest,
but he is keeping the sheep.”
And Samuel said to
“Send and bring him;
for we will not sit down until he comes here.”
12 He sent and brought
(“Jesse” goes out and drafts someone, preferably a young male,
and brings him forward and stands him in front of the pulpit.
While he does so, the reader moves the crown to the pulpit)
Now he was ruddy, and
had beautiful eyes, and was handsome.
The Lord said,
“Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.”
(The reader, as
“Samuel,” has “David kneel,
then pretend to pour a jar of oil
on his head, while reading)
13 Then Samuel took the
horn of oil,
and anointed him in the presence of his brothers;
and the spirit of the Lord
came mightily upon David
from that day forward.
Samuel then set out
and went to Ramah.
scripture text slightly adapted from
Revised Standard Version
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