For a time, Saul
was a good and wise king, and he followed the Lord. But when he
had won a few victories over the Philistines, his head was turned.
He became proud and rebelled against the Lord's commands. God told
Samuel that he was displeased with Saul as king of the Hebrews.
Samuel told this to Saul, then left him, and never saw him again.
There came a day
when God said to Samuel: "How long are you going to weep over
Saul? Fill your horn with oil and go to Bethlehem, for there,
among the sons of Jesse, the grandson of Ruth and Boaz, I have
chosen a king.
Samuel did as he
was told and found that God had chosen Jesse's youngest son,
David, who tended his father's sheep and played the harp with
skill. Then Samuel took the horn of oil and appointed David, and
the spirit of the Lord was with David from that day on. At the
same time the spirit of the Lord left Saul, and he was greatly
were worried about their king. He had always been excitable, but
when he learned that God had rejected him, he began to have spells
of gloominess. In order to calm him when he was troubled, he
servants begged him to find a man who could play the harp and
perhaps soothe him. One of them said, "I have heard the young
son of Jesse in Bethlehem, who plays beautifully. He is strong,
handsome, and wise, and the Lord is with him."
sent to bring David. When Saul saw him and heard him play, he
liked David so much that he made the boy his armor-bearer so that
he would always be near him. Whenever Saul was deeply troubled,
David took his harp and played for him, and Saul was refreshed and
the evil spirit departed from him. Saul grew to love David as he
loved his own son, Jonathan.