So it was, when they came, that he looked at (A)Eliab and (B)said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

But the Lord said to Samuel, (C)“Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have [a]refused him. (D)For[b] the Lord does not see as man sees; for man (E)looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the (F)heart.”

So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the (G)sheep.”

And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not [c]sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was (H)ruddy, (I)with [d]bright eyes, and good-looking. (J)And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and (K)the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

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  1. 1 Samuel 16:7 rejected
  2. 1 Samuel 16:7 LXX For God does not see as man sees; Tg. It is not by the appearance of a man; Vg. Nor do I judge according to the looks of a man
  3. 1 Samuel 16:11 So with LXX, Vg.; MT turn around; Tg., Syr. turn away
  4. 1 Samuel 16:12 Lit. beautiful