Samuel did what the Lord directed and went to Bethlehem.(A) When the elders of the town met him, they trembled[a] and asked, “Do[b] you come in peace?” (B)

“In peace,” he replied. “I’ve come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves(C) and come with me to the sacrifice.”[c] Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

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Footnotes

  1. 16:4 LXX reads were astonished
  2. 16:4 DSS, LXX read “Seer, do
  3. 16:5 LXX reads and rejoice with me today

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