The Morgan Crusader Bible of Louis IX
or Maciejowski Bible
or The Bible of Shah Abbas

Ms Morgan 638, folio 25v




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Samuel's Grief:
Although angry with Saul for his disobedient behaviour , Samuel mourns for the king. As the priest grieves, the Lord reproaches him for doubting His judgment. Following the Lord's order, Samuel arises, collects a lamb, and departs for Bethlehem. There, the Lord has chosen a new king from among the sons of Jesse. (1 Samuel 15:3516:2)

Samuel Arrives in Bethlehem:
Elders of Bethlehem greet Samuel at the city gate. The priest assures them that his intentions are peaceful. (1 Samuel 16:35)

David, a New Hope:
After offering a sacrifice to the Lord, Samuel sanctifies Jesse and his sons. The priest asks the Lord to identify the chosen one, but he is not among the sons. "Are all the young men here?" Samuel asks. "There remains yet the youngest," replies Jesse, "and there he is, keeping the sheep." On a nearby hillock, David sits playing his pipe and ringing a bell. A dog, seven sheep, and three goats surround him. His favourite instrument, the harp, leans against a tree. (1 Samuel 16:511)

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