So do God
Then they came to urge David to eat bread while it was still day, but David took an oath: "May God punish me and do so severely if I taste bread or anything else before sunset!"
And tell Amasa, 'Aren't you my flesh and blood? May God punish me and do so severely if you don't become commander of the army from now on instead of Joab!'"
Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD do this to me, and even more, if anything but death separates you and me.
"What was the message He gave you?" Eli asked. "Don't hide it from me. May God punish you and do so severely if you hide anything from me that He told you."
Saul declared to him, "May God punish me severely if you do not die, Jonathan!"
May God punish me, and even more if I let any of his men [survive] until morning."
So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "May the gods punish me and do so severely if I don't make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow!"
as the Lord
Samuel said to him, "The LORD has torn the kingship of Israel away from you today and has given it to your neighbor who is better than you.
The LORD said to Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because I have selected a king from his sons."
Samuel asked, "How can I go? Saul will hear [about it] and kill me!" The LORD answered, "Take a young cow with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'
Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will let you know what you are to do. You are to anoint for Me the one I indicate to you."
Samuel did what the LORD directed and went to Bethlehem. When the elders of the town met him, they trembled and asked, "Do you come in peace?"
"In peace," he replied. "I've come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, "Certainly the LORD's anointed one is here before Him."
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart."
Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. "The LORD hasn't chosen this one either," Samuel said.
Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said, "The LORD hasn't chosen this one either."
After Jesse presented seven of his sons to him, Samuel told Jesse, "The LORD hasn't chosen any of these."
Samuel asked him, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," he answered, "but right now he's tending the sheep." Samuel told Jesse, "Send for him. We won't sit down to eat until he gets here."
So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy, handsome appearance. Then the LORD said, "Anoint him, for he is the one."
So Samuel took the horn of oil, anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the LORD took control of David from that day forward. Then Samuel set out and went to Ramah.
The LORD has done exactly what He said through me: The LORD has torn the kingship out of your hand and given it to your neighbor David.
The numbers of the armed troops who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul's kingdom over to him, according to the LORD's word, were as follows:
[The LORD said,] "I have made a covenant with My chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David My servant:
'I will establish your offspring forever and build up your throne for all generations.' " Selah
You once spoke in a vision to Your loyal ones and said: "I have granted help to a warrior; I have exalted one chosen from the people.
I have found David My servant; I have anointed him with My sacred oil.
Once and for all I have sworn an oath by My holiness; I will not lie to David.
His offspring will continue forever, his throne like the sun before Me,
like the moon, established forever, a faithful witness in the sky." Selah