“Chapter 27: Young David,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 109–11
God told Samuel to go to Bethlehem. A man named Jesse lived there. One of Jesse’s sons would be the next king of Israel.
1 Samuel 16:1
Samuel obeyed God. He went to Bethlehem. He took a calf to sacrifice to God.
1 Samuel 16:2–5
Samuel told Jesse and his sons to come to the sacrifice. One of the sons was tall and strong. Samuel thought this son would be the king.
1 Samuel 16:5–6
But God said he had not chosen that son.
1 Samuel 16:7
Jesse’s other sons came to Samuel. God had not chosen any of them to be king. Samuel asked if Jesse had any more sons.
1 Samuel 16:8–11
Jesse said his youngest son was not there. His name was David. Samuel told Jesse to send for David.
1 Samuel 16:11
David was taking care of the sheep.
David came to Samuel. David was a good boy. God said he had chosen David to be king.
1 Samuel 16:12
Samuel anointed David. He put oil on David’s head and blessed him.
1 Samuel 16:12–13
David was filled with the Holy Ghost. David was anointed to become the next king. Someday he would be the king of Israel.
1 Samuel 16:13