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And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave of the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.  And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him. 

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And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go Up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.  So David went up thither . . . .and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.  And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. . . . 

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Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,  And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations . . .  And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 

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We are not told whether Saul recognized David when he was brought to him at the battlefield of Elah or not. It may well have been that he did not. Although for a time David had become a very familiar figure in the royal court, the circumstances and even the appearance of David were so different as to almost defy identification. Then David had been dressed in the finest clothing that his father was able to provide; now he stood before Saul in the rough but serviceable clothing of the field.

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And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.  And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands and what can he have more but the kingdom?  And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 

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“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;  And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 

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