Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Is that all of the young men?” Jesse 1 replied, “There is still the youngest one, but he’s taking care of the flock.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we cannot turn our attention to other things until he comes here.”
Also their neighbors, from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. There were large supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, olive oil, beef, and lamb, 1 for Israel was celebrating. 2
David said to God, “Was I not the one who decided to number the army? I am the one who sinned and committed this awful deed! 1 As for these sheep – what have they done? O Lord my God, attack me and my family, 2 but remove the plague from your people!” 3
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds 1 of Israel; prophesy, and say to them – to the shepherds: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not shepherds feed the flock?
and one sheep from each flock of two hundred, from the watered places of Israel, for a grain offering, burnt offering, and peace offering, to make atonement for them, declares the sovereign Lord.
So I 1 began to shepherd the flock destined for slaughter, the most afflicted 2 of all the flock. Then I took two staffs, 3 calling one “Pleasantness” 4 and the other “Binders,” 5 and I tended the flock.
Elisha 1 replied, “I was there in spirit when a man turned and got down from his chariot to meet you. 2 This is not the proper time to accept silver or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, sheep, cattle, and male and female servants. 3
As for my sheep, they must eat what you trampled with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet!
Like the sheep for offerings, like the sheep of Jerusalem 1 during her appointed feasts, so will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
So it was annulled that very day, and then the most afflicted of the flock who kept faith with me knew that that was the word of the Lord.
“‘But if he brings a sheep as his offering, for a sin offering, he must bring a flawless female.
The meadows are clothed with sheep, and the valleys are covered with grain. They shout joyfully, yes, they sing.
Yet he protected 1 the needy from oppression, and cared for his families like a flock of sheep.
My integrity will testify for me 1 later on. 2 When you come to verify that I’ve taken only the wages we agreed on, 3 if I have in my possession any goat that is not speckled or spotted or any sheep that is not dark-colored, it will be considered stolen.” 4
Then Saul said, “Scatter out among the army and say to them, ‘Each of you bring to me your ox and sheep and slaughter them in this spot and eat. But don’t sin against the Lord by eating the blood.” So that night each one brought his ox and slaughtered it there. 1
When David’s 1 oldest brother Eliab heard him speaking to the men, he became angry 2 with David and said, “Why have you come down here? To whom did you entrust those few sheep in the desert? I am familiar with your pride and deceit! 3 You have come down here to watch the battle!”