1 Samuel 16:6
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New International Version
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed stands here before the LORD."

New Living Translation
When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, "Surely this is the LORD's anointed!"

English Standard Version
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.”

New American Standard Bible
When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him."

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and said, "Certainly the LORD's anointed one is here before Him."

International Standard Version
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab, and said, "Surely he's the LORD's anointed."

NET Bible
When they arrived, Samuel noticed Eliab and said to himself, "Surely, here before the LORD stands his chosen king!"

New Heart English Bible
It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eliab, and said, "Surely the LORD's anointed is before him."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they came, he saw Eliab and thought, "Certainly, here in the LORD's presence is his anointed king."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he beheld Eliab, and said: 'Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him.'

New American Standard 1977
Then it came about when they entered, that he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before Him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab and said, Peradventure is the LORD's anointed before him?

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely Jehovah's anointed is before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they were come in, he saw Eliab, and said: Is the Lord's anointed before him?

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely Jehovah's anointed is before him.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass when they had come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

World English Bible
It happened, when they had come, that he looked at Eliab, and said, "Surely Yahweh's anointed is before him."

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, in their coming in, that he seeth Eliab, and saith, 'Surely, before Jehovah is His anointed.'
Study Bible
Samuel Anoints David as King
5He said, "In peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice." He also consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him." 7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 17:13
The three older sons of Jesse had gone after Saul to the battle. And the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and the second to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.

1 Chronicles 28:4
"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father's house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.

2 Chronicles 11:18
Then Rehoboam took as a wife Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse,

Psalm 84:9
Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him.

Eliab

1 Samuel 17:13,22 And the three oldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle…

1 Chronicles 2:13 And Jesse begat his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and …

1 Chronicles 27:18 Of Judah, Elihu, one of the brothers of David: of Issachar, Omri …

Elihu
Surely

Judges 8:18 Then said he to Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they …

1 Kings 12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the …

(6) He looked on Eliab.--There was something in the tall and stately presence of the eldest born of Jesse which reminded the old man of the splendid youth of Saul. Eliab seemed to Samuel in all respects a fit successor to the great warrior whom the Lord rejected. But the Divine voice gave no reply back to the prophet's mute questioning; and the other sons of Jesse, an imposing band of gallant youths, passed in review before the old seer, and were severally introduced to him; but the Divine voice only warned the seer that these external advantages of mere human beauty and strength, were no mark of true greatness.

Verses 6-10. - When they were come. I.e. to the house of Jesse, apparently in the interval between the sacrifice and the feast. The latter we learn in ver. 11 did not take place until after David had been sent for. But many hours would elapse between the sacrifice and the feast, as the victim had to be skinned and prepared for roasting, and finally cooked. This interval was spent in Jesse's house; and when he saw there Eliab, the first born, and observed his tall stature and handsome face, qualities which Samuel had admired in Saul, he said, i.e. in himself, felt sure, that the goodly youth was Jehovah's anointed (see on 1 Samuel 2:10, 35; 10:1, etc.), but is warned that these external advantages do not necessarily imply real worth of heart; and as Jehovah looketh on the heart, his judgment depends, not on appearances, but on reality. As Eliab is thus rejected, Jesse makes his other sons pass before the prophet. Next Abinadab, who has the same name as a son of Saul (1 Samuel 31:2); then Shammah, so called again in ch. 17:13, but Shimeah in 2 Samuel 13:3, and Shimma in 1 Chronicles 2:13, where, however, the Hebrew is exactly the same as in 2 Samuel 13:3. After these four other sons follow, of whom one apparently died young, as only seven are recorded in 1 Chronicles 2:13-15, whereas these with David make eight. To all these seven the Divine voice within Samuel gave no response, and he said unto Jesse, Jehovah hath not chosen these. And it came to pass, when they were come,.... Jesse and his sons, into the house where the entertainment was; and perhaps before they sat down, went into a private apartment by the direction of Samuel, where he acquainted Jesse with the business he came upon:

that he looked on Eliab; who was Jesse's firstborn, 1 Chronicles 2:13, called Elihu, 1 Chronicles 27:18.

and said, surely the Lord's anointed is before him; or this is the person it is his pleasure should be anointed king. 6-10. Samuel said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him—Here Samuel, in consequence of taking his impressions from the external appearance, falls into the same error as formerly (1Sa 10:24).16:6-13 It was strange that Samuel, who had been so disappointed in Saul, whose countenance and stature recommended him, should judge of another man by that rule. We can tell how men look, but God can tell what they are. He judges of men by the heart. We often form a mistaken judgment of characters; but the Lord values only the faith, fear, and love, which are planted in the heart, beyond human discernment. And God does not favour our children according to our fond partiality, but often most honours and blesses those who have been least regarded. David at length was pitched upon. He was the youngest of the sons of Jesse; his name signifies Beloved; he was a type of God's beloved Son. It should seem, David was least set by of all the sons of Jesse. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. His anointing was not an empty ceremony, a Divine power went with that instituted sign; he found himself advanced in wisdom and courage, with all the qualifications of a prince, though not advanced in his outward circumstances. This would satisfy him that his election was of God. The best evidence of our being predestinated to the kingdom of glory, is, our being sealed with the Spirit of promise, and experience of a work of grace in our hearts.
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