Group Title: Dean's scripture library for the young
Title: The history of David, or, The shepherd king
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00056640/00001
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Title: The history of David, or, The shepherd king
Series Title: Dean's scripture library for the young
Alternate Title: Shepherd king, or, The history of David
Physical Description: 24 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Corner ( Julia ), 1798-1875 ( Editor )
Dean & Son ( Publisher )
Publisher: Dean and Son,
Dean and Son
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: <1861?>
Copyright Date: 1861
Subject: Bible stories, English -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Hand-colored illustrations -- 1861   ( local )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1861   ( rbgenr )
Pictorial cloth bindings (Binding) -- 1861   ( rbbin )
Bldn -- 1861
Genre: Hand-colored illustrations   ( local )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
Pictorial cloth bindings (Binding)   ( rbbin )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Statement of Responsibility: <edited> by Miss Corner.
General Note: Date from inscription.
General Note: Both t.p. and half t.p. engraved and col.
General Note: Illustrations are hand-colored.
General Note: Publisher's advertisement: front endpaper and flyleaf.
General Note: Bound with The life of Samuel / edited by Miss Corner. London : Dean and Son, <1861?> and The life of Daniel, or, The captive of Judah / edited by Miss Corner. London : Dean and Son, <1861?>
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Bibliographic ID: UF00056640
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: notis - ANN5975
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HE great King Da-
vid was once a
shepherd boy, and
kept his father's
flocks. His father,
Jesse, who lived at Bethlehem, was
the grandson of Ruth and Boaz, and
had several sons, of whom David
was the youngest. Saul was then
King 6f Israel; and if you have read
the story of Samuel, you know the
wonderful manner in which he was
raised to that high dignity; but the

elevation of David is no less remark-
able, for he was chosen by God him-
self, to be the successor of Saul, while
lie was but a youth ; and although the
king hated and persecuted him for
many years, and often sought his life,
he was preserved by that great Pow-
er whom he loved and served with all
his heart. I am going to relate his
King Saul had often offended the
Lord, by disobeying his commands;
so at last God desired the Prophet
Samuel to take the holy oil with which
he had anointed Saul, and go to Beth-
lehem, and anoint one of the sons of
Jesse, that he might thereby receive
the grace of God, and become King,
after Saul.

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Samuel went to Bethlehem, and
made a sacrifice, to which he invited
Jesse and all his family; but Jesse
did not bring his youngest son, be-
cause he was tending the sheep. Sa-
muel at first thought it was the eldest
son that was chosen, for he was very
tall and handsome; but God said,
"Look not on his countenance, nor
the height of his stature; for the Lord
seeth not as man seeth; for man look-
eth on the outward appearance, but
the Lord looketh on the heart." Each
of the young men then passed before
Samuel, who found the Lord rejected
them all; and then he asked Jesse if
he had any more sons, to which he
replied, he had one more, who was
with the sheep. Samuel desired that

he should be sent for, so David came
to the feast; and the Lord said to
Samuel, "Arise, anoint him, for this
is he." Samuel poured the holy oil
on the head of David, and told him
how he had found favour in the sight
of God; and exhorted him to keep the
commandments, and to obey the Lord
in all things; and when he had given
him a great deal of good advice, he
went away to his own home.
Now, at this time, Saul was a great
and powerful monarch, and had seve-
ral sons, so that it was natural to sup-
pose the kingdom would come to one
of them, after his death; but we see
that God had willed it otherwise, and
we shall find, in time, how He caused
it to come to pass.

When Samuel anointed David with
the holy oil, the spirit of God came
upon him, so that he was enabled to
prophecy; but at the same time, that
Holy Spirit left Saul, who became
subject to fits of madness, which re-
duced him to a melancholy state. The
physicians declared that the best re-
medy for these fits was to get a skilful
musician to play on the harp and sing
hymns to him, to soothe and quiet his
mind; on which some one said that a
man at Bethlehem, named Jesse, had
a son, who could play and sing well,
and was also brave in war; so the king
sent to Jesse to desire him to send his
son David to the palace, which was at
Gibeah, Soul's native place, about five
miles from Jerusalem.

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hymns, to soothe the troubled mind of King Saul.

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Thus David was introduced to the
court of Saul, who, at first, was very
fond of him, and delighted in his
music; but something soon occurred
to make him jealous of the youth, and
then his heart changed towards him.
The Philistines brought a great
army against the Israelites, and Saul
prepared to give them battle; but
when the two armies were encamped
on the heights, with a valley between
them, a Philistine, of great size, named
Goliath, who wor4 armour of brass,
and carried a spear and lance of im-
mense weight, came forward to chal-
lenge any one of the king's army to
fight with him, and so decide the
quarrel by single combat, instead of


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Goliath, tLe Philistine giant, challenging
any one of the King's army to fight with him.

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sacrificing the lives of thousands, by
a general battle.
But no one dared to fight with this
giant, 'till David, who had been home
to his father, came back and said that
he would accept the challenge, if the
king would permit him to do so.
Every body wondered at his bold-
ness, for he was but a slight-made
youth; and even Saul was unwilling
to let him risk his life in a combat so
unequal; but David said he knew God
would assist him, and told how he had,
with God's assistance, slain a lion and
a bear that had attacked his flocks.
Then Saul consented, and would have
given him his own armour, but David
said he should fight better without it;
so, taking a few stones in a bag, and a

sling, he went out to meet the giant,
who laughed at him, and said he would
soon make him food for the birds.
David listened quietly to his threats,
and then said, "Thou comest to me
with a sword, and with a spear, and
with a shield; but I come to thee in
the name of the Lord of Hosts, the
God of the armies of Israel, whom
Sthou hast defied." Having said these
words, he slung a stone at the giant,
which went through his forehead to
his brain, and he fell; on which Da-
vid took his sword from him, and cut
off his head.
The Israelites thus gained the vic-
tory through David's courage, and the
people began to think very highly of
him; but Saul was jealous, because,

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as David returned from the victory,
the women came out of the cities with
instruments of music in their hands,
dancing and singing, as was the cus-
tom, in those countries, on any joyful
occasion. They sang in praise of Saul
and David, saying, Saul has slain his
thousands, and David his ten thou-
Now these words made the King
angry, and he hated David from that
moment, and would have put him to
death, but he was afraid, because the
people loved him. However, he made
him Captain of his armies, and sent
him on dangerous expeditions, hoping
he would get killed, but God took care
of him, so that he came to no harm.
The dearest friend of David, was

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Jonathan, the King's son, who many
times saved him from his father's vio-
lence. One day, when David was
playing on his harp, the King, being
in one of his fits of frenzy, threw a
javelin at him; on which David, see-
ing he wanted to take his life, fled to
Ramah, to the prophet Samuel, who
sheltered him in the Naioth, or Col-
lege of Prophets, a kind of monastery
where holy men resided. But Saul
found him out, and pursued him from
place to place, for a long time: yet
David showed the nobleness of his
disposition, by twice refraining from
killing the King, when he happened
to fall into his power; saying, that it
would be wicked to kill one whom
God had made King; and that the

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Lord would choose his own time to
punish him for his sins.
At last, Saul and his sons were
killed in battle, and David was soon
afterwards chosen King of Israel; and
thus was fulfilled what the Lord had
said to Samuel, the prophet, "I will
send thee to Jesse, the Bethlehemite,
for I have provided me a king among
his sons."
Some time after David became king,
he took Jerusalem from the Jebusites,
and rebuilt the city, which he made
his capital, and erected a splendid pa-
lace for his abode. He did not, in his
prosperity, forget those who had been
kind to him in adversity; but know-
ing that Jonathan had left a son who
was lame, he took pains to find him

King Saul, forgetful of the goodness of
the Lord, killed in battle.


out, and made him live with him, and
gave him the lands that had belonged
to Saul's father. David had many
wars with different nations, and some
of the beautiful Psalms that he com-
posed, were to praise God for his vic-
tories, but others were written in af-
fliction; for although he was a very
good man, he sometimes did wrong,
and God never failed to punish him,
by afflicting him with some calamity.
Then David always humbled himself
before the Lord, and prayed for for-
giveness; and if you read the Psalms,
you will find that he was always sub-
missive to the will of God, and was
grateful for all the blessings he en-
David had reigned forty years, when

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he died, at an advanced age, leaving
the kingdom to his son Solomon, who
was the wisest and greatest of all the
kings of Israel, and built the magni-
ficent Temple at Jerusalem, which was
planned and had been began by his

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