1 Samuel 16:6

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lords anointed is before him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely Jehovah's anointed is before him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now when they came, looking at Eliab, he said, Clearly the man of the Lord's selection is before him.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

And it cometh to pass, in their coming in, that he seeth Eliab, and saith, `Surely, before Jehovah [is] His anointed.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he beheld Eliab, and said: 'Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Samuel 16:6


16:6 Before him - That is, in this place where God is now present. For it is observable, that not only the sacrifice is said to be offered, but even the feast upon the remainders of it is said, to be eaten before the Lord, #Deut 12:7|, that is, before or near his altar, where God was present in a special manner. This I take to be the person I am sent to anoint: wherein yet be was mistaken, as other prophets sometimes were, when they hastily spake their own thoughts, before they had consulted God.


Discussion for 1 Samuel 16

  • A disciple
    Nicely put, Anne! Whatever each of us has to bring to the Lord, He has put into our hearts the wisdom to use for His glory and His service. "And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work..And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted.." That which is good to the use of edifying!
  • Anne
    Prov. 18:16 - says a man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. David's gift of music brought him into the presence of the king, the position for which he was anointed to assume. King Saul did not obey God and God allowed him to be troubled by an evil spirit thereby his need for music to soothe his troubled spirit. Let us be prepared and ready to be used of God.
  • BSP
    Jehovah God looks beyond outer appearances and he sees into the heart of man as verse 7 shows.
  • April
    I think Samuel mourning was grieving not really praying,in vs1 Father asked how long will you grieve,I think Samuel is of old age and thought his people would have a king to follow that worshiped our father,and well that didn't turn out,instead of obeying,Saul did what the people wanted NOT father.On the music aspect,u are refering to SECUALR music anything not of religious uplifting and positive.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    David has been a man after God's Heart even from youth. He cherished playing instruments and singing unto the Lord. His numerous Psalms exemplify this. This shows how pleased God is if we sing His praises and adore Him through playing of musical instruments.
  • Sheba holman
    When Samuel was mourning for Saul would you call it grieving or praying

Bible Options