1 Samuel 16:7

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the Lord said vnto Samuel, Looke not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature, because I haue refused him: for the Lord seeth not, as man seeth; For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But 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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Jehovah said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for `Jehovah seeth' not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh on the heart.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not take note of his face or how tall he is, because I will not have him: for the Lord's view is not man's; man takes note of the outer form, but the Lord sees the heart.
- Basic English Bible

But Jehovah said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth; for man looketh upon the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh upon the heart.
- Darby Bible

But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the hight of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
- Webster's Bible

But Yahweh said to Samuel, "Don't look on his face, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for [Yahweh sees] not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but Yahweh looks at the heart."
- World English Bible

And Jehovah saith unto Samuel, `Look not unto his appearance, and unto the height of his stature, for I have rejected him; for [it is] not as man seeth -- for man looketh at the eyes, and Jehovah looketh at the heart.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

But the LORD said unto Samuel: 'Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him; for it is not as man seeth: for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for 1 Samuel 16

  • Sheba holman
    When Samuel was mourning for Saul would you call it grieving or praying
  • Mbwile Beni
    God can rise you from zero to hero.
  • Larry
    The question that ask "how many sons" says 7 is the correct answer. I think it is 7 + 1.
  • Gods Mighty and Majestic power through His son and by the Power of The Holy Spirit is still on the stage of life today. He is Soverign over all. He knows who is in place for the End Times of today and I believe that it will be this generation, my generation I 'm 71 that will experience much of the destruction of the world as we know it. Already the U.S. has spit in Gods face by taking down the cross, the Ten Commandments, and not allowing people to talk about Jesus The Messiah in schools and in open forums, abortions and same sex marriage. There will be a falling away of the "Christian " to believe in the anichrist. This is sad but true to the Bible. I believe hard rock music has set the tone for much of this mayhem. If the beautiful harp music of David could sooth King Sauls state of mind, and ours, then hard cord loud "music " can create a mind open to receive the upheaval world to come.
  • Don Newton for verse 23
    the evil spirit from God came to Saul. I am having a hard time understanding How Evil came from GOD. Don
  • Ira
    Verses 13,14, 23 The LORD does send evil spirits to punish those who disobeys HIM. And HE accepts those whom HE will, rejects those whom HE wills.

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