1 Samuel 16: The Lord Chooses a New King

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 96


Because of Saul’s disobedience, he was told that another king would be chosen for Israel (see 1 Samuel 13:13–14; 15:26–28). If you were choosing the new king, what would you be looking for? As you read 1 Samuel 16, notice what the Lord said to Samuel about choosing a new king.
Samuel laying hands on the boy David

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Samuel 16

Heifer (v. 2)A young cow 
Countenance (vv. 7, 12)Appearance 
Cunning (vv. 16, 18)Skilled 
Prudent (v. 18)Understanding 
Comely (v. 18)Handsome 
Kid (v. 20)Young goat 

1 Samuel 16:14–15—“An Evil Spirit from the Lord”

The Joseph Smith Translation changed 1 Samuel 16:14–15 to indicate that the evil spirit was not of the Lord.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study 1 Samuel 16.

Activity A Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—1 Samuel 16:7

What does 1 Samuel 16:7 teach us about the way the Lord looks at us and the way we should look at others?

Activity B iconThe Power of Music

  1. 1.

    Music has great power to influence our feelings. What did David’s music do for Saul?

  2. 2.

    We should realize that what David’s music did for Saul was only temporary. What would have given those feelings to Saul more permanently?

  3. 3.

    How do people today use music in the same way Saul did?

  4. 4.

    Name a hymn or song that helps you feel the influence of the Holy Ghost.