In reading some of the vesres explaining a criterion in choosing Saul and David as kings, I found:

In I Samuel 9:2, Saul is described as being tall and good looking. G-d doesn't seem to object to this criteria in any way and Saul becomes king.

Yet, when Samuel chooses a successor for Saul, he vies several of Jesse's sons, and G-d "chastises" Samuel and says in I Samuel 16:7 not to look at the person's features or height.

Yet, we see that at the end, when G-d chooses David, he was described as good looking (ibid 16:12).


Did G-d change his criterion between Saul and David? If so, why?

Regarding David, G-d says not to look at his features, yet, he chose someone with good features. Is this contradictory?

  • Not paying attention to looks doesn't mean picking someone short and ugly. That would be paying attention to appearance! – Double AA Jan 17 '17 at 18:10
  • @DoubleAA I'm missing a nuance in your comment. It seems like "looks" and "appearance" mean the same thing. – DanF Jan 17 '17 at 23:00
  • I agree they mean the same thing. I didn't intend to distinguish them. – Double AA Jan 17 '17 at 23:00

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