1 Samuel 10

Saul Anointed King

1 a  Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head b  and kissed him and said, “Has not the  Lord anointed you to be prince
Or leader
over d  his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the  Lord and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the  Lord has anointed you to be prince
Septuagint; Hebrew lacks  over his people Israel? And you shall. . . . to be prince
over his heritage.
2When you depart from me today, you will meet two men by f  Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah, and they will say to you, g  ‘The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now h  your father has ceased to care about the donkeys and is anxious about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’ 3Then you shall go on from there farther and come to the i  oak of Tabor. Three men j  going up k  to God at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. 4And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from their hand. 5After that you shall come to l  Gibeath-elohim
 Gibeath-elohim means the hill of God
n  where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And there, as soon as you come to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down o  from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying.
6 p  Then the Spirit of the  Lord will rush upon you, q  and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7Now when r  these signs meet you, do what your hand finds to do, s  for God is with you. 8Then go down before me t  to Gilgal. And behold, I am coming down to you to offer burnt offerings and u  to sacrifice peace offerings. v  Seven days you shall wait, until I come to you and show you what you shall do.”

9When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day. 10When they came to w  Gibeah,
 Gibeah means the hill
behold, a group of prophets met him, y  and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them.
11And when all who knew him previously saw how he prophesied with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What has come over the son of Kish? z  Is Saul also among the prophets?” 12And a man of the place answered, aa  “And who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb, ab  “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

14 ac  Saul’s uncle said to him and to his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said ad  “To seek the donkeys. And when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15And Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.” 16And Saul said to his uncle, ae  “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel had spoken, he did not tell him anything.

Saul Proclaimed King

17Now Samuel called the people together af  to the  Lord ag  at Mizpah. 18And he said to the people of Israel, ah  Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ 19 ai  But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’ Now therefore aj  present yourselves before the  Lord by your tribes and by your thousands.”

20Then Samuel ak  brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites was taken by lot;
Septuagint adds finally he brought the family of the Matrites near, man by man
and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found.
22 am  So they inquired again of the  Lord, “Is there a man still to come?” and the  Lord said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 23Then they ran and took him from there. And when he stood among the people, an  he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 24And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him ao  whom the  Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, ap  “Long live the king!”

25Then Samuel told the people aq  the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the  Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his home. 26Saul also went to his home ar  at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched. 27But some as  worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?” And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

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