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1Sam 9:2

(NIV)
Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.

(ESV)
And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.

1Sam 9:3

(NIV)
Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, ‘Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.’
(ESV)
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”

1Sam 9:5

(NIV)
When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, ‘Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us.’

(ESV)
When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.”

1Sam 9:7

(NIV)
Saul said to his servant, ‘If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?’

(ESV)
Then Saul said to his servant, “But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?”

1Sam 9:8

(NIV)
The servant answered him again. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I have a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.’
(ESV)
The servant answered Saul again, “Here, I have with me a quarter of a shekel of silver, and I will give it to the man of God to tell us our way.”

1Sam 9:10

(NIV)
‘Good,’ Saul said to his servant. ‘Come, let’s go.’ So they set out for the town where the man of God was.

(ESV)
And Saul said to his servant, “Well said; come, let us go.” So they went to the city where the man of God was.

1Sam 9:15

(NIV)
Now the day before Saul came, the  Lord had revealed this to Samuel:
(ESV)
Now the day before Saul came the  Lord had revealed to Samuel:

1Sam 9:17

(NIV)
When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the  Lord said to him, ‘This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.’

(ESV)
When Samuel saw Saul, the  Lord told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people.”

1Sam 9:18

(NIV)
Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, ‘Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?’

(ESV)
Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, “Tell me where is the house of the seer?”

1Sam 9:19

(NIV)
‘I am the seer,’ Samuel replied. ‘Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart.
(ESV)
Samuel answered Saul, “I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind.

1Sam 9:21

(NIV)
Saul answered, ‘But am I not a Benjaminite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?’

(ESV)
Saul answered, “Am I not a Benjaminite from the least of the tribes of Israel? And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then have you spoken to me in this way?”

1Sam 9:22

(NIV)
Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited – about thirty in number.
(ESV)
Then Samuel took Saul and his young man and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited, who were about thirty persons.

1Sam 9:24

(NIV)
So the cook took up the thigh with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, ‘Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, “I have invited guests.”’ And Saul dined with Samuel that day.

(ESV)
So the cook took up the leg and what was on it and set them before Saul. And Samuel said, “See, what was kept is set before you. Eat, because it was kept for you until the hour appointed, that you might eat with the guests.”

So Saul ate with Samuel that day.

1Sam 9:25

(NIV)
After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house.
(ESV)
And when they came down from the high place into the city, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down to sleep.

1Sam 9:26

(NIV)
They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, ‘Get ready, and I will send you on your way.’ When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.
(ESV)
Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Up, that I may send you on your way.” So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.

1Sam 9:27

(NIV)
As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, ‘Tell the servant to go on ahead of us’ – and the servant did so – ‘but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.’

(ESV)
As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to pass on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God.”

1Sam 10:1

(NIV)
Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the  Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?
(ESV)
Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the  Lord anointed you to be prince over 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 over his heritage.

1Sam 10:9

(NIV)
As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day.
(ESV)
When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart. And all these signs came to pass that day.

1Sam 10:11

(NIV)
When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, ‘What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?’

(ESV)
And 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? Is Saul also among the prophets?”

1Sam 10:12

(NIV)
A man who lived there answered, ‘And who is their father?’ So it became a saying: ‘Is Saul also among the prophets?’
(ESV)
And a man of the place answered, “And who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

1Sam 10:13

(NIV)
After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place.

(ESV)
When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

1Sam 10:14

(NIV)
Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, ‘Where have you been?’

‘Looking for the donkeys,’ he said. ‘But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.’

(ESV)
Saul’s uncle said to him and to his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said “To seek the donkeys. And when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.”

1Sam 10:15

(NIV)
Saul’s uncle said, ‘Tell me what Samuel said to you.’

(ESV)
And Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.”

1Sam 10:16

(NIV)
Saul replied, ‘He assured us that the donkeys had been found.’ But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.

(ESV)
And Saul said to his uncle, “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.

1Sam 10:21

(NIV)
Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found.
(ESV)
He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites was taken by lot; and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found.

1Sam 10:26

(NIV)
Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched.
(ESV)
Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whose hearts God had touched.

1Sam 10:27

(NIV)
But some scoundrels said, ‘How can this fellow save us?’ They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.

(ESV)
But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?” And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

1Sam 11:4

(NIV)
When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept aloud.
(ESV)
When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, they reported the matter in the ears of the people, and all the people wept aloud.

1Sam 11:5

(NIV)
Just then Saul was returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, ‘What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?’ Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.

(ESV)
Now, behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen. And Saul said, “What is wrong with the people, that they are weeping?” So they told him the news of the men of Jabesh.

1Sam 11:6

(NIV)
When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger.
(ESV)
And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled.

1Sam 11:7

(NIV)
He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, ‘This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel.’ Then the terror of the  Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one.
(ESV)
He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hand of the messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen!” Then the dread of the  Lord fell upon the people, and they came out as one man.

1Sam 11:8

(NIV)
When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.

(ESV)
When he mustered them at Bezek, the people of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

1Sam 11:11

(NIV)
The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions; during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

(ESV)
And the next day Saul put the people in three companies. And they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. And those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

1Sam 11:12

(NIV)
The people then said to Samuel, ‘Who was it that asked, “Shall Saul reign over us?” Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death.’

(ESV)
Then the people said to Samuel, “Who is it that said, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Bring the men, that we may put them to death.”

1Sam 11:13

(NIV)
But Saul said, ‘No one will be put to death today, for this day the  Lord has rescued Israel.’

(ESV)
But Saul said, “Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the  Lord has worked salvation in Israel.”

1Sam 11:15

(NIV)
So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the  Lord. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the  Lord, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.

(ESV)
So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the  Lord in Gilgal. There they sacrificed peace offerings before the  Lord, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

1Sam 13:1

(NIV)
Saul was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel for forty- two years.

(ESV)
Saul lived for one year and then became king, and when he had reigned for two years over Israel

1Sam 13:2

(NIV)
Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand were with him at Michmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes.

(ESV)
Saul chose three thousand men of Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the people he sent home, every man to his tent.

1Sam 13:3

(NIV)
Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, ‘Let the Hebrews hear!’
(ESV)
Jonathan defeated the garrison of the Philistines that was at Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.”

1Sam 13:4

(NIV)
So all Israel heard the news: ‘Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become obnoxious to the Philistines.’ And the people were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.

(ESV)
And all Israel heard it said that Saul had defeated the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become a stench to the Philistines. And the people were called out to join Saul at Gilgal.

1Sam 13:7

(NIV)
Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.

Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear.
(ESV)
and some Hebrews crossed the fords of the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

1Sam 13:8

(NIV)
He waited for seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter.
(ESV)
He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him.

1Sam 13:9

(NIV)
So he said, ‘Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.’ And Saul offered up the burnt offering.
(ESV)
So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering.

1Sam 13:10

(NIV)
Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

(ESV)
As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him.

1Sam 13:11

(NIV)
‘What have you done?’ asked Samuel.

Saul replied, ‘When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash,
(ESV)
Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash,

1Sam 13:13

(NIV)
‘You have done a foolish thing,’ Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command the  Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.
(ESV)
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the  Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the  Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

1Sam 13:15

(NIV)
Then Samuel left Gilgal and went up to Gibeah in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.

(ESV)
And Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal. The rest of the people went up after Saul to meet the army; they went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin.

And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men.

1Sam 13:16

(NIV)
Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah of Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Michmash.
(ESV)
And Saul and Jonathan his son and the people who were present with them stayed in Geba of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.

1Sam 13:22

(NIV)
So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.

(ESV)
So on the day of the battle there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people with Saul and Jonathan, but Saul and Jonathan his son had them.

1Sam 14:1

(NIV)
One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armour-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.’ But he did not tell his father.

(ESV)
One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.

1Sam 14:2

(NIV)
Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men,
(ESV)
Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the pomegranate cave at Migron. The people who were with him were about six hundred men,

1Sam 14:16

(NIV)
Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions.
(ESV)
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude was dispersing here and there.

1Sam 14:17

(NIV)
Then Saul said to the men who were with him, ‘Muster the forces and see who has left us.’ When they did, it was Jonathan and his armour-bearer who were not there.

(ESV)
Then Saul said to the people who were with him, “Count and see who has gone from us.” And when they had counted, behold, Jonathan and his armor-bearer were not there.

1Sam 14:18

(NIV)
Saul said to Ahijah, ‘Bring the ark of God.’ (At that time it was with the Israelites.)
(ESV)
So Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God here.” For the ark of God went at that time with the people of Israel.

1Sam 14:19

(NIV)
While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, ‘Withdraw your hand.’

(ESV)
Now while Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the camp of the Philistines increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”

1Sam 14:20

(NIV)
Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.
(ESV)
Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and went into the battle. And behold, every Philistine’s sword was against his fellow, and there was very great confusion.

1Sam 14:21

(NIV)
Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
(ESV)
Now the Hebrews who had been with the Philistines before that time and who had gone up with them into the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.

1Sam 14:24

(NIV)
Now the Israelites were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, ‘Cursed be anyone who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!’ So none of the troops tasted food.

(ESV)
And the men of Israel had been hard pressed that day, so Saul had laid an oath on the people, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food until it is evening and I am avenged on my enemies.” So none of the people had tasted food.

1Sam 14:33

(NIV)
Then someone said to Saul, ‘Look, the men are sinning against the  Lord by eating meat that has blood in it.’

‘You have broken faith,’ he said. ‘Roll a large stone over here at once.’
(ESV)
Then they told Saul, “Behold, the people are sinning against the  Lord by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone to me here.”

1Sam 14:34

(NIV)
Then he said, ‘Go out among the men and tell them, “Each of you bring me your cattle and sheep, and slaughter them here and eat them. Do not sin against the  Lord by eating meat with blood still in it.”’

So everyone brought his ox that night and slaughtered it there.
(ESV)
And Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Let every man bring his ox or his sheep and slaughter them here and eat, and do not sin against the  Lord by eating with the blood.’” So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night and they slaughtered them there.
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